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Lesson 2 Using the Google Template

Text Entered in Canvas for the students:

Entry Music for class: Best Years of Our Lives by Baha Men

Exit Music for class: Bye, Bye, Bye fyr NSYNC

Note: This lesson is based upon using the free Google Video lesson found at Custom Guides: Google Docs Training

Now that we know how to label our files so that we can easily find them, we are moving onward to using Google Templates. Templates are files in the Google Drive that we can use to save time and look professional. They are already formatted and ready to go. They even have holder information that we can replace with our own work. Some of the placeholder information is written in Lorem ipsum. Lorem ipsum is a corrupted (nonsense) version of Latin that publishers have been using since the 1960s as placeholder text in templates. The work is based upon changing Latin words from the text De finibus bonorum et malorum written by Cicero. '

To learn how to use a template watch the video linked here: Creating Google Docs and Using Templates (Links to an external site.)

What to do for a grade: Locate a template that you like in your google drive. Create something that expresses what you hope this next semester will look like for you. You can write a letter to me, create a poster or post card, etc. Anything that involves you using a template.

Tennessee CS Standards Covered in this lesson:

FCO.3 Navigate to applications and documents by using desktop icons, windows, and menus.

FCO.4 Use age-appropriate online tools and resources (e.g. tutorial, assessment, web browser).

CC.1 Interact with peers, experts, and others using a variety of digital tools and devices.

CC.2 Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats. (e.g., reports, research papers, presentations, newsletters, Web sites, podcasts, blogs), citing sources.

Google Template Rubric

5 pts- Sentences Begin with Upper Case Letters: All words that begin a sentence use an upper case letter for the first letter of the word.

5 pts- End of Sentences: All sentences end with a . or a ? or an !

50 pts- Project uses a Template from Google Docs: The project presented uses a template from Google Docs

20 pts- No Lorem ipsum: The project does not contain any lorem ipsum

5 pts- Title of Doc File Part 1: The title of the doc file contains your last name

5 pts- Title of Doc File Part 2: The title of the doc file contains the subject name and period.

5 pts- Title of the Doc File Part 3: The title of the doc file contains the name of assignment.

5 pts- Title of Doc File Part 4: The title of the doc file contains the extension.

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