Last Thursday, I showed our Media 21 students the new “discussions” feature in Google Docs since we’ve been using Google Docs extensively for collaborative writing and document sharing since last August.  After I introduced our presearching graphic organizer at the beginning of class today, one of our students decided to use the discussions feature with two of her classmates during presearch time today to share and discuss resources they were finding through the research pathfinder (accessible from our Media 21 Symbaloo webmix that students have pulled into their Symbaloo information dashboards).  Sydney and her two classmates were demonstrating AASL Standard for 21st Century Learners 3.1.2, “Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners” as they not only shared information sources, but also as they also used the discussion feature in their shared Google Document to have a conversation about the information they were finding in their sources.

I was so impressed by how Sydney applied the sharing skill in a new information seeking context that I asked her to share with others how she went about this task, and she graciously agreed to tell us about her brainstorm!

4 thoughts on “Media 21 Students Use Google Docs Discussions for Networked Learning During Presearch

  1. Hi Buffy,

    I love this use of Google Docs discussions! It’s great to see that students are embracing it in the classroom. Thanks for sharing with your students and for sharing this video with us!

    Let me know if they ever have feature requests, questions, ideas, whatever. 🙂


    Google Docs Community Manager
    @GoogleDocs / @resawu


    1. Hello! Thank you so much for taking time to read the post–the class will be thrilled! Students already loved the “chat” feature in Google Docs, but I think the discussion feature is going to be a huge hit based on what I saw today!

      Thank you again for your encouragement!


  2. I will be doing a gDocs presentation next week for staff at my old school. Working on the presentation using gDocs Presentation to show that you don’t have to use Powerpoint or Keynote to create a good presentation.

    Do you have any suggestions that need to be covered for teachers to better help their students use gDocs?




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