*Google Docs for a campaign speech

Goal of Google Docs for Writing Workshop:

Learn how to leverage Google Documents to improve student writing and engagement with feedback.

“ tools and platforms encourage ownership of writing and foster a culture of creativity.”**


For each group, of 2 - 4 participants create 1 shared document, in other words, only 1 group member create a Google Document and then share it with their group members.
Sharing & Peer-editing (view, comment, or edit)

Revision history *Saves are automatic, <Show more detailed revisions>, “Restore to this revision”, Use this to see the actual writing process and give feedback.

Tools →

Research (cite), Word Count, Define, Translate Document

Preferences -  i.e. cap → // capitalize error //  or sp → ***check your spelling**


Live in Doc Chat

Check in during writing assessment (formative or summative) while the students are working to give them some real time feedback. run

Commenting - <ctrl+alt+m> - need to have text highlighted to add a comment

        Comments are automatically emailed to students unless turned off.

To change the notifications option click on comments , notifications  Options include: all, replies to you, none

New Commenting Features Explained

+someone in the comment section so it automatically emails them your comment.

Please add to a “master list” of comments, and you can add this document to your starred items in your Google Drive for easy access. Split your screen b/w your bank of comments and student work.

Add links to videos to guide students, use URL shortener add to the master list 

Grammar Girl 

English & Grammar playlist

Voice to text is rumored to be included in Google Docs really soon.

        Various Apps that do voice to text

Hall and Oates Google Docs



*Kaizena - audio feedback on student writing

*Vocaroo - Leave voice comments (no sign-in)

        *Screencastify - audio & visual feedback via screencasting

must set up YouTube channel first

*Grammarly - automatically checks spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes when you write.

Google Forms - Turn a Set of Spreadsheet Cells Into Easy to Read Documents



Otto Bib

Purdue OWL MLA


Cornell University’s how to prepare an annotated bibliography

Note taking

Diigo - research, organize in one place

CiteLighter -  research, organization, and writing to one place.

Overview video

Evernote - easily collect and find everything that matters.

Google Keep

Publishing / Creating

*Lucid Press Layout & Design - desktop publishing for Google Drive

        1:1 PD Essentials

*Smore - Google Summit @Wilson Date Saver

Google Drawing - mind mapping/pre-write

        Google Drawings for Character Traits 

Lucidchart - diagramming/mind mapping software/pre-writing

Blogger - a part of GAFE, students can use their accounts to create their own blog

        9th Grade ISTEM Student Blogs

Kid Blog - great tool with younger students

Have students write reviews books on Amazon or Google Play Store

Publishing to the Google Play Bookstore, or LuLu

Hemingway Editor - Web App - points out parts of your writing that you might want to fix, beyond spelling & grammar


Accessibility / Differentiation Apps

SpeakIt! - Select text, and it will read it to you.

Sound Gecko - Listen to text, web articles and documents

*Read & Write for Google - Make GAFE accessible for those with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, or English Language Learners.

Clearly - strips all the advertisements around online article

Classroom Ideas

Interesting Ways to Google Docs in the classroom

Digital Storytelling

        Google Story Builder - really cool

        Docs Demo: Master Edition - for fun, write with famous writers.

Lost Generation;

Let the Creative Beast Out;

Edtechteacher - digital storytelling overview, classroom exemplars, media resources & integration  

Ngram Viewer

        Search a word and map it to History

Use different colors for your intro sentences, supporting details, quotes, etc

Search with Google and by Reading Level

Storyboards & Rubrics for Digital Storytelling

Storyboarding / planning is where the learning happens.        

Rubrics give the students guidance for the expectations of their story. 

Common Digital Storytelling Tools

        Zimmer Twins - share animated stories

        Story Bird - Read, Write, Discover, Share  -  Publish Art Inspired Books

        PicLit - Inspired Picture Writing

Capzles - Create rich multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs, and comments

Domo Animate - Create animated stories (variety of backgrounds and characters)

Animoto- Create 30 Second Videos for Free (combine images, songs, and text)

Make Belief Comics - Create Comicstrips

Voice Thread - Multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, and videos

Savagery vs. Civilization (Lord of the Flies),  

Grad Course VoiceThread

Kramer's Rule Algebra 2 Class

NonVerbal Communication in Media Course

ZooBurst - Create interactive 3D pop-up books

Book Track -- Poetry

Other Digital Story tools


Google Cultural Institute - Overview Video - WOW!!

Additional Resources for Writing with Google Docs:

Interesting Ways to Support Writing in the Classroom

10 Ways Social Media Can Improve Writing in Your Classroom 

Improve Writing with Google Documents

Google Docs Editor Help

Teaching High School English Today

English Teacher Support Group

Help with Google+

Twitter #EngChat hashtag

Help with Twitter

        Black Menu - Quickly search almost everything google is capable of.

Pew Research Center & National Writing Project

Post-Google Apps Workshop Evaluation

 “Weird Al” #Word Crime

*Thanks to Jennifer Judkins for much of the above information & resources*