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Facilitate Collaboration
with Google Docs

Julie Chi and Crystal Rose
MinneTESOL Conference
November 9th, 2013

University...
Essential Questions
What is Google Docs?
How can it be used in the classroom?
How can it benefit our learners?
What are po...
What is Google Docs?
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Documents

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Spreadsheets

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Forms

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Presentations

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Drawing
Access
Benefits of using Google Docs
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Collaboration

Organization
Presentation
Sharing Ideas
Critical Thinking
Au...
Student Demographics
International Students
Higher Ed, Intensive English Program
Saudi Arabia predominantly
Oman
Philippin...
Writing

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Peer or Instructor Review / Editing
Sharing Outlines and Drafts

Collaborative Brainstorming
Formatting ...
Reading / Vocabulary
● Vocabulary Building Exercises
● Graphic Organizers

● PowerPoint Presentations Summarizing
Ideas fr...
Grammar

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Presentations to assess oral grammar
Sentence Collection

Collaborative Error Correction
Oral Skills

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Writing collaborative stories/scripts (to be
recorded)
Creating listening quizzes
Developing class ...
Results of Survey - Julie’s Class
Which of the following skills do you think have
improved for you while using Google Docs...
Results of Survey- Crystal’s Class
Students’ Praises
“I learn a lot of information about my technical skill. For example before the
making quiz activity, i d...
Students’ Concerns
“Sometimes, time is not enough. Because in the group some people has
different idea and it is hard to d...
Discussion
http://bit.ly/HMgx68
1) What are some considerations when
deciding whether or not to use Google Docs
(or HOW to...
Resources
Rowe, Michael, Bozalek, Vivienne & Frantz, Jose (2013). Using Google Drive to facilitate a blended
approach to a...
Presenters’ Contact Information
Julie C. Chi, M.A. TESL
University of Minnesota - Minnesota English Language Program
Minne...
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2013 MinneTESOL presentation by Crystal Rose and Julie Chi on the topic of using Google Drive with adult ESL students.

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MinneTESOL 2013 Presentation: Facilitate Collaboration with Google Docs

  1. 1. Facilitate Collaboration with Google Docs Julie Chi and Crystal Rose MinneTESOL Conference November 9th, 2013 University of Minnesota Minnesota English Language Program Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. 2. Essential Questions What is Google Docs? How can it be used in the classroom? How can it benefit our learners? What are possible challenges/considerations?
  3. 3. What is Google Docs? o Documents o Spreadsheets o Forms o Presentations o Drawing
  4. 4. Access
  5. 5. Benefits of using Google Docs • • • • • • • • Collaboration Organization Presentation Sharing Ideas Critical Thinking Authentic Learning Engagement Greater Participation “...the use of Google Drive...fundamentally change[s] teaching and learning practices in ways that [go] beyond simply increasing the efficiency of information distribution.” ~ Rowe, Bozalek and Frantz (2013)
  6. 6. Student Demographics International Students Higher Ed, Intensive English Program Saudi Arabia predominantly Oman Philippines China Somalia Turkey Japan Korea Mongolia
  7. 7. Writing • • • • Peer or Instructor Review / Editing Sharing Outlines and Drafts Collaborative Brainstorming Formatting a paragraph or essay
  8. 8. Reading / Vocabulary ● Vocabulary Building Exercises ● Graphic Organizers ● PowerPoint Presentations Summarizing Ideas from a reading ● Reading fluency practice
  9. 9. Grammar • • • Presentations to assess oral grammar Sentence Collection Collaborative Error Correction
  10. 10. Oral Skills • • • • Writing collaborative stories/scripts (to be recorded) Creating listening quizzes Developing class goals and expectations at the beginning of a term Creating summary presentation (of videos and readings) as a class
  11. 11. Results of Survey - Julie’s Class Which of the following skills do you think have improved for you while using Google Docs in your class? technical skills (ex. computer skills, online learning) 8 14% communication skills 6 11% collaboration skills (working as a team) 14 25% grammar skills 5 9% writing skills 9 16% speaking skills 3 5% editing skills 6 11% reading skills 4 7% Other (test) 1 2%
  12. 12. Results of Survey- Crystal’s Class
  13. 13. Students’ Praises “I learn a lot of information about my technical skill. For example before the making quiz activity, i didnt know how i will do a online quiz on computer. And, working together is most important benefit for me.” “to make the writing clear, learn more about technology to be prepared for academic classes in university” “...Google Docs is very useful, It can helps to make a main idea about our topic and clarify questions.”
  14. 14. Students’ Concerns “Sometimes, time is not enough. Because in the group some people has different idea and it is hard to do same thing together.” “take more time than hand writing and I don`t like to use computer it's complicated for me .” “...sometimes student copy on these Google document exactly information, So It depends on what type of assigment is.”
  15. 15. Discussion http://bit.ly/HMgx68 1) What are some considerations when deciding whether or not to use Google Docs (or HOW to use Google Docs effectively)? 2) What are some other potential uses of Google Docs for the classroom, for teachers or for programs?
  16. 16. Resources Rowe, Michael, Bozalek, Vivienne & Frantz, Jose (2013). Using Google Drive to facilitate a blended approach to authentic learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 44, 4, 594-606. Firth, Mark & Mesureur, Germain (2010). Innovative uses for Google Docs in a university language program. Jaltcall Journal, 6, 1, 3-16. Head back to school with Drive: Teacher Edition Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013, by Google guest blogger Wendy Gorton Using Google Docs in the EFL classroom Posted in: Mobile ESL: Learning and teaching ESL using cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Sunday, 14 November 2010, by David Read Google Docs and ESL Assistant for Writing Well Uploaded on Jan 18, 2010, by David Woo
  17. 17. Presenters’ Contact Information Julie C. Chi, M.A. TESL University of Minnesota - Minnesota English Language Program Minneapolis, MN chixx009@umn.edu Crystal Rose, M.A. TESL (almost!) University of Minnesota - Minnesota English Language Program Minneapolis, MN rosex466@umn.edu @crysrose28

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