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How will I use Google Docs in Stage 3 of the Writing Process for Revising, Re-evaluating and/or Researching?

How do you Collaborate using Google Docs?

The real power of Google Docs is collaboration: the ability for people to write and edit a document together.

Ways to Use Google Docs Tools in Teaching and Learning

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1. Take notes: type together A maximum of fifty people can simultaneously edit a Google Doc.

2. Discuss a document: chat When multiple people access a document while logged in, they can chat in real-time. The chat appears as a sidebar, next to the document. Chat offers a way to discuss document details, but also can serve as an informal “backchannel” chat: a way to comment without interrupting another person. Some students are more comfortable typing than speaking. Chat sessions related to a document disappear when the document is closed, though. You’ll need to select, copy and save any information you want to preserve from the chat session elsewhere.

3. Provide feedback: insert a comment To provide feedback within a Google Doc, select the relevant section of text, then choose “Insert”, then “Comment”. The selected text will be highlighted, with your comment displayed to the side of the document. Comments work well to identify and discuss issues that might be resolved in a variety of ways. For example, a comment might identify that a paragraph “seems vague”, an “assertion is unsupported”, or a “sentence is awkward”. An entire discussion can occur within an inserted comment. Unlike Chat, all comments and replies are saved with each document. Within a comment, click “Resolve” to close the comment thread and hide the comment. (Select the “Comments” button to view all comments — including resolved comments.)

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4. Recommend an edit: “suggesting” mode   Switch to “suggesting” mode to recommend a specific change to a document. (Select the drop down arrow next to “Editing” while in a document, then choose “Suggesting”.) Type your suggestions within the document. Suggested changes display in-line with the original text, but in a different color. The owner of the document may either “accept” or “reject” each suggested change. Use “suggesting mode” when an issue has a clear and obvious fix. For example, to suggest that the word “Goggle” be changed to “Google”. Suggestions work well to identify grammar or spelling errors. Any person with “can comment” permission may make a suggestion or insert a comment in a document.

Use Google Doc in the View↳Mode↳Editing or View↳Mode↳Suggestions with peers

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5. Find, insert and cite resources: research tool The Research tool offers a way to find, insert, and cite resources without leaving your document. A young writer might use the research tool to find a quote to use as a story prompt, while an academic researcher might use it to cite scholarly research. To use the Research tool, select the “Tools” menu, then “Research”. A search window displays to the right of your document. Type your search term, then view the results. You may narrow the results to a specific type of content, such as “images”, “quotes”, or results from Google Scholar. Place your cursor over the result you want, then insert (or cite) the content in your document.

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Common Core Integration

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

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