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Easy collaborative activity using Google Docs


dottie-sunio-profileDo you want to have a fun, easy and engaging activity in your classroom? Dottie Sunio, Lecturer, shares how she uses Google Docs in her two sections of ICS 100. Last month, she attended my Google Docs workshop at the HBEA conference. Since then, she was excited to incorporate what she learned into an extra credit Google Docs activity for her face-to-face ICS 100 classes, which also addresses the following SLOs: Utilize the basic features of computing applications to communicate effectively. Utilize online resources for research and communication.

Dottie’s activity (below) introduces students to using Google Docs and has them share and collaborate with a partner on the doc. Students discovered how to input text, pictures, links, and use the Research tool to search for an online resource and include the citation.

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Here is a team’s Google Doc that they created for the activity. (Screenshot below.) Dottie expressed that students loved the activity, especially the Research tool that creates citations automatically, the chat feature to text chat in the document, and the ability to download as a Word doc or PDF. She said students thought, “Google Docs is the best thing since ‘sliced bread’!” Later, Dottie used the comment feature to leave feedback for the students in their docs.


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You can use this Google Docs activity by switching in your own topic for your classes. It works great to support team collaboration in the classroom or especially online when students can’t physically meet. The built-in chat and commenting tools make it easy to communicate and collaborate. Everyone with a UH account has access to Google Docs so there’s no reason not to use it. If you’re interested in learning more Google Docs to get you started, consider registering for the next Google Docs Challenge workshop on either Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17. Eventbrite - Google Docs Challenge (Spring 2015)

Next up, Dottie is planning to use more Google tools. She plans to work with Librarian, Junie Hayashi, to use iPads and Google search tools to find information about system software. As the semester progresses students will also use the spreadsheet and presentation apps – Google Sheets and Slides. And they’ll end the term by creating a survey using Google Forms, sending it out to their classmates, and gathering the responses to turn in for credit.

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