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To edit a document, collaborators simply open the shared file and begin typing. Student writers can change font color or highlight to indicate changes, if they wish. If students wish to insert comments into a text, the comments will appear along the margins of the word processing document.


If the collaborators wish to go back to an earlier version of the document, they can click the ―Revisions‖ tab and ―Revert to this one.‖


Considerations Google Documents is a widely used tool for supporting synchronous


collaboration. Faculty who are interested in exploring how Google Documents can support collaborative writing in their classes may find the following management tips helpful before initiating a Google Documents project or assignment.  Collaborators must access Google Docs through their Gmail accounts.  Faculty should work with the application before making an assignment. Recruiting a colleague in order to practice with the real-time collaboration features can help you to get a sense of how they work in practice.


 Give students a chance to practice some with the interface as well so that everyone is familiar with the details of how to complete specific tasks. It can be helpful to have a common assignment to start the process. For example, Assignment #1 at http://connectedcampus.wordpress.com/2008/07/21/google/ outlines a simple procedure for introducing students to Google Documents.


 Most classes will also require some time for students to establish the ground rules of how they are going to manage the writing process. The form of those ―rules of engagement‖ will be determined by the scope of the project--ranging from a simple email summary to a more extensive and formal ―charter.‖


 Be aware of the formatting limitations. While the capabilities of Google documents are improving all the time, the developers are the first to admit that the formatting features still lag behind those of a full-featured desktop word processor. (One of the lead programmers recently stated that today’s Google Doc is roughly analogous to Word 2003. The current shipping version of Word is 2010, so there are numerous features that are missing in Google


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