Google Docs, a great collaborative tool

In this Weekly blog post I will document my research and exploration of Google Docs, a technological tool that can be used for a collaborative pedagogical approach in and outside the classroom.
My pedagogical approach is the collaborative notions of whole group, peer and team work in education.

  • The collaborative approach aims to develop and strengthen the social skill and academic knowledge as well as cognitive abilities by giving a group of person common purpose while working synchronously or asynchronously in an environment. The collaborative work can take place in an online work space or in a physical place shared by everybody at the same time.

According to my opinion, Google doc is a highly efficient tool that I would now definitely use more resourcefully, as a teacher, after learning and exploration its pedagogical qualities.
More concretely I would use Google Docs for developing, editing and publishing creative projects with and for my students. I would use it for my own projects as I could share it among the teacher’s community and the students’ comunity. I would use it for my students as it mainly is a device that erase time and space boundaries and that allows a real time space to share, chat and create.

How is Google Docs a pedagogical and administrative tool for me as a teacher?
• As a teacher Google Docs offers me the opportunity to have a proof of each student’s contribution.
• I would save time by not e-mailing documents back and forth.
• I would give feedback that can be erased once read or corrected so it is more ecologic, as students can edit on the original copy.
• I could also chat with simultaneous way what could provide students with a quality feedback and edition done in real time that remains efficient.

How Google Docs does contribute to student’s social, academic, cognitive and personal development?

  • The conceptual notions of collaborative work can all be developed with working on Google Docs. by handing in educational projects that rely on openness, knowledge sharing responsibility sharing and workspace sharing the following features could be further developed in students:

Awareness – We become part of a working entity with a shared purpose
Motivation – We drive to gain consensus in problem solving or development
Self-synchronization – We decide as individuals when things need to happen
Participation – We participate in collaboration and we expect others to participate
Mediation – We negotiate and we collaborate together and find a middle point
Reciprocity – We share and we expect sharing in return through reciprocity
Reflection – We think and we consider alternatives
Engagement – We proactively engage rather than wait and see – See more at:

  • Google Docs is also beneficial for students as it give them the opportunity to enrich each other intellectually:

-They can foster the language quality and influence by influencing on other regarding word choice or syntax correctness. ( see Tip 1)

-They can make reflective comments using the chat or the comment device, in order to congratulate or give constructive feedback. ( see Tips 7 and 8)

  • Google Docs is also useful for engaging students in achieving goals regarding the criteria deadline. For instance, a student can be given the responsibility to give deadline and criteria reminders.
  • Socially, It is a great tool to share ideas and show integrity and intellectual argumentative faculty and openness by discussing and supporting ideas, negotiating meaning and helping other understanding by giving explanations or sharing graphic organizers. It develops the Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts”.

Overall, collaborative work on Google docs allows peer-instruction, the construction of a learning community, a sense of a learning and knowledge level.

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Have fun using Google Docs!


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