written by Steve Peterson, DMS 5th Grade Teacher
Have you wanted to have students share a Google doc with a small peer group? I do this all the time when I want kids to form writing groups or research groups.
Does it take a long time for the kids to enter each other’s names in the Docs SHARE button?
There are so many ways for a Doc to NOT appear in a partner’s shared with me folder. Maybe the name was spelled wrong. Or decorahvikings contained a “c” in front of the “k.” Or someone forgot to put in a “.” between the first and last names.
I know all of the above have happened to me! If I would have any more hair, I would have pulled it out and wept.
This year I had a brainstorm: create a short assignment that asks kids to create a Google Doc and share that doc with everyone in the class. The Doc contains nothing, but the mere fact that it was shared “pre-populates” the SHARE button with all of the student’s emails, correctly written.
Here’s how I did it:
I created an assignment Doc (linked here.) On that Doc I wrote directions for the assignment. Then I generated and copied all of the student emails from PowerTeacher >Class Emails >Build List and pasted them into the assignment Doc.
After that, I had the kids do the assignment as listed in the Doc above and submit it.
Voila! Now when students want to share with someone who was on that list, all they have to do is click SHARE and put the first letter or so of the first name in the People box in Google Docs. A list of recipients shows up. No mess. No worry. No mistakes.
Now, maybe my hair can grow back.
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