I have recently had a number of conversations about microsoft and google. The IP10 teachers in my school were teaching their students document files (MS Word) and I suggested GoogleDocs. We have decided to embark on a interdisciplinary lesson using GoogleDocs.
My ELA 1o classes will be doing research essays and they will complete these on their new Google accounts. I hope to see the students electric researching skills grow, as this is a major skill needed for the future.
A few worries I have is that the students will get stuck on either; looking at sites not reading them, or writing their entire essay based on one website. I hope to guide them into an organized and well rounded researcher.