Collaborative authoring, part ii: web-based office suite

..using google docs as an example

The Common Craft explanation is perhaps the best place to start, if you haven't seen this kind of web application before.

Suggested learning activities

  • If you don't have a google account, you'll need to set one up for this activity.
  • In your google account, open up "Documents ". Make a new file and share it with the world. Send the address to your colleagues and invite them to join in, for example some group brainstorming.

Extra explorations

  • Create a survey form using google spreadsheets, and invite your colleagues to participate. Publish the results on your blog.
  • explore and compare other web-based office suites for example Zoho ,
  • ..or read some comparisons, for example

In the classroom

  • Create a survey form that relates to the course you're teaching and invite your learners to respond.
  • Set your learners an activity where they create a survey for each other. This could be useful in for example numeracy, or as a "getting to know you" activity.

Original 23 Things ideas

The original 23 Things course looked at google docs and zoho office suites in the context of a broader approach looking at online applications (aka "web apps"or web-based applications).

  1. Week 8: Online Applications & Tools

  1. Take a look at some online productivity (word processing, spreadsheet) tools.

  1. Explore any site from the Web 2.0 awards list, play with it and write a blog post about your findings.

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