Writing is very important for our students to master and in my mind, and Common Core ramps up its importance. For example, Common Core Writing standard 6 states, “Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others”. For a more in depth look at how this breaks down per grade level, click here for a Common Core grade level progression.
Google Docs is a great tool for students to use to both write on a computer, but also it allows students to be collaborative with others and publish their work easily to the world. It, frankly, is one of the most powerful 21st century tools because it is accessible anywhere you have internet and your work can be shared with anyone who has internet. And all this is done with ease. A big shift from the Microsoft Words days….. where you saved on your computer and then couldn’t get to it until you returned to that computer OR you could email it to yourself and work that way.
To learn more about how you can use Google Docs (word processing) with your students, visit Tech PD for help, links and more information.
How Students Login to Google Apps
Google Documents Help
Google Drive Templates Help