Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Teaching Collaborative Revision Using Google Docs

Earlier this evening Kyle Pace called my attention to a nice free publication from Google and Weekly Reader. Through Google for Educators Weekly Reader has published a small collection of pdf guides for teaching the collaborative revision process using Google Documents. Teaching Collaborative Revision with Google Docs includes step-by-step guides for using Google Docs, a set of four documents for student use, and a teachers' guide with suggested lesson plans.

Applications for Education
One of the things that I'm doing with Google Docs this year is creating public documents that my students contribute to as a review exercise. I create an outline of the topics we've covered in class and the students then work together to fill in the details. After the initial novelty of posting over each over wears off, the students settle in to refine and or expand upon each others' contributions to the outline. If you'd like some other ideas about having students revise each others' work online, check out Teaching Collaborative Revision with Google Docs.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Google for Teachers - Free Ebook
Google for Teachers II - Free Ebook
A Fun Video for Introducing Google Docs