I discovered google docs last year from a teammate of mine. I think it is a very powerful tool in today’s world, be it the classroom or a place of business – anywhere where people need to collaborate on documents, presentations, or spreadsheets.
I have used it, and will continue to use it, with my students. When they have a written assignment that must be typed, I am going to require that they type it in a google doc, and invite me as a collaborator. Maybe at some point, they can invite a friend or two as a collaborator to peer edit. I love not having mulitple files of the same document – b/c google docs just shows the most current file. In addition to using it with students, often times as a grade level, we have to produce documents to be sent to the entire grade, and google docs would be a great place for us to work on the documents together. I will just have to educate my grade level about this awesome tool – shouldn’t be too hard.
I was not really aware of the presentation or spreadsheet componet of google docs. There have been powerpoints that I have put together, and had I known about the google doc presentation, I could have done it collaboratively – now I know. Also, throughout the year, students produce presentations within groups – a great way for them to not be tied to working only from school – and only from one computer.