Google Apps in the Classroom
Now that you have had time to process your learning from the Google Training, take a minute to comment on this blog post to share ideas you had during your learning for how you could use your learning in the classroom. Try to follow the format on the example below to make them easy to glance through.
6-12 – After seeing that the new forms has templates, I plan to use them as exit tickets everyday. This will provide me with quick an easy to read and organize information about how well the students were doing with the content allowing me to inform my instruction for the next day.
NAME OF TOOL
grade your idea would work for – Description of what you want to do. How it will help student learning
When you have finished, read through some of the ideas of your colleagues. You are encouraged to use the REPLY button to comment on their ideas. Help them grow or share your experience.
Merge Magic: Outlines into Essays
Students skip the outlining step in a writing task because they feel it’s redundant. (“Why outline when I can just write?”)
The essay is unorganized.
The essay takes longer to write because the student is trying to organize while writing.
Missed opportunities: Students don’t see gaps in their arguments ahead of time and realize, too late, that they don’t have enough information.
Make the outline meaningful: Make it match the structure of the essay and make it copy-paste-able.
Set up the outline to mirror the structure of effective paragraphs.
Two structures our teachers use…
S.E.E.C – State, Explain, Example, Connect (sample here)
M.E.A.L – Main Idea, Evidence, Analysis, Link (sample here)
Use a table in google docs to complete the outline. This has the advantage of eliminating formatting issues and it allows us to merge…
When the table is complete, MERGE the cells to create a paragraph. (BAM! Essay is nearing completion without having to ever look at a blank page!)
Here’s part of the outline filled in:
Now we MERGE some cells so we can view the information as a paragraph. (Highlight cells to merge > choose Table > Merge cells > Copy/paste into essay document)
Merged text looks like a paragraph!
One step further…grab the source number and put it with the example. This makes in-text citations easier to do later on.
When kids first see this, it’s like a load off of their minds. They see the value of organizing ahead of time and see how they can use it directly in the essay.