4 Ways to Use Google Docs in the Classroom

Posted on May 20, 2014.

Google Docs is a user friendly suite of online collaborative tools that come with tremendous potential for use in the classroom. Below I have put together a list of possible uses for Google Docs.



  • Students can receive immediate feedback on their writing from teachers and peers when sharing their work.
  • Students are provided with convenient writing support, like the integrated reference tools and smart spell checker, right on the page.
  • The built in research tool streamlines the process of creating links and citations with one click.



  • The drawing component of Google Docs provide students with opportunities to work together to develop ideas by allowing student to create online, collaborative mind maps.
  • This feature allows students to build a visual map for any task using shapes, arrows, text and can even import images.
  • The revision history uses colors to highlight and tracks changes to any Google Doc, making it easy to see what each student has contributed to the big picture.



  • Even though Google Docs is a great way for student to share their work, there is one main challenge. You as the professor will be overwhelmed with emails and clutter.
  • However, creating a Google Form to be used as an Inbox will decrease this clutter.
  • When it’s time to turn in a Google Doc, students complete the simple form and submit a link to their Google Doc.
  • The information submitted by students automatically populates a spreadsheet to be used by you to keep track of assignments and also to quickly access those assignments for grading and review.



  • Google Doc Templates are an easy and efficient way to provide students with a starting point for digital projects.
  • By creating and using a consistent template, you can save a lot of time and guide learning.
  • These templates are like a virtual copy machine.
  • There are plenty of user-submitted templates already created and available for public use and there is even a category for Students and Teachers.


Post by Kaitlyn Reish, Training Specialist at HPU.

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