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  • Teaching and Learning Symposium 2013 Kata Dosa

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    Using Google Drive for Effective Small Group Classroom Work

    Kata Dosa

    Teaching and Learning Symposium 2013

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    Like all instructional methods, the success of small-group techniques depends largely upon the care with which they are designed and used (Olmstad, 1974)

    Contents Using Google Drive for Effective Small Group Classroom Work ............................................................... 1

    .................................................................................................................................................................... 1

    I What & Why: Google Docs and Small Groups ..................................................................................... 3

    II Introducing Google Drive and Google Documents .............................................................................. 4

    A Accounts and authentication .......................................................................................................... 4

    1 Google accounts .......................................................................................................................... 4

    2 UW-Madison accounts ................................................................................................................ 4

    B Creating documents ........................................................................................................................ 6

    1 Document ................................................................................................................................... 6

    2 Presentation ................................................................................................................................ 8

    3 Spreadsheet ................................................................................................................................ 9

    4 Form ............................................................................................................................................ 9

    5 Drawing ..................................................................................................................................... 10

    C Organizing your documents .......................................................................................................... 11

    1 Views ......................................................................................................................................... 11

    2 Folders ...................................................................................................................................... 12

    D Sharing your documents ............................................................................................................... 13

    1 Link sharing ............................................................................................................................... 13

    2 Shortening your link .................................................................................................................. 15

    3 Adding participants via their accounts ...................................................................................... 17

    E Managing your Google documents in the classroom .................................................................... 18

    1 Ground rules ............................................................................................................................. 18

    2 Troubleshooting the project ..................................................................................................... 19

    3 Debriefing the task .................................................................................................................... 19

    F Technical skills and support .......................................................................................................... 20

    1 Technical skills ........................................................................................................................... 20

    2 Technical support ...................................................................................................................... 20

    III Sample tasks with Google Documents .............................................................................................. 22

    A Teaching writing with Google Documents .................................................................................... 22

    B Collecting data with Google Documents ....................................................................................... 23

    C Creating a presentation with Google Documents ......................................................................... 24

    IV Appendix ........................................................................................................................................... 25

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    I What & Why: Google Docs and Small Groups

    Google Drive is a collection of free programs allowing you to create text documents, spreadsheets,

    presentations, drawings and surveys that you can share with others and work on them in a collaborative

    fashion. Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard drive, or

    on the go.

    Since this platform allows collaborators to work on the same project in real time, without having to send

    attachments back and forth in an email, shuffle around a large post-it or white board, we see great

    potential in using Google Drive for facilitating group work in the classroom. For example, one commonly

    observed problem with small groups in a class is that members of the group contribute to the success of

    the project unequally. Often logistics as much as group dynamics are the problem: when there is only

    one whiteboard/post-it/sheet of paper to work on, three or more people simply cannot all contribute;

    someone has to take the lead. Google Drive applications make this phenomenon a thing of the past as

    long as everyone has a computer in front of them, they can all work on the same project at the same

    time.

    As with all small group assignments, remember to consider elements of good group design (ask Kata for

    a handout related to this including teamwork strategies, group process tools and assessment strategies):

    Assessment and rubric to measure how well activity fostered learning goals (think backwards design)

    Ensuring the project design includes both individual and group accountability

    Non-competitive classroom climate (e.g. not grading on a curve) and ground rules regarding mutual respect and encouraging different ideas and opinions (rules can be student generated)

    Project and learning goals must be sufficiently challenging to require group work

    Addressing student (or instructor) reluctance due to prior ineffective group experiences

    Being clear and explicit in instructor objectives and expectations regarding group work: reasons for it, including learning goals and challenges (e.g. task allocation)

    Providing group processing/reflection opportunities and group process tools

    Equalizing group member learning, participation and contribution

    Ensure that students receive an assessment and feedback on teamwork skills so that they are learning and improving

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    II Introducing Google Drive and Google Documents

    A Accounts and authentication The first thing to access Google Drive is to create an account. If you already have a Google account (i.e. a

    Gmail account), you can use that to access Google Drive. If you dont, you can access it with your

    @wisc.edu account as well.

    Note: you can see and edit Google Documents without an account (if the link is shared with you), but

    you cant create one.

    1 Google accounts To set up a Google account, go to http://drive.google.com and hit the red Sign Up button in the upper

    right corner.

    You will have to choose a username and password as well as fill in some personal information and

    settings. Once you created a Google account, you have access to your personal Drive immediately. With

    a Google account, you also have access to many other programs, such as Google Calendar.

    2 UW-Madison accounts UW-Madison signed a contract with Google to provide every student, as well as faculty and staff

    members with a Google Apps for Higher Education license. This essentially means that your copyrights

    are protected if you access Google Drive through your @wisc.edu account, which is not true for your

    personal account. Some other differences between the two accounts are in Box 1.

    http://drive.google.com/

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    To access Google Drive through your UW-Madison account, go to

    https://www.doit.wisc.edu/googleapps/ and click Log in to Your UW-Madison Google Apps Account:

    Detailed step-by-step instructions can be found in Appendix I. at the end of this handout, provided

    kindly by Emmanuel Contreras and Alan Barnicle from DoIT Academic Technology.

    Box 1.

    Box 1. UW-Madison accounts vs.

    Personal Google Accounts.

    Source:https://www.doit.wisc.edu

    /googleapps/about-googleapps/

    https://www.doit.wisc.edu/googleapps/https://www.doit.wisc.edu/googleapps/about-googleapps/https://www.doit.wisc.edu