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    • 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.
    • Drawings
    • Advantages
      • 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.
      Advantages …
    • Disadvantages
      • 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.
      • You will learn how technology can be applied in educational settings.
      • You will have fun.
      • Jorge Reyna
      • E-Learning Technical Officer
      • BSc (Hons), MScVetSc (Sydney Univ),
      • School of Education, University of Western Sydney
      • mailto: [email_address]
      Contact me