Many schools are finally getting the technology to allow students to work on their own computer during class. Whether you have a mobile computer lab, student computers, or tablets, there is a lot you can do to use computers in collaborative ways. Many teachers at my school are excited for the 1:1 student computers, but overwhelmed at the same time.
6.RI.3 is one of those standards I get a lot of questions about from other teachers. It’s a very broad standard that is best taught by circling, highlighting, and discussing the individual, even, or idea that the text is introducing. Yesterday we did a vocabulary lesson where we focused on what an example, anecdote, and text feature is.
Don’t be afraid to try out some collaborative activities using Google docs in your classroom! If you’re lucky enough to have access to student computers or tablets, use them! The worst thing that will happen is a student will have to help you figure out how to do something (true story).
If you only have a few computers or tablets, this would be a great activity for a computer center as well!