See Ya Later, Paper!
Type of technology: Google Doc to EDU2.0
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Any subjects
THE LESSON: Students complete an essay using Google Docs and submit their essays electronically to an assignment on EDU. Many students in seventh grade have never used Google Applications before and need explicit instructions on how to organize folders in their Google Drive and how to create a Google Doc using MLA format. The following screen-casts and documents help instructor and student learn how to create and complete this method of essay submission.
INTRO TO GOOGLE DRIVE: This screen-cast helps students in need of basic instruction to organize their Google Drive and create a document using MLA format:
INTRO TO MLA FORMAT: This is the MLA Format Document that students copy from a link on the EDU homepage and save to their own Google Drive Account. Students can then make an additional copy and change the personal information on the document to create a template that they use for almost every formal writing assignment in any class. Using this self-made template ensures proper format every time.
PEER-EDITING: After completing their essays, students then peer-edit each other’s work by sharing their Google Docs with each other and using the “suggestion” option for editing. Then, students revise their work by resolving or denying each edit made by their editors, and submitting the link to their document on the EDU essay assignment, thus eliminating the need to print a hard-copy.
EDU DIRECTIONS FOR TEACHERS: The following directions below will help the instructor create an essay assignment on EDU that can be used for electronic essay submission. In a nutshell, the student doesn’t “Share” the document, but makes the document public to “Anyone with the Link”, then pastes that link into the Essay Assignment on EDU.
- Select a class on EDU
- Create a new assignment
- Choose Essay as the assignment type
- Title your assignment (for example: Persuasive Essay Submission), create points and assign due dates
- Create a rubric for this essay, or choose one from the library
- In the instructions window, copy and paste these directions for essay submission. (Also, see screen-cast below)
- Save and Give Assignment
EDU INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS: This screen-cast shows students how to submit their essays properly online:
You might want to include this screen-cast in your assignment instructions until students know what they are doing.
WHY DO THIS?
- The instructor can access each essay in alphabetical order by student on EDU, with the rubric attached, and can make comments directly on the Google Doc using the comment function. Everything is in one place. Everything is electronic. One need only a laptop with Internet access to grade all writing.
- Students can also continue to revise their writing after the due date, if necessary. Since the link is to a live document, the instructor will see the latest version, which may eliminate the need for multiple paper revisions. This also encourages differentiated instruction for students who need more time or more scaffolding before the assessment is completed.
- The “revision history” option (File-See revision history) allows for the instructor to view the writing history of the document in Google Docs, thus making the writing process more transparent. One can see how many revisions, how many editors made suggestions, and how many times the student worked on the document. This can encourage more quality, personalized feedback from you for each student.
- Students can do this with Google Presentations and other apps using this same process.
- Google Apps are free and accessible to to all of our students under the umbrella of the district Google Drive or through public Gmail accounts. Students don’t need expensive software, a printer, paper, a printer cartridge or an excuse as to why the essay is late or incomplete.
- No more stacks of essays to clutter your desk (and your dreams)! No more my-printer-ran-out-of-ink extensions! No more I-turned-it-in-but-you-must-have-lost-it excuses!
- Best yet: you already have access to these applications because you use them everyday.