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Tic-Tac-Toe with Google Docs


Last week my class had a fun experience. We used Google docs to play a live tic-tac-toe game with our twitter friends in Montana (@JonFines class) We had already played a few games with the class over an extended period of time, each taking turns and tweeting once we had played but never at the same time. That was a great way to start but the live game was amazing. As you can see from the picture they were a bit excited to win the first game. Jon’s class won the second game and he sent me a few pictures of his class playing so I could show my class their “setup.” On my side of the game I let one child decide where to move each time it was our turn. The entire class was scheming and planning on how to win but the one child had the final choice each turn. The picture below shows our setup. We are already scheming what is next for our two classes, my ultimate goal is to have Kindergarten kids playing chess against friends across the world.

Here is a link to the Tic-Tac-Toe Template. You are welcome to copy this to your google docs and use. Thanks to Jon for creating it!


13 Responses to Tic-Tac-Toe with Google Docs

  1. Marianna says:

    Hi Matt,
    Would you be willing to share your template for the game so we may try it at our school?

    We are always trying to be more like you!


  2. Jen says:

    Or would you be willing to teach us how you managed to play the game real time? It’s a great idea and I assume the possibilites are endless!!

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Jen, a google doc is a live document, meaning anyone with the link can edit the document. When multiple people are working on the document at the same time you can “see” what the other people are typing or doing. All we did is both open the document at the same time and take turns moving. When my class would make a move Jon’s class would see that happen live on their screen. Give it a try!

  3. Susan says:

    Love this idea! Along with trying your idea with Kindergarten, I am thinking about having my 2nd graders play each other from different laptops. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Very clever. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Marianna says:

    We tried it out and loved it! Thanks for the inspiration! Check it out here:

  6. Wynelle Welsh says:

    How do you set the privacy? And what rights do you give the people you share it with? Do they have to have a Google account?

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  8. Veronika Chan says:

    Great idea! I love how the students see the updates in real time!

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