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Using Google Docs in Calculus

Wow - the Google Docs are amazing!!

Wow – Google Docs are amazing!! 

So ISTE got me all charged up this summer about all of the amazing things that I could start using immediately in class.  One of those things was peer editing with Google Docs.  I have to be honest, I didn’t really see a way to use this at all before the conference and after, I don’t see how I could not use them!  Its simple really, the kids work in groups and each week each group posts a Doc based on the problems that we have been working on.  I create a submission form (another Google Doc piece of genius) and post this in Edmodo.  The kids post their Doc URL into the form and bang – its on the internet.  I post the spreadsheet with all of the URL’s in them and the students leave comments on two different docs.  I am grading for participation on this (5 points every time I find their name max of 15), I want the kids to post even if they are unsure whether the problem is correct.  When leaving comments, students are required to leave positive feedback – and so far this has worked out really well.  They have been really supportive of each other and on the problems where mistakes have been made, the comments are made in a way that is not discouraging.  The fun thing is this – kids telling other students how much it helped to see the problems done!  Each group will add their own unique flavor and this seems to really resonate with helping the understanding happen.  With the Google Doc equation editor, creating those really complicated calculus problems is not the daunting task it once was!

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My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant

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