I want to support a couple of teachers using googledocs in the following ways:
1. for the teacher to help a student edit his writing by inserting sggestions
2. for a group of students to jointly construct a text with the aim to increase use of academic vocab
Do any of you have experience of such uses of google doc - and any suggestions?
Yes- I use Google Docs all the time.
Do you have a specific question I can help with???
WE just did this last week
which works equally well with adults and children alike.
We do exactly this in our online ELL programme. The students type into the Google Doc and then we highlight sections of the text and insert a comment. The students then can read the comment, make the adjustments, and then click 'Resolve' if they think they have done it. If I need to reopen the comment again because they haven't done as great a job as they thought, then I can go to 'Comments' at the top right of the document, and find the comment to reopen. We have also had the students peer editing each other's work this way and found this was really motivating for the students with many going back to rewrite sections of their work after seeing how others had approached the topic.
As for joint construction, you can have many people editing a Google doc simultaneously but this can get a little messy if you don't have some systems in place first such as when each person should be typing and where on the page they should type. You can also have the doc available for different students to come in to at different times to continue working on the text after setting up the activity as a group. We use interactive clozes and have a class discussion around the target language before assigning students paragraphs to work on each within the doc. This could be one way of approaching it.