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Using Google Tools to Enhance Interaction


Do your students do group work for papers, projects or class presentations? Do they conduct surveys or use spreadsheets? Are you looking for ideas for remote help sessions or office hours?  Several Google tools may be of use in your teaching. For example, Google Docs allow users to work on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets using freely available online tools, requiring nothing more than a browser with an internet connection. Multiple users can edit documents simultaneously, allowing for group interaction.

Google Forms can be used to quickly develop web-based forms where respondent information populates a Google Doc spreadsheet. A g+ Hangout is a multi-person interactive video chat that is available for multiple platforms (PC, Mac, iPad, Android phone). Experienced and novice Google tool users are invited to join this discussion as we explore these tools that just might energize you and your students!

About the Facilitator

Ed Gatzke is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing. He uses various emerging technologies in his courses both for lectures and hands-on experimental labs. Ed also works with First Lego League to introduce younger students to robotics and computer programming.

 This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

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