Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Have you used Google Docs?

No, it's not a medical website. Google is trying to overtake Microsoft and others by offering free alternatives to Microsoft Office programs and they are stored on line. The city of Washington DC is converting to Google Docs. DLM wrote this:

How To Work with Google Docs

Posted: 23 Oct 2008 07:10 AM CDT

I am a longtime fan of a blog named Digital Inspiration. Recently, they hit on a topic near and dear to my heart when Amit listed a ton of great ways to work with Google Docs.

For those unfamiliar, Google Docs provides a way to create and edit documents from the cloud. That means that you can do a lot of typical word processing, spreadsheet work, and presentation creation without installing any bulky software on your computer. That also means that as long as you can remember your Google password, you can retrieve your docs from any computer connected to the internet; the same is true for anyone else that you invite to collaborate with you. I use this all the time for my blog and project work.

No matter if you are a Google Docs user today or if you are new to this stuff, the tutorial will help you a great deal. Here is a sample of the questions he answers:
How do I upload all my Microsoft Office documents from the desktop on to Google Docs?
I am sending a Google Docs document to a large mailing list. Is is possible to track who read the document and when?
Forget the mailing list, I am just sending a document to my immediate boss so how do I if he really opened my document?
I wrote a long document in Google Docs in English but my client is insisting for a French version. Can we translate Google Docs documents online?
I have been using Google Docs for at least a year and this article taught me a lot. Check it out at Google Docs Guide: How to do Stuff with Google Docs.

If you need even more tutorials on Google Docs, here are a couple of sources that I found last night; both are pretty good.
  • Google Docs in Plain English: YouTube video that is kind of corny, but it introduces you to the basic concept.

  • TeacherTube: This is a link to a search on TeacherTube that contains a ton of video tutorials on Google Docs.

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