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

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