Archive For The “Google Docs” Category

Google Docs: The Spreadsheets Dilemma

By | August 11, 2011

For the most part, I’m very happy with Google Docs. The ease of sharing and collaboration make it a useful classroom tool. The most recent updates make it possible to completely replace desktop word processors with Google Documents. Google Drawings has some limitations (in font formatting), but offers most functions found in Paint. The lack […]

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Using Google Docs in the Chemistry Classroom

By | March 12, 2011

Today I presented at the National Science Teacher Association in San Francisco on using Google Docs in my classroom. I will post more soon, but for now you can find my (slightly stripped-down) presentation and resource site at Google Docs in Chemistry.

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Google Docs: Annotating Lab Pictures

By | January 17, 2011

Google Drawings is a great tool for quickly annotating pictures. When students design their own procedures, it is great to have a photo record of their experimental set-up and process to share. Students can use their own cameras or phones to take pictures. You can also upload pictures from Google Images. How could you use […]

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Google Docs: Creating Particulate-level Diagrams with Docs and Drawings

By | January 17, 2011

A key part of understanding macroscopic observations in lab is being able to conceptualize what may be happening at the microscopic, or even particulate level. While we whiteboard these in class extensively, they also have a place in lab reports, or stand-alone homework assignments. Google Docs makes it easy! Here’s a Sample Homework Assignment: Draw […]

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Google Docs: Digital Lab Handouts

By | January 17, 2011

I love old-fashioned lab notebooks about as much as I love Google Docs, but a fellow participant at edcampNYC made a great case for moving “lab notebooks” into the cloud. Here’s what that might look like for a “cookbook” type of lab: Creating a Digital Lab Handout in Less than 5 minutes: Once your spreadsheet […]

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