Cloud-Based Writing in K-12 Schools

Director: Mark Warschauer

Funder: Google Research Award

Project Description

Though learning to write is a vital skill in today's knowledge economy, writing is poorly taught in K-12 schools. And learning to write collaboratively with others is seldom taught at all. Building on a successful study funded by a Google Research Award last year, we seek to investigate the ways that Google Apps for Education, and particularly Google Docs, is used in writing instruction in a successful public school district that provides one-to-one computer access with netbooks and open source software. Using interviews, observations, a survey, server data, and test score outcomes, this study will investigate how Google Docs is integrated into instruction for diverse students, what the particular uses are for collaborative writing and receiving and responding to peer or teacher feedback, what the relationship is between use and student test score outcomes in writing, and how all of this can contribute to the design of an online writing environment that incorporates Google Docs and that matches the needs of K-12 schools.