So Many Words, So Little Time

Janet Foss & Jeff Ingraham, ESU#3

Careful writers choose just the right word or phrase to make meaning clear or to create a particular mood or feeling within a piece of writing. During this session we will learn instructional strategies designed to help expand students’ vocabulary and increase their power to use precise language as they become more effective writers.

Our Powerpoint presentation

Links to Collaborative Document
Aunt Adie

Group Brainstorm on alternate words for Happy

Our Wordle of alternate words for Happy

Google Docs ~ Word Processing Features

Handout on Using external image msword.png Google Docs.doc

What is it?
Google Docs is an easy-to-use, online
word processor, presentation creator & spreadsheet editor where you can create, share, collaborate and store documents. If you know how to use any word processor, presentation creator or spreadsheet program, you will quickly learn Google Docs. You can even import existing documents.

Instructional Ideas Shared:
Google Docs In Plain English from YouTube:

Creating a New Google Document File

Step #1:
Sign in with your Google Account
Step #2: Click the "New Document" link, located on the upper left-hand side of the screen.
Step #3: From the dropdown menu, select Document.

How To Format Documents for Use in Word
  • Google Documents can't be cut and pasted into Microsoft Word—without the formatting getting all messed up, along with the font, size of the letters, and a lot of other stuff.
  • Excellent Workaround--instead of copying, go to "File" and choose "export as Word." This will preserve your formatting and save the document in a Word format.

Getting a Word Count
  • Word count feature is located in the FILE drop down menu
  • Word counts are slightly different in Google Documents than in Word
  • Google is a bit more lenient on what constitutes a separate word
  • Most schools and jobs will go by what Word says, so be sure to export to word if word count is important!

Document Settings
  • Defaults for documents can be set to select the opening font, line spacing and background color.
  • Located under FILE→ Document settings

How To Share a Document and Track Revisions
Google docs has the ability to share a document with multiple users, letting users change (or just view) files. For group projects, this can be a fantastic way to collaborate* Click on the "Share" button in the upper right hand corner of a Google document.
  • You can invite viewers, or collaborators (send them an e-mail invite OR not)
  • Once multiple users are working with a document, hit the "Revisions" tab to track all the revisions and roll back unnecessary changes
  • With multiple collaborators working at once, it is best to simply “refresh” rather than SAVE. (could “wipe out” others work)

Starring Documents
  • Click the star next to a document name in the folder view to highlight that document as important.
  • Stars help prioritize documents when you have a lot of projects going
  • Click on the star at the top of the column to bring “starred’ documents to the top of the column

Rename a Google Document File: Once you save a document, you can rename the document. From the FILE tab, click the Renameoption and a dialog box will open allowing the document to be renamed.

Shortcuts for Google Docs

Ctrl+A / Ctrl+5 to Select All
Ctrl+S to Save document
Ctrl+W to Close document
Ctrl+K to Insert Link
Ctrl+M to Insert Comment
Ctrl+B to Bold
Ctrl+I to Italicize
Ctrl+C to Copy
Ctrl+V to Paste
Ctrl+X to Cut
Ctrl+Home to go to the top of the document
Ctrl+End to go to the end of the document
Ctrl+O to open the Open dialog box
Ctrl+P to Print the document
Ctrl+F to open the Find dialog box
Ctrl+N to open a New document
Ctrl+Z to Undo
Ctrl+Y to Redo

Online Comic Book Creators
make beliefs comix
BitStrips: (my favorite)


Comic Life Resources

Here are a few interesting and potentially relevant resources I found about Comic Life online while I was noodling around...

Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teachers

and finally a research article. :-)

Using Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom (The Council Chronicle, Sept. 05)