Saturday, May 22, 2010

Long Distance Editing

This week two students had a new experience with their story writing. Their stories were edited by some students from St Clairs school in Dunedin.

First they wrote their stories in Google Docs. Then we shared the docs with the teacher in Dunedin who shared them with her students. The students worked in small groups to edit the stories.

Once they had finished editing the stories we then looked at them and talked about what the SuperScoopers had written.

This is what Taylor and Adelka had to say about the experience:

  • We learnt so much from other students editing our work.
  • It was really good to learn about the technical details
  • It was a bit embarrassing to think that other kids were reading our work
  • It was scary exciting
  • I felt shy about it
  • But it was cool too that someone else was reading my story

As a class we then looked at another student's story and were able to make some great comments on his writing based on what we'd seen in the other two stories. 

It was a fantastic and empowering experience!


  1. I would like to thank Room 9 and especially Tayla and Adelka for what proved to be an absolutely valuable and motivating learning experience for Room 7 in Dunedin!

    Working in groups to edit and proofread your stories allowed us to focus on our current writing targets. In other words, the group learning to use speech correctly proofread for that aspect whereas the group learning to write using paragraphs attempted to work on that.

    At first we were nervous as well! We really enjoyed the stories and didn't want to appear critical. But then we realised that this is what Editors do in the real world so we took our role very seriously and tried to be helpful.

    Google Docs was new for most of the Scoopers and this was an absolute hit with them. The idea of collaborating on a document was exciting and fun!We will have to develop this concept further in our writing and inquiry programme.

    Again, many thanks Room 9! We are really hoping that you will have a go with some of our writing this week!

  2. BTW - Room 12 is actually Ms B writing on behalf of Room 7! She needs to change her account details!

  3. You have really inspired me with your collaborative writing and editing. I hope you will share your stories.