Friday, December 4, 2009

How To Create and Share Docs

To create a doc:

Step 1:  From the docs page select "New" from the upper left corner of the page.

Step 2:  Select which kind of doc you would like to create: document, spreadsheet, presentation, or form (surveys).

Step 3:  A brand new document of the selected type will open ready to be edited and shared.

To share a doc:

Step 1:  From within the doc you would like to share, click the "Share" button in the upper right hand corner.

Step 2:  Enter the email addresses you would like to share with.  Select " As collaborator" if you would like someone to help edit and revise your document; select "As viewer" if you want someone to view your paper without the ability to make changes.

Step 3:  Click "Invite collaborators".

Step 4:  If you would like, you can write a short message describing your document.  Whether or not you send this email, your document has been shared.

Creative Commons

Illustrated and Narrated Explanation of Creative Commons
The nuances of Copyright and Creative Commons and the differences between them can be confusing. Richard Byrne offers a video on his site that does a good job of explaining Creative Commons and what Creative Commons licenses allow or do not allow people to do with your works. A PDF of the images in the video can be found if you click here.

Applications for Education
If you find yourself trying to explain to students or colleagues the differences between copyright and Creative Commons licensed works this video and PDF could be helpful to you and to them.

For meaningful multimedia projects that do not infringe on copyright laws, have your students develop familiarity with Creative Commons.  Students can use these sites to gather sound and imagery that enhances the finished product and adds depth, but make sure you remind your students to ask themselves why they select their media.  Who is your audience?

Some Creative Commons Sites:  (original site)  (Music) (Images- blocked?)  (Images) you can gather and save)  (Finished products)


Be wary of general searches- use portals (See More, etc.)

Try keyword searchers with adjectives, IE. Lonely/Haunted/Persistent, etc.

Optional Idea: Have your students study the Code of Best Practice and Terms of Service for the various sites.

For an in-depth exploration of Creative Commons created by a teacher, visit


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