Here's a tip that was shown to me by Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell.
Have you ever made a template in Google Drive (a Doc, Spreadsheet, Presentation, etc) and really wish that your students each had their own copy of it -- that way they could each complete their own and turn it back in to you?
Rather than sharing the template with your students and then having them click "File" --> "Make a Copy", here's a pro tip that will automatically create their own copy of a doc just by clicking on its link.
First, lets pretend I made a template I wanted my students to each have their own copy of. Its URL (or web address) is this:
This link won't work because you haven't been given access to it. Now, look at the back end of that link. See the bit which says "/edit" (I changed it to red)? This tells Google Drive that this is an "edit"-able version of the Doc. To force students to make a copy of this template, however, all you have to do is change the /edit to /copy. Like this:
Important! You now must turn on link-sharing by clicking the "Get Shareable Link" button after clicking the blue "Share" button.
Next, put this new link (with /copy) onto your Haiku page, class website, etc. When clicked, this new window comes up:
Click the link below to see it in action (Note how I changed /edit to /copy):
Let's take this one step further. Think: you can now make a Google Presentation template you'd like students to use ahead of time to make sure that every student has the same starting point. Like this: