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...