Anyway, back to my point. Ryan has her own Google account, and I have her do all assignments in Google Docs. This accomplishes two very beneficial things.
1) She can access it any where from any device. We're a family of two laptops, three smartphones, one iPad, a school iPad, and a school chromebook. She could be working from any of those devices depending on whether we're at home, school, traveling, going to basketball games, etc. She can easily work when she has time, and always pick up where she left off on the next device.
2) She can "share" the doc with me for easy editing. By "share," I am referring to Google's definition of the word. She can give me editing privileges where we can both see the document LIVE from our individual screens. LIVE. Like, I can see where her cursor is at that exact moment. If you've use Google Docs, then I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but here's the real benefit. I can comment and suggest edits from my own computer on my own time. Do you realize the significance of the fact that I can "constructively critique" her work without having to be right next to her?! Maybe in your house every mother-to-13-year-old conversation is roses and sunshine, but here, sometimes the slightest things can be way over dramatized! Attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, etc. Using Google, all comments and suggestions are typed and linked directly to the spot needed attention. By increasing the bodily distance while I'm critiquing and using voices less often, we are SIGNIFICANTLY reducing the opportunity for confrontation!!!
What about you? Are you a Google Doc user? Any schoolwork tips with teenagers?