¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 *SEE NEWER VERSION OF THIS ESSAY* Here’s a DRAFT essay concept to start the balling rolling on better ideas for this book (-JD). In my Educ 308: Cities Suburbs Schools seminar in Fall 2012, an important goal was for students to write public history. Specifically, I collaborated with the editorial team of a statewide history website, ConnecticutHistory.org, to identify a list of encyclopedia-style entries that they desired on housing, schooling, and civil rights, topics about which my students were developing some expertise. We agreed to produce a set of drafts for comment by the editor and our class, with at least one round of revisions. One challenge was to coordinate the logistics of drafts during a short window while permitting more than one person to comment at any time, and be informed by comments shared by others. Given our emphasis on developmental editing at this stage, rather than broad publication, an appropriate tool to use was Google Documents.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 To organize student writing in response to the ConnecticutHistory.org essay assignment, I created an index page in Google Documents, then asked students to create links from it to their individual drafts in Google Documents, with settings for anyone to comment. Multiple students (on campus) and the editor (off campus) could read and comment at the same time during our tight turnaround period. This arrangement worked better than emailing Word documents back-and-forth (aka “attachment hell”), or sharing them via a public Dropbox (great access, but no simultaneous commenting or editing), or using our college’s Learning Management System, Moodle (which does not allow instructors to easily add guests from off-campus).
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Learn more in this volume’s tutorial: How to share, comment, or co-author a Google Document.