Assignment 3: Software Evaluation by Angela Crawford S
Audience Focus…S All Intermediate and High Schools in the districtS Grades 6-12S All subject areas (Core subjects, Electives and Athletics)S Online office (Zoho and Google Docs)S Used for Cooperative Learning groups and Team Collaboration on class projects
Technical Requirements…S Computer/ProcessorS RAM requiredS Internet Explorer/Mozilla Firefox/SafariS Limit to 1GB of storage per workstation
Software Category…S Word Processing (e.g. Word)S Spreadsheets (e.g. Excel)S Presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)S Graphics (e.g. clipart on MS Office software)S Email (e.g. Groupwise, Yahoo, Gmail etc.)
“ZOHO” features…S Administrative Console: allows teachers to monitor actions done by students and set guidelines for themS Cooperative Groups: allow teams to access, edit and change files, participate in a group chat and send each other emails anytime, anywhereS Allows workers to collaborate in real-timeS Only allow certain participants access to the files without others being allowed to see what each group is doingS Allows participants to store multiple projects in one centralized location
“ZOHO” Pros/Cons… Advantages DisadvantagesNo Long-term Contract No intranet capabilityRequire no disk space to the Unable to operate in an areauser that does not have high-speed internetNo additional software is Can get costly to the schoolrequired district if more workstations are added to the networkAllows team members to work Only offer the basic MS Officefrom anywhere features compared to the MS Office software installed on the hard driveIf a computer crashes, the filesare stored safely in acentralized location
“Google Docs” features…S Existing files can uploaded in a variety of formats such as pdf, html, and MS OfficeS Allows teams to access, edit and change files, participate in a group chat and send each other emails anytime, anywhereS Collaboration can take place in real-timeS Only allow certain participants access to the files without others being allowed to see what each group is doingS Post documents to your personal blogS Educators are able to help team members by joining their groups
“Google Doc’s” Pros/Cons… Advantages DisadvantagesDocuments: saved in a variety of Only allow 1GB of storageformats such as pdf and pptOffline viewing: documents will Risk of viruses attacking filesreload once it is back onlinePlug-ins: allows documents to be Images uploaded can only be 2MBuploaded from MS Office eachRevisions feature: viewers can see Spreadsheets are limited to 256where changes have been made columns, 400,000 rows and 200 sheetsApps available for cell phonesMembers can work on filesanywhere
Technology Coordinator’s recommendation…Google Doc’sS It is user more user friendly than ZOHOS More familiar with the Google features therefore making it more comfortable to use Google Doc’sS It has an Icloud feature that will allow me to post comments on my Iphone or my MACS I feel students would prefer using a feature from Google because it is what they know…I know I did because when I am learning new material I like to work on a program that I am most familiar with
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