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Quick Takes: Google Docs

This Quick Take provides you an overview of the Google Docs application suite which allows you to collaborate on one document, spreadsheet, and presentation. You will be able to quickly use Google Docs to boast your productivity as well as find classroom examples for your teachers.

Google Docs

Google Docs are online applications (word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation) that allow you to share and collaborate on files in real time. You may upload existing files or create them online. Invite colleagues to view and edit the document. You can make changes simultaneously! When finished, download the document as a MS Office or pdf files or print directly from Google Docs. These are excellent tools for working on school plans, grant proposals, and other documents requiring input from multiple authors.

Google Docs

Google Docs (formerly Writely)is an online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tool that allows you to share and collaborate on files in real time. You may upload existing documents or create new ones right in Google Docs. You can even create surveys using Google Forms which records data in a spreadsheet. Invite colleagues to view and edit the documents. You can make changes simultaneously! When finished, download the documents as Word, Excel or pdf files or print directly from Google Docs and Spreadsheets. This is an an excellent tool for working on school plans, grant proposals, and other documents requiring input from multiple authors.

Google Sites

Wikipedia defines Google Sites as �...a structured�wiki- and�web page-creation tool offered by�Google�as part of the�Google Apps�Productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files.� This free, easy-to-use tool can be used to accomplish a variety of tasks in education including ePortfolios, showcases, ePublications, and more. The link here leads to the Google Sites main page.

Yahoo! Groups

Yahoo Groups is a free tool that enables you to quickly and easily set up an online community. You can use any or all of the components which include a group e-mail list, shared bookmarks, shared files, calendar, and directory. You might simply use this to set up a communication system with parents. School committees, the PTA board, and other groups will find this a great communication and collaboration tool. (Formerly called eGroups)

Cognitive Coaching

This helpful book describes three goals of Cognitive Coaching: trust, learning and holonomy. The latter term is skillfully used to represent the twin goals of individual autonomy and collaboration. You'll find this book brings together many separate things you may have learned, experienced, or intuited about both coaching vis a vis evaluation and the growth and change processes.

Google Apps at Bryant School District

Google Apps provides many productivity and management tools including Mail, Calendar, Docs, and more. In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you will see how Bryant School District in Arkansas has implemented Google Apps, a free service provided by Google for free tools and applications administered by your school or district. Two administrators from Bryant share some of the effective Google Apps being used in Bryant.

Vicarious Learning: Developing Cultural Literacy Through Global Collaboration

In this Radio TICAL episode, Vicki Davis, the IT Director and technology teacher at Westwood Schools in Camilla, GA and a national speaker talks with Rowland Baker about several global collaborative projects she helped create (Flat Classroom Project, NetGen Project, Digiteen Project, and Eracism Project) how these have assisted students in developing cultural literacy and 21st century skills.

Quick Takes: Google Forms

This Quick Take shows you how to use Google Forms, a subset of Google Docs, to gather survey data for your data-driven decisions. You will learn how to create your own Google Form and distribute an unlimited amount for free!

Survey Templates Ready to Administer Using Google Forms

These Microsoft Excel files were created to provide you quick access to surveys you can administer in your school or district using Google Forms (a subset of Google Docs). You can either obtain a direct copy of the survey to send to your participants immediately OR you can load the original spreadsheet into Google Docs and create the survey from the spreadsheet.

Google Forms Template: Teacher self-assessment on the National Education Technology Standards (NETST)

With this Google form template you can survey your teachers to determine how well they perceive their use of technology in the design and implementation of their lessons.


ReactionGrid offers a 3-D, virtual world where residentscan create, learn, collaborate, and explore. Unlike Second Life and other popular virtual-world communities, where maturity ratings are often not enforced, ReactionGrid offers a family-friendly environment that is targeted largely at the education market but also serves companies that want to conduct business in a professional environment.

How to Use Google Documents Videos

While Google Docs are intuitive and many users are completely self-taught, there are features you might not see on your own. Use these free tutorials to expand your use of Google Docs beyond the most obvious basics!

Google Docs in Plain English video

Want a quick lowdown on the premise of Google Docs? Check out this short video created by the folks at Commoncraft and posted on You Tube. In just a few minutes, you'll understand and be able to explain the purpose of this application.

Official Google Docs Blog

Stay on top of changes and improvements in Google Docs by subscribing to the official Google Docs blog. Brought to you by the developers at Google, the blog is a quick and easy read.

Google Forms Template: Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form

Courtesy of Kern Kelly and Fred Johnston,use this Google Form from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity to evaluate teachers' lessons, pedagogy, and classroom climate. Feel free to modify to fit your district's standards. All data will be recorded in a Google Spreadsheet and a second sheet has been created to quickly printout the results for the teachers and your records. Simply use the "hide column(s)" function in Excel to only show the specific teacher you want a printout for.

Google Presenter

One of the applications in the online Google Docs suite, Google Presenter allows users to upload existing PowerPoint files or create and share new presentations. An especially nice feature is the ability to invite collaborators who are able to view and edit the presentations as well. Registration is free.


Communityzero provides any group of people a safe, private place to share and interact. Essentially, you can setup a private website for collaboration. It is ideal for workgroups or even for the basis of communication for a school staff or committee. All of the bells and whistles are included: discussion threads, shared documents, shared images, and a calendar to mention a few. Most importantly, you can customize the look and feel of the site for your specific school or needs. This is a fee-based service.

European Schoolnet;jsessionid=5BF73052857308FF92EAB83C82C1D432

Interested in how other countries are using the Internet in education? European Schoolnet is an international partnership of more than 20 European Ministries of Education. You can find many portals that will allow you to find resources, news, practice examples and collaboration opportunities. Many projects are listed for your explorations also.

A complete guide to web, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus privacy and security!

This web-based guide and downloadable PDF provides you up-to-the-date information on staying safe and secure with all the social media you, your students, and staff are using. Walks you through all the privacy settings you need for Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and more!


Are you looking for a way to create collaborative projects teacher to teacher and between student groups? Webex offers a free web-based social network where students from one location can interact with classes or individuals in another location in real time. The interesting feature of the free version of this fee-based site is the ability to share documents and collaborate using the same utility. Imagine students submitting responses to questions to a class in another district or even another state. The two groups can collaborate on one PowerPoint presentation that explains an agreed upon answer. Text chat allows interaction and pointer tools facilitate the process. Imagine a fourth grade class creating a PowerPoint presentation to respond to a state testing released math item and going on line with a high school honors math class to collaborate on the answer. We did it. It was great! A secondary use for this program could be administrators or committee meetings on line to work on documents. A real time saver. At the Webex web site choose "try a free meeting" and proceed as instructed.

A Collaborative Principal: In and Out of Program Improvement and a Recipe for Success

In this Radio TICAL episode, Rick Fitzpatrick, principal at Rother Elementary School in Enterprise Elementary School District shares how his school has exited program improvement. He provides specific strategies he uses to facilitate the change process including gathering teacher input on a variety of topics and allotting frequent staff collaboration time. Rick also highlights his schools continual analysis of data as well as celebrations that are held in the community.

10 Google Forms For the Classroom

This blog post provides you with 10 different examples of how Google Forms can be used in the class for assessment, surveying, evaluations, and reflections. You can view the forms from this teacher or get a copy for you to share with your teachers. These forms seem to be mostly for elementary/middle schools, but you can copy the existing forms and modify to fit your needs. Included are spelling test form, getting to know you form, and reading record form, and learning success form.

Beyond Google

Guide and examples for Yahoo! Search, Teoma, Recommended Subject Directories, and methods for evaluating web pages. Online tutorial from UC Berkeley Library is useful in understanding the world of search engines.


EtherPad is the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time. When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen. The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for meeting notes, drafting sessions, education, team programming, and more.

K12 is a custom video conference scheduling system designed especially for California's K-12 community. Designed and built by the K12High Speed Network (HSN) in collaboration with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association.


TimeBridge is a web application that makes it incredibly easy to schedule and lead great meetingsand follow up after you meet. Set up a 1-on-1 or rally a weekly staff meeting in one step. TimeBridge coordinates everyones calendars and confirms the best time automatically (syncs your Google, Outlook, or Apple iCal calendars). Make it easier to meet with anyone (and everyone!). Share schedules with individual contacts. Connect a team with TimeBridge Groups and announce your availability to the world.

PBWorks Video Tutorials for Educators

Want to learn more about how to create your own PBWorks wiki? This series of videos, created by educators for educators, includes topics such as PBWorks wiki features, how to edit, using wikis for collaboration, and wiki projects. Hosted on TeacherTube, the videos may be viewed online or downloaded for later use. Use the keyword 'pbworks' to find the tutorials once you access the TeacherTube site.

Streamlining Lesson Plan Collection Using Google Docs and the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model

In this 9-minute tutorial, Jason Borgen steps you through setting up a Google Account, uploading the Excel SIOP lesson plan template, and sharing the template with all your teachers. Now you will be able to collect lesson plan submissions from your teachers on one paperless form, as well as giving you and your teachers the opportunity to quickly view lessons and assess which SIOP strategies are being used. The lesson plan template is also provided here.

Flat Classroom Projects

The Flat Classroom Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and high school students (typically grade 9-12, 14-18 years old). Co-founded in 2006 by Vicki Davis (Westwood Schools, USA) and Julie Lindsay (now in Beijing, China) in 2006, this project uses Web 2.0 tools to support communication and interaction as well as collaboration and creation between students and teachers from classrooms around the world. The topics studied and discussed are real-world scenarios based on 'The World is Flat' by Thomas Friedman.

Quick Takes: Google Search Beyond Novice

In this quick take presentation will show a variety of ways to search Google to maximize your research. Learn all about advanced search, filtering results, scholar search, and much more.

Teach with your iPad

This website is very comprehensive. It takes you from, How to Set up your iPad, to downloading apps, and then a guide of various applications for administrators and teachers. It includes curriculum areas and grade levels. Also how to use iPads interactively and for group collaboration.

Google Forms Template: Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form with Disaggregate/Aggregate Data

Use this Google Form from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity to evaluate teachers' lessons, pedagogy, and classroom climate, and California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs). All data will be recorded in a Google Spreadsheet and several other sheets are also provided that will automatically disaggregate and aggregate the data based upon teacher, teacher standards, observer and much more!

Online Art Gallery

This website allows visitors to virtually walk through museums around the world. Not only can it enhance classroom instruction, but open the world to students via technology. With this virtual field trip, students can discover hundreds of works of art and this study supports California and national arts standards. The zoom ability is incredible - closer than you could get if standing in front of much of this artwork. Art Gallery is supported by Google.

Google Apps. Learning Center - Training Videos

Learn to use Google Apps by watching these videos. There are basic and advanced videos on apps including Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites.

Google Forms Template: Classroom Referral, Dean's Office, and Behavior Intervention Form

Use this Google form template from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity by sharing the URL with your teachers. No more paper referrals for students to take with them to the office. Once a teacher completes the form online, office staff will have access to the behavior. Or, clerical staff can enter data from the paper onto the digital form. This form provides an easy way to search for students, teachers who submitted referrals, and quick access to common misbehaviors. Detailed tutorial provided.

Google Forms Template: School Climate Survey -- Analyzing Teaching and Learning, Safety, Relationships, and Institutional Environments

With this Google Form template you can survey three different stakeholder groups, students, teachers, and parents, to access data relating to school climate. You will see where perceptions lie within each stakeholder group and make a plan to improve school climate. The data dissagregates into four areas relating to school climate: teaching and learning, safety, relationships, and institutional environments. These areas correlate to research published by the National School Climate Center

Interesting Ways to Use an iPad in the Classroom

This public Google Presentation provides suggestions for instructional activities using the iPad as well as tips. Educators from around the country have contributed to this resource which is still regularly updated.

School Improvement as a Function of Engaged Students, Revivified Teachers, and an Involved Community

In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rushton Hurley addresses how rapid change in funding, technology and the political climate has made strengthening staff morale and collaboration all the more complex, but these challenges may offer phenomenal opportunities for your school. This presentation discusses six interwoven techniques for improving student performance, rekindling teacher professionalism, and connecting with supporters in the community. Come with an open mind and leave with resources, ideas and a plan for a strong end to the school year.

School Supply Request Form

Do you still have teachers submitting requests for supplies or room scheduling through email or paper forms? How are you keeping track of teachers usage? This Google Form template is a simple form to send to your staff in which they can enter equipment, supplies such as paper, markers, paper clips, pencils, projector bulbs, cables, etc. and quantities they need. You can then have support staff review the list and send supplies down immediately. You can then keep track on teacher usuage all on one spreadsheet. Also included are room requests so you can work with staff to schedule rooms such multipurpose rooms, library, and more!

Lesson Plan Collection Form Using the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model

Collecting lesson plans from teachers can be a tedious task, but it is a great to see how teachers how engaging students, differentiating learning, integrating technology, and implementing a variety of instructional strategies and assessments. This Google Form Template will allow you analyze lesson plans and identify SIOP strategies being implemented and where there may be gaps in instructional practice. It provides a searchable database to quickly search for key strategies as well as providing an anonymous list of lesson plans stripping out the teachers' names to share with staff and the larger school community if you wish.

Google Sites Help

New to using Google Sites? Help is just a click away! This link leads to helpful resources such as a Beginner's Guide and specific instructions on getting your Google Site up and running.

Quick Takes: Creating ePortfolios Using Google Sites

Assessment of mastery of the Common Core State Standards relies at least in part on student portfolios. In addition, there is a growing expectation that adults will develop and maintain professional portfolios in addition to, or in lieu of, a resume. This Quick Take focuses on Google Sites, a simple tool that educators can use to create ePortfolios. This 5-minute Quick Take addresses three questions: What are Google Sites?, How do Google Sites support ePortfolios? and, Where can I learn more?

Google Sites: Storage and File Limits

Curious about how much storage comes with different types of Google accounts? This link leads to a page that describes limits for storage and files for individual, business, education accounts, and more.

ePortfolios with Google Apps

Developed by Dr. Helen Barrett, this Google Site focuses of the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. Dr. Barrett provides specific directions and portfolio examples for educators to review.

ePortfolio Resource Center: Using Google Sites for Creating An ePortfolio

Dr. Helen Barrett has partnered with Google to develop a step-by-step plan for using Google Sites to create ePortfolios. Visit this online resource to see how educators can create their own no cost online portfolios.

Susan Brooks-Young's LECFTA Portfolio

Created by Susan Brooks-Young as a culminating assignment for the Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator course, this resource is an example of an ePortfolio created using Google Sites. Each ePortfolio page demonstrates different ways to incorporate web-based tools into an online portfolio.

Google FormEmailer Script Step Sheet and Tutorial

This document will walk you through how to Use the FormEmailer Script with Google Forms for Automatic emailing of data. Whether you use Google Forms for classroom walkthroughs, event registrations, parent surveys, lesson plan collection, etc. you can have the data automatically formatted in an email to the respondent and any other stakeholders of your choosing with the script.

Google Form Template: Bullying Report Form

Use this template with Google Forms to embed in your website or elsewhere for students to use any device to report acts of bullying. The report sheet provides administrators access to quantitative reports on the types of bullying that has been reporting. Also allows for simple comparison during different time intervals and to quickly search for previous offenders. Great way to have students report bullying in a non-confrontational way.

Google Form Template: Learning Management System (LMS) Feedback Survey and Evaluation

As you begin to transition to online or blended learning in your school/district or just want to provide teachers the opportunity to create a paperless learning environment selecting the right LMS can be a daunting task as there are pros and cons for each. Use this survey and evaluation form developed by the Oxnard Union High School District to strategically qualitatively and quantitatively determine the pros and cons of each including teaching and learning functionality as well as layout, ease of use, and ubiquitous access.

Google Forms Template: SBAC/PARCC Teacher Reflection Survey

Use this Google Form to quickly obtain feedback once you have completed student testing. You can view the results by simply clicking on the Form menu and selecting Show summary of responses. The data can be used to assist your site or districts next steps in preparing staff and students for future assessments.

Google Forms Template: SBAC/CAASPP Debrief Survey

Use these Google Form Templates developed at the San Mateo County Office of Education with support from the CISC Online Learning Collaborative Subcommittee (OLCS)as an option to access data from the relevant stakeholders including students, teachers/test administrators, and administrators. These templates can be used county/region-wide or just in a district or site. Questions relating to testing environment, preparation, and devices are all included.

The 6 C's of Effective Instruction

Teacher and author Joe Hirsch shares what he calls "six bedrock qualities, the six Cs of educational craftsmanship." They are clarity, consistency, commitment, conviction, communication, and collaboration. These qualities are a prerequisite to effective technology integration. Read his wise and beautifully written counsel.


TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages. The TimelineJS Embed Generator makes it easy to add a timeline to your own site. Just copy the Google Spreadsheet template on the site, add your events as rows in the spreadsheet, and use our generator tool to generate the HTML you need to add to your site. Timeline can automatically pull in photos, videos from YouTube or Vimeo, tweets, Wikipedia entries, and many other media types to help tell your story.

ON[the]LINE Webinar: Building Your Resources and Network - Finding the Best Information on the Web

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Elizabeth Calhoon, Santa Clara County Office of Education. Find the best of the web for resources, policy issues and reliable resources, while building your network through curation and collaboration.

Opportunities for New Learning Experiences at Stanford

In this Radio TICAL episode, you will hear about Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University. This facility provides a collaborative, student-centered learning space for students and teachers in all disciplines. This learning center was developed from a vision and partnership between Stanford and philanthropic efforts from Sweden. Bob Emery Smith, Director of Technology Services was one of the founders of the spaces. Mr. Smith shares the genesis of this innovative learning space that has been used as a model across the globe for K-12 learning that focuses on creativity and collaboration.

Digital Chalkboard

Digital Chalkboard is an online community of California public school and district educators. California educators collaborate through group participation and discussions, upload educational classroom and administrative resources that help other educators access what works best in California schools and districts. As of the summer of 2014, over 70,000 educational resources have been contributed to the resource libraries. Both featured content providers from select non-profit organizations and approximately 19,000 California educators continue to contribute resources and collaborate. With the launch of the new site, over 300,000 additional digital resources have been added through a link to the national Learning Registry. California districts interested in the Future Ready Schools effort will want to be aware of this important resource.

Ditch That Textbook

Ditch That Textbook is a web site filled with links and online resources for teachers and instructional leaders to provide content and experiences for students, using the latest and emerging technologies. Includes strategies for locating online experiences, connecting with speakers, using Skype, Google Hangouts and other technologies to provide rich content for students without using a textbook.

How to Integrate Google Apps with the Rigor Relevance Framework

Without strategic implementation, technologies such as Google Apps for Education are nothing but distractions. Here is good advice from Eric Sheninger and by Weston Kieschnick.

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. How come? Lots to think about here!


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