So this is a quick outline of using google documents to enable students to collaborate with each other and the teacher during the process of writing. It’s intention is to allow students to collaborate anytime, anywhere with other students or their teacher and to authentically capture the process of writing.
This outline describes the way that we put it all together:
1. Created a shared folder structure for each of our courses.
2. Students created a shared folder with their teachers only.
3. As students create new documents and place them in their folders it is automatically shared based on the permissions of the top folder. In this case between student and teacher.
4. Once brainstorming/ mind mapping is completed insert in the document.
5. Create draft 1.
6. Insert a line above draft 1 and paste draft 1 above it, any revisions are completed in a different color.
7. Students invite peers. Using six traits disciplines student reviewer insert comments written to improve the thinking in the writing through the development of a specific technique of writing.
8. Insert line, copy and past draft 2 to create draft 3. Author may choose to accept the suggestion and make a revision using a different color – comment deleted in draft 3. Or they may choose to simply delete the suggestion. However all of the original comments are still found in draft 2.
9. Draft 3, teacher may make suggestions for improvement of writing techniques according to the genre.
10. Insert line – final draft is created. This could be cut and pasted elsewhere for publishing. Or students could create a reflection on themselves as a writer, post this on their blog for their learning community and then link to a published version of their drafting process.