Google Docs have become the go-to tool in education for text editing, sharing, and collaborating: they are simple to use and are peerless in users’ ability to work together in real time.
However, Google Docs can also be used to create rich, interactive, publishable content:
You can also embed the Doc into another web page as I have done on my Wordpress blog.
Below are 5 tips for creating rich, interactive, and publish-able Google Docs:
Insert a Table. You can just use a 1 row x 3 columns table, or use multiple rows to separate the text.
You can add lines to separate articles/ paragraphs: Insert >
You can also add images:
Make the table border invisible by making the table border transparent:
Click on the table > Table > Table Properties > Table Border > White (or color of your page).
When you use Headings, a clickable document outline is available. Click on Tools > Document Outline, and a panel will appear to the left of the Doc with links to all your Headings.
It is also possible to create a clickable index for your Doc by highlighting text in your index, choosing the Link button in the toolbar, and then choosing a Heading from the drop down menu below the search space.
Insert a drawing (Insert > Drawing) and then use the line feature to add scribbles/ handwriting to a Doc.
This works particularly well with touchscreens. Note that Drawings are an excellent tool to create graphics with text boxes, images, arrows and shapes such as the Drawing here.
When you would like to provide a copy of your Doc with a colleague/ student, but you don’t want them to edit your Doc, use the “force a copy” function.
To “force a copy” of your Doc, edit the end of the URL (in the omnibar) by substituting “edit#” with “copy” at the end of the URL. Then share this new link. To see what your Doc will look like when it is published as a webpage (see #5 below), substitute “edit” with “preview”.
This post is a published Google Doc that I have embedded into this webpage.
To publish a Doc, go to File > Publish to the web, then either choose the link or embed options. The link will allow you to share a clean webpage that includes the content of your Doc. The embed functions provides the entire Doc within a ‘host’ webpage (such as my Wordpress blog here).