Step #2 – Assign Student Work- Small & Large Groups

In my last post, I began a three part series on teaching our younger students to collaborate when completing a digital task. The first tip I mentioned in last week’s post, was to “Set Up the Rules” and procedures. My two most important rules:

  1.  Instruct your students to ask permission before editing anyone’s work.
  2. Teach kids to use “Undo” if they find themselves accidentally altering someone else’s work.

When you finally have those rules established (See my last post “Setting Up Rules” for the complete list), tip # 2 is to “Assign Student Work”. Below, I have illustrated how I manage and assign work to small groups and larger groups.


Small Groups

For smaller groups, I like to assign a font color to a student before they begin so that at a glance I can see each student’s work and create a sense of accountability to the group. Of course, you can always let the kids choose their own color by using the “Fill-in” bucket on the tool bar but at least the decision is made ahead of time.

Large Groups

For larger groups, I include a Table Index on the second slide after the directions page. This has been a huge help to clarify who is completing what task and the slide number they are to work on.

BONUS TIP for Non-Readers: Student photos can be used instead of printed names to assign work on the Index Table for nonreaders if reading the names are a struggle. Also, “Voice Typing” can be accessed in Slides from the tool bar if students type in the “Speaker Notes” box located at the bottom of the slide, not on the slide itself, then copy and paste that scribed text from the Speaker Notes box into the slide assigned to them. I had a parent or my student aide help kids add their content using this method and it worked very well. *Important- It is very important to copy and paste the Speaker Notes into the Slides because Speaker Notes will not show when the Slides are in “Presentation” mode.

It is fun to see the kids realize that the words they spoke really did represent the text that magically appeared using the Voice Typing tool.

My next blog post in this series will be- TIP #3 “Working Together”. In this post, I will lay out specific management ideas that have helped me better teach students to communicate when completing digital work. When I am finished with this three part series and you will be able to upload my complete set of slides to edit for yourself and present to your class! My next series after this Collaboration Series will be on “Sharing in G Suite“, how to give editing rights and permissions to others when sharing digital work.

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