Saturday, 30 September 2017

Implementing Google Docs with Year 3s

Why Google Docs?
As with many schools who are using a 1:1 initiative, Stonefields School has learners on iPads for years 2-3 and then ChromeBooks from year 4 onwards. Typically, when using an iPad, learners use an app called Explain Everything to do most of their work. The interactive whiteboard has a more hands on nature, allowing learners to add in shapes and drawings,write with their fingers or use voice recordings to give evidence of their thinking. It works well for juniors, and then the idea is it scaffolds learners into the Google Suite as they head into year 4. For a lot of my learners, next year's jump from Explain Everything to using Google Docs will be a big one. For this reason, I wanted to start giving them exposure to Docs as soon as I could.

How I used Google Docs
Today we had a focus on inferring. After discussing the WALHT, and going through some teacher modelling and exemplars, I gave learners a paper copy of the Google Doc follow up. You can find a link to it here. We practiced using our inferring strategy on some of the simple sentences in the doc to give learners an idea of how to fill out the template. I modelled how each sentence would match with each row in the table.After we completed the activity I had learners copy the information from the paper copy onto a Google Doc.

This will not happen every time I use Google Docs. I believe when introducing a new digital tool, using a paper version first can be a good scaffold. It allows learners to see where information needs to be placed, and what the task requires, so that when they first using the tool they can focus solely on the functionality and features of it. Best for them not to be overwhelmed.

I look forward to seeing more Google Docs being used in my practice in Term 4.

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