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  • 1. Cool Online Tools Boise Public Library
  • 2. What is an online tool?
    • Web Application
    • Generally accessed remotely (but could be a download to your computer)
    • Your files stored remotely on provider’s server
    • Designed for work productivity or recreation, collaborative or solo
    • Includes “social networking” tools
  • 3. Productivity types of tools
    • Word processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Maps
    • Web Design
    • Conferencing/Communication
    • Wikis/Groups – project collaboration
    • Money Management
    • Photo sharing
    • Office Suites of multiple tools
  • 4. Google suite of tools
    • Google Docs
      • Word processing software, similar to Word
    • Google Reader (RSS)
    • – subscribe to websites and have content delivered to you
    • Google Calendar-
      • Organize your schedule
      • Share your schedule
    • Google Scholar (articles, patents, legal opinions)
    • Google Books – limits, etc.
    • Google Groups – shared discussion pages using online chat or email; build a collective knowledge base
  • 5. Other Google tools
  • 6. Getting Started
    • Requires a Google account (not just email anymore)
  • 7.  
  • 8. Google Docs
  • 9. Google Docs
    • Google Docs compatible with MS Word
    • Create word processed documents, spreadsheets, or presentations
    • Allows for easy document collaboration
  • 10. Creating a new document or presentation or spreadsheet
  • 11. Saving a document
    • File Save
    • File Save as
    • File Save and Close
    • Share (as attachment)
  • 12. Upload a document
    • Click on Upload in the menu bar
    • Browse to locate the document you wish to upload
  • 13. Google Docs
    • Searching for Templates
      • Google Docs contains thousands of templates
        • Resumes
        • Finance
        • Legal
        • Business
  • 14. Google Reader
  • 15. Google Reader
    • Web-based reader for RSS feeds. Set up to receive news feeds from any web site. Updates constantly
    • You don’t need to go to the web sites once you set up a feed
    • What is a Feed?
      • simplified view of a page’s Web content
  • 16. Google Reader
    • Managing Folders
    • Managing Subscriptions
  • 17.  
  • 18. Google Calendar
  • 19. Using Google Calendar
    • Add Events
    • Sharing events and calendars
    • Sync to other devices
  • 20. Calendar Features
    • Views
    • Creating and editing events
  • 21. Google Groups
    • Discussion groups
    • Collaborative
    • Group web pages edited by all group members
  • 22. Google Scholar
    • Proprietary database
      • Articles, patents, legal opinions
  • 23. Cloud Computing: a definition
    • Remote servers, remote software
    • Delivering “hosted” services over Internet
    • Sometimes a “suite” of tools from one provider
    • Sometimes a stand alone product
  • 24. Online Tool Issues
    • Is a really free?
    • Does it require a download and installation to your desktop?
  • 25. Other non-Google tools
    • Weebly – a website building tool for the non-technical
    • Ning – create a social network for like- minded interests
    • PBworks – online collaboration using a Wiki – create group projects, events, etc
      • Freemium – basic versions free but advanced features $$$
  • 26. More Online Tools
  • 27. More Tools