In this lesson I reviewed, entitled “Google Docs in the Classroom”, Google Docs is being used in a high school English class to create a collaboratively written paper on a text. It is clear that students are engaged, communicating, and focused on finish the task at hand. It is a dynamic and 21st century classroom, but the Technology is only Augmenting a previously existing technique of group work. The lesson is not very “forward” thinking. This case highlights something very important for me. Yes, technology is a key component of a 21st century class, but it does not always need to be center stage. The highlight of this case is clearly Collaboration, which is an essential component of a 21st century class.
This lesson uses 3 of the 4 Cs: Collaboration is clearly a very strong component of this lesson, Critical Thinking is necessary to write the paper, and pivot your thinking per the groups discussions, and Communication is also very key for creating a strong collaborative environment. While it is not a very creative lesson, this is clearly a 21st century classroom that can easily be replicated in any secondary English class. In my middle school class, I use this style of a lesson each time we finish a novel. I would give this lesson a 4 out of 5.