Google Docs is powerful cloud-based word processing tool. The web-based app is user friendly and allows for infinite possibilities. When using docs. Teachers and students can collaborate on writing and creation tasks. Google Docs can be turned in to templates for students to respond to specific questions or can be a blank canvas.
I use Google Docs to create professional development sign-in sheets (see below), templates for Spotlight on Strategies (see below), writing drafts of my Jen's Journal and mush more..
You are able to publish Docs to the web, export as a PDF, or download as a Word document.
The commenting feating allows for teachers to provide instance feedback during the writing process. The Voice Typing tool is great for language learners as well students that struggle with typing.
There are a number of Chrome extensions for Google Docs. One of my favorites is Draftback, which creates a video to play back the revisions made to a Doc. This is great for watching students writing process and to monitor for plagiarism.