Building a Collaborative Culture

with G Suite for Education

Building a Collaborative Culture

with G Suite for Education

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Tracy Lane

Instructional Specialist

Dougherty County School System

Google Certified Trainer

and Educator URL Shortener URL Shortener is an extension which allows you to shorten the current website URL with the Google URL Shortener service

We will be using this throughout the session. This link goes to the Chrome Web Store page for this extension.

What are we going to do today?

  • Explore the features that make Google G Suite for Education ideal for collaboration
  • Engage in a variety of collaborative learning activities
  • Analyze your expectations for the culture in your classroom

CULTURE: a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization

Look at answers written by participants in the Google Doc during the opening. Discuss.

Why should I create a collaborative classroom culture?

Lev Vygotsky

Zone of Proximal Development

Social Development Theory

The range of skill that can be developed with adult guidance or peer collaboration exceeds what can be attained alone.


Vygotsky (1896-1934) - theories not well known in the west until they were published in 1962; Basic takeaway is that students learn more from social interaction with the teacher and peers than working alone

Benefits of Using Google Apps for Collaboration

  • Sharing editing rights
    • Edit
    • Comment
    • View
  • Seeing the colored cursors of contributors
  • Revision History
  • Suggesting Mode
  • Tracks interactions giving transparency and preventing inappropriate comments and bullying
  • Chat feature

Demonstrate on Opening Doc

How should I start?

Establish group norms for accountability

Scaffold the process

Establish trust

Have clear objectives

Practice listening, questioning, and negotiating skills

Math with Slides

You don’t have to give up paper and pencil to collaborate!

Often want students to work problems in paper, but that won’t stop you from collaborating with Google. Take a picture of work or take a screenshot of online tools, like Geogebra, and insert it into your slide or doc. Then students and teacher can use the comment and chat features to discuss the work or check each other’s work and give feedback.

Math with Slides

  • Once paired with your partner, discuss your hobbies and find one you have in common.
  • Write an elementary level word problem using your shared hobby as the topic.
  • Choose the card of another group and type your names at the top to indicate you will answer their question. (one group per slide)
  • Solve the word problem of your choice on the index card provided.
  • Insert a snapshot of your answer on the slide.

(How to)

  • Go back to your original slide, check the answer posted by your peers, comment on their response, and place a large image on the slide to show the teacher if the answer is right or wrong.

Social Studies with Forms and Sheets

Use the cooperative “jigsaw” learning approach to gather large amounts of information that can be shared.

Social Studies with Forms and Sheets

Use the links below to find more information about the battle of World War II chosen by your group. Enter the information found into the form above. Information will be gathered into Sheets and used to create a class study map.

World War II for Kids

World War II Battles

Science Collaborative Study Tool

Changing the end of a URL in Google can change the permissions of a Doc.

  • /edit
  • /copy
  • /view
  • /present

Science Collaborative Study Tool

  • Choose a part of the animal cell to research and write your name on the slide to reserve it.
  • Add text to the slide that describes the structure and function of the cell part.
  • Add an image to the slide.
  • Add a transparent rectangle over the entire slide and link it to Slide 1.
  • Go to another group’s slide and create a comment that asks a question about the cell part shown.
  • Return to your slide and answer the question posed by another group in the Comments section.

Note that when the teacher shares the study tool with the class they will change the end of the address from /edit to /present.

Writing with Docs Live Marking

Offer effective feedback in real time without interrupting the students’ writing process.

Writing with Docs Live Marking

Work with a partner to practice typing in Docs, commenting, resolving, chatting, and suggesting. Share your thoughts with the pair next to you.

Pros and Cons of Chatting in Docs, Differences between suggesting and commenting, how to resolve suggestions and comments

Other Ideas

  • Crowdsourced information
  • Hyperdocs
  • Research folders
  • Collaborative Lab Reports
  • Formative assessment with collaborative docs
  • Interactive study guides
  • Group projects
  • Add-on assignments

Closing Advice

  • Be persistent; connection takes time
  • Provide a framework of boundaries and allow students autonomy within that framework
    • Structure your classroom routines
  • Offer choice
  • Focus on the process of learning

Aim to create a culture that is positive, powerful, and achievement-oriented, where students work hard, want to learn, and collaborate with their classmates to reach their goals.

Thank you!

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