Even in an in-person class, there's something casual and simple about doing a group brainstorm, annotation, or note-taking that encourages a free exchange of ideas. Google Docs is a popular tool for collaborating and tends to work best with smaller groups.
- Brainstorm in response to prompt. Give students a prompt or question and encourage them to write notes on it for ten minutes. After that, give them another ten minutes to read each other's ideas and comment.
- Shared annotation. Paste a short reading into the text and set the doc to "comment only." Give students fifteen minutes to read and comment.
- Zoom Breakout room notes. Put students into breakout groups, asking them to take notes in a Google Doc shared with you. While they're in breakout rooms, switch between their different notes to monitor the discussion.
- Group writing assignment. Have students work together by doing an editing and commenting exercise for homework.