Google's cloud-based tools are making a lot of money. Apps like Docs, Sheets, and Slides are a collaborative dreamscape. These application types allow children to break up into groups and go through a project to completion. According to some teenagers, they are also a good instant messaging platform. "We're not passing physical notes anymore," said an unnamed student Taylor Lorenz of The Atlantic (19459004).
For parents, physical notes were a staple of communication during their years of education. After writing a few lines on a piece of paper, they folded it up, pushed it across the floor (or let the classmates pass through it) and waited for a response from the recipient.
Today, in classrooms, tablets and laptops are as prominent as paper and pen. It's not uncommon to take notes, do homework and complete a project without ever picking up a pen – or in some cases a book.
In these classrooms, teenagers often perform single or multiple tours through chats directly under the nose of a teacher. You subtract it by typing a message in Google Docs that can be read instantly by the peers in the document. They use different fonts or text colors to determine who is who, or simply comment on the edges of a document using the comment function. When a teacher walks by, a quick press of the Dissolve button deletes the entire conversation.
And it's not just something to fool teachers. Parents have probably been the victims of fraud several times. While your teenager looks after work while working at a school, it's also likely that they're chatting with one or more friends and making Docs a perfect end-to-end for grounded teens or for those who do not have a phone to do homework.
This I would like to remind parents that these chats are usually not a big deal and no matter how vigilant you are. Well, I suppose you probably did not know that kids can bypass their school firewalls and download their favorite sites to read in PDF, right? Did you know that blocking YouTube is of little use if teenagers can simply search for their favorite videos and add them to a Google Slides presentation – bypassing the filter or the firewall?
Let me just say: If you freak out about Google Docs for instant messaging platforms, there are probably at least half a dozen other people you know nothing about. So show some chill.
In addition, the development of pen and paper to hidden online messaging makes perfect sense. By using the available aids, the teenagers remain unremarkable for parents and teachers. And unlike paper-based notes, the ability to erase the message with a mouse-click means no more sleepless nights after Ms. Search and Search read an interrupted note in front of the class.
They call it easy; I call it innovation.
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