Using Google Docs as part of teaching

I’m out of my classroom this morning for a literacy workshop. I’m not sure who the relief teacher will be but that’s ok – all my work is already online waiting for my students.

When my students arrive they turn the computers on and open up their assigned browser (long story!). Their home page is the class work blog. They read through the schedule for the day and then usually go on to play one of their favourite maths activities.


Today they will do the same but I won’t be there to see them through the first 1-1/2 hours. They can still do their work though and the relief teacher won’t have to do anything except manage the class.

I use google docs to plan my week. Then I publish it as a web page – this puts it into a format that is easily shared with my class (and others).


I hyperlink other work so that as I am demonstrating things for the class it’s easy to find them. The lessons are done the same way – I type up instructions – format them – and then publish as webpages – this makes it easy to hyperlink them in the class blog as well.

This is a shot from today’s maths:


I also set up maths activities (aka games) for the week and have them linked from one page:


When I come back into the class later in the morning the work is ready to go – I have this week’s spelling words linked as well as our reading activity for the day:


I’ve become a fan of google docs and find it frustrating when I have to use Word or even Open Office. One of the great things is I can still edit as I go – these are all living documents. Sometimes when several students ask me a question I then go back and write the answer up as part of the instructions. I do this quite openly in front of the students – it’s part of their teaching and learning as well as mine.

I’m happy to share the actual links with people so please let me know if you want to see the working documents.

5 thoughts on “Using Google Docs as part of teaching

  • August 13, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    fantastic post jo, especially with the images. since you’ve sent me your link to your template, i have also started planning via google docs, and my paper planner is looking pretty bare! all i need to put there now is day to day reminders, and i don’t have to clutter up my lesson plans with “ask robbie for his book back” and the like!

  • August 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Brilliant, I love this, this is really using technology, teaching and learning seamlessly. This is how classroom planning and management works with developing and using children’s self management skills!

  • August 14, 2009 at 1:22 am

    Love this idea and would love to take a closer look at your links.

  • August 18, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Wow. This looks fantastic. Could I have the link to your template? Thanks in advance.

  • April 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Great to see you have been able to use google docs for planning. I really like that google docs added more features to drawing including multiple people working on the same drawing at same time like they have had with other parts of google docs.

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