I was part of an interesting discussion recently concerning teacher's concerns over what they feel are limitations of Google applications on the iPad. Teachers had stopped having students use Google Docs to type assignments because they thought it was not possible to to set up a paper using MLA style on an iPad. Instead they had created a cumbersome workaround which involved students typing documents, emailing them to their teacher, and teachers then printing out document after document for students. Obviously this is more than inefficient! Creating an MLA style heading is a simple process and hopefully for these teachers will quickly lead to less time and paper being wasted!
MLA Format in Google Docs on the iPad
1. Open Google Drive on the iPad and log in.
2. In Drive click the Plus icon in the lower right corner. Choose new Google Doc.
3. In the Google Doc, click the More icon in the upper right corner. Tap the toggle to turn Print Layout mode on.
4. In Docs, tap at the top of the document to reveal the Header. Tap the right align icon to move the cursor to the far right, and type your last name.
5. Tap the Number Pages icon to add the page number. Each page will now include both your last name and page numbers in consecutive order.
6. The last step is to add the four-line, double-spaced heading to your first page. This includes your name, professor's name, class information and the date.
That's it! Each page will now have your last name and page number listed in the upper right corner of the paper. The video below also explains the entire process.
Google is Elementary: Google Drive on the iPad
Google is awesome. It is absolutely my go-to place for all things productivity and creativity. And, I love sharing it with my students and teachers! When I hold a training on Google and they begin to grasp the potential of Google I feel such a sense of satisfaction.
I do have one complaint, however. I don't always like to take the time to create training materials from scratch. First, my schedule is tight and creating materials is time consuming! Second, there is so already so much great material out there created by experts that it doesn't always make sense to create my own.
But here, too, is where the problem lies. Most of the material I find is created for older students and adults. I am a K-5 Instructional Coach and my primary teachers are ready to jump in to using GSuite for EDU with their kids. And why shouldn't they? Why do we wait until students are older to teach them how to use Google? Imagine if our youngest students learn its power when they are in the primary grades. By the time they reach middle and high school, they will be experts, meaning those teachers can move on to deeper and more creative instruction.
My solution? Google is Elementary. Today I plan to start series of posts devoted to our primary teachers and our youngest students. I know these kids can use Google at their age and I hope my teachers find it useful!