As my students continued to work vigorously on their science fair projects these past two weeks, I rejoiced in the handiness of Google Docs Ed. Over the past week, the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have been researching, writing, experimenting, and recording results of all their experiments. Each day, they add to a lab report on their topic, which they share with me on Google Docs. After they complete each section, I type comments (within the document) on things for them to fix the next day. This process has allowed the students, many of whom struggle with writing, to develop solid lab reports with pertinent research and smooth flowing ideas.
The ability to type comments directly into the documents, without emailing things back and forth or dealing with a stack of papers each day, streamlines the editing process for teachers and students. Students get instant feedback and the edits are easy to make. The students and I can log on from anywhere, on any computer, at any time and work on the document. If students want to work on their document, they only have to bring themselves – much of their research is bookmarked on Sharetabs and Awesome Highlighter.
Here are some examples of what it looks like
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