New Google Docs

I don’t know how we missed this update, but on April 15th, Google debuted an updated Google Docs editor with real-time collaboration!  One of the biggest issues people have had with Google Docs is that it takes a little while for the edits to show up on the collaborators’ screens.  Not anymore!  It now updates in real-time, similar to Google Wave.

Check out Google’s blog for more information and instructions on how to enable this and other new features: A rebuilt, more real time Google documents

Google Buzz

How to Manage a Group Project in Google Wave

The mere promise of Google Wave inspired a rainbow of potential use cases, but Wave’s best real-world use boils down to this: it helps a group get things done together. Here’s how to manage a group project in Wave. Continue reading

Teaching Through the Flu Prep Workshops!

These workshops will introduce faculty and support staff to the various technological solutions recommended in the LSA Teaching Through the Flu web guide (http://bit.ly/LSAFlu). Participants will learn about various ways to handle posting lectures or media, communicating and collaborating online, collecting and distributing files, delivering live lectures over the internet and conducting tests and quizzes online. Check the workshop sessions below, or follow this link for workshop registration!

drop.io

drop.io is an excellent tool for online collaboration.  As stated on their website, you can “use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want.”

The user can create a custom name or have one generated automatically.  Once the “drop” has been created, other users can be invited to join.  If multiple people are viewing the drop at the same time, they can communicate in the chat room and view all changes in real time.

Feel free to play around with the test drop I created here: http://drop.io/oickxws

Update: The upcoming Google Wave seems like a similar concept.  I’ve signed up to be enrolled in the beta.  If I get accepted, I’ll be sure to post about it here.