Learning with Technology

for Teaching

September 2, 2015
by Brent Hirata

Expand Your Googleverse

Tech It Out Day 2015 - Expand your Googleverse

Have you ever come across a Google service and try to log into it with your Google@UH username only to be told that do not have access to tools like Google Maps, Analytics, Google +, Blogger, YouTube?  Well wait no longer, Expand Your Googleverse!   The university is now allowing you access to “Consumer Apps”.  You simply have to be willing to accept Google’s General Terms of Service.

Tech It Out Day 2015 - Expand your Googleverse (2)

Once you have accepted Google’g general terms of service you will have access to many more Google tools.  A good example of why you would want to do this would be to migrate your course presentation videos from your personal (Google.com) YouTube account into your Hawaii YouTube user account.

To learn more you may visit the University of Hawai’i’s Google@UH webpage (http://www.hawaii.edu/google/extra)

March 9, 2015
by Leanne Riseley

Culinary Students Use Google Docs to Share with Future Students and Employers

Ian Riseley

Ian Riseley

Ian Riseley, Associate Professor in Culinary, has been using Google Docs for the last three semesters to capture the student-created dishes served in The Pearl. The student menu is the capstone of the CULN 223 8-week module and is worth a significant portion of their grade.

The Student Menu Assignment asks students to create and prepare one or two dishes. The dishes must present well and show a degree of difficulty and creative flair. At the same time, students must keep in mind that they may have to produce their dishes for up to 30 people. The student menu rubric assesses the recipe, food order, production, as well as the dish itself. Ian finds that students spend a lot of time and effort working on their recipes.

Ian decided to start using Google Docs as a way to share information by:

1. Building a library of student-created dishes

Ian currently has a library of 34 student-created recipes.

To give the reader an idea, here is a sample of two student-created recipes.

Martin Max Bajet

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Ashley Dias

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Ian has found that the students go to his website to browse through the other students’ dishes for ideas as they are creating and working on their own dishes. Since the Google Docs are linked to a website, after the student graduates, he/she may still access and copy any of the recipes.

Ian finds that students take a huge amount of pride and ownership in their dishes and really enjoy sharing them with their classmates.

2. Creating a publicly viewable document that could be sent to a future employer

As part of the final assignment, students create a standardized recipe (which is done in many restaurants) so the dish can be produced exactly the same way, thus controlling quality and quantity.

As you saw in the above samples, each student creates a Google Doc with their recipe, their name, and a photograph of their dish. They create their Google Doc and share it publicly, which generates a sharable link. When the time comes for students to apply for a position, they can send the link to their future employer.

March 3, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Gmail and Google Docs workshops starting next week

2015SP-gmail-googledocs-workshop-flyerGmail Challenge

Two dates/times to choose from:

  • Tuesday, March 10 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM or
  • Wednesday, March 11 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Eventbrite - Gmail Challenge (Spring 2015)

Starting next week, join me for the Gmail Challenge workshop* where you’ll learn how to be efficient with email and utilize Gmail’s features to take control of your email. You will perform email tasks and use strategies to organize and manage your Google@UH Gmail account.

Google Docs Challenge

Two dates/times to choose from:

  • Friday, March 13 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM or
  • Monday, March 16 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Eventbrite - Google Docs Challenge (Spring 2015)

The week after next, join me for the Google Docs Challenge workshop* where you’ll get hands-on time creating, sharing, and collaborating on Google Documents to discover the many features and benefits of online documents and how your students can benefit from it too.

Interested in more? Read how Dottie Sunio, Lecturer at Leeward CC, uses Google Docs in her ICS 100 class for a collaborative activity. Read how Eve Naia Tupper, Lecturer at Leeward CC, uses Google Docs and other add-ons for student essay assignments in her ENG 100 online classes.

*Participants are eligible to receive a badge of achievement for successfully completing the Gmail and/or Google Docs Challenge as evidence to include in their dossiers.

February 18, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Dynamic Interaction with Writing Students and Assignment Management Using Google Docs, Doctopus, and Goobric

This is a special guest blog post by Eve Naia Tupper, ENG 100 Lecturer at Leeward CC.

“Google Docs was a great benefit especially for an online class. I found it useful that others (peers and/or professor) can add comments and that changes can be tracked on Google Docs.” – ENG 100 Student

How I Started


Eve Naia Tupper

I was hired in spring 2014 to teach online English 100 classes at Leeward CC. I originally began teaching English Composition in the late 1980’s for the Virginia Tech English department, and have lots of teaching experience, but this was the first time I’d be teaching online. I was especially interested in learning how to interact with my online students to help them revise their essay drafts.

I made many summertime visits to Leeward’s Educational Media Center (EMC) for assistance. I had previously met Rachael Inake, Educational Technologist at the EMC, when I took her Google Docs workshop at Windward CC during the HSI Gone Wild conference on March 7, 2014. I learned a bit about how Google Docs inspired cooperative writing, and wanted to know more about how I could use Google Docs in my ENG 100 online classes.

The Magic of Google Docs, Doctopus, and Goobric

Rachael used her expertise in Google Docs and Doctopus, a Google Sheets add-on app, to help me create an intensively interactive, highly-organized and efficient way to implement and manage essay assignments. I was intrigued by the potential to have a high level of student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction using Google Docs for my ENG 100 essay assignments. I loved the concept that students’ drafts in Google Docs could be shared with me and the class, changes could be tracked, students could simultaneously provide evaluation feedback on each other’s drafts to use for revisions, I could comment on the students’ drafts, text chat with students online about their drafts, and grade and leave feedback on their docs using the assignment rubric via Goobric, a Google Chrome extension that works with Doctopus.

A student’s essay draft with comments using Google Documents. (Click to view larger.)

I learned, with Rachael’s kind and patient help and her excellent video tutorials, how to setup and use Doctopus. Doctopus is a free Google Sheets add-on that allows the instructor to mass-copy/create docs for each student (from a starter template Google Document the instructor creates), share docs automatically, monitor student progress, and manage grading and feedback for student projects. When I ran the Doctopus add-on, it made copies of my template doc I created for students’ essay draft assignment with necessary sharing permissions I chose in Doctopus (i.e. students can comment on each other’s), labeled each with the student’s name, course number, and assignment title, so that I would never again receive a “mystery essay” with missing information on top. It even created an organized folder structure in my Google Drive (see screenshot below) with necessary sharing permissions applied. The automated creation and sharing process saved a lot of time and prevented mistakes from having to do it manually for 40 students (two classes).

My Doctopus assignment folders for fall semester’s classes. (Click to view larger.)

For students’ final essay assignment, I created a similar template doc (like the draft doc), but this time I specified sharing permissions in Doctopus so that each student’s doc wasn’t shared with the entire class, but with just me and each student so I could give private feedback and his/her final grade for the essay. After I ran Doctopus to generate the assignment docs for each student, students copied and pasted the text from their draft doc into their final doc and made necessary edits for their final version. Doctopus has an “embargo” feature that allowed me to “lock” the students’ docs (which changes the sharing permission for them from “edit” to “view”) so no further edits could be made after the due date while I’m grading them. To grade, I used a free Google Chrome extension called “Goobric” to input my grading rubric that works together with Doctopus. It allowed me to input scores for each criterion and paste the completed rubric directly into each student’s doc.

Goobric (click to view larger)

Goobric (click to view larger)

Additionally, I shared the class’ drafts folder in Google Drive with the Leeward CC Writing Center, so that when online students call the Writing Center for help, the tutor and student can open the Google Document and chat on the phone and/or in the doc and edit the essay with ease.

Although I’ve used Google Docs, Doctopus, and Goobric for my online classes, it can definitely work well in face-to-face classes. Plus, students don’t need to have MS Word to do their assignments; Google Docs is free!

Students’ Comments

I can say that my fall semester with Google Docs has been a success, and my fall 2014 students had these comments:

“Google drive is very useful; especially it allows students to edit their drafts very easily.”

“I particularly enjoyed writing and getting feedback. I find myself writing reports, emails, letters daily at work- so it’s always nice to practice. Not just grammar, spelling and all those things but practice- how you write…Also, I have never used Google Docs, it’s a useful and effective program. It’s better than attaching a document to an email (which takes too much time). I would definitely use it again.”

“Another useful tool implemented in this course was the google docs.  It was extremely helpful to have a designated template for each step of each assignment in one easy to access spot.  This was the first time I had ever used Google docs as a part of an educational course, and I must admit that I did not immediately recognize the benefits of this tool.  It wasn’t long, however, before I came to appreciate the organization the Google docs provided.  Having drafts, peer evaluation results, and instructor feedback in one location was helpful when writing my final drafts as all of the information I needed to reference was located in one place”.

“Mastering Google Docs was a benefit for sure and a new skill I can add to my list. I did not know Google Docs existed before I was required to use it for this course. I even let my husband in on it and let’s just say we are both users of Google Docs. I never faced any problems with Google Docs. Everything worked just fine, thankfully.”

“Learning how to use Google documents is also a skill I have now acquired because of this course. In future courses it will help me if I need to use the Google documents.”

Collaboration with the Leeward CC Library

This spring, I am continuing with Doctopus and Google Docs, and am building on last semester’s work. This semester, the supportive and amazing Leeward CC Librarians Leah Gazan and Junie Hayashi are sharing a Google Doc in the Doctopus “Class Edit” folder (which gives students “edit” access to type on the doc) called Ask an LCC Librarian a Question!. This single document is shared by all of the ENG 100 students, myself, and the librarians. At any time, a student can type a question for the librarians on this Google Doc, and within 48 hours, the librarian can type the answer for all class members to see. This is a wonderful resource for ENG 100 students, who need to take the Library Information Literacy Exam and use the Leeward CC library databases to research and document their research findings MLA style in their papers.

Ask an LCC Librarian a Question Google Document. (Click to view larger.)


If you’re looking to get started with Google Docs, register for the “Google Docs Challenge” workshop on March 16 or 17, 2015. For help with Google Docs or Doctopus, contact Rachael at rinake@hawaii.edu.

February 9, 2015
by Rachael Inake

Easy collaborative activity using Google Docs

dottie-sunio-profileDo you want to have a fun, easy and engaging activity in your classroom? Dottie Sunio, Lecturer, shares how she uses Google Docs in her two sections of ICS 100. Last month, she attended my Google Docs workshop at the HBEA conference. Since then, she was excited to incorporate what she learned into an extra credit Google Docs activity for her face-to-face ICS 100 classes, which also addresses the following SLOs: Utilize the basic features of computing applications to communicate effectively. Utilize online resources for research and communication.

Dottie’s activity (below) introduces students to using Google Docs and has them share and collaborate with a partner on the doc. Students discovered how to input text, pictures, links, and use the Research tool to search for an online resource and include the citation.

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Here is a team’s Google Doc that they created for the activity. (Screenshot below.) Dottie expressed that students loved the activity, especially the Research tool that creates citations automatically, the chat feature to text chat in the document, and the ability to download as a Word doc or PDF. She said students thought, “Google Docs is the best thing since ‘sliced bread’!” Later, Dottie used the comment feature to leave feedback for the students in their docs.


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You can use this Google Docs activity by switching in your own topic for your classes. It works great to support team collaboration in the classroom or especially online when students can’t physically meet. The built-in chat and commenting tools make it easy to communicate and collaborate. Everyone with a UH account has access to Google Docs so there’s no reason not to use it. If you’re interested in learning more Google Docs to get you started, consider registering for the next Google Docs Challenge workshop on either Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17. Eventbrite - Google Docs Challenge (Spring 2015)

Next up, Dottie is planning to use more Google tools. She plans to work with Librarian, Junie Hayashi, to use iPads and Google search tools to find information about system software. As the semester progresses students will also use the spreadsheet and presentation apps – Google Sheets and Slides. And they’ll end the term by creating a survey using Google Forms, sending it out to their classmates, and gathering the responses to turn in for credit.

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