The Paperless Classroom: Leveraging Google Docs and Making It Happen James J. Lidington Isle of Wight Academy
The Troubled History of Revisions • A new monk walks into a monastery…
The Problem… • Work flow control in a high school newsroom
The Problem… • The average student produces 320 pounds of paper waste per year (Emory University). • An average-size school with 30 students per class hands out about 833 pieces of paper per student per year. • That school uses 250,000 pieces of paper annually. • That school spends about $7,500 per year on printing on this paper and $25,000 on the paper itself (Johnson).
The Problem… • With Learning Management Systems’ growing use on college campuses, students must be prepared.
The Solution… • ACTUAL Work flow control, fewer print-outs and giving students a tech leg up in higher education
The Solution… • Allows real-time editing and collaboration on a document, like so…
Google Documents: What is it? • A rich suite of web tools for creating and sharing word processing, presentation and spreadsheet documents.
Google Documents: Where is it? • DOCS.GOOGLE.COM; Must have Google account
Google Documents: How does it work? • “Word” without Microsoft; PowerPoint and Excel, too.
Google Documents: How does it work? • Traditional groups/teams working on a document make changes and pass it on to the next person. • How does each member know what the others are doing/have done at any given time? • Who incorporates changes? When? How accurate?
Google Documents: How does it work? • Allows a work group to work together on a document stored “in the cloud.” • All group members have real-time access to the document at all times.
Google Documents: How do you do it? • If you do not have a Gmail account, get one here: mail.google.com/mail/signup. Your Youtube account can also be used for Gmail. • Log in to Docs.Google.Com • Click on FILE PICKER, the file folder in the upper right corner.
Google Documents: How do you do it? • Click on UPLOAD to choose your file from your hard drive or jump drive or jump drive. You can dither drag files into the picker or manually select the file.
Google Documents: How do you do it? • Once file is uploaded, go to the SHARE button and share the document with LOGIN@DOMAIN.XXX. Make sure the box to the right of my name says, “CAN EDIT.” • I will receive an email directing me to the file and the time it was submitted.
Google Documents: Other Nifty Bits Work Chat allows you to communicate with collaborators WHILE working on the same document. But, beware…
Google Documents: Possible probs? • Students’ tech infrastructure? • What is their set-up at home? • Schools’ tech infrastructure? • Is your school considering a 1-to-1 tech program? • How reliable is your school’s network? • Make sure deadlines are clearly stated • Avoid the “Midnight Problem”
Google Documents: Questions? • Contact me! • James J. Lidington • JJLIDINGTON@GMAIL.COM • Copies of this PPT are available for download from my personal blog, JJLIDINGTON.WORDPRESS.COM • Thank you for listening!
Works Cited Curts, Eric. “The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs.” EricCurts.com. 2013. Web. 10 Mar. 2016. “Google Docs in the Classroom.” TeachingChannel.Org.N.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016. Johnson, Ben. “Paper and Pencil Curriculum: How Much Do You Rely on It?” Edutopia.com. 23 Feb. 2011. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. Oxnevad, Susan. “5 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom.” GettingSmart.Com. 14 Dec. 2012. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.