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Using Google Docs for Digital Writing
Google Docs are basically online versions of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentations programs. What makes them great for digital writing and collaboration is:
They live "in the cloud," meaning that:
You can access them from any computer that connects to the internet. There is nothing to download, they run inside your web browser.
The version you are looking at is the most current one; no need to email updated versions back and forth.
Multiple people can edit a document at the same time.
They automatically track revisions.
They have a built in comment feature.
They are really easy to share with others.
They are free to use, just create a Google account (ages 13+).
Overview of Google Docs for Educators:
IDEAS for using in the classroom:
Collaborative homework assignments (any GoogleDocs tool, including Spreadsheets)
Peer editing writing assignments (GoogleDocuments)
Creating and sharing group slide presentations (GooglePresentations)
Collecting student feedback (GoogleForms)
help on how to format text
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