The G Suite platform is a phenomenal tool for me as a teacher and, specifically, Docs is an integral part of my profession. Here is why I love:
- It is based on the cloud and is constantly maintained. So neither I nor my students have to worry about losing or losing it. It is always there for us (as long as there is an Internet connection).
- Almost all Microsoft Word features are there, with the exception of some. So if you're familiar with Word, you'll be fine using Docs. The configuration and appearance are a bit different, but they are easy to use and can be captured quickly. In addition, there are a lot of excellent YouTube tutorials that will present Docs.
- For the classroom, they can use Docs to monitor progress in a wonderful way. Just search on Google and you'll find many amazing ideas from other brilliant people.
- You can share files with students and do not worry if they lose them. In addition, they are digital natives, so they enjoy working on digital documents.
- You can use it to collect data on IEP goals or teams of teachers can collaborate on a document and store information.
- There are many excellent supplements to help students with disabilities.
- There is a voice-to-text function that can be useful for students / teachers, as well as the exploration function if a student needs to learn more about a topic.
- I can add voice recordings for accommodations for oral exams.
There are very few cons for this software:
First, you can only edit information if you have a Google account. (But this is so easy to set up and most people already have a Google email address, so it's almost never a problem).
Second: there could be pre-established templates so that the information that is added is formatted so that everything looks uniform.
As I mentioned earlier, there is a learning curve. But be patient, use YouTube tutorials when necessary, or ask a friend, and it will be fine! There are no real cons here!
I recommend it to all and colleagues and students for the following reasons:
* Information exchange without problems.
* Save automatically (so you never lose information).
* Responsibility through the history of previous editions.
* Ability to restore documents (in case someone accidentally erases everything from top to bottom).
* Possibility of reviewing documents offline.
* Total versatility with images, text editing, font and real-time visualization of the work being edited.
* Access to mobile devices to review and edit on the fly.
* Ability to see who is in the document to discuss and discuss the topic material or project deadlines.
I have been using this software for more than 5 years (probably from close to its first version) and collaboration in real time has been the most important aspect of the use of this software. I have used it as a teacher and in my daily life, it is very good to make my job as a teacher easier because my students send me their work in this way and it is easier for me to correct them. The collaboration in real time is what brought me to this software for the first time and what impresses me constantly is how easy it is to use it and how well it works in real time.
Beyond collaboration, integration with Google Drive is very important to me and is at the top of my list. If I am collaborating with others or using this software at work, having the document in my network of shared and personal folders on Google Drive is very important.
In terms of Google Docs and the other software they offer, saving is not a problem at all, it is automatically saved each time the text changes. To write long essays and collaborate on projects with people, this functionality is very useful and I love it.
Other functionalities are excellent because the software remembers Microsoft Word, but the tools and the interface are much less confusing, although there are fewer actions to choose from in terms of document customization.