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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Flipped PD - Learning with Google Docs

by Craig Conley , Jason Simpson , Katherine Kappler , Emily Mullins
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.75 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2013 by Teacher Education
Overview: A flipped PD video providing a thorough tutorial on Google Docs' basic and advanced features. Easily jump between chapters to focus on the areas important to you. Supplemental forms include a f2f agenda, a pre and post assessment poll and a participant workbook.
Learning Goals: As it is stated by the author, all teachers will be able to: to create and open Google Word Processing documents. use basic functions of Google Docs. how to share the document and while collaborate with others on the same document. review revision history, add a link, and change privacy settings. how to use Google Docs and the benefits to students and teachers over a normal word document.
Target Student Population: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Must be able to access video. This would work best if both teacher and students were using it.
Type of Material: Animation/Video
Recommended Uses: Professional Development for teachers; students and teachers who want to use file sharing.
Technical Requirements: Internet: Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: The learning object does present the concepts of Google docs and shows how it can be used to comment on student work, eliminating email and paper documents. The content is: valid, accurate, and reliable. accurately depict reality. complete in scope and contains relevant information.
Concerns: Some of the screen shots are really small and hard to decipher. It's like a movie of a movie. In the video there is no mention of what version of the software is being demonstrated. For instance, is the author using Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 or what? It would be a plus if the video were Closed Captioned. Although the speaker was clear and demonstrated the procedures, this site would be problematic for students or teachers with hearing issues.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The materials does facilitate learning and learners will be able to effectively achieve the learning goals. Learners must follow along with the video and have the capability to "pause" or "re-play" any portion of the video.
Concerns: Perhaps it should be stressed that the documents are saved "in the cloud" and backups should be made. I think this was assumed, but it should be explicit. The size of the video and small screen shots may be difficult for some users to see.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: If students and teachers have computers that can access videos and the videos load quickly then this is useful.
Concerns: There are some areas, even in the US, where students do not have high speed connections. A text document to accompany this video might be a good idea.