Google Docs

Google Docs is a word processing program similar to MS Word; however, it is primarily Internet based. Google Docs are saved in the cloud, specifically, in Google Drive, and can be accessed from a phone, tablet, or computer with or without an Internet connection. Google Docs can be extended with third party add-ons.

One of the most powerful features of Google Docs and other Google applications is that multiple people can work on the same document at the same time. This is a huge plus for education. It is possible to share documents with anyone for viewing or editing.

There is integration between MS Word and Google Docs. You are able to import a Word document, convert it to Google Docs, and export it back to Word. It is possible to begin a document by using a template. There is a category dedicated to students and teachers. All edits are automatically saved. Revisions are saved and it is possible to see who made a specific edit.

Essential Requirements

Google Docs will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as a mobile devices.

Equipment

The only equipment needed is a computer, smart phone, or iPad with a Web browser.

Software

Access to Google Docs is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:

  • Internet Explorer
  • FireFox
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari

Google Docs is accessed by going to https://docs.google.com/

Learning resources information

Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Google Docs and its capabilities.

Here an number of articles that try to provide more information about Google Docs.

Google Docs Add-ons

Here are a number of recommended add-ons for extending Google Docs.

Education

Here are a number of great ideas for using Google Docs in a education environment.

Tips and Shortcuts

Here collections of tips and shortcuts for using Google Docs better.

Scripts

Here are some scripts to add functionality to Google Docs.

Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use Google Docs.

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