I'll second the idea of using Moodle for this sort of thing. You could
either use a forum, where each revision appears as a new post under the
editing student's name, or as a wiki. The downside of Moodle's wiki
feature is that it does not update every few seconds, the way that
Google Docs, using AJAX, does, so users cannot really edit the same
document simultaneously unless you break it up into different pages. A
more traditional wiki that allows you to break up a single page into
different sections that can be independently edited might be a slightly
more elegant solution, though this still would not support simultaneous
editing the way Google Docs does.
The next full version release of Moodle is supposed to use a more
advanced wiki editor. There are also different wiki modules available
for Moodle, if you really don't like the one in the current version.
While you can review changes from previous versions of a page, nothing
really matches a word processor's revisioning feature for seeing who
made what edit and consequently making the document a challenge to read
with all the underlines, strikethroughs, colors and bubbles!
South Burlington High School
From: School Information Technology Discussion
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Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 9:16 AM
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Subject: Re: Google Docs
I've set up Moodle on a desktop computer that runs Ubuntu. Yes, it took
me a bit of time to figure it out, but it is worth the time. It has
blogging and forums. You can set up a course, by topic. So for
example, set up a course about a specific book they are reading. I've
set up the Ubuntu/Moodle combo a few times, so if anyone needs help let
>>> Joanne Finnegan <[log in to unmask]> 5/19/2009 8:15 am
If you use Google Apps, I could use some ideas for a teacher. If not,
go ahead and delete!
I have a 7th/8th grade literacy teacher who wants kids to be able to
make comments back and forth on a reading piece. She had hoped to put
four kids in a group and simultaneously go through and insert comments.
She would like it to look like track changes, which I don't think is
available in Google Apps. What happens with the comments kids are
putting in is that they break up the reading, so if one kid is reading
faster than another, there are comments that break up the reading for
the slower readers, so the paragraphs don't flow.
I'm thinking of putting the reading piece into two columns (table) for
the comments on the side, but am wondering if there is a better way.
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