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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Using Google Docs to Collaborate

Recently teachers in my district have been using Google Docs to encourage collaboration among students. Google Docs allow multiple students in various class periods to work on the same project at the same time. It also allows students to work on projects at home. We have used Google Docs to encourage notetaking, write essays, create presentations, and posters. The possibilities are endless. Students in my class are creating children's books about the U.S. Constitution. To prepare they must answer 15 questions about the Constitution, then use that information in the book they create. This year my two class periods will be answering the questions in small groups using a jigsaw format. Instead of students losing the question sheets or not doing the questions, now all students will be working collaboratively to find the answers. I can't wait to see how it works!

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