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Once students have practiced creating and then sharing a new document, I put their new found skills to the test. Using a classic Improv game coupled with the collaborative features of Google Docs, I had students work in groups to create a short story while testing to see whether they had mastered the skill of sharing a document. We called it the Google Docs Relay Race, and the activity showcased a lot of the cool features of the platform. Students were most excited with live text editing (I played this off as "magic" when another instructor was editing a Doc that I created), and I was pleased to see very few complications (an occasional refresh was needed). I can see continued usage of Google Docs with Improv games to build storytelling, writing skills, as well as serve as a nice icebreaker or introduction to collaborating on a paper or presentation.