Introduction

Facilitating meaningful group work is an integral part of twenty-first century learning. But just assigning work to a group of students doesn’t make it a success. There are many considerations as you design group learning experiences for your students, including ways to enhance group work with online tools both inside and outside of the classroom. This unit will help you think through the options and plan for collaborative group work that aligns with your learning goals and engages students in meaningful ways.

What Will You Learn?

In this unit, you’ll learn:

  • How to create meaningful and effective collaboration in the classroom
  • How to support collaborative learning with Google Docs and Drive
  • How to assign and collect assignments using Classroom
  • The ins-and-outs of using Google Docs to review group contributions
  • How Google Docs can support the writing and revision process
  • Best practices for driving discussion inside and outside of the classroom
  • How to choose the best tool to support synchronous and asynchronous discussion
  • To facilitate group work with a range of Google Tools

If you already know this material, feel free to skip to the Unit Review at the end.

What Products Will We Cover?

Throughout this unit, we’ll be using these products. You don’t have to master them, but if you’ve never used them before, take a moment to get familiar with them. For help, click the icons below.

What Skills Will You Need?

Throughout this unit, we’ll ask you to do tasks that require the following skills. Don’t worry; we’ll show you where to learn each skill here AND again in each lesson.

Access Revision History and Revert to Earlier Versions of Google Docs

Review Comments in Google Docs for Contributions