Google Docs is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free. With an Internet connection, you can access your documents and files from any computer, anywhere in the world. (There’s even some work you can do without an Internet connection!) This guide will give you a quick overview of the many things that you can do in Google Docs. (From Google Docs Description)
Video Introduction by Google
Walkthrough by IDC Students
Tips and Tricks
There are growing concerns over Google’s use of your information. Google shares information across all of its platforms (mail, docs, search, etc). The information is used for target advertising and generate revenue for Google.
Students will only have access to what you allow them to see. They cannot access documents you do not share with them.
Google is a US company and is subject to all applicable laws.
Under the terms of service, google can suspend your account and access to all your information.
I still use Google because for me the benefits currently outweigh the privacy concerns. This is a personal decision you must make for yourself.
AW 3.0 is a google-based application and does appear to be set up for google docs integration in the future. I don’t know what it will look like, if it will have full functionality or how it will be integrated into AW 3.0.
Remember, the tdsb used your board email address to create a google account. This account has limited functionality and no current access to google docs.
If you want to use google docs with your class you will need a separate account that doesn’t use your board email address as your login.