This video and link is a great resource for educators. There were many great ideas I was able to pull from this link. I also realized how beneficial this is in the classroom. Here are some of the main points I took away from this video and website:
- Students can work from school and home; no more, "I forgot my work" excuses.
- The revisions are saved and documented so you can see who edited the page and when.
- Students love to collaborate and edit. You can see who is also editing the page at the same time.
- Teachers (after receiving an invite) can comment on students' work at any time and track progress.
- You can organize work into folders.
- Publishing the work to a website or blog gives the students a purpose to write, rather than just for a grade.
- You can easily create a poll or survey with the spreadsheet function.
- You can import an existing PowerPoint presentation and even publish the presentation to the web.
Here are some assignment examples that this website provided:
- Essays (individual or co-edited)
- Collaborative research papers (history, geography, science)
- Collaborative book reports
- Creative writing (script writing and poetry)
- Writing portfolios
- Stock portfolio (live data)
- Graphs, charts, and data presentation techniques
- Presenting group research
- Active student participation during a presentation
I hope that now you have a better understanding of the many benefits of using Google Docs in the classroom!