In Livin’ la Vida Google: A Month-Long Dive Into Web-based Apps, Wired news editor Michael Calore describes his experiment to ditch desktop programs in favor of Google’s offerings.

I think there’s a huge application for students and teachers with online word processors (and so do many other educators). Here are my top reasons:

  1. Google Docs & Spreadsheets are my answer to “I left the file on my home computer” excuses.
  2. Students can easily work on a paper at school and at home without getting into email or USB drives to move stuff around. Students could even get at their paper while doing research at the library.
  3. Collaborative (but still private) work! Teachers could review drafts online or students could write a paper together.
  4. There’s a PDF output option.
  5. Version tracking. Google allows you to open prior versions of docs — handy when revising frequently and you zealously chop a necessary paragraph or two.
  6. It’s free.