Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wiki on Steroids - Google Docs

Google has taken on the task of replicating the functionality of the Microsoft Office Suite online (for free, of course).

Docs provides compatibility with Word, Excel, and Power Point. Just like a Wiki, it also provides a history list so that all of the changes are documented and a version can later be re-installed at any point in the history. The spreadsheet software allows for a live chat between two distant users who are working simultaneously on the same sheet.

Another great use of this technology is to encourage students working on theses or other substantial projects to share current versions with the instructor or their review committee. We have found that this heads off some otherwise serious problems before a major research project gets off track.

Another great online suite is maintained by

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