Google Docs Part 2

Happy Friday,

I''m going out on a limb this week. I'm not going to lie. I am not a big fan of sequels. Don't get me wrong there are some great sequals out there. In my opinion two of the greatest movies ever made are  Godfather II, and  Empire Strikes Back.  Also, one of my personal  favorites,  Under Siege 2 Dark Territory is possibly the most far fetched movie of all time.  Just FYI, it's about Steven Seagal, he's a cook, on a train, saving the world from a group of thugs who hacks into the CIA database to command a nuclear satellite  (on a train in 1995 with a dial up modem to blow up the East Coast.) . But for every Empire Strikes Back there is about five  2 fast 2 Furious, or Taken  2. So hopefully this is more of  an Empire Strikes Back post then say Speed 2 Cruise Control.
This week I'm going to be following up with last week's blog post about Google Docs.  One of the benefits of Google Docs is that it is Collaborative. This week I was fortunate enough to work with Dot Rutherford on creating an assignment for High School Students with Google Docs.  As soon as we  sent it out to them we had 9 students working within 1 document!  What a powerful way for our students to be able to share and learn from another. Also, it can be powerful to us teachers as well. I could share a document with another teacher or group of teachers and we can all work in it together.
     You can also make and leave comments and suggestions in Google Docs. By clicking on the pencil you can leave a comment or suggest an edit. So, for instance, we are in a Professional Learning Team we can work collaboratively on a lesson  or document and suggest and make edits.  If you would like to leave a comment for a specific person all you do is put a "+" sign by the person's name and they will get an email saying that you have a suggestion or edit for them. Eventually our middle and high school students will be able to do this as well. You can also insert links into those comments. Maybe a link would be to a different writing assignment.
     Finally, one of my favorite features is the explore feature. With Explore students and teachers can click on a word and you can perform a Google Search within the document. (See the video below) Students can also cite articles with the explore feature. If you have any questions please email me and we can schedule a time to meet.

Take Care,


  1. Thanks for your help in my ELT, Clint, and also for helping me understand the collaboration element of Google Docs in a "real live document"! Watching those nine students all working in one document simultaneously was powerful stuff...not to mention just plain ol' awesome! :) Also, this "Explore" feature is going to be a game changer with the info I provide to ELA students as they begin their research papers soon! Thanks for sharing it in today's Tech Tip!


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