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This is the page that Mike Hawley and others will use to collect information relating to this subject.

 The Evolution of Google Writer

(Information accessed 12/04/2009 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Docs)

  • Google Docs originated from two separate products, Writely and Google Spreadsheets.
  • Writely was an individual web based word processor created by the software company Upstartle and launched in August 2005.
  • Google developed Google Spreadsheets using the technology it had acquired from 2Web Technologies in 2005 and launched Google Labs Spreadsheets on June 6, 2006 as the first public component of what would eventually become Google Docs.
  • It was initially made available to only a limited number of users, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The limited test was later replaced with a beta version available to all Google Account holders, around the same time as a press release was issued.

Note

(Information accessed 12/04/2009 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta)

  •  'Beta' is a nickname for software which has passed the alpha testing stage of development and has been released to users for software testing before its official release.
  • It's the Prototype of the software that is released to the public.
  • Beta testing allows the software to undergo usability testing with users who provide feedback, so that any malfunctions these users find in the software can be reported to the developers and fixed.
  • Beta software can be unstable and could cause crashes or data loss.

History of Google Writer in Australia 

( by Michael Humphries - SQIT)

 After conducting some research I have found that the term Google Writer is not widely used in Australia. In fact some of the IT people I spoke to advised me that Google Writer was an April Fools Day joke started a few years ago by someone at Google.

Alternatives to Google Writer

(Information accessed 12/04/2009 http://o20db.com/db/setup/)

Office 2.0 tools are extensive, this is highligthed by Des Walsh dot com, he notes the following:

 'I was very interested to pick up yesterday (on Twitter, I think) a link to a great resource, Ismael Ghalimi's extensive list of Office 2.0 tools.'

Ismael's preference for word processing is Thinkfree Write, however he lists others:

'Word Processor: ThinkFree Write

Alternatives: 
ajaxWrite,Buzzword,Coventi,Docly,Ebiwrite,gOFFICE Word Processing,GreenDOC,iNetWord,RallyPoint,Solodox,Writeboard,Writely,Writer,writewith,Zoho Writer.'

This list does not mention 'Google Writer'.

Google Docs used at SQIT

 ( by Michael Humphries - SQIT)

 At my workplace - SQIT (Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE), Google Docs is used as a collaborative online tool to allow users over a diverse geographical area to participate and contribute to the development of everything from students completing an assignment to teachers developing teaching resources.When combined with blended delivery strategies (using various methods to delivery training) this can be a powerful tool in creating a virtual classroom environment. Given that SQIT has a delivery fooprint covering a geographical area equivalent to Great Britain, this can be a powerful tool to bring people together. In this way Google Docs resembles any other learning and delivery platform.

Other benifits of Google Docs

 ( by Michael Humphries - SQIT)

Another benefit of using Google Docs at SQIT is that because of our previously mentioned huge delivery footprint a great amount of time and money can be saved in delivering training to our learners. If a teacher based in Toowoomba had to deliver training to learners based in Charleville and only had the option of face to face delivery, then he/she would have to drive eight hours to deliver this training! By using Google Docs a great deal of valuable human and physical resources can be saved and these savings can be used in other areas.




 

2 Comments

  1. After conducting some research i have found that the term Google Writer is not widely used in Australia. In fact some of the IT people i spoke to advised me that Google Writer was an April Fools Day joke started a few years ago by someone at Google.At my workplace- SQIT(Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE),Google Docs is used as a collaborative online tool to allow users over a diverse geographical area to participate and contribute to the development of everything from students completing an assignment to teachers developing teaching resources.When combined with blended delivery strategies(using various methods to delivery training) this can be a powerful tool in creating a virtual classroom environment. Given that SQIT has a delivery fooprint covering a geographical area equivalent to Great Britain,this can be a powerful tool to bring people together.In this way Google Docs resembles any other learning and delivery platform.

    Another benefit of using Google Docs at SQIT is that because of our previously mentioned huge delivery footprint a great amount of time and money can be saved in delivering training to our learners. If a teacher based in Toowoomba had to deliver training to learners based in Charleville and only had the option of face to face delivery, then he/she would have to drive eight hours to deliver this training! By using Google Docs a great deal of valuable human and physical resources can be saved and these savings can be used in other areas.

  2. Unknown User (ryee)

    This information looks fantastic! I will have Bryce or Patrick add it to the main page.

    Excellent work! (big grin)