New Google Docs Project for Primary Grades

TechnoStories for Google Docs

Teach beginning word processing skills with TechnoStories templates.

The latest addition to TechnoKids’ new line of technology projects created for Google Apps for Education is TechnoStories, designed for Grades 1 to 3. This project builds basic word processing and keyboarding skills for beginners. Included in the project are:

  • Teacher Guide
  • Digital Student Workbook
  • Templates
  • Sample Stories
  • Assessment Tools – Skill Summary, Student Checklist, Marking Sheet, Student Reflection

Designed especially for young students, TechnoStories includes Google Docs templates that minimize the amount of keyboarding required to write a story. As a result, student success and interest is enhanced.

TechnoStories for Google Docs

Students begin by learning to edit a story template about My Puppy. All samples spark their interest in story writing and give them clear examples of the story they will create. Students are introduced to basic word processing skills as they format the font, size, and color of particular words.

Next, they view a story template about a day at school. The story includes all the words but the illustrations are missing. Students repeat formatting skills taught in the previous assignment and then learn how to search for and resize pictures.

TechnoStories for Google Apps for Education

The next step is an About Me template. Students finish the sentence starters to write the story and then practice adding pictures.

Before writing their own story, students sketch out a story planner. The planning sheet must include a beginning, a middle, and an end. Suggested titles and sentence starters throughout the instructions spark the interest of young writers. Then they apply and practice all of the new skills to complete an original story.

The story is edited for spelling and a checklist is completed to build organizational skills and to ensure that all parts of the writing assignment have been completed.

Finally, the story is shared with friends, parents, and/or teachers by email. To complete the writing process, students fill out a simple reflection sheet about their work.

TechnoStories for Google Docs

Extension activities at the end of the project challenge students to practice additional word processing and keyboarding skills, try optional enrichment techniques, get inspired with more story writing ideas, and use a free online service to make an animated flip book.

TechnoStories will inspire the inner author in your students!

TechnoHella

About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.