Google Apps Tips for Teachers

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Free Google Apps tips for teachers

Leveraging Web 2.0 tools like Google Apps is a powerful learning strategy in the 21st Century.

But how do you choose the right tool that will enhance classroom learning and not be an afterthought or add on?

We’ve put together some best practices for Google Apps for Education.


  • Students, colleagues, and professionals can share ideas, give feedback, produce meaningful products and more!
  • Collaborate on a singular document (versus sending multiple versions back and forth via email)
  • Upload and convert document files (up to 2 MB)
  • Work together synchronously or asynchronously


  • Documents can be made private, public or shared with just a few people
  • Google accounts aren’t required for everyone to collaborate
  • Information is stored in the cloud and can be accessed 24/7

Use the Templates App

  • Free templates include teacher and student planning tools, evaluations, rubrics, newsletters and more!
  • Add copies of your favorite templates to your Google Drive!

Use the Search Feature

  • Quickly find current and older docs with the Google Doc search engine
  • Search for documents by titles, authors, etc.


  • Create folders to organize all of your documents
  • Organize folders by topic, class, student, etc.
  • Color code folders

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