The focus of this page are instructional supports for the following Common Core Writing Standard:
- W.11-12.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
Here are some websites you and your students might find helpful in getting a vision for the work:
- Using Google Docs Forms to Run a Peer-Review Writing Workshop–This article explains how to guide students toward specific types of feedback using Google Forms.
- All Things Google: Using Google for Writing Portfolios–This short article advocates for using digital portfolios as part of writing instruction so that students can demonstrate how their writing has changed over the course of the year.
- From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback–This article focuses on how the use of technology can help teachers give more timely feedback through a variety of methods.
- Draftback–This Chrome extension allows users to play back a Google Doc’s revision history. Students and teachers can use it to review the extent to which a document has been revised over time.
Finally, here are some quick tech tips if this is your first foray into the Google Docs world:
- Google Drive: A Better Method for Giving Students Feedback–This article walks readers through how to leverage the comments feature on Google Drive to give students timely and ongoing feedback. It also explains how to use the revision history feature to see how much revision students are engaging in.
- Improving Writing with Google Docs–This document explains how to use a variety of features in Google to help students collaborate on giving feedback, create Works Cited pages with the EasyBib add-on, and improve their research with the research tool. It also explains an add-on that teachers can use to give verbal feedback to students.
- Literacy in the Digital Age: 5 Effective Writing Tools–This article gives some tips on using Google as well as information on how teachers might leverage online debates and blogging as part of their writing instruction where students can get ongoing feedback from peers.
Have other resources or ideas that have worked well for you? Want to help your colleagues avoid common pitfalls? Please leave comments on this page!