Monday, 4 May 2009

Have your ever heard about Google Docs?

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Google Docs is one of the most useful tools provided by Google technology. I used Google only for searching on the net or saving pictures. I never took into account the small arrow near the last word of the toolbar (Other). There is a world inside!!
During this English course I knew more about Google (Google Scholar, Google Books, etc.) but I saw Google Docs only on Prof. Guth's monitor. She uses it as a virtual Office Pack available on the net simply by log on with username and password. You don't need any USB key, and you don't need your pc!
I used it during last Wednesday's lesson to correct a "Word" document shared with all my peers. It was absolutely interesting and useful: I corrected the file and I saved it. As I saved it, it was immediately viewable by the other students. It is useful because it is comfortable (no need of USB key, CDs, DVDs, and so on). However, I was a little bit confused because we were using it at the same time (about 20 people I guess) and everyone was editing it. We did need to save it immediately after a single edited word and you weren't able to be concentrated enough.
I worked with my peers, so it was easier to make corrections and save them. But this was the only problem I found.
I don't know if Google Docs will be useful for my studies, because I'm attending the last semester and everything will finish in few weeks. But I know this tool now and I hope to use it again for my job...for example!!
Have a nice week!


  1. Hi Martina!
    Have you ever thought about the possibility of using Google Docs for your thesis? When I was writing my blog post on Google Docs, I thought that Google Docs is a useful instrument for writing a thesis. It would be possible for example to edit a part of your thesis, send it to your "correlatore" without going to the office hour many times.
    As to the document in Docs we are supposed to edit, did you receive my editing? I shared the document with you, Ilaria, Chiara and Sarah Guth.
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Bye Arianna:)

  2. Thank you, Arianna! I think you're right! I didn't think about this possibility, probably because I do not consider Google Docs from the right point of view. I need to know more about it, in order to use it in the best way!!
    I'll try!
    See you tomorrow!

  3. Hello Martina!
    I’m sorry, I’m late: I forgot to write a comment on your post!
    This week we'll have the opportunity to use Google Docs again. I think this time we'll not have the problem you talk about in your post: we'll not work synchronously on the document we created about "online identity theft" and so you won't need to save your changes immediately and you'll have time to edit the text!

    As for the language, I noticed a couple of things:
    * "I used Google only for searching on the net" : I'd write "only to make searches on the Net".
    * "During this English course I knew more about Google" : you should write "I learned more".

    Have a nice weekend,