My 7th grade class is doing an group project involving Google Docs. They are creating a presentation in Google Docs where they insert movies they made and a graph they created in Google Spreadsheets. We are down to the “putting it all together” stage, where they will need to simultaneously add pages to and edit the presentation on their individual computers. There are groups of four students each. The last day we worked on it they sat at tables with two students on each side. However, with the computers open, the four members were completely “disconnected” from each other. The two students on each side were able to work together and see what the other was doing, but they were not interacting well “across the table” for mainly spatial reasons.
I am at a very open school and we can go anywhere on campus, outside, in the grass, on the patio, on picnic tables… But, I would love suggestions of HOW I should have them sit to best facilitate working together as a group of four with open computers. I have several ideas listed below, but would love to know if anyone has done this before and if so, what worked best for you?
Four kids in a row on a picnic table – laptops all in a row. Everyone can see everyone else’s computer, but the end kids seem far away.
Four kids in a circle, with open laptops almost touching. I don’t have large enough round tables to facilitate this however, so could they have the laptops on the ground and be “hunched” over them? It’s not very ergonomic, BUT the kids could actually SEE their group members over the computer screens.
Three kids working on computers in a row and one “reader” who makes sure their group includes all aspects of this detailed project. I would have the reader be my most proficient computer user so (s)he could help the others instead of just doing most of it on (her)his own.
That’s all I’ve got! Please help! : )