Google Docs

I know a few teachers who utilize Google Docs in their classrooms. After last weeks discussion I started thinking about how such technology could contribute to a learner centered classroom. I thought that it would be interesting to use Google Docs to create a collaborative syllabus with my students. That is, I would like to start with my basic syllabus and then spend the first day of class adding the students as editors and allowing them to contribute their own thoughts to the syllabus. Not only would this allow the students to gain more authority over their learning experience, it also creates a stronger contract between teacher and student. Of course, I still think that the final decision would have to fall on the teacher in order for a syllabus to function in outlining the logistics of a course, but I think it would be a step in the right direction. Utilizing technology at the same time is an added bonus.

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