Weekly Wonder #5 Google Doc’s

Google Doc’s will not be a “new” technology to many of you but it is still one that I find really useful and I continue to develop ways in which I use it each and every time I do work with my students.

Here is a link “Interesting Ways to use Google Doc’s” and a link to Tom Barrett’s “Interesting Ways” series whihc is a fantastic starting point to see and share ideas on how to use technology in the classroom.

There are literally a thousand and one uses for this technology in the classroom. It is flexible, collaborative and easy to use. It is a free resource that students can access on most smart phones. I have personally used it for the following activities:

  • Sharing initial research/interesting article summaries of a new topic, (Presentation)
  • Sharing lesson objectives and mark criteria, (Presentation)
  • Presentation work, (Presentation)
  • Peer feedback and self assessment tasks, (Presentation/Word Processor)
  • Student Voice, (Form)
  • Collaboration on new Schemes of Learning, (Word Processor)
Below is an example of a presentation, which is also embedded on the VLE:

Like most of the tools highlighted in this blog, using the tool on it’s own does not bring about all of the advantages associated with e-learning but when these are combined with other collaborative and creative tools that enhance and engage learners then there is more benefits for students and teachers alike.

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About St John's ICT

ICT Subject Learning Co-ordinator, responsible for whole school ICT, inteerested in Web 2.0 tools, using iPads and mobile devices, BYOD and connecting students and schools through ICT to enhance Teaching and Learning.
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