My father is a pretty tech savvy guy. In fact, he always has the latest tech toys even before his 11 grandchildren have them. But for some strange reason, he can't seem to pronounce the word google correctly-it always sounds like gugle(kind of like kugel).
It make us all laugh and we try to have him repeat after us "google, like frugal". While it's silly, it is a constant reminder to all of us how new the concept of google is. For digital immigrants, it is a different language that needs to be practiced while for my three year old it is both a noun and a verb, "just google it, mommy."
I love google docs and I am amazed at how our lives are changing with these tools. Not too long ago, trying to collaborate on a document or around any work meant sending many emails back and forth and attempting to blend different versions of documents. It was time consuming and tedious. Google docs has eliminated all of that and has created an incredible collaborative tool that connects people and their work efficiently and simply and most importantly-at no cost.
As an educator, the possibilities are endless. Google docs for independent work, group work, real time assessments, student monitoring, homework assignments and more.
Once again, it is not about the technology, it is about the profoundly enhanced opportunities for deeper and more authentic teaching and learning.
And that's why we do what we do. To give our students more than we had and to build a better future.