I use Google docs extensively. it has completely transformed the way I do my role. So much of the work I do is in teams and it is rare that any document has a single author. It is also rare that contributors work from the same location. My team is spread all around the diocese. A google doc is the perfect collaboration tool.
How would I use it in the classsroom?
We used to always plan in teams. I would attept to write units not just in teams that span across the school but across the diocese.
Compiling assessment ... eg. in Maths. I used to teach in a very big school. We had cohorts of 400 students in each year level. There were 15 year 9 maths classes and lots of teachers. Start with a blank doc shared to all members in the maths team. Break the document up with sub headings, one for each type of concept we intend testing in the term. Invite teachers in the team to contribute questions as the unit unfolds. Use this document at team meetings to ensure all team members are "on the same page" and to generate conversations about where people are at. When it comes time to compile the test, the person given that task can cut and paste from this document. The "test" can then be available to the team for "comment".
Say to students.....
"This week we are learning about...."
"I have left this shared document with each of you as editors".
"For the next 5 nights of homework, scour the web and see what you can find as resources for this unit". "Leave a link to what you find on this page".
Pre and Post testing
Use a Google form to pre-test and post test a unit.
Check for understanding/Assess "for" learning
Use a Google form to see where the class is at (Assessment of learning)
Criteria Sheet/ Assessment "as" learning
Write a criteria sheet where every "standards descriptor" hyper-links to exemplars so students can see what that standard looks like. The challenge is to have exemplars that come from a different topic or context but demonstrate the same achievement.
We have been learning about surface area. I have shared this Google doc with all of you as editors. You are required to write 1 question that revises what we learned in class today. If everyone contributes 1, we will have 20. You have 10 minutes. There is only one rule: you cannot repeat a question someone else has submitted.
Once 20 questions have been submitted, please make a copy and write your answers.
- What did I learn today?
- What parts did I find most difficult?
- What did I understand best?
Students hand in drafts as Google documents. Using the comment function, give students feedback.