Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Google Groups is a powerful tool for promoting discussion between students, especially students facing language challenges. Using Google Groups, the instructor can organize students by class, subject, grade, or area of interest. The example below shows the use of the Groups App as a discussion board to explore a current event in Life Science. This tool proves especially useful for students with disabilities and English Learners, providing a safe place to develop their expressive language skills. This discussion board setting allows ample "wait time" for students to construct their responses, while also providing students with models of fluent writing from their peers.