Youth Voices

Grade range: 7-12

What is it? Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing.

Pros: Empowers students as writers and thinkers, and multimedia elements open the door for further digital composition.

Cons: High school writers sometimes submit questionable content as they explore personal and provocative issues.

Bottom line: Supported student writing, collaboration, and communication make this a healthy space for kids to express themselves.

Review: http://beta.graphite.org/website/youth-voices

 

Google Drive

Grade range: 9-12

What is it? A nifty tool for collaboratively editing docs and syncing files across devices or online.

Pros: You get much of the functionality of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and it seamlessly keeps files in multiple locations.

Cons: It’s not as stable or capable as a desktop application, and competitor products support more syncing.

Bottom line: Google Drive is a smart choice for budget-conscious schools, with its free productivity tools and file syncing.

Review: http://beta.graphite.org/website/google-drive

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