Posts Tagged ‘google apps’

Riding the Wave

November 2, 2009

Google Wave was rolled out in Beta recently, and although I have put in a request for an account, I guess I’m still just in the queue.  At this stage, I’m not really sure what, if anything, I’d do with an account, but I’m intrigued enough that I’d like to investigate it and ponder its implications for librarianship and teaching and learning.  Educause has posted a 7 Things You Should Know report on it, which is a a good overview of where it might be heading in the classroom enviro.  So, hey, if you happen across this post and you’ve got a Wave invite to spare, I’d sure appreciate one.  Surf’s up!

Let’s work together (Thing #11 & Thing #12)

March 27, 2008

(This post was composed some time ago, but I just realized it was saved as a draft and not published. Oops.)

I can see how Google Docs would be useful for some collaborative work, e.g. students in disparate locations working together on a group project could edit in real-time while chatting with each other to to discuss the document they are working on together. But, as others have pointed out, the lack of formatting options means you still have to convert the document for further revision using a more robust desktop word processing program for academic papers (for example, in order to provide footnotes). BTW, Microsoft has gotten into the game now too and offers a similar service with Office Live Workspace. And MS SharePoint has offered this for some time, but I don’t know if Marymount has a subscription. Don’t know if the new free online service offers the same palette of formatting options as Word does, but if it does, it would be a step up from GDocs.

On sharing docs, I received an invite to view a GDoc, but I was unable to access it. the invitation was sent to my work email address, not my GMail address, so I’m wondering if that is why I could not access it. If that is the case, that is another major drawback of GDocs — you should be allowed to share with anyone, not just those with Google accounts. And the people wanting to invite you should not have to remember your Gmail account if they are more accustomed to using a different account.

Other than that, I like the service for personal use; being able to access certain files from anywhere w/out having to remember to save it on a USB stick and then remember to take the USB stick with me has been very handy indeed.