Monday, October 27, 2014

Google Docs & the Writing Process

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Editing Features
Editing options support the writing process.  As students draft, edit and finalize their writing, you can identify changes made during the editing process.  Teachers can now see how students are improving their writing throughout the process.  Editing feature allows you to edit directly in the document.  Viewing allows you to read and print the document.

Suggesting encloses the suggested edits in colored brackets.  Deletions will appear with a strike-through.  A comment box will automatically appear so you or peer editors can add an explanation with your suggestion or words of encouragement!

Suggesting Samples
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Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 10.01.24 PM.png Deletion

Now you can see your student’s drafting process and how he has edited his writing.  Another great Google feature is the Revision History.  (File/Revision History)  You can see changes made as well as return to a former version of the document.  (Very helpful if a student inadvertently erases a paragraph!)  Using these Google features will provide a more comprehensive overview of your students’ writing for formative and summative assessments.

Happy Writing!