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- Welcome to Teacher Tech Tips. I'm Oliver Schinkton, and this week I want to introduce you to a powerful resource called docs.com. This website allows you to store, organize, and share resources such as PowerPoints, Excel spreadsheets, OneNote notebooks, PDFs and more. You can also use it to search and find resources shared by others. Now you can find this website at, you guessed it, docs.com. Right now I'm on the docs.com homepage, and in the upper right corner, I'm going to click on sign in.
From here I'm going to sign in using my Microsoft account, and if you don't already have a Microsoft account, it's really simple to create one. Here I'll enter my password. And I'm now signed in to my docs.com account. As you can see, I have a journal. I have documents and collections. To the right I can click on add new, and add a journal post, I can add an individual document or a collection of documents. On docs.com, which is a Microsoft product, I can store and share my Microsoft resources, such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, OneNote notebooks and more.
In this video, I want to suggest two main uses for docs.com. First, we can use it to discover resources that others have shared. Let's say that I'm teaching biology, and we're in a photosynthesis unit. So, I want to search for some resources. I'm going to go up to the top where it says search on docs.com. I'll click in here, and I'll type in photosynthesis. Once I have that ready, I'll click search. And as you can see, it returns 493 different results.
Now next to this we have several different options. We can choose from the type of content, whether we want a Word document, PowerPoint, Excel spreadsheet, a PDF, and so on. We can also decide on the license, and this is important depending on how you're going to use it. You might have one that is in the public domain, or there may be others in which you need to give an attribution. Here, I'll leave that blank. And then you can also select the language. Here I'm going to click on English. Now I'm also going to go over to PowerPoints.
Now as you can see, once I filter this, we now have 49 different results that are shared on docs.com. Here I have different PowerPoints related to photosynthesis. As you see, if I scroll down, you have a bunch of different examples. So, this is a great place to find different PowerPoints, that you may want to use, or ones that you may want to see for ideas and inspiration. I can click here on the top one. Now it opens it up, and it gives me some of the information including who uploaded it.
It allows me to like it. I can download it. I can add it to collections. I can also go ahead and navigate into this PowerPoint. So, I can take a look at it, and see if it's something that would be useful in my class. Now another reason to use docs.com is to store, organize and share any Microsoft resources that you create. You and others will be able to access these from multiple types of devices. And as you update any resources, the people you share them with will see the most recent version.
Let's go ahead and do this. So, here I want to add a PowerPoint that I've created. So, I'm going to go back to my page. From here, I'm going to add new. And I want to add a document. Now from here it says, drag a Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF file here, otherwise I can import it from several different places including my computer, OneDrive, Office Mix, Sway and OneNote. Also, I can enter in the URL here if I have the URL for the document that I want to share.
For here, I'm going to click on computer. And on my desktop, I have a Trivia Challenge template that I want to upload. I'll upload this and once it's in there, you'll notice that we have it available here. So, this is a PowerPoint that is interactive. It's a trivia challenge, and when you click on the different cells, it takes you to that particular question. On the left hand side, you can see that it says, we're almost done, and we just need to change the properties and then save it to make it more discoverable.
So, when I scroll down, you can see here that it doesn't yet have any likes or views. I can change the title if I'd like to. Going to take the word example off of here. It has the author name, which in this case is my name. I can give a brief description of it. I can also choose the background image that's going to appear for my document that I have saved down here. For this I'm just going to keep it as the default. Now visibility is an important one, because you can choose to have it public on the web where it will appear in search engines and people can find it.
Or you may choose to have it limited, where people must have a direct link to view it. Now if it's something you are proud of, and you're willing to share, you may want to put it public on the web. If it's something you created, that you only want to share with a specific group of people, perhaps your students, you can put it as limited. Now down here, you can also choose the creative commons attribution. So in other words, if I keep it at that, it'll be in Creative Commons. Or I can select the attribution type that I'd like it to be. I can add tags to make it easier to find and then put the language.
When I'm done, I'll click save. And here I need to say that I acknowledge that I'm publishing my document publicly so that anyone can find it on the web. I'm fine with that. I'm going to click save. And now inside of my account, I have my Trivia Challenge template that's shared with the world. So as you can see, docs.com is an easy way to curate, organize and share your work, as well as a way for you to check out the work of others, who are willing to share. This works well for sharing a direct link so that your students or coworkers can access your resources, or as a way to share your work with the world.
And when we share our resources, it's the students that benefit the most. Check out docs.com.
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