Google Templates and More

Teachers do not have tons of time to create templates for student use. Between recess duty, parent meetings and the surprise fire drill, finding time to create anything can be difficult. Fortunately, we can collaborate to build a collection of resources that can engage students and save time.

In this particular post, you will find resources curated and created by educators. These resources are accessible because teachers shared what they were using in their classrooms. In order to utilize each of these templates, you will need to make a copy for your own use. To do this click on “File” and choose the “Make Copy” option in your Google account.

Elementary Templates-Use these templates to engage students and work with primary students. Thanks Laura Wilson for curating these great resources.

Google Templates from TCEA-Loads of templates sorted by subject and topic.

Alice Keeler Templates-This teacher is amazing and has created tons of templates you can use with your own students. There is even a tutorial on how you can create your own templates using Google Drawings.

Also, consider submitting your own creations for others to share!  To submit templates others can utilize, simply put a link to your template (view only mode) in the comments below. Once we have a number of templates, I will create a spreadsheet and share them with all of you. The more we can work together, the more we can accomplish.


One of the questions that was asked is how you might assign work to individuals in a classroom document. I have created a quick tutorial on how you might use Google Slides to create a collaborative activity or assign students their own pages in a collaborative Google Doc.

Class Introduction Template

As always, please let me know if you find this information helpful or if you have any ideas for future posts.

New Year’s Resolution

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One of my resolutions for this new year is to write and share. It has been a year since my last post, so as you can surmise this whole resolution thing doesn’t always pan out for me, but if given the choice of “give up cupcakes” or “write” I will definitely be writing more, I’ll probably be eating a cupcake while doing it.

When working with educators I get asked frequently about how I keep current on all the changes in the world of educational technology. My answer is always, “It’s my job and I have time”.

Most teachers can barely eat lunch during the day, let alone search the web for resources. As a teacher I could never find time to learn about..well anything! When I wasn’t in my classroom I was preparing for being in my classroom.

I loved teaching, but decided I really wanted to work and learn from other educators. As a blended learning coach, I have an opportunity to see how teachers are using technology to change learning. It’s amazing what students are creating and how teachers are changing the traditional classroom landscape.

One set of tools I can’t live without is Google G Suite (formerly known as Google Apps for Education).  Below you will find a presentation with a correlating handbook on different ways to use Google products in the classroom.  In each of these items I have added screenshots and ways you can use Google products in your classroom. You will also find resources from other bloggers and educators who I think do a great job of sharing.  I hope you will find this useful and as always let me know what you think. Happy New Year!

Click here for copy of the handbook that supports this presentation.

Auto Creating Letters using Google Forms and Autocrat

A numbeunnamedr of schools are sending home “caught you” notes. These notes let parents know when a student was caught doing something good, some examples might be helping others or showing leadership.  Most of the time these slips are filled out and sent home in the student’s backpack where they live in a dark, sometimes a wet (eww) place until they get thrown away. The obvious problem with sending home a paper copy  is that it doesn’t always get seen by the intended recipient.

So, that got me thinking about a Google add-on that I had used years ago and forgotten, Autocrat.  This add-on allows you to create a form where submissions can populate a Google Doc. For example, in the case of the “caught you note” a teacher could fill out a form by selecting a list of behaviors and a letter to parents is automatically generated through autocrat. Not only could you use this with for student behavior, but you could create missing library book lists or create lesson plans.  Click this link for more examples from Jessica Johnston at Synergyse.

Below is a video showing how to set up Autocrat, as always I would love to hear your feedback and how you are using this tool.