The Friday Tech Tip: Collaboration with Google Docs

Happy Friday!!

Last week I blogged about using Voki in the classroom. Matt Smith, a 7th grade teacher at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School, decided to give it a try with his class and use it as Digital Closer for his students. HERE is an example that one of his students made Way to go Mr. Smith's class!

In all of the schools that I serve we have discussed the SAM-R model.  One of the ways that is easiest for me to think of the concept of the SAM-R model is to use Google Apps  as the reference when thinking about SAM-R.  Examples:

Substitution - My class is typing instead of writing. (No enhancement)

Augmentation - We are using Google Docs and we are using the all changes saved in drive feature  to see our edits. (Some enhancement due to technology)

Modification - I am leaving Comments on my students documents and we are able to edit together in real time. (Lot's of enhancement due to technology) 

That brings us to Redefinition. 

One of the questions that was asked  of me  this week was, "Winter, what does it mean to have a lesson or project that could be  Redefinition? "
  Below  -  is an example of redefinition - All though this is not an educational project (Though it could be!) Two  women  who have not met before collaborated and wrote music through Google Docs and Google Hangouts. This really spoke to me because they are redefining what it could be to write music. Because of technology, their process was very much flipped. Their end goal was to write a song together. Their process  to get there was drastically changed and enhanced due to technology.

If you have questions about using Google Docs or the SAM-R model please e-mail me and we can schedule a time to meet.

Take Care,


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