How Google Docs Really Sells Itself to Students (and to you as well?)
the name of Dropbox.
Integrated Comment Stream
Real Time Editing
Although I show this off during presentations, I will be the first to admit that the educational application of real time collaborating isn't quite as relevant. I have had teachers comment on their student's work while the student was viewing the document, so a real time conversation and consequently a live writing review session was conducted, but this is probably the exception rather than the norm.
I am fully aware of many of the downsides to using Google Apps. I wrote about several of them in an earlier post. However, one feature that I don't mind is the lack of a built-in spell check. The visual spell check found in most browsers is plenty powerful, and once students are trained to use the right-click/correct combination, it helps them check their spelling all throughout a document, rather than just at the end. For a free product (Education edition), Google Docs provides many features that help our students prepare for not only their current work but also for the future in terms of strengthening their communication and collaboration skills.
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