What Is Google Wave


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  • Wave is a real-time communication platform which incorporates some of the aspects of email, IM, wikis and project management.
  • Before new slide – “So what is Google Wave, what does it do well?”
  • Realtime - If two or more people are online and viewing the same wave they can see each other typing in real-time. Extensibility - You can add gadgets (little programs) or robots (automated discussion participants) to your waves. Hosted – There is only one copy of a wave. Each participant can edit any part of it without having to resend the entire message as in email. Playback – The history of all waves are kept so latecomers to a wave can replay the edits to a wave in order and see how the discussion progressed. Easier Filesharing - Just drag and drop your files into a wave to share them – no attaching!
  • Access Permissions can restrict participants to Read Only or Full Access permissions (Reply Only coming soon). Only wave creator can change someone’s permissions. Extensions Menu is an easy place to find extensions. Not all of them are there yet, nor are Robots (see previous slide for link) but the most popular extensions are there. Makes it much easier to add them to your waves. Email Notifications – sends you and email when a wave you are a part of is changed. Turn on by clicking the down arrow next to Inbox.
  • Slow – If you’re using Firefox try using Google Chrome for Wave. Also means you won’t have to install Google Gears to get drag and drop files to work.
  • What Is Google Wave

    1. 1. G o o g l e Wave Bob Keith Technologist New Jersey State Library
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    3. 3. What is Google Wave? by epipheo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDu2A3WzQpo
    4. 4. Google Wave vs. Email <ul><li>Real-time </li></ul><ul><li>Extensibility </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted </li></ul><ul><li>Playback </li></ul><ul><li>Easier File Sharing </li></ul>
    5. 5. Gadgets <ul><li>A gadget is an application that users can add to a wave to add functionality that Google Wave does not provide. </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of gadgets are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ferry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Map Gadget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes/No/Maybe Gadget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wave Sudoku </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find Gadgets under the Extensions link in the Navigation menu. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Robots <ul><li>Robots are automated participants in a wave. </li></ul><ul><li>They can do anything a user can do. </li></ul><ul><li>Most often used to respond to user input and either alter input or access information from outside sources based on input. </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples of Robots are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BitlyBot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cartoony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ZorkBot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get more robots at: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wave-samples-gallery.appspot.com/results?api=Robots </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. What’s it Good For? <ul><li>Group to-do list or work log </li></ul><ul><li>Event Planner </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting Notes </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul>
    8. 8. Recent Enhancements <ul><li>Access Permissions </li></ul><ul><li>Extensions Menu </li></ul><ul><li>Email Notifications </li></ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Wave is still in Preview so things are changing all the time! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Issues <ul><li>Low adoption due to Wave being invite only. </li></ul><ul><li>Wave can be slow at times. </li></ul><ul><li>Not easy to export or print waves. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the Ferry gadget to export to Google Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unable to remove participants from waves. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Tips for Better Waving <ul><li>Edit or reply to any part of a wave by double clicking </li></ul><ul><li>Submit replies by using “Shift+Enter” </li></ul><ul><li>Jump through wave replies with the Space Bar </li></ul><ul><li>Link to another wave by dragging it from your Inbox </li></ul><ul><li>Make a wave public by adding [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Follow a wave by clicking the follow button </li></ul>
    11. 11. Google Wave Resources <ul><li>Project management with Google Wave </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://lifehacker.com/5407183/how-to-manage-a-group-project-in-google-wave </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Wave FAQ from Lifehacker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://lifehacker.com/5446406/frequently-asked-questions-about-google-wave </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Wave: A Complete Guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://mashable.com/2009/05/28/google-wave-guide/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is Google Wave? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.whatisgooglewave.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Wave: Collaboration Reworked </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6713140.html?nid=3301 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Complete Guide to Google Wave by Gina Trapani </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.completewaveguide.com/ </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Ask Me Some Questions!
    13. 13. Thanks! <ul><li>Bob Keith </li></ul><ul><li>Technologist </li></ul><ul><li>New Jersey State Library </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>