Software Application of the Month
March - Google Docs
is a suite of free online software applications including word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation and survey applications.

Google Docs enables multiple users in different locations to collaborate simultaneously on the same project. If you and another collaborator are editing the same document at the same time, a box at the bottom left of the screen will appear, telling you the name of the collaborator/s you're working with. Thus Google Docs supports students working in teams, enabling them to collaborate online. The history feature means that all saved versions of the document are archived. Other educational applications include using a word-processing document shared only with the teacher as an online reflective journal and using forms for self- and peer- feedback and evaluations as well as for short surveys (see an example form). Watch a short screencast demonstrating some of the main features of Google Docs.

Short Video: Google Docs in Plain English (3 mins, by The Common Craft Show)

(If above video does not play, here is a direct link)

Useful links

  • Control the sharing settings for your documents (video, 2 mins)
  • Google Docs Tour
  • Help within Google Docs
  • Google Docs Community Channel on YouTube
  • Privacy concerns (article)
  • Google Docs is part of Google Apps - the Educause article 7 Things You Should Know About Google Apps gives a short overview from an educational perspective

    Presentation from recent workshop (as an embedded Google presentation)

    Previous Software Applications of the Month
    February - Outlook 2007: How to Use Voting Buttons in a Message (2 page PDF document)
    When sending an email, you can use the Voting Buttons to get responses from a group of colleagues to see what the majority of them are leaning towards
    December - iTunes U
    iTunes, and particulary iTunes U, is a great source of audio and video educational podcasts.
    November - Audacity
    Create and edit audio podcasts with this easy-to-use free software.
    October - Eclipse Crossword
    Easy to use free software that allows you to easily create professional looking crosswords, both as images for printing or as online interactive crossword puzzles.

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