I set the permissions as "can comment" on the document that I Tweeted yesterday. In the comments I found a note from Steve Goldberg that inspired my thinking about Tweeting Google Documents. This was his comment:
I made a few comments below -- I'm not sure what class/project this is for but I am intrigued by the use of combining a Google Doc with a Tweet for an assignment :) I'm writing from Durham, NC.
Applications for Education
The conclusion to this story is that I started thinking about Tweeting Google Documents while teaching a current events course. I envision it working like this:
- Copy and paste text of an article into a Google Document (giving attribution for the source and making it clear that this is done only for critique under the guidelines of fair use).
- Set the permissions on the Google Document as "public, can comment."
- Tweet and or Google+ the document. Include in the Tweet that I'm seeking polite comments to enhance the classroom conversation.
- Change the permissions back to "view only" when enough comments have been received.
By Tweeting the document I can get comments from others that can add a different perspective to our classroom conversation about a current event.
Yes, there are some concerns associated with making a document publicly available like this. First, I would not do this with students younger than high school age. Second, if you have a lot of followers you will need to closely monitor comments. Third, remember to change the permissions to "view only" when you have whatever you deem to be "enough" comments.