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Google forms as a collaborative literature review in NCEA

In NCEA PE 2.5 we have to review the impacts of a major sporting event.  In 2011 I started a project that used google reader to aggregate all available sources of relevant literature regarding the rugby world cup (RWC) - I then used google drive to collect and assess work, this was my first experience with digitising an NCEA standard and you can read about it here!
I now have all the articles that I collected in google drive (100+) and needed the boys to pick through the relevant ones to help them with their research project (what are the impacts on society of a major
sporting event), I decided to create a google form that reflected the questions that the boys needed to ask in regards to the assessment and then embedded it into a google site page that all the students had access to.

Using the chromebooks the boys worked in small groups discussing the impacts mentioned in each article and then completed the form with the appropriate information.  Beneath the form on the web page I also embedded the results of the form submissions (which google conveniently sorts into a nice neat table) so the boys could see the quality of work which was required - and know that everyone was reading the responses - this led to a bit of competition, with each group trying to outdo each other!

At the end of the lesson we summarised the work, and the boys were amazed that by working together they had covered almost a third of the relevant articles, and would be able to look back at the page for reference when they write the final report!  The rest of the task is going to be completed for homework.

I imagine this use of google forms, embedded into a class website would be useful for any type of literature review, or collaborative task where data needs to be collected or summarised.

If anyone would like a link to share the RWC articles I collected through google reader, let me know and i'll share the link!


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