Using & Sharing G-Suite Templates

Let’s face it…there are times where you are not interested in creating something from scratch or you do not want your students to have to either. You just want to be able to use a template that has already been made. Why reinvent the wheel? Well, Google Drive has some templates that you can choose from. The question you might ask is, “Well, how can I find templates for docs, slides, forms, etc.”

If you are in the Google Drive tab, you will notice that when you go to create a new document, by selecting the new button, you are not prompted with an option to create a document from a template.

Instead, you will want to actually be on the landing page of the type of file that you are looking to use a template. For example, if you are looking for students to compose a letter or write newsletter for an assignment, you might have them go to the landing page of Google Docs (docs.google.com) OR select the docs icon in the top right waffle icon.

By doing this, not only will you find Google Docs that you have in your drive, you will also find some templates that have already been created for anyone to use and alter. Even if you do not like what is provided, the templates will give you an idea of how one has created them. This might give you some inspiration on how you can design some of your files moving forward. This might also give you some inspiration to share your own templates with your school domain.

Finding a Template

One row of templates are located at the top.

By selecting the word TEMPLATE GALLERY, you will find more options to choose from.

Select the one that you are interested in and away you go.

Providing a Template for Your School Domain
You have the ability to add a template for your school domain as well. Once you are in the template gallery, select your school district tab. Then follow the steps to submitting a template.

Recommended Templates for Teachers

Google Forms has a couple of templates that can help teachers get started: Exit Ticket and Course Evaluation.

Of course, if you have any questions, you know where to find me.

And that is my Spiel…

Graph My Math!: Coordinate Plane Templates

A math colleague of mine, Stefan Fritz, found himself in a situation where he constantly was in the need for customized coordinate planes for worksheets, activities, assessments etc that he was creating for his students.

With the lack of great resources out there, he decided to create his own website. How COOL is that? What is this website you ask?

graphmymath.com

Here a user is able to indicate how they want to customize a coordinate plane to look:

  • scaling of x and y axis
  • labeling of the axes
  • layout of the grid
Once the user has their settings for the grid, they are able to select the download button. This file can then be added to a Google Doc or Google Slide, or any other product they wish. 
* NOTE: The downloaded file type will be a png file.
Big kudos to Stefan for solving a problem he found himself in and allowing other educators to benefit from his hard work in creating this great site!

Use Google Form Templates for Exit Tickets & Course Evals

Over the past couple of days, I have spent some time looking at templates that Google has created for its products. More specifically, I came across some templates with Google Forms. Two of them that I feel could be very useful for teachers are the Exit Ticket and Course Evaluation templates. They are short sweet and to the point. I also like the fact that you have the ability to make any changes that you want with the templates by adding your own questions and/or deleting ones that you don’t find useful/important.

To see the template options, go to the Google Forms direct link forms.google.com. If you go the route of creating a new Google Form from your Google Drive account, you will not see the option to create a form from a template. But by hitting the back button, Google will bring you to their form’s homepage where you will see the available templates. The video below will quickly explain how to get to the Google Form templates.

When it comes to exit tickets, I know that there are tools out there that do the same thing, such as Socrative, but using the exit ticket template in Google Forms can be great for those instances that you

  • don’t want students to have to log into a different tool/system
  • don’t have a lot of time and want to quickly get the exit ticket to students through Google Classroom
As always, if you have any questions, you know where to find me.