Google Docs in a Reading/Lit Seminar class to Enhance Learning (Learning…
Google Docs in a Reading/Lit Seminar class to Enhance Learning
Working as a Team
Google Docs allow students to collaborate online. Students can share ideas among peers with ease.
Students can work in groups to complete papers.
With Google Docs, students can write posts/journals about readings and share with classmates
Students can read assigned readings and then write in a personal journal that is shared with the whole class. Students can then read other student’s journals and initiate discussions.
Write and Edit Documents
Google Docs offers a platform where students are able to write papers. They can also turn in papers to the teacher through Docs.
Students can share documents and give feedback for editing.
When preparing for a shared inquiry discussion, a copy of the reading could be uploaded to Google Docs, on which students could make notes and highlight specific examples that they would bring up during the discussion.
In reading, students will be reading high level texts, and will need to learn how to understand these texts. The reading could be uploaded to Google Docs along with questions to guide their thinking; as they read and annotate the document, they could answer the questions alongside it.
Framing the Classroom
Many classrooms use a physical exit ticket as students leave class each day; the same prompts could be put into a Google Doc, which students would respond to for the few minutes before the bell rang each day.
"Brain Breakfast", or Daily Warm-Up
The daily warm-up to get students into their reading for the day could be put into a Google Doc to be shared with students individually; this activity would get students engaged in the classroom by having them work as a team to correct errors and come up with ideas.
Students can share writing based off of their reading with a classmate via Google Docs, and make comments or edits to each others papers. They can also keep track of these comments as they make changes.
With doing a jigsaw approach to a specific reading, student instructions and segments could be uploaded to Google Docs, where all students would have access to every reading along with their own. This also individualizes what students are reading about and looking for in their reading.
Teachers can easily share a document that includes Reading/Literature Seminar vocabulary words that students can collaborate on
Teachers can create a specific folder in Google Docs for Reading students that includes copies of articles, short stories, and reading schedules for novels. All students would have permanent access to this folder!
Teachers can type direct feedback onto the students' Google doc! Students can easily access their Reading Reflections without worrying about keeping track of a paper!
The teacher is notified when a student turns in an assignment. Therefore, in reading, a teacher can have documents to go along with the reading and know when students are actually finished by seeing when they turn something in. It can be confusing to guess when students are actually done but through this tool independent reading assignments become less “guess work”.
If the classroom is reading a class book together, the teacher can include hyperlinks for scaffolding articles and can hyperlink from a PowerPoint to a document and vice versa. This helps the teacher easily transition the type of assessment, from presentation comprehension to assisted reading assignments. Assignments such as quick plot point checks. It’s a real time saver, and what teacher doesn’t love thought-out, fast assessments.
When using Google classroom, teachers have a feature called “Return”. This will return the online assignment back to the student with a grade attached to it. The point system is completely customizable and can have private comments attached. For instance, reading needs to be built with assisting comprehension checks, if the teacher observes through an assessment that a student just is not understanding the text, the teacher can “return” the assignment with a constructive comment.
Reading and writing go hand-in-hand, ask any teacher and they’ll agree. Therefore, for reading assignments that are paired with writing assignments, assessing student growth has never been easier than with Google Documents. Say you want to know how a students writing is coming along, well you can go into their google document and see what they have been doing. If you have concerns for their assignment and you want them corrected before the BIG assessment, you can leave “comments” on the paper and they even have. The option to press “resolved” when they are done editing their written work for their reading assignment.
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Pretty cool huh?
Storing Class Materials
Grading Made Easy