Google Docs is an online word processing program that is designed for collaboration. This video tutorial will provide an overview of Google Docs and the many possibilities it presents for educators.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at Google Docs. Google Docs is an online word processing program that allows you to create and format text documents. It has two huge advantages over computer-based word processing programs. The first is that all your work is saved in the Cloud, so you can access it from any computer or device at any time. The second advantage is that Google Docs was designed for collaboration, up to 50 people can edit a document all at the same time, and all changes are saved in the revision history.
If I want to create a new Google Doc, from my Google Drive I'm going to click on New, and then Google Docs. If I would like to use a template, launch another new document, or see files I've worked on recently, I can click on the blue lines at the top of the screen to go to my Google Docs homepage. I'm gonna go back into a new Google Doc, and I can give my document a title by clicking on Untitled Document at the top. The basic formatting tools you would find in any word processing program are available here in Google Docs.
Common fonts are automatically available, or you can add or remove fonts by going to More Fonts and clicking on the fonts you wish to add or remove. Paint format is a handy tool, it's located at the top and looks like a paint roller. If I'm copying formatting from one section of my document into another section, Paint format will automatically format those changes for me so I don't have to keep track of font or text size changes. I can change the color of my text by highlighting the section I wish to color, and then clicking on Text Color at the top.
Or if I wish to highlight a section I can toggle over to Highlight and select the color. If I need help figuring out how to do something in Google Docs, I can always go to Help and type in what I'm looking for. If I wanted to know how to share a file I created, I could just click on Help, Docs Help, and Share file. Google Docs is a powerful online word processing program that allows you to create and collaborate from anywhere.
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- Filtering email in Gmail
- Uploading and downloading files in Google Drive
- Creating student assignment folders
- Adjusting Google Docs sharing and security options
- Providing feedback in Docs
- Voice typing and translating content
- Collaborating with Google Sheets
- Presenting with Google Slides
- Creating and sharing Google Forms
- Building a self-grading quiz in Google Forms
- Creating events and appointments in Google Calendar