One of the neat things about working in Google Docs is the unique “web” feel of it. Some teachers here BFIS have been experimenting with writer’s notebooks in Google Docs. It’s fun to have access to a log of edits, great content, and web resources that can be linked right within.
Students can quickly pull in pictures and resources from the web, and teachers can add in anchor charts or links to videos. It creates a very flexible multimedia rich experience for our writers. It also offers a unique way for a student to access resources. Often students keep things in folders that live at school in their desk. Now, having access to their reference materials (like anchor charts) through hyperlinks in their documents, students can access those resources from anywhere with an internet connection.
It’s also a huge benefit for students to become familiar with organizing resources on digital platforms. As they begin to link resources themselves, they’ll become more familiar with how the web works, and even begin some foundational website building skills.
This has been a busy, but awesome, start to the year! Our 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students have been equipped with Chromebooks to enhance and deepen their learning. Our teachers have been implementing amazing tools for managing the flow of classroom work, communicating with students and families, and adding more authenticity to their work.
One of the neatest things our students are learning to do is work collaboratively with Google Apps for Education and Google Classroom. Our students have been creating projects, sharing them with friends, and their teachers in a meaningful way. Sharing is often something people associate with online tools. People share photos and experiences, stories and opinions. Our students are learning to share in a totally different way. They are sharing back and forth, making changes and editing work. It's really powerful to watch kids problem solve and collaborate in this way.
I'm looking forward to the many good things coming this year! I'm excited to learn from the teachers and students as they explore our new technology.
Instructional Technology Coach