Thursday, March 6, 2014

Google Drive (Docs, Spreadsheets, and Slides)

Collaborative Tools 
Google docs, sheets, and slides are productivity apps that allow you to create different types of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store them in you Google Drive online. You are able to access the docs, spreadsheets, and presentations from any computer. 

Google Docs
Online word processor that allows you to create and format text documents and collaborate with others in real time 
  • Things you can do with Google docs: 
    • upload a word doc and convert to a Google doc 
    • add formatting to your docs by adjusting margins, spacing, fonts, and colors 
    • invite other people to collaborate on a document with you, giving them the option to edit, comment, or view access 
    • collaborate in real time and chat with other collaborators
    • view the document's revision history and go back to any version 
    • download a Google doc to your desktop as a word doc, PDF, HTML, zip file, etc. 
    • translate a doc to different language 
    • email you docs to other people as attachments 
To learn more about Google Docs, check out the Google Docs getting started guide
Google Sheets 
Online spreadsheet app that allows you to create and format spreadsheets and simultaneously work with others
  • Things you can do with Google sheets: 
    • import and convert Excel formatted data to Google spreadsheets 
    • export Excel formatted data, PDF, and HTML files 
    • use formula editing to perform calculations on your data, and apply different formatting 
    • chat in real time with others who are editing your spreadsheet 
    • create charts and graphs with your spreadsheet
    • embed a spreadsheet, or individual sheets of your spreadsheet, on your blog or website 
To learn more about Google spreadsheets, check out the Google Sheets getting started guide

Google Slides 
Online presentation app that allows you to show off your work in a visual way 
  • Things you can do with Google slides: 
    • create and edit presentations
    • edit a presentation with friends or coworkers, and share it with others 
    • import powerpoint presentations and convert them into Google presentations 
    • download your presentation as a PDF, PPT, or a .txt file 
    • insert images and videos in your presentation
    • publish and embed your presentation in a website 
To learn more about Google slides, check out Google Slides getting started guide

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