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Collaborate with Students – reuse TemplateTab

Reuse TemplateTab to collaborate with students and have less paperwork to grade.

Collaborate with Students – reuse TemplateTab

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Hands down my most popular Add-on is TemplateTab with over 30 million installs. I use TemplateTab a lot as a teacher. It allows you to duplicate a graphic organizer for each student on the roster. I am working on some updates to TemplateTab. If you have not been using it now is a great time!

I would rather hit myself in the head with a brick than open up 30 Google Docs

-Alice Keeler

Opening up student documents individually one at a time is not very much fun on a slow school wifi network. TemplateTab makes it much easier to review student responses when we are all in the same Google Sheets™ spreadsheet.

Reuse TemplateTab

If you have previously used TemplateTab and want to reuse the same graphic organizer with a new group of students you will want the advanced menu. Click on “Advanced Features” in the sidebar of the TemplateTab Add-on.

sidebar of template tab with advanced features button. Collaborate with Students - reuse TemplateTab

Create a New Spreadsheet

When you run TemplateTab it hides the graphic organizer template. Clicking on “Create New” in the sidebar will create a brand new Google Sheets spreadsheet with a copy of the graphic organizer template. It also provides you with a tab to paste your new student roster list.

Advanced features menu with a button for create new.

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When I have an assignment from last year I can reuse the assignment and it will include the collaborative spreadsheets I may have attached. I have the TemplateTab spreadsheets as “students can edit file.” There is a tab for each student from the previous year. Remove this spreadsheet entirely from the assignment.

After running “Create New” TemplateTab from the old spreadsheet, click on the Google Drive icon to add the fresh spreadsheet.

Make sure your spreadsheet is added as “Students can edit file” so it is collaborative.

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