Friday, June 12, 2009

Google Apps Tip #2: Google Docs

Do your courses ever require you to work in groups? This can be a real challenge in an online course. It can be hard to get everyone together at the same time and even harder to share ideas! Well, thanks to Google Docs, the mechanics of group work just got a little easier.
This application allows you to create, edit and share documents online while collaborating with group members in real-time. No more playing email-tag just trying to organize the group’s contributions. You can create documents from scratch or upload existing files. And, the familiar desktop feel makes editing a breeze. It’s easy to do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts, colors and more. A real plus is that you select who can access the document. Edit any time, from anywhere, because files are stored securely online.

Start exploring Google Docs by clicking "Documents" on the upper left corner of the page once you've logged into your student email account. There’s a good, quick video overview to orient you to using Google Docs here: Google Docs in Plain English. Also, mobile phone users can browse their Google Docs documents in a mobile browser – real handy for postings and notes to files.

Give Google Docs a try - especially when it’s time to work on your resume with an advisor or counselor. You can’t beat the price - it’s FREE! In our next blog entry, we'll share even more tips for using this great feature of Google.

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