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  1. 1. Software Evaluation<br />By: Cayla Smith<br />February 12, 2010<br />EDIT 5395<br />Assignment 3<br />
  2. 2. General Information<br />Name: Cayla Smith<br />School: McAllen ISD<br />Grade or Department: <br />9-12 Business/Technology<br />Software Titles: <br />Google Docs<br /> Microsoft Office Live Workspace<br /><ul><li>Content Area: Cross Curriculum
  3. 3. Topic: Web-based Document Collaboration
  4. 4. Targeted Grade Level: Secondary
  5. 5. Software Category: Online Collaboration</li></li></ul><li>Instructional Goals<br />To provide teachers with an online collaboration tool to enable more streamlined instruction on various topics utilizing familiar document creation software<br />To introduce students to tools utilized in a business setting for seamless communication and collaboration with web-based software that allows global access and input<br />
  6. 6. Software Category - Other<br />Online Collaboration<br />The objective of this software is to present the district with an alternative to online Web based management tools that will enhance traditional classroom instruction.<br />This software will allow more interactive group work using various technology applications.<br />Software Evaluated<br />Google Apps <br />Microsoft Office Live Workspace<br />
  7. 7. Type of License<br />The District intends to seek a Network license since both Google Apps and Microsoft Office Live Workspace is free for educational use<br />A decision should be made as to which software to use in an attempt to manage use across the district’s network<br />
  8. 8. Curricular and Technology Standards<br />NETS for Students<br />Creativity and Innovation<br />Communication and Collaboration<br />Technology Operations and Concepts<br />NETS for Teachers<br />Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity<br />Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments<br />
  9. 9. Technical Requirements<br />
  10. 10. Google Apps Software Features<br />Allows teacher to create sites to share documents, pictures, and calendar information with students<br />Provides free email and chat service to all students and faculty<br />Create and share word processing files, spreadsheets, databases and presentations, store and access them on the Web<br />Guarantees security of online activity<br />
  11. 11. Google Apps Software Features<br />
  12. 12. Google Apps Test<br />User friendly – similar to using Google Mail, basic structure no additional frills<br />Easy to store and access shared files<br />Differs slightly from Microsoft Office documents – some features are unavailable<br />Easily implemented, can be accessed and utilized from the Internet, no software or hardware to install<br />Overall a good product, that is cost effective and meets the district’s needs<br />
  13. 13. Microsoft Live Workspace Features<br />Allows teachers to create workspaces to store and distribute files, share files with other classmates and manage calendars <br />Works seamlessly with Microsoft Office tools to upload and share files with a group<br />Store files online without having to keep up with a storage medium<br />Online protection of files guaranteed<br />
  14. 14. Microsoft Live Software Features<br />
  15. 15. Microsoft Live Test<br />User-friendly product, beta test version so some things can change<br />Easy to manage and use<br />Works seamlessly with Microsoft Office 2007 to quickly upload and retrieve stored files<br />No hardware required, but Microsoft Office is necessary to create and manage files<br />Overall a cost effective product that meets the district’s needs for online collaboration and can be implemented with previously installed software<br />
  16. 16. Advantages and Disadvantages<br />
  17. 17. Recommended Software<br />Google Apps<br />More Well Rounded Software<br />Easy Implementation and Training Available<br />Microsoft Office Compatible<br />No Fees for Education Standard Version and No Advertising<br />Efficient Google Mail and Spam Filters<br />Promised Online Security and Protection<br />