The use of Google Docs in the student teaching experience
Wednesday, March 9 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
In distance teacher preparation programs, communication between the sponsoring university and cooperating schools sites can be a challenge. Student teachers in distant programs are placed in school sites throughout the state. Providing timely feedback to student teachers through the use of a formal evaluation is an important element in student teacher internships. Feedback from supervisors contributes to student growth. This paper discusses the use of the Google Doc as a way to report the progress of student teachers to the university in a timely way. Because the Google Doc organizes the responses from the evaluation form onto a spreadsheet, the university is able to easily collect data and track performance patterns among the student teachers. The patterns reveal strength areas and deficits in the teacher preparatory program. Along with an explanation of how the evaluation form was created on Google Doc and its capabilities, the challenges related to implementation are discussed.