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Google Docs is a Fabulous Teaching Tool!


A few weeks ago, I realized that I needed to change my normal routine for writing.  Typically, with my old class, of only 11 students, I was able to have them draft, proofread, peer conference, have a teacher conference, edit and then publish each week. With my larger 4 class, I immediately recognized that I needed to change things up a bit.

 I decided to use Google Docs for each writing assignment.  The students start each writing assignment in Google Docs and share it with me for my review. I am able to go on and write comments, suggestions, highlight areas to edit, etc.  It is time consuming, however, it has taken the place of my need to have a conference with each student during class.  They read my notes, make changes, and then publish.  It was so cool to be commenting on several students’ drafts at once, and see that they were working on it simultaneously. I basically was having teacher conferences on Google Docs.  The kids loved it!  I was also really  impressed with how nicely their assignments turned out.  They really listened to my suggestions.

Next week we will do the same thing, but they will also be sharing their document with two peers.  That way they can peer edit without having to be in class. It has been an interesting  change, which appears to be an excellent teaching tool.

Here are a couple from this week’s assignment. (the students had to write a dialogue post using a picture of animals) We were working on proper use of quotation marks and punctuation marks.

4 thoughts on “Google Docs is a Fabulous Teaching Tool!

  1. Hi Teachblogandtweet,
    Love your blog name, and it matches your story. ; )
    Triumph. Love to feel teacher and student next level stories.

    Where is your follow on Twitter button, though?


    • How do I add a follow on Twitter button? Not sure how?

      • Hi tbaum

        To install a twitter follow button:
        Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
        From the menu on the left, choose Appearance.
        Hover your mouse over Appearance and choose widgets.
        It will take you to a page with lots of cool thingys to put on your blog, like Like On Face Book, and the Twitter widget.

        There are lots to look at. On the right side of that page, there are a bunch of little widget areas.
        You click and hold the widget you choose and drag it to the widget area you want it at.
        Whatever you put in your widget area shows on your blog.
        If you don’t like where you put it, you can always drag it off and to the bottom of this page, an area for widgets you aren’t using anymore.

        On the Widget Page:

        Right=Widget areas to drag them to.
        Bottom of page=where you drag them if you don’t want them in your widget area anymore.
        Whatever is in your widget area shows on your blog.
        Once you have the Twitter Widget where you want it, you set it up.
        At the bottom of the page the WordPress support page has a detailed step by step for setting it up. Short and easy.
        Good Luck.
        Let me know, when you have a button so I can follow you!

  2. Wow, thanks so much for your help! That was very easy! I think I got it.

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