App of the Week: Quip
Quip is a cloud based productivity app. It combines elements of Microsoft Word, Google Drive, and chat messaging to let you draft documents and share them easily with others. Quip is free to download and is available on Web browsers, iPhone and iPad. It’s also available on Android devices, but only as a “preview” version, which means that documents can only be read, not edited.
The biggest feature of Quip is its easy-to-use document editor. Due to the built-in messaging system, there’s no need to save your documents and email them, or even share them outside the app itself. Your updates to documents are processed in real time, such that anyone else working on the project with you will see what you’ve done instantly.
Another great feature of Quip is the use of the @ symbol. By using this symbol, you bring up a number of options. These allow you to slot an image into your work, create a table of information, mention a person who’s collaborating on the project or link to another document or folder that you’ve created within Quip.
Quip is a word processing tool with collaborative editing and messaging functionality that is practical as more and more people are working on their mobile devices. There are many applications of how it could be used in the classroom. Teachers can have access to all documents created by students along with documentation embedded in Quip’s program of the time and amount of work contributed by each student. Students can ask questions through the messaging system, and you could have the assurance that all students would feel responsible for contributing an equal amount of work towards the final product.
Try using Quip for:
• Students can write a story collaboratively
• Teachers can collaborative lesson plan with their teams
• Research projects
• Science lab reports
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