Thanks to Twitter, and especially @msgregson’s constant promoting of Google Docs I decided that I had to check it out. I already use the Google calendar to sync my life. And, all of my wiki sidebar apps come from Google so I was hopeful it would be a great resource.
I was not disappointed! I created a Google Form on my new class wiki. Students will go to the wiki from home, click an assignment to open it, and then answer the questions in the Spreadsheet Activity Form. Then, Voila – their answers will instantly appear in a spreadsheet on my computer!
INSTANTLY, I get the results in a spreadsheet created in my Google Docs. It looks like this and can be edited and sorted.
Why I love this:
1) It is paperless. I love that it is green AND I hate dealing with stacks of paper. So less paper = happy teacher + better earth!
2) It is all in one place. I don’t have to carry the papers home with me or stash them in my full, full bag.
3) It is organized. I assign my students a number based on their name in the alphabet (1 – 16). I have them enter that number into the form and then can sort their answers alphabetically so facilitate easy grade recording. It is also an easy identifier of who has submitted without using last names. And again, I don’t have to manually alphabetize a stack of papers!
Question – How do you use Google Docs in your class?
How are other math teachers successfully using Google Docs in their classrooms? If you are, please comment below and please provide a link to an example if you have one handy!