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Using Google Docs to Improve Student Writing

Browse recordings: livestream.com/educon11

Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
Room 308
Larissa Pahomov
Affiliation: Science Leadership Academy
Conversational Focus/Audience:
High School, Middle School
Conversation Description:

Essay writing at the high school level is often hindered by its traditional structure — students focus on meeting deadlines and page limits, with little attention given to improving or reflecting on the writing during and after the assignment.

This session will discuss how to use Google Docs and other tools to make the writing process more authentic and engaging. When students produce print essays, their work is often out of mind as soon as it is out of sight — turned in to the teacher or stuffed in the bottom of a backpack. When students have individual Google Doc accounts and in-school access to computers, their "Writing Doc" becomes a place where their written work lives and flourishes in a semi-public environment — an online portfolio where brainstorming, peer editing, revision, and teacher feedback can all take place and be documented over the course of the school year.

Link to Writing Doc Template v.1

Link to Presentation Slides on Slideshare

Conversational Practice:
The model used at SLA will be introduced, and then the template will be made available to attendees to play with. The session will then be a place to brainstorm different modifications and applications for this approach. The goal is for the group to further develop the model, and figure out ways to make it work in every environment.


Vlastik Svab Vlastik Svab said:

Examples of public Googledocs under "Summer Reading" and "Open Letters."

Sat 29 Jan 2011 11:41:43 AM EST

I use the live updating features of Google Docs to assist my struggling writers as they compose. Helping them when they need it has greatly improved their writing. Will post link to my piece on NWP's Digital Is... website as soon as it's live.

Sat 29 Jan 2011 11:24:52 AM EST

Sat 29 Jan 2011 10:29:30 AM EST

Oops! New, better link:

Link to Writing Doc Template, v.1

Fri 28 Jan 2011 10:05:04 AM EST

Can you unblock needing an SLA password to access your template?

Thu 27 Jan 2011 03:41:57 PM EST