Absolutely! I have encouraged this method of receiving homework from students for several years. I like the ability to grade documents online, make comments, and then return the homework electonically. This is definitely becoming the trend in colleges and universities so using this method prepares students for their future education. It also saves the trees and protects the environment.
If they did not have Internet access from home, I sometimes had students bring their homework to school on a flash drive. I could put their flash drive in my laptop, scan for viruses, and then download their assignments for grading. If necessary, I could print their work using the classroom printer.
Because I teach middle school computers, that is the only way to go. I have a dropbox, and the students submit 90% of their work in the dropbox.
With this method, I don't have to take up precious classroom instruction time to grade papers, now I spend hours after school grading papers, BUT the job gets done, and I have more time with my students.
I taught a few classes at Virginia Intermont College and required electronic submission. Made it easier to check for plagiarism. Bt at the elementary level we have a few formats that are designed fro just that - with WV Writes at the top of my list.WV Writes is as much about extendig the learnign environment to outside school hours as it is abut anything else. Any teacher who deasn't get that is missing out...