Productivity Applications=Get Things Done Tools!


Web-based tools that allow you to word process, create/analyze spreadsheets, manage tasks & projects, create forms/surveys, create presentations, and track progress on a calendar.

Google Docs

Watch this video to get an idea of how having documents live in a "home" outside of your home or school, such as in Google Docs, can make your life easier.


Check out this Starter Sheet for Google Docs!




Advantages of Productivity Applications

After viewing the video and reading pages 63 - 69 in the book, Web 2.0 How-to for Educators, please comment on the advantages you see to your teacher productivity by using an application like Google Docs.
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Productivity Tools for Students

Productivity tools don't just help you collaborate with other educators and work on your lessons virtually, they are great tools for your students to use as well. Time to rethink how we do group projects in the 21st century.
A free, flash-based mind-mapping tool, similar to Inspiration or Kidspiration. A good way to help students prepare to write a report or organize their information.
A java-based presentation tool similar to PowerPoint where you can create presentations and then show them, or save them, to view in PowerPoint.
You can use a camera phone or digital camera to act as a scanner. Imagine being at a library when you want to caputre detailed information or a graphic.
Simple, with a quick learning curve and sharing that is easily arranged, this calendar lets you also include an RSS subscription to monitor items of interest or items you wish students to hear or read.



Time to Apply Your Learning

Let's use Google Docs to create an online survey, send it out to students, view and analyze the results, and discuss how we might use this with our students.
  • Step One: Think about some information you would like to gather from your students. Perhaps you would like to assess their previous knowledge before beginning a new unit of study.
  • Step Two: Watch the video below on how to create a survey up to minute 3:40. Pause.
  • Step Three: Log into Google Docs (or create an account) and create your student survey using a Form.
  • Step Four: Send the link to students, embed in an email, or embed the survey (as we've done on this Wiki) in a webpage.
  • Step Five: Continue viewing the video to see a summary of your survey results. Notice all the great ways your information has been presenting in a variety of graphs and charts.
  • Step Six: Go back to your Google Form View the results of your survey.
  • Step Seven: Analyze the results of your data and make decisions on how to use the data in your classroom.




Classroom Applications

Please comment on how students might use this productivity tool in your classroom. Bonus: What NETS-S standard would you be meeting by implementing your activity?

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Professional Development with Google Docs

Smart educators around the world are applying their brain power to the many classroom and professional applications made available via this suite of productivity tools. Join the Google Apps for Education group on Classroom 2.0 and follow some advice, try some new ideas, and contribute your own.