Google Apps For Education #GAFE
For the past few weeks our Writer's Workshop has focused on Fictional Winter Stories. To begin, students used Graphic Organizers to plan their characters, setting, problem and solution. Before moving on, they checked in with a partner - does this make sense? does it sound interesting? should I add more details?
Students then used their plan and wrote a first draft, constantly checking in with their graphic organizer to make sure they included all the elements of a fictional story. As they worked we reviewed a new 'Writing Character Trait' each day; Donna Details, Willy Word Choice, Vicky Voice and Charlie Conventions.
Once they finished they peer-edited each others' work, checking for: 1) proper use of lower and upper case letters 2) proper spacing *meatball spaces between words *spaghetti spaces between letters 3) proper spelling of our Word List Words 4) proper use of punctuation 5) I can read this and it makes sense. Then, students conferenced with me and I helped them to edit their writing one last time before publishing.
Finally, students began to use their personal #TDSB Google Drive to publish their work. They opened a New Google Doc, typed their stories as they'd written on their drafts, then shared them with me through Drive so I could assess and print.
Students have been taking turns on our classroom desktops and our school's shared laptops to write their stories during Daily 5, Writer's Workshop and even during Media / Computer Lab with Helena. They are very proud of their accomplishments!!
If you'd like to access Google Drive from home, please do! Students are welcome to write further stories on their Drive. Feel free to share with me too by clicking the blue Share tab in the top right hand corner, then typing "Kelly Fricker"
Google Documents (Docs)
By using Google Documents, our goal is to:
· practice different writing forms;
· practice our typing skills;
· writing and reflecting on anything related to school;
· we can share our thoughts and brainstorming with our teachers and friends in a safe and creative way; and
· we can learn to proofread, edit, and publish our work!
How can I access Google Documents at home?
1) Using Google Chrome, type in: aw.tdsb.on.ca
2) Log into your account by typing your student number in the User Name box, and Password.
The password is likely set for “kellyjan”. If it is not working, the code is: “kelly_ _ _”. The last three digits of the password are the first three letters of the present (or previous) month. For example, the password in March will be “kellymar”.
*Students use these logins daily during Daily 5 and also during each Media class with Helena; if your son or daughter does not know their student number, please contact me and I can forward it to you.
3) Hover over the Google tab and click on the Drive link. This will open up a new tab. Click “My Drive” to access your work! You can click on “New Google Doc”, or “Shared with Me” and start typing! Have fun.
In our Room 108 Classroom Community, we foster an engaging, respectful and caring environment. I aim to balance a consistent program with flexible responsiveness to students' individual needs.