November 9th, 2007 | Published in Google Docs
Some of Google Docs' most loyal users are teachers; we get lots of emails, suggestions, and lesson ideas from you. Based on what you've told us, one of your favorite things about using Docs with your students is that they tend to work harder if their work is transparent to each other. They react well to seeing one another's writing and getting the opportunity to show off just a teeny bit. We've also learned that "writing buddy" programs give kids the opportunity to brainstorm with and inspire one other, while letting them learn crucial editing and interpersonal skills.
Google for Educators has buddied up with the good folks from the Weekly Reader to bring you a lesson on revision writing -- with a buddy. The talented writers at Weekly Reader have worked with teachers all over the country to come up with tips and checklists for incorporating buddy writing in the classroom. And as always, Google Docs allows your students to create their first drafts, fix their mistakes and hone the perfect paper, all while keeping track of each and every comma change, word replacement and new stroke of genius along the way.
Come check out the lesson, grab a few hints on using Google Docs and introduce your kids to buddy writing -- we suspect their collaborations will get your creative juices flowing, too.