If you haven’t met GoogleDocs yet and the amazing things it can do for you, allow me to introduce you.
This is Google:
The company was founded by Ph.D. students at Stanford University in 1998. It became a public offering in 2004 with a mission statement “”to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
It has grown rapidly, which has produced an ever-growing list of products, aquisitions and partnerships beyond its main search engine.
It has Web Tools.
Specialized Mobile Tools
Specialized Search Tools
Home & Office Tools
And “Innovation” Tools
Well, awesome…so, what? Right?
Well, beside the fact that there are billions of things with these tools all on there own or separately, it’s when you start to use them in conjunction with each other and with other programs (Like Canvas!) where your life starts to get a whole lot bigger and easier.
First off, if you and your students have a google account (gmail address), you can link it to your Canvas account in your personal settings. Then, you and your students can easily use the Google Collaborations tool already built in to all your Canvas courses. This tool is great for students to work on group projects or papers or take shared notes. Teachers or students can set up group collaborations if you have this navigation tool visible in your left hand navigation.
Next, you could link a document or folder right into the left hand navigation bar using the “Redirect” App Tool. That way if you had documents you wanted everyone to have access to and collaborate on, it’s right there. The beauty of using it this way is that only the person who set up the document needs to have a Google account. If you don’t want to track who does what (Google account needed for that), then you can adjust the settings on your document and anyone that can access the document or folder in your Canvas class. Think about the possibilities of this for your class or if you’re using Canvas as a work space for your department or advising.
Next, have you tried Google Forms yet?
If not, you’re missing a whole world of genius.
Google Forms allows you to create forms (duh!). Lets say you wanted to give a survey, or you wanted students (or others) to fill out a request for more information with their contact info, or you want to do an evaluation on your course, Google Forms can do that. Even better is, when people fill out the form, it autopopulates in a spreadsheet with a date and time stamp, which arranges your data all nice and neat. It even allows you to easily see analytics (depending on the type of question you asked).
Here, in eLearning, we track our support tickets.
So, our form looks like this:
Then our autopopulated sheet looks like this:
And our analytics look like this:
And, you could easily embed or link one of these surveys right into Canvas, so it would look like this:
Honestly, the possibilities are endless.
So, basically what I’m trying to say…is Google is pretty awesome by itself.
But Google and Canvas together can be simply AMAZING!
It definitely gets my