Goal of Google Docs for Writing:
Learn how to leverage Google Documents to improve student writing and engagement with feedback.
“...digital tools and platforms encourage ownership of writing and foster a culture of creativity.”.
Voice Typing - Speech-to-Text
Explore, Word Count, Define, Translate Document, Document Outline
Sharing & Peer-editing (view, comment, or edit)
Commenting - <ctrl+alt+m> - need to have text highlighted to add a comment
Comments are automatically emailed to students unless turned off.
To change the notifications option click on comments , notifications Options include: all, replies to you, none
Add links to videos to guide students, use Goo.gl URL shortener
Version history *Saves are automatic, “Named Versions”, “Restore”, Use this to see the actual writing process and give feedback.
Insert Drawing Image “Take a snapshot”
SAS Writing Reviser - tools to help make your sentences economical, varied, powerful, and clear.
Save As Doc - takes form responses from a spreadsheet and puts them into a document
Read & Write for Google - Text-to-Speech and much more
WriQ - helps teachers score and keep track of students’ spelling, punctuation and grammar errors so you can focus on the things computers can’t score.
Kaizena - Fast, personal feedback on student work
Grammarly web app - copy and paste a doc into their tool for a quick self-check
Google Keep - integrated with Google Docs, create a master list of comments
Evernote - easily collect and find everything that matters.
Screencastify - audio & visual feedback via screencasting
Ex - Mastery Vocabulary
Vocaroo - Leave voice comments, gives link to the audio file for easy sharing
Grammarly - automatically checks spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes when you write. Doesn’t work in Google Docs
Mercury Reader - strips all the advertisements around online article
Publishing / Creating
*Lucid Press Layout & Design - desktop publishing for Google Drive
Google Drawing - mind mapping/pre-write
Google Drawings for Character Traits
Lucidchart - diagramming/mind mapping software/pre-writing
Blogger - a part of GAFE, students can use their @share.wilsonsd.org accounts to create their own blog
Kid Blog - great tool with younger students
Publishing to the Google Play Bookstore, or LuLu
Reading blogs, writing blogs, commenting on blogs, reading comments, it's all literacy and affords opportunities to develop a positive digital footprint.
Common Digital Storytelling Tools
PicLit - Inspired Picture Writing
Make Belief Comics - Create Comicstrips
Voice Thread - Multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, and videos
Book Track - Poetry
Crash Course: Literature (John Greene)
Book TV - The latest in nonfiction books: history, biography, politics, current events, the media, and more. Watch author interviews, readings, parties, panels, and book fairs and festivals.
Vancouver Poetry Slam - Poetry from the weekly Vancouver Poetry Slam.
National Writing Project - teachers in all subject areas and all grade levels learn new strategies to help their students become accomplished writers and learners.
Flocabulary - A hip-hop way to learn different vocabulary words, grammar, literary terms and other information from other subject areas
Additional Resources for Writing