An Overview of Google Docs (GD) as Collaborative Tool for Students Jorge Reyna E-Learning Technical Officer BSc (Hons), MScVetSc (Sydney Univ), School of Education, University of Western Sydney
Why On-line Collaboration?
Component of active learning.
Helps to develop critical thinking.
Enhance problem solving skills.
Social skill development.
What is Google Docs?
GD is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, drawing tool and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.
Students can work collaboratively in real time.
No software is required.
Works across operating systems (PC/Mac).
Easy upload and share files.
Chat with other collaborators while editing.
Peer collaborating and editing are exciting and engaging.
It saves automatically every 15 seconds.
Easy access from internet-connected computers or ubiquitous devices.
Supports various formats (RTF, PDF, Html, MS Word, etc) .
Can be used with EndNote and RefWorks.
Using Google Forms (GF), students can generate and share a database within the classroom.
Enabled students to engage in shared note taking.
GD do not claim ownership or control over submitted content.
No need to have a Gmail account to use this application.
Educators can monitor student work easily in real time if required.
Basic formatting of text documents, no style sheets and templates.
Google Docs Spreadsheets (GDS) does not support macros.
Long-term availability, security, and privacy.
Menus and tools not consistent within applications.
View mode only in iPhone/iPad, additional App required to work on documents (e.g: DocsToGo).
(Grodeka 2008; Hibbert 2008; Kieser and Golden 2009; McPherson 2009; Rosenfeld 2008; Spanbauer 2007)
Why bother with GD?
It will save your time, no face to face meetings required.
Ubiquitous work, anywhere and anytime.
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