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Google Docs – Power User Collaboration

Ever wonder how to get started on a group project in Google Docs when everyone lives in different time zones?
Here are some useful tips:

1Insert > Table…  Ceate an introduction activity!
Within a few minutes everyone can fill in: name, color for in-line comments, preferred contact details, time zone, scheduling availability and individual strengths. Post your next meeting time at the top for quick-reference!

 

Next meeting Scheduled: Jan 27th @ 7PM PST

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2Divide work into sections.
After initial discussion it’s helpful to divide work into sections so teammates can work asynchronously and meet synchronously for edits, changes and suggestions.

 

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3Turn on notifications.
If your peers are new to Google Docs/Drive let them know how to do this. Whenever a comment, suggestion or question is created using the comments feature, an email notification will be received.

 

Top right: Comments > Notifications > All

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4When it’s time for questions and group input, show peers how to use the commenting feature.
Send them a link to view this simple video to see how commenting works.

 

5When it’s time for edits, show peers how to use the suggested edits feature.
A quick-video tip such as the following really helps someone get started with editing features:

 

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