Google provides its equivalent of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint with Docs, Sheets, and Slides in addition to cloud storage. Notable advantages to using this particular suite is that it allows for multiple editors to work on the same document at the same, serving as a powerful collaboration tool for both students and instructors.
With the suites, there are actual classes in which using such software is part of the curriculum for those disciplines.
All three areas of thinking are tapped into, especially when students are asked to work together on the same document. This allows students to problem solve, create, and analyze.
Because the goal of using these tools is to stress collaboration, it becomes easy to connect to ideas inside the classroom and outside of it.
The instructor should encourage students to practice their collaborative skills using modern tools.
|Learning How to Learn|
The three online suites provide students with the greatest foundation for learning how to collaborate in a distanced educational environment (i.e., online or hybrid).
Desktop and Mobile
Assignments can be shared directly within the Google ecosystem. There are some options to provide direct links to documents, which can be used within an LMS.
|Connectivity||Mostly Online, but available offline|
One of the greatest uses of the Google suite is to establish collaborative workflows in and out of the classroom with students. Correcting student work and providing feedback becomes almost second nature when you realize how streamlined it is. It also encourages students to share their work rather than submit it, using a more antiquated process. As far as students are concerned, being able to work on group assignments on the same document at the same time is instrumental in creating a digital collaborative space. Aside from that, these types of tools transfer well in a hybrid environment. Even being able to bring up the actual document currently being worked and presenting it in a classroom setting becomes easy and essential.