by Abel Trainer, on Jan 08, 2013

Google Docs & Presentations

Snapshot: Its all about Google, Docs and Presentations - online and shared.

Connectivity with Drive Online group work is easy with Docs
Connectivity with Drive | Credit: PC Workstations
Online group work is easy with Docs | Credit: Group chairs
Connectivity with Drive Online group work is easy with Docs
Connectivity with Drive | Credit: PC Workstations
Online group work is easy with Docs | Credit: Group chairs
Connectivity with Drive
Connectivity with Drive | Credit: PC Workstations
Online group work is easy with Docs
Online group work is easy with Docs | Credit: Group chairs

Google Drive is an incredibly versatile addition to any teaching situation, whether it's primary school age, or higher education. Teachers benefit because they can share teaching materials, they are easily commented on or otherwise notated. They also have 'versioning' (more on that article #2), they can be updated without having to reshare, and more. Students can also benefit hugely, not only because of all of the above, but also they can work with each other - in group work - using Google Docs Drive for document creating, sharing, or other file sharing.

Google Drive gives you

  • 5gb of space online
  • You can store anything, but only some file types can be edited online
  • Whoever you share anything with needs to have their own Google account
  • Google Drive lets you have multiple instances of your files, on multiple devices. As long as they are connected to the internet, they will sync automatically

 

This article focuses primarily on the basics of Google Docs and Google Presentations.

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Google Docs Basics

Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template.
You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more.


Upload your existing files
Google Docs accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. So go ahead and upload your existing files.
Familiar desktop feel makes editing a breeze.
Just click the toolbar buttons to bold, underline, indent, change font or number format, change cell background color and so on.


Choose who can access your documents
Just enter the email addresses of the people with whom you want to share a given document and send them an invitation.

More advanced uses of G Docs

Edit and present with others in real time
Multiple people can view and make changes at the same time. There's an on-screen chat window for spreadsheets, and document revisions show you exactly who changed what, and when. Viewing a presentation together is a breeze, as anyone joined in a presentation can automatically follow along with the presenter.


Edit and access from anywhere
There's nothing to download; you access your documents, spreadsheets and presentations from any computer with an Internet connection and a standard browser. And it's free.


Safely store your work
Online storage and auto-save mean you needn't fear local hard drive failures or power outages.
Easily save and export copies.
You can save your documents and spreadsheets to your own computer in DOC, XLS, CSV, ODS, ODT, PDF, RTF and HTML formats.


Organize your documents
Easily find your documents by organizing them into folders. Drag and drop your documents into as many folders as you want.

Publishing to the Web

Here's an example of a Google Doc that has been published on the web. This doesn't affect the visibility of the document in other settings (inside Drive).

>> Intro to Google Docs

Google Docs Basics
More advanced uses of G Docs
Publishing to the Web