*Dion Staton is the school librarian at North Jefferson Middle School.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Setting up a Google Docs Account
While Google is not the preferred search engine for student use in completing projects, it does have many very useful extras that make our jobs much easier. One tool I really like is Google Docs. Google Docs is an online document storage solution that is easy to use and accessible from anywhere you have internet connection.
I regularly have my students use this tool so that they do not have to keep up with or purchase flash drives. It has worked very well for us, and the students like using the tool. The only real drawback to this tool is that it does not save in the new Microsoft .docx format. But it will save items in the older .doc format.
Now the following is the step-by-step instruction guide that I use with students who come to the library and do not have a way to save their work.
Setting up a Google Account
1. Open Internet Explorer and type in the address bar the following:
2. Go to the top right hand corner and click the sign-in link.
3. Click on the link on the right hand side that says “Create a Google Account Now”
4. Fill out the required information. (Note that some students may not have an email account; if they don’t, you may have to first set them up an email account, or you can just use your email address to confirm the Google Docs account.)
5. Click the ‘I accept’ button.
6. Follow the instructions on the page to activate the account.
7. Once you click on the link that is sent to your email you will see this page.
8. Click the link shown below.
9. You are now in your account profile page and you can access and add all the Google tools from this page.
10. To add more tools to your products section click on the 'More' link in the bottom left of the screen.
11. You can add and explore many useful tools from this page. Have fun learning. The Google docs product is shown below. Click it to add it to the products line-up.
12. Once you add it to the products line-up click it to enter the world of Google Docs.
13. The first time you come in you will see this;
14. Click the blue “Learn More” link if you are unfamiliar with online document creation and storage. You can also upload documents you have already created at this point as well, or you can wait until later. You can use Microsoft, Open Office, and several other programs to write the documents or you can write and create from within Google Docs. Either way you choose, documents you save here are available from anywhere you have internet access.