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10 March 2010: Realtime Collaboration (Google Docs) and Presentation Zen

Next week (17 March 2010) we will not meet because of Spring Break. Week 10 will continue on 24 March 2010.

1- Overview

Productivity software traditionally includes functionalities like word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Open source / free productivity software is now available, which is competing with commercially available versions. These client-based / software based productivity solutions are also being challenged by  new generation of "cloud-based" productivity software platforms. In this session we'll explore this exciting landscape of digital productivity options, and also learn about design principles including "Presentation Zen" from Garr Reynolds.

2- Lesson

  1. Review GeoApps from last week
    1. Example of Vancouver Olympic sites with Google Maps
  2. Q&A
  3. Productivity Software (many people have traditionally defined "computer literacy" or "digital literacy" as fluency with THIS)
    1. MS Office
    2. Open Office
    3. NeoOffice
  4. Intro Video: Life After Death By PowerPoint (4 min, 24 sec)

  5. Terms
    1. Cloud Computing
    2. Open Source
    3. Software for Starving Students (WOSC)
  6. Cloud-based Productivity Software
    1. Google Docs
    2. Zoho
  7. Google Docs in Plain English (2 min, 50 sec)
  8. Teachers and Principals Talk About Google Docs (4 min, 7 sec)
  9. Value of your presentation in the cloud: Ready to with any browser! My recent examples from this week:
    1. An Invitation to Move ‎(Your Learning)‎ - Heartland eLearning 2010

    2. Digital Storytelling on a Shoestring ‎(Heartland eLearning 2010)‎

3- Assignments

  1. Activity: View the Google Docs Forms Tutorial (4:40)

  2. Google Form Assignment  (log into Google Docs)
    1. Create a Google Form that asks at least 3 questions:
      1. At least one must be multiple choice
      2. At least one must be short answer
    2. Post the title and link to your survey / Google Form on this shared Google Spreadsheet (Section 62 9 am - Section 63 11 am)
    3. Take at least THREE other surveys by your classmates
    4. Write a post about your survey and results on your T4T learning blog, including:
      1. a link to your original Google form survey
      2. the results of your survey (to date)
  3. Student blog commenting assignment 
    1. K-12 Student blog feedback: 
      1. Select an active classroom blog (using the classroom blog finder) that you would like to serve as an informal "blogging buddy" this term for.
      2. Write at least 2 constructive feedback post on student blog posts following our feedback rubric (save these links because you'll need them later!
      3. Add the link to your student blog comment to your Diigo account, tagging it "t4t-sbc" (without quotation marks - sbc = student blog comment

4- Resources

  1. Design Matters - Presentation by Darren Kuropatwa at METC 2010
  2. Book: Presentation Zen
  3. Authors@Google: Garr Reynolds (1 hour, 11 min)
  4. Ten Questions With Garr Reynolds (Jan 2008)
  5. How Do You Prepare for Presentations (Instigator blog)

5- Review

Remember your 2nd Quarterly Check-Up Quiz is due after spring break, AND your 2nd mini-project quiz!

What is the link to your week 9 blog reflection on the K12Online09 presentation, "Orientation in Second Life?"

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