February 24

posted Feb 24, 2012, 6:10 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 24, 2012, 7:07 AM ]
Today you'll be doing one or two different things, depending on whether or not you completed your essay/assignment before class (as you were supposed to do). 

Activity 1) If you haven't finished yet, that's what you need to do; as soon as possible. Once you are finished, you can move on to the next activity.

Activity 2) If you have finished (or, if you haven't, as soon as you do), you'll be sharing your essay with others in class. Here's how:
First, make a copy of your essay by choosing File > Make a copy... from the menu options on the screen. (This will preserve your original essay even though others may be making corrections and changes to it.)

Then it's time to Share your Google Doc with someone else:
  1. Open your Google Doc
  2. Click on the blue "Share" button at the top right of the screen
  3. Find the open address bar near the bottom of the pop-up screen
  4. Type the first name of the person you want to share your essay with in that address bar. As you type, suggested addresses should appear; choose the correct one for the person you want to share with. (firstname.lastname@whitesalmonschools.org)
  5. Keep the "Can edit" setting and the checkbox that says "send an email" selected.
  6. Include Mr. Knowles (peter.knowles@whitesalmonschools.org) as a recipient, too. 
  7. Click the blue "Done" button at the bottom.
Your document has now been shared with whoever you chose.

Now, check your email to see if anyone has shared their essay with you. If they have, you should see an email inviting you to read their work. Click on the link in the email to open up their document, which you can now read and comment on. 

To enter a comment, 
  1. Highlight what you want to comment on (a word, phrase, or sentence)
  2. Choose Insert > Comment (or Ctrl+Alt+M)
  3. Type your comment in the box that appears on the right
  4. Click on the blue "Comment" button to save your comment
To make changes or a correction, simply make your changes to the text of the essay. Remember, you're working on a copy, so any changes you make won't have to be included in the original. But more importantly, your changes will be color coded in the original so the person who wrote the essay will be able to tell changes from the originals, and will be able to see who offered what corrections. 

If you finish reading and commenting on one essay, check your email to see if anyone else has shared with you, and repeat the process. 

Take the last few minutes of class to read over the comments and changes that your classmates have given you. Then, turn off the sharing you've set up by clicking the blue Share button, then the X button at the far right of each contributor you want to disconnect from your essay.