I’m a big fan in my classroom of listening to kids read. I think that you can learn a lot from simply sitting beside a student and listening to them read for a period of time.
I’ve often wondered the same thing about writing. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to watch how a student writes?
Now you can.
Draftback is an extension for your Chrome browser that allows you to playback the production of a Google docs document. Quite simply, this plugin allows you to scroll back and forth through time seeing the progression of a piece of writing.
I haven’t tried it, but it seems to me that there would be a lot here to examine. A student could write a piece and using Draftback you could then sit with them and talk about their writing process. Why did you erase that entire line? Why did this part go quickly for you? I noticed that you came back after you finished writing and edited the introduction, tell me what you were thinking?
I think there are a lot of possibilities here for looking at a student’s writing process.