As we approach the end of Term Two, students are working on a variety of culminating activities. Generally, students will complete a culminating activity independently as a way to show what they know. In this activity, we will collaborate our ideas and thoughts in a text form by using Etherpad, a collaborative writing document. Students are familiar with this form of writing as they use Google Docs regularly, however, Etherpad colour codes what students are writing. Initially I will introduce this writing tool in a whole group activity by asking students a variety of questions based on the Social Studies Curriculum. In partners, students will discuss a response and will use resource to look up information. Later, I will use the Etherpad as a backchannel, or collaborative writing tool between our classroom and other classrooms to help students with comprehension in reading.
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