We use Google Drive at my school, so many of our students just have Google Docs where they keep their homework. For the past few years, we’ve used the commenting function to make comments and suggestions. However, recently Google added the Suggesting option, which allows you to do what Track Changes used to do in Microsoft Word. I’ve found this particularly useful when helping students reduce wordiness and work on crafting their writing to make it more precise.
I’ve also used it in my personal life–my father and I share poems we write and we’ve been using it when we want to make suggestions to each other about word choice. The benefits of using “Suggestions” for the writer would be that the original text remains. You can accept or reject the suggestion. It allows the writer to see what the sentence would appear like if the suggestion were taken.
I look forward to using this mode next year when my seniors are working on college essays, since we work through those essays multiple times.