Tech Tip Thursday March 31, 2016
Open a Google Document
Google offers a FREE all-in-one suite with word processing tools that are similar to the tools in Microsoft Office.
To access your Drive, go to www.google.com and click the 3x3 grid in the right hand corner of the screen. This grid is your access to all things Google!
Once you are in your Drive, click the red New button to create a new document or open a document that is ready to be published.
You can publish any Doc, Sheet, Slide, or Drawing from your Drive as a simple web page!
Publish the Document to the Web
Once you are ready to publish your document, go to File > Publish to Web.
Users can receive a link or an embed code for the web page.
Select the appropriate settings and click Publish or Start Publishing.
Google Slides offer more options when publishing to the web.
Share the Link
Copy the link and share it out with others! That's all there is to it!
If the URL is too long, go to goo.gl to receive a shortened URL for FREE! Keep in mind that the shortened URL is case-sensitive, so be mindful of lowercase and capital letters.
Wondering how you can use this awesome feature? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Publish Newsletters. Rather than printing out hard copies, share out the link with parents - save a few trees!
- Publish Class Projects and Rubrics. Once you have assigned a project, publish the instructions and/or rubric to the web. Students and parents can access the assignment information anywhere and at any time.
- Create a "Pre-Show". Have a slideshow playing when students enter the classroom each day that includes important vocabulary, examples, and TEKS.
- Introduce Activities to Students. Create a document with instructions for the day's activities and display it while students work.
- Publish Student Work. Create a class scrapbook/portfolio in Google Slides. This is a great way to showcase student work!
- Easily Differentiate Assignments. Create a Tic-Tac-Toe board with various options for students to complete.