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Google Writer can be used in a plethora of ways in the classroom or even outside of the classroom for educational purposes.  In today's schools many students rely on sending emails to their teachers to turn in homework assignments or ask questions about the class.  Furthermore, students work together in group projects and use email to attach drafts of their work to each other for editing purposes.   While email has proven to be an invaluable tool in helping students communicate with their teacher and other students, Google Writer can be used to make the communication process more time efficient and less confusing.  Many students often attach homework assignments like research papers in emails and send them to their teacher, so the teacher can look over it and make revisions and comments about their papers.  However, many problems can occur when students attempt to send their precious work via email to their teacher.  For example, attachments can be too large to send over email, so the student can't send his work to the teacher.  In addition, students and teachers often use different types of word processing software (Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, etc.) and/or different types of document formatting (.txt., .pdf, .docx, etc.) that may be incompatible with each other, which means that a teacher cannot open an attachment sent by a student.  Another very common problem is that students and teachers send so many email attachments back and forth to each other with revisions and different versions of writing assignments that it is very easy to lose track of which version a student should work on.  Fortunately, Google Writer can solve all of the problems mentioned above by making the communication process more streamlined and efficient.

Google Writer does not require students and teachers to constantly send email attachments back and forth to one another.  Instead, students can type up documents on any word processor like Microsoft Word, and then upload the document onto Google Writer in order to share the file with the teacher or even other students for editing purposes.  Once the document is placed on Google Writer, the teacher and other students can edit, make corrections, and add comments to the same online copy of the file.  This eliminates the need to send emails back and forth with multiple versions of assignments.  In addition, teachers can use Google Writer to monitor the work of students in group projects, because teachers can look at the revisions history to see how students contributed to an assignment and at what time they contributed. The revision history can stop arguments between students and teachers on whether or not they completed a writing assignment on time, because all of the student's work will be documented on Google Writer.  Students can use Google Writer and no longer be concerned about their attachments being too large for their inbox, since Google Writer posts documents over the Internet rather than through email.  Incompatible software is also not a problem for students on Google Writer, since all work is posted on the Internet and can be easily accessed on any computer.  Google Writer is a wonderful tool that can be used in the classroom to solve the problems of emailing attachments from student to teacher.

http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/collaboration_value.html

   


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  1. Unknown User (bbarber)

    Traditional "collaboration" falls short in today's schools

    Sharing with attachments is inefficient.

    • Attachments can be too large to send over email, and take up inbox space.
    • Students and teachers with incompatible software can't even open your attachments.
    • It's easy to lose track of which version of an attachment you should work on.

    Google Apps smooths the process

    Google Docs enhances productivity suite and eliminates the need to collaborate with attachments. Students and teachers can start a project with software like Microsoft Office, and use Google Docs to share files with other students and teachers for collaborative editing. Everyone accesses the same online copy of the file in Google Docs, so there are no attachment compatibility problems, inbox storage quota issues, or versions to reconcile. When the group is done editing, you can keep the file in Google Docs, or export it back to the original format.

    Sharing knowledge is simple with Google Sites. Free-form text, file attachments, videos, photos, and other types of information can be organized all together. It's so intuitive that every employee can contribute; no special technical skills are required so coworkers can create rich sites without burdening IT for support. Best of all, Google search is built-in, so employees can find company information instantaneously.

    (http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/collaboration_value.html)