Google Docs: A Tool for Written Communication in Math Class
Thursday, March 29 4:55 PM-5:15 PM
In this paper, Shafer compares and contrasts action research studies conducted by two graduate students who completed master's degrees in secondary mathematics education at Ball State University under her supervision. Lohse and Vanderberg examined the use of Google docs in their pre-algebra and calculus classrooms, respectively. A common result of both action research studies was the importance of developing and modeling a student-friendly rubric and providing individualized feedback through the comment feature found in a Google doc. This paper includes excerpts from both action research reports, rubrics that were created to assess student work, and examples of Google documents that showcase student work with teacher feedback. An important observation made by Shafer is how easily and naturally the use of Google docs replaced the use of pencil and paper so these teachers could focus on teaching and learning.