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Collaborate With Google Docs
July 17, 2011

Google Docs is a program that allows you to create and edit many documents at any geographic location and collaborate with multiple people even if they are located 300 miles away. The program has provided a very effective and efficient communication platform for corporations in recent years as they collaborated with many geographically dispersed clients. It has also recently caught on to local school systems that use the program for in-class collaboration.

Long are the days of forgetting to do an assignment. Students can use Google Docs to work on an assignment in class, save their work, and continue working on it when they get home. This is able to happen because Google Docs is not software; it is an online application so all you need is an Internet connection.

Google Docs also saves on a regular basis stating what, who, and when the document was revised. This allows teachers to keep a closer eye on making sure that all members of a group are contributing an equal amount of work. This is especially helpful in college as many professors do not build a relationship with each student and only see the students in lecture twice a week. However, the equal work should not be an issue as the Google Docs collaboration gets students excited and more engaged with an assignment. Google Dogs also facilitates writing as a process by as teachers are able to provide instant feedback and help using the comments feature.

Here are a few simple tips for getting started with Google Docs:

  1. Get all of your passwords and usernames ready to hand to students- this is necessary in order to log into the program.
  2. Keep it simple and easy so students do not become frustrated with the program.
  3. Know your limits. There are limits on the number of synchronous collaborators at a time. There is also a limit of 200 combined viewers and collaborators on a document.