Today I am working with Google Apps collaboration using MS Office tools on the front end: multi-person, simultaneous editing to the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint application. I have some files and assignments that I can’t simply convert to Google Docs but need the benefits of web-powered collaboration: online backup, view only web sharing, file revision history and as I don’t have Office 2010 or Sharepoint, this is an amazing alternative. Give it a try. Check out the full range of the tool.
One of the items which slowed posts this month is our school implementing Google Apps across most of our departments. We provided each of our an account and the stories of actual changes are amazing, encouraging, and worthy.
A recent development trying to implement a new electronic grading system with no training left us unable to share information at our usual pace and with our usual tools. Today we created a Google Site to share or use as a wiki and enhance fast knowledge sharing. See the site @ http://sites.greshamhs.org/esis-tips-and-tricks/. The change from a deliberative process or top down approach should be significant. Key ideas included were to eliminate email folders and attachments and focus on easily produced screencasts such as this example using Screenr and posted on YouTube as well.