Distance Learning Essentials: Docs

New to Google Docs? Start here!

1. Docs Basics (with sharing how-to)
2. Intro to Google Docs [slides]

*The above content includes only sample components of the MobileMind micro-courses offered to schools and districts enrolled in the MobileMind learning hub. Our full micro-courses consist of hands-on challenges, micro-credentialing, human feedback, and progress reporting for instructional leaders.  Learn more here or schedule a call with us anytime.

Need more help getting started?

Check out the Teacher Center for First Day of Docs module. 

The Google Docs section of the Help Center is a great place to find answers to specific questions you might have.

More Thoughts about Using Google Docs for Distance Learning  

Docs for Distance Learning

  • Create Google docs with assignment directions and make a copy for each student in Classroom. (Not using Classroom? You can share docs from your Drive in your LMS or on a class website with a link (or by email.))
  • Create a Google doc to share with students to ask questions in order to review for a quiz or clarify about assignments.
  • Try some of these Docs challenges! (Note: Link will prompt you to make a copy of our doc.) Once you make a copy, you will be the 'owner' of the copy you make;  the the copy will be stored in your Google Drive and we will not be able to see it. The challenges build on one another and you can skip around as you'd like!

Collaborating in Docs from a Distance

  • You can essentially build a whole lesson in an interactive Doc or Slides presentation. Create Hyperdocs for students to work through an assignment including interactive elements, video links, Google Form links, tables or charts to fill in, etc. 
  • Want an examples of a Hyperdoc? Check out these examples by content area.
  • You do not have to start from scratch! Here are some templates so you can create your  own!
  • ant to learn more about  Hyperdocs? Check out our Hyperdoc Hyperdoc!

Classroom management

  • When you assign a doc or other task as an assignment in Classroom, you can send email summaries in Google Classroom to involve guardians in the remote learning experience!
  • You can view "version history" in Docs to see who typed what and when if the students are logged in, which is why Classroom is the best option for sharing docs, especially for a doc that  is collaborative in nature.  
  • Keep in mind that you can set student permissions to allow students to interact in various ways.  You can choose to allow them to create posts in Classroom (not recommended if students are new to Classroom), to comment on your posts in classroom (recommended if your students are of a level of maturity and understand digital citizenship,  and even mute individual students so they can only submit tasks (and cannot reply or comment in the virtual class.) 

Preparing your students for remote learning

Meeting the needs of all learners

  • Use features like voice typing or translate in Docs in order to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Check out Google’s Accessibility page, and this Accessibility guide if you are interested in learning more about meeting the needs of all learners with Docs.
  • In addition, this diversity module to ensure you are meeting the needs of all students as best as possible.

Overcoming lack of Internet access

  • Reaching students without internet is vital in order for all students to have equal access to learning. 
  • If possible, make sure students have enabled offline mode while on wifi if possible so they can access Docs, Sheets, and Slides without internet.
  • Once a student or parent has the link to a Google doc, he or she will be able to access the latest version of the doc once connected to wifi.

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