Welcome

Imagine you have to put together a presentation for work and you are sharing the responsibility by collaborating with a team. Together you realize meeting face-to-face won't work with this month's schedule and deadlines. How can a group of people work together on a presentation without physically meeting? Your answer is to use Google Docs. With Google Docs, you can build the visual presentations needed for your meeting, create the handouts, and keep it all in one safe manageable place. Though that is not all...Not only can you complete the tasks using Google Docs, but all members can use and edit the tasks. That's right! Your collaboration just got easier.

How to use

  1. Print or save the Interactive Rubric
  2. Log in to Google Docs (use your Google Account or select Create a new account)
  3. Read the Purpose, Learning Objectives, and Vocabulary
  4. Go through tasks 1-4 while filling out the Interactive Rubric
Purpose

Google Docs is a very powerful real-time collaboration and document authoring tool. Multiple users can edit a document at the same time, while seeing each others' changes instantaneously. Users can produce text documents, slide presentations, spreadsheets, drawings, and surveys. The formats used are compatible with Microsoft Office and Open Office, so you can switch between these programs as needed.

All interactions and files are contained in Google's Internet servers (the cloud), and are accessible from within a web browser window.

The purpose of this tutorial is to guide you through getting acquainted with Google Docs' features so that you can apply them to your professional environment.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this tutorial I will be able to: 
  • Create a Google Account if I don't already have one.
  • Create a folder in my Google Docs account to hold documents that I create.
  • Create and edit a document and a presentation in Google Docs.
  • Move my files to my newly created folder.
  • Share my entire folder with a friend so that we can use real-time collaboration.

Vocabulary

The cloud (noun): Is the virtual space where your files and applications are stored, only accessible with a web app like Google Docs.
Real-time collaboration (verb): The act of working with other editors of a document synchronously on the Internet.