Group projects are an invaluable learning tool, there’s no denying that fact. When incorporated into a balanced lesson plan, group work helps to nurture many skills that students will need in the real world, such as:
- an understanding the dynamics of a team and member roles
- professional behaviors like meeting deadlines and taking responsibility
- ability to work with others through complex problems
Great, so let’s assign some group projects! But hold on just a minute, there are a few issues that we’ll have to deal if this is going to work. First of all, what if the students in some of the groups have difficulty syncing up their schedules to meet outside of class? Or, worse, yet, what if you’re teaching an online class? What then? Well, those multi–colored, search-crazy folks over at Google may just have an answer for you!
Google Docs is one of the many free tools offered on the Google Products page. Google Docs is an online service that provides an environment for creating, storing, and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Student collaborators can work in real-time on a single document, seeing their classmate’s changes as they happen, and even chat while they’re making the changes! No longer will you and the students need to exchange multiple email attachments, and you also won’t have to worry about what version of Word everyone is using (thank goodness). Click on a thumbnail below to watch a few short videos, take the Google Docs tour, and then schedule an appointment with the CTL for a demo and to get started!