Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Using Google Docs to Support Digital Literacy and The Writing Process

Literacy skill development for students continues to be an increasingly important task that teachers should focus on.  Regardless of the content area, students should develop and maintain the skills necessary to effectively communicate through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.  These skills will be vital to the success of students in the 21st century workforce.

With the influx of digital devices and tools available for instruction in the classroom, teachers can provide extended opportunities for students to engage in the writing process with fidelity. Peer collaboration is another component that is now easier than ever for students to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Google Docs provides a wealth of tools that students can utilize when engaging in the writing process.  From underlining or strikethrough's to highlighting and commenting, students have access to an abundance of features that empower them to become highly proficient, or even advanced, readers and writers.

This quick video tutorial provides a brief example of how students can compose a piece of writing, in any content area, and then engage in a revision process to revise and refine their work.  There is also a brief portion that demonstrates how Google Docs "commenting" feature allows students to collaboratively edit/revise their work which can support teachers with the acceleration of student literacy skills and development.

If you have any questions, contact your EdTech Coach for more information.

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