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Collaboration Tools for UUs

Collaboration Tools for UUs



Introduces Google Docs and Google Sites as tools for congregations - and small groups and committees within congregations - to accomplish goals and maintain momentum between meetings by working ...

Introduces Google Docs and Google Sites as tools for congregations - and small groups and committees within congregations - to accomplish goals and maintain momentum between meetings by working together online. By maintaining momentum, we can be that much more effective in building the beloved community.



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    • Collaboration Tools for Building the Beloved Community
      By Wendy DeGroat
      District Annual Meeting, May 2010
      First UU Richmond
    • This presentation contains photos from Flickr that have Creative Commons licenses.
      An attribution list appears on the last slide.
    • Ideas are good
    • Results are better
    • Contribute on your schedule
    • OnlineCollaborative Space
    • Now’s a great time to Google
    • What can you do with Docs?
      Work together online
      Back up and share documents
      Discuss ideas
      Make decisions
      Plan events
      Create documents
      Gather information
      Publish documents
    • Maintain momentum
    • What do you need?
      Shared commitment
      Clear goal/purpose
      Internet connection
      Google account
    • Why try it?
      Has this every happened to you?
      Is this the newest version?
      Do you have a Mac or PC?
      I can’t open the attachment you emailed
      And what about these…
      Who has the flyer we made last year?
      Oh, those files were on Stan’s computer - did anyone get them before he moved?
    • Can you imagine this?
      Share/create documents online
      See changes instantly
      Chat about the changes you’re making while you’re making them
      Keep the document in shared space
      If people move, the files are still there
      Publish finished documents from Docs or by posting the file to a web site
    • Your files – view list or thumbnails
    • Upload a file
    • Create a spreadsheet or document
    • Create a form (survey)
    • Share - Let others view or edit
      • Folder
      • Document
      • One sheet of a spreadsheet
    • Publish
      • Email/IM a link
      • Post link on web
      • Insert document on page in Sites
    • And more…
      Create presentations and drawings
      Chat live inside any Google doc
      See revisions instantly
      Compare versions
      Revert to a previous version
      Download backup copies
      Insert document on a page in Sites
    • Google
    • What can you do with Sites?
      Promote your congregation
      Share your committee’s work
      Plan an event
      Market an event
      Create a calendar to which members can subscribe
      Celebrate your work through photos and videos
    • Many templates available
    • Convenient building blocks
    • Flexible layout
    • Site management tools
      • Check revision history
      • Manage users
      • Reorganize pages
      • Change themes
      • Create new templates
      • Make site public
    • CREU’s Google Site
      • Stay up-to-date
      • Archive documents
      • Gather info
      • Share resources
      • Plan events
    • Show recent updates on main page
      Have separate page
      Subscribe to updates
      • Agendas
      • Minutes
      • Committee History
      • Event flyers
      • Etc…
    • Gather info with surveys
    • Plan/market an event
    • Public or Private?
      Event marketing
      Covenant circles
      Event planning
      Public site for committee
      Private site for workshop participants
    • Celebrate your success
    • Celebrate with videos
    • Celebrate with images
      Middle Collegiate Church, New York
    • +
    • Integrate use
      Write a congregation history
      Develop collaboratively in Docs
      Move to Sites when Finished
      Develop an event budget
      Create sheet for each part (e.g. food)
      Person(s) responsible for sheet can edit it
      Entire committee can view every page (and chat online about them)
      Post to Sites and invite comments
    • Integrate use
      Organize volunteers for an event
      Create survey form in Docs
      Post link to form on Sites
      Create schedule in Docs
      Post schedule on Sites
      Create an RE schedule
      Collaborate using Docs
      Post schedule on Sites
    • Are your ideas gathering rust?
    • Collaborate online between meetings
    • Build the Beloved Community
    • We are better than we think And not yet what we want to be
      - Nikki Giovanni, “We Are Virginia Tech”
    • Attribution List for Photos
      “Bilvrak I Skogen” (VW bus) by Ernst Vikne
      “Congregation Holding Hands” from Middle Collegiate Church
      “Friendship In Morro Bay Parade” by Mike Baird
      “Discarded Ideas” by MortenSkogly
      “A Heated Discussion” (ducks) by KTylerConk
      “An Idea” (light bulb) by Alosh Bennett
      “Moments So Quietly Gone” (planner) by Sarah (brdwatchr1)
      “Post It” by Nina Matthews
      “Ribbon Cutting” by US Army Africa