During a lively discussion of mobile learning on the University of San Diego campus this week I met Jen Roberts, an amazing high school English teacher. She is Google Certified Teacher, Digital Lead Teacher at Point Loma High School and adjunct faculty at USD teaching onsite and online.
“Done right a device in every hand should move us away from lecture based instruction and toward collaborative project based learning,” said Jen.
She has innovative way of engaging her students by having them publish blogs instead of turning in physical assignments and by having their students edit collaboratively and contributing to posts in Google Drive.
Following are three of her blogs that outline using Google Docs for writing:
- Scaffolding Academic Writing to Meet CCSS
- My Doc Tips
- Using Google Docs Chat Windows for Literacy Analysis With Students
Great free tools like Google Drive allow any teacher to turn students into journalists and bloggers. As Jen’s teaching illustrates, digital learning contributes to deeper learning.