Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Google Shared Documents

I really enjoyed using the shared document. I found it to be very helpful. I was able to take my own notes and share my reactions to the reading material. Members in my group were allowed to do the same. Once they posted their reactions and notes, I found it very interesting to read their thoughts and feelings about the reading material. While reading their material I found it very interesting and informative. I picked up on things that I didn’t really pay attention to when I read the article. Things that were somewhat important and that I should of picked up on but missed.      

                While reading the shared document with my fellow group members I loved being able to see their input on or their take on the different subjects. Reading their thoughts and feelings and interpretation of the information being presented helped me to see the different view individuals may have. I think that the shared document is a great communication tool to use inside and outside of the classroom. Although students are not face to face communicating they are bouncing ideas and thoughts off of one another and sharing information. 

                For future students the use of the shared document in the classroom could show students that the computer can be a use of communication. Their ideas can be typed out and then in a matter of minutes shared with a friend. They can give each other feedback and share ideas, thoughts and feelings. The shared document could be used during peer editing. Some students are shy and nervous about sharing their stories and written work with one another. Each student could make up their own name/email to create a Google account. This way unless they tell one another their identity could be kept to themselves. A shared document could be set up and students would be placed in random groups or pairs to edit one another’s work. Students can edit and provide feedback on the work they read. They would only know whose paper it was through the username or email. This way they are although not communicating in person but communicating in some form. 

                Even if students wanted to share their name they could still share work through a shared document to work on their computer skills as well as their typing or keyboarding skills. Students could also work on their writing skills providing written feedback to one another using technology in front of them. Shared documents could be used throughout the schools for projects, writing assignments, homework assignments and so much more. The possibilities are endless.

1 comment:

  1. I like that you pointed out that by using a shared document you were able to see different points of views and key ideas that you didn't think of yourself.

    When you talk about how to use with your students you mention using for sharing thoughts, feelings and for peer editing. I think this is a good idea-- but can you be more specific? Can you think of a specific lesson or topic for which it would be helpful to you?

    Using the idea of peer editing is a good one too-- we just always want to make sure that we, as teachers, are also tracking our students and giving corrective feedback as needed.