Easy Google Doc Collaboration Idea

It doesn’t haven’t to be difficult to integrate Google APPS for Education (GAfE) for supporting technology integration. Sometimes a simple task like creating collaborative notes with students is sufficient. This supports meeting the varied skill levels of students. One beauty of this method is the focus remains on the main objective of the lesson and not the integration of technology.

How you ask? 

When students of all different abilities collaborate together on one Google Doc this provides an opportunity for natural differentiation to occur. This supports the students with maintaining focus on the lesson being taught.

  • A student who is visual may have a hard time writing notes from an auditory lecture.
  • Another student who is auditory may be good at creating a written outline.
  • The visual student can go back into the notes after the lecture and add diagrams or other images relating to the notes.
  • Another student may not write well and add a recorded note to the document.
  • Yet another student may like watching videos to enhance the notes.
  • The student who likes playing games may find a link to share to support the learning of the content shared during class.

What does this mean?

  • Students will learn to collaborate and work as a community.
  • They will proactively take charge of  their own learning.
    • Collaborative Class Notes provide a variety of methods for studying
  • Students are provided the opportunity to become engaged learners.
  • Esteem booster for the struggling student.
  • Students learn how to work as a community.
  • Students become independent learners.

Sample of a Collaborative Notes Using Google Docs:

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NOTE: The Student or Collaborator will need the Talk & Comment Chrome Extension installed to view the recorder in comment. It the extension is not installed then the collaborator will see a link to click for hearing the audio content.

NEW Google Forms Makes Data Evaluation Easier

Recently a colleague asked, “How is everyone easily evaluating their Google Form Data?” This is when I noticed one of the “Big” differences between the old & new Google forms. The New Google Forms makes data evaluation easier both within the form and linked data collection spreadsheet.

In the Forms edit mode it allows the creator to see a quick view of group summary responses. It also allows the teacher to view individual responses for further analysis.

GOOGLE FORM DATA ANALYSIS

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When a Teacher links the Google Form to a spreadsheet for data collection this provides the ability to view the data with a variety of graphs. The New Google Spreadsheet makes this very easy to do. All the analysis information lies under the tips of one’s fingers. The teacher simply clicks on the plus sign in the lower right hand corner of the spreadsheet. This will open a window with a variety of graphs suitable for the data collected. Thanks to both Google Forms and Spreadsheets Teachers are able to quickly access and view assessment information in ways which weren’t possible before.

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET DATA ANALYSIS

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Yes! The Looking-Glass Works!!!

Sometimes when a student uses a manipulative they may need a tool to help them isolate the answer from an assortment of items, words, or numbers. Not everyone is able to look at a busy page and filter out all the noise. A transparent tool which can move around the board helps a student to find and isolate the answer. A Google Drawing transparent looking glass, viewer or slider are convenient tools for isolating information.

Using a Google drawing is one easy way to produce a transparent tool. This tool  can be integrated with most Interactive White Board (IWB) Programs, Google APPS for Education (GAfE) programs and etc…

EXAMPLES of Transparent Sliders

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STEPS to CREATE TRANSPARENT TOOLS

Google Search Define Query Magical Tool!

I’m enrolled in Power Searching with Google and finding this course to be quite valuable. It is providing me with new tools and a better understanding of Google Search and its Capabilities. This course introduce me to using the “Define Query” beyond a basic dictionary search. When using “Define” before any acronyms, slang or make believe word sets Google spiders into action. Google globally searches the internet looking for the answer, and if it discovers enough information it will provide a definition.

EXAMPLE: Define “FOMO” or “Finda”

FOMO

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Finda

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Creating Mind Maps with Google Drawing

Throughout a students career the focus on planning becomes a foundation to successful outcomes. One way students are taught to plan writing or a project idea is by using a Mind Map. A mind map helps the student to focus on the topic by creating a web of sub topics. Google Drawing APP is one easy way to create mind maps.

Once a student creates a Google Drawing mind map it can be inserted into a Google Doc or Slide to further grow their imagination. The student can easily scroll back to the mind map for guidance with what their writing.

How to Create a Google Drawing Mind Map