Getting Started with Google Docs and Apps

Helped introduce our 1315 new Google Docs accounts to MS and HS yesterday.

Best part was two HS teachers who shared some examples from their four years of use. I had no idea that the comments feature and versions feature could allow paperless exchanges between teachers and students for revisions. It also appears that sharing one document with up to 19 others has worked out (as long as they weren’t trying to edit simultaneously). Best recommendation for simultaneous editing was only two at a time.

We also did a test that was interesting– a PDF was uploaded into Google Docs, and then downloaded back out as an editable Word doc.  Interesting.

We’re using single sign on for all the accounts via Finalsite, which allows us to use existing usernames and passwords from AD, but it means the normal Google sign in pages can’t be used.  Maybe that’s more security, but it might be confusing for users to start (especially those with multiple Google accounts).

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