Lesson Plan

Collaborative Note-taking with Google Docs

Class notes become more powerful when they are collaborative!
Kasey B.
Digital Learning Coach
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to take detailed notes on important topics, how to collaborate and add media-rich content in a Google Doc, and the value of collaboration.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 8 – 12
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Teacher Notes
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1 It's Okay to Share Your Notes

Google Drive
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Many of us grew up in a time when sharing your notes only happened in the hallways, or if you missed class. There is absolutely no reason why note-taking has to be a singular effort. We are more powerful together, and students can learn so much by taking notes together. What one student takes away from a lesson may be different from another student's perspective. Plus, the teacher can see the notes, see if they are understanding the material, and guide their note-taking skills.

2 Guided Practice

Activity: Other — Note-taking

The teacher creates and shares a Google Doc with the class. In the document, the teacher starts the notes as a table with each column representing categories for the notes (i.e. important dates, links, characters, references, images, etc.) The teacher then assigns a student to each column. Other students are allowed to add additional notes below the table. The students take turns as the official note-takers for each column. Eventually you can take the structure away and give the students more freedom to take notes in their own way. The table is merely a guide to keep them focused until they understand good note-taking strategies.

Example and additional details are in this blog post: http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/collaborative-notes-with-google-docs