Goal of Google Docs for Writing Workshop:
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.”**
For each group, of 2 - 4 participants create 1 shared document, in other words, only 1 group member create a Google Document and then share it with their group members.
Sharing & Peer-editing (view, comment, or edit)
Revision history *Saves are automatic, <Show more detailed revisions>, “Restore to this revision”, Use this to see the actual writing process and give feedback.
Research (cite), Word Count, Define, Translate Document
Preferences - i.e. cap → // capitalize error // or sp → ***check your spelling**
Check in during writing assessment (formative or summative) while the students are working to give them some real time feedback. run
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
+someone in the comment section so it automatically emails them your comment.
Please add to a “master list” of comments, and you can add this document to your starred items in your Google Drive for easy access. Split your screen b/w your bank of comments and student work.
Voice to text is rumored to be included in Google Docs really soon.
Various Apps that do voice to text
*Kaizena - audio feedback on student writing
*Vocaroo - Leave voice comments (no sign-in)
*Screencastify - audio & visual feedback via screencasting
must set up YouTube channel first
*Grammarly - automatically checks spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes when you write.
Cornell University’s how to prepare an annotated bibliography
Diigo - research, organize in one place
CiteLighter - research, organization, and writing to one place.
Evernote - easily collect and find everything that matters.
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
Hemingway Editor - Web App - points out parts of your writing that you might want to fix, beyond spelling & grammar
Accessibility / Differentiation Apps
SpeakIt! - Select text, and it will read it to you.
Sound Gecko - Listen to text, web articles and documents
*Read & Write for Google - Make GAFE accessible for those with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, or English Language Learners.
Clearly - strips all the advertisements around online article
Google Story Builder - really cool
Docs Demo: Master Edition - for fun, write with famous writers.
Edtechteacher - digital storytelling overview, classroom exemplars, media resources & integration
Search a word and map it to History
Use different colors for your intro sentences, supporting details, quotes, etc
Storyboarding / planning is where the learning happens.
Rubrics give the students guidance for the expectations of their story.
Common Digital Storytelling Tools
Zimmer Twins - share animated stories
Story Bird - Read, Write, Discover, Share - Publish Art Inspired Books
PicLit - Inspired Picture Writing
Capzles - Create rich multimedia experiences with videos, photos, music, blogs, and comments
Domo Animate - Create animated stories (variety of backgrounds and characters)
Animoto- Create 30 Second Videos for Free (combine images, songs, and text)
Make Belief Comics - Create Comicstrips
Voice Thread - Multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, and videos
ZooBurst - Create interactive 3D pop-up books
Book Track -- Poetry
Additional Resources for Writing with Google Docs:
Black Menu - Quickly search almost everything google is capable of.