Using Google Docs in Adult Basic Writing Class

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Using Google Docs in Adult Basic Writing Class

  1. 1. Using Google Docs in Adult Basic Writing Class Aiden Yeh Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages Taiwan August 10, 2007 Barbara “Bee” Dieu’s Keynote Speech Presentation Merlot Conference New Orleans
  2. 2. Class Description <ul><li>Adult students, 25-45 y/o </li></ul><ul><li>have day-time jobs </li></ul><ul><li>2-4 hours every night to take academic courses </li></ul><ul><li>HUGE class- 52 students in all </li></ul>
  3. 3. Using Google Docs: Writing Task Process <ul><li>writing assignments span over a period of 2-3 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>use of Google documents (previously known as writely.com) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Writing Task Process <ul><li>1st week- writing their first draft and peer-editing, </li></ul><ul><li>2nd week- Teacher preliminary feedback </li></ul>Preliminary feedback
  5. 5. Writing Task Process <ul><li>3rd week- final revision and submission of their work </li></ul>
  6. 6. Using the Class Blog <ul><li>Students’ feedback: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The advantage is I can learn more skill from others' writing.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ the advantage is you can see more English writings more than before” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The teacher can easily see my work on her blog and even my classmates.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Advantages of Using Google Docs <ul><li>see how the students perform while they are in the process of writing their drafts to the final version </li></ul>
  8. 8. Advantages of Using Google Docs <ul><li>no time constraints </li></ul><ul><li>M ultiple revisions </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to work on their drafts and their peers as well </li></ul>
  9. 9. Students’ Attitudes on Using Google Docs
  10. 10. Students’ Attitude towards Writing
  11. 11. Quoting Students’ Remarks <ul><li>“ First, we decrease to use paper. Second, I can rewrite my paragraphs frequently. Finally, I can receive comments quickly after the paragraph has been published . </li></ul><ul><li>I would like to say that I really like to use Google docs to write. This semester I wrote more paragraphs than last semester and I know I am improving now. </li></ul><ul><li>This was a great class, more writing is the best way to improve the writing skill, and I feel I have got ahead with my writing. Thanks for your teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>This writing class was good. I won't say that I have improved writing skills for 100%, but at least 75%.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. It’s worth a try!

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