Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Collaboration Challenge: Week2 - Docs, Sheets, and Slides #14weekchallenge

Still using Microsoft Office to edit files locally on your computer?

Forget where you saved that important Word Doc or Excel Spreadsheet?

Lose track of which document version you passed around for review?

Does your PowerPoint presentation look differently when you are presenting from a different computer?

With online editing and sharing of docs (Word), sheets (Excel), and slides (Powerpoint) your problems will be solved....

Getting started with Docs
Let's start by getting introduced to Docs - an online replacement for Microsoft Word.  The following tutorial will walk you through a number of steps to become more familiar with Docs.  The same can be repeated for Sheets (replaces Excel) and Slides (replaces PowerPoint).

Assignment (10 minutes):  Complete the "Introduction to Docs" tutorial by creating, editing, and sharing a new Doc.

Extra Credit:  Try the same tutorial for Sheets and Slides.
Slides - https://apps.google.com/learning-center/products/slides/get-started/

Perhaps the most important recent feature update to Google Apps (Docs, Slides, and Sheets) is the ability to work offline without an Internet connection.  By enabling "Offline Mode" within Google Drive, you'll have access to edit all of your files from a Chrome browser wherever you are - even when WIFI is spotty or unavailable.

Assignment (1 minute):  Enable OFFLINE MODE for Google Drive.

note:  it may take a while to make all files and folders accessible offline.  After enabling "offline mode", disconnect from WIFI and try creating and editing a new Doc or Sheet.