I am using Google Docs in my research lab for a variety of purposes, and I thought it might be helpful to share how I am using them. Google docs allows simulataneous editing by multiple people, and everyone needs a Google ID to do that. My research group and I are using one document to write up research results in paper format, one document to keep track of weekly goals, one document for general instrumentation and experimental technique trouble-shooting, and one to keep track of any work that occurs after hours when I am not around.
In the process of using Google docs for research, students learn to
- engage in collaborative writing
- be accountable for their day to day work
- set and re-evaluate goals
- keep good records for future students
Google IDs and computers