Friday, January 8, 2010

Using Google Docs

Google Docs
Google Docs is a free online tool which enables users to create and share documents online such as word processing, presentation, spreadsheets or forms.

This is a great tool particularly for collaborative projects where several individuals are composing or editing a document. Documents can be uploaded from and saved to your desktop, edited anytime and from anywhere there is Internet access. Files are stored securely online and the owner of the file can choose individuals who can access documents for either viewing or editing. Documents can also be made available to everyone on the Internetn to update such as what we see in Wikipedia

My Introduction to Google Docs
A few months ago, I was appointed to a work-related committee where our task was to research the feasibility of implementing a new program. The large committee which probably consisted of close to 30 people was divided into subcommittees. I was selected for the technology committee which consisted of four individuals including myself. The chairperson of this subcommittee began composing a set of questions on Google Docs which our subcommittee needed to investigate in order to complete our assigned task. She electronically invited or gave collaborative access to the each of our subcommittee members. I accessed the document and added three questions to ones that had been already added by other members of our committee.

“Wow, this is great,” I told the chairperson in an email.

I look forward to using Google Docs for both business and personal use.

More Information

For more information on using Google Docs, check out the links or videos below.

  • Google Docs Tour

  • Google Docs

  • Google Docs in Plain English

    Teachers and Principals Talk about Google Docs


    Becky Thompson said...

    Thank you for posting this. I watched the video and am reminded of times I could use this effectively. Thank you, Dru!

    Thomas MacEntee said...

    Great info Professor Dru and I love the videos!

    I will be teaching a mini-class on Google Docs for Genealogists at the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree in June 2010 (

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