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History and Development

          Zoho Writer was created by Raju Vegasna and Sridha Vembu, both from India, and is part of AdventNet which was founded by Tony Thomas and Sridhar Vembu.  Their focus was to create better solutions to current word processing application difficulties.  Their target audiences are small businesses and people who use home computer systems.  Although they did not plan on becoming integrated with the larger businesses, General Electric (GE) has adopted Zoho writer, and there are over 400,000 computer systems that use this application.  Others businesses are beginning to use Zoho writer as a cheaper alternative to other word processing applications.  People are beginning to call Zoho "The Little Engine That Could (Take over Both Microsoft and Google)." [2]

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Purpose

          The purpose of Zoho Writer is to provide a fast, free, and easy way to create and share documents. It is a word processor that is available on the internet, but what is even more amazing is that it is accessible offline too. If you create a document and lose your internet connection, the changes that you make offline will be automatically saved and stored when you are connected again. With Zoho writer's ability to store and save documents at any time on any computer, this program makes it easy to confrence with colleagues, allow students to work on group projects whenever they have time, and work on documents at work and at home without the use of a flash drive or the problem of e-mailing it back and forth. Though this program seems like a basic word processor, Zoho writer gives you the ability to forget about the operating system you are working with and access any document at any time, anywhere you want.

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How Does it Work?

          One of the biggest advantages that comes from Zoho Writer, is that it is so versatile and attainable.  Whether you are working on a project for a class or putting together a presentation at work, Zoho writer allows for multiple users to get in on the action.  Anyone who creates a document has the option of sharing that document with multiple people.  This can be an enormous help when it comes to group projects. [3]

         
          An example of this usage can be clearly seen in the following real-life example.  In a lecture of about 300 students, the professor allows for group study and preparation for a test.  This is a history class, and the exam is full of historical identifications and concepts.  The professor sets up an initial Zoho writer document with all of the identifications and concepts.  The professor then tells the students that if they each fill in a missing identification or concept, they can have access to the entire document, thus speeding along their preparation by having all of the identifications and concepts filled out.   The students can now study them exclusively.  This is just one way in which Zoho writer can be used in the classroom, benefiting both teachers and students. 
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          Also in Zoho writer, you are able to see the document's work history. Just like the "undo" function, you can "undo" something you don't like that is common in Microsoft Office. By going through the documents history, you can go back to any part of the document to a certain time when it was saved. You can then pull up that document so you may revert to the earlier draft. You also can do a side-by-side comparison of two saved drafts, make your changes, and then choose the draft you would like to continue working on.   As well as saving documents into folders, you can also "tag" your folders. If you need two copies of the same report in two different files, maybe one for you and one to send to your boss, you can make the document available in two folders. You can also look at the tags conveniently under the "tag folders" tab on the sidebar. Zoho Writer 2.0 doesn't offer some of the advanced functionality of desktop applications like Microsoft Word, but it does provide one of the richest feature sets of any online word processor — and, of course, it's free![3]
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How Can I sign up to use Zoho Writer?

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Zoho Writer's Relation to Other Applications

          Zoho Writer allows the integration of several applications of Zoho, such as Zoho wiki, Zoho planner, and Zoho mail.  These applications are easily accessed through the menu bar in Zoho, which provides easy access to other programs without having to minimize the current document and look up other applications through the computer start button.  This makes it much easier for people to maintain a consistent flow of ideas by creating, sending, editing, and planning events by working through one program rather than having six or seven programs open at the same time and going back and forth. Also, if the user wants to integrate certain programs into the Zoho writer document , be it slide shows to spreadsheets, it can easily be done.  What is even better is that once the programs are integrated, changes made in the documents, spreadsheets, or slide shows are reflected automatically within each program.  It is definitely a time saver, allowing the user to benefit from not having to go back and forth revising each program. [3]

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Unique Ways to Use Zoho Writer?

          Zoho Writer provides applications that can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom. Also, group sharing is a unique feature that allows many people to add and edit a page, much like a wiki page.  The creator of the page can share the page with others, and choose to allow for a "read only" or "read and edit" option.  This serves as an alternative to e-mailing group members and sharing information.  Partners can work simultaneously on the same document from different computers, and this allows students to add, edit, or cut sections of the document to the benefit of the entire group.  This is especially convenient if partners in a group are unable to all meet at a specific time and place. Another great benefit available from Zoho Writer is the enhanced sidebar.  This sidebar allows the user to see all the documents that they are working on.  It also allows the user to see who is working on that same document, and who is permitted to see it. Again, this is very helpful for group projects. This sidebar also allows for quick removal, editing, and sharing of the user's documents.This program is extremely effective and efficient to teachers because they can work with the program on-line as well as off-line. Hence, internet connection is not needed in order to prepare lesson plans or visual aids to help prepare them for the next lesson. [4]

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Lesson Plans: How to Use Zoho Writer in the Classroom

  Elementary Education:

          This program is ideal for an introduction to the use of a word processor. Students are learning technological skills earlier than ever, and this intro would help bridge the gap between elementary and middle school. They could also discover how to set up an account with any application by making one with Zoho writer.

Title

Elementary Lesson Plan 1--Role Playing the Civil War

Overview

To help students comprehend the time frame of colonization to the present we begin with a blank bulletin board with a skeletal outline of the United States.  We fill portions as colonies become states.  We continue along the same flow into the
Civil War unit.  Students are really getting excited about the growth of the United States.  They understand the time, effort, and work required to bring us as a nation to the point of the Civil War.

Objective

Students will be able to:
1.     Identify which states belong to the Union and which states
belong to the Confederacy.
2.    Identify three reasons of the North and three reasons of the South for the Civil War.
3.    Identify and comprehend feeling experienced by both northern and southern states.
4.    Identify the qualities of exceptional leaders regardless of
their patriotic affiliation.
5.    Feel compassion for participants in the Civil War regardless of their side.
6.    Learn basic word processing techniques and how a computer works via the internet.

Standards

IN State Standard 8.1.20
IN State Standard 8.1.21

Materials

All resources available in most schools.

Procedure

1.     Begin removing seceding states from bulletin board as they
secede. 
2.    When the Civil War begins the students are divided into Union and Confederacy.  They choose leaders, draw their flags, and learn the background to support their historical position. They create recruitment posters to encourage enlistment and support for their sides.  (No interaction between Northerners and Southerners for the duration of the unit).
3.    During Language period the North writes a report portraying Abraham Lincoln to be presented orally.  The South writes a report on Robert E. Lee to be presented orally.  Post these reports on Zoho writer. The students will be able to gain an early understanding of a word processor and gain knowledge of having a quite tutorial when it comes to computers and how they work.

Evaluation

-          Use the following three-point rubric to evaluate students' work during this lesson.
-          Three points: Students participated actively in class; worked well with the other students of the group; completed all the necessary tasks
-          Two points: Students participated in class; worked with the other students; completed most of the necessary tasks
-          One point: Students participated little in class; was not active with the other students; completed few of the necessary tasks
-          Zero points: Students did not participate in class; did not work well with others; completed none of the necessary tasks

Elementary Lesson Plan 1.pdf              Elementary Lesson Plan 1.docx


Title

Elementary Lesson Plan 2--People In Space

Overview

Students will explore the idea of living in space.

Objective

Students should have the ability to explain what kinds of foods people eat in space and for what reasons.

Standards

Science and Technology

  •          Understands the interactions of science, technology, and society.

Materials

  •          Dehydrated bananas
  •          Dehydrated peanuts
  •          Beef jerky
  •          Dehydrated pudding
  •          Dehydrated ice cream
  •          Sandwich bags
  •          Straws
  •          Scissors
  •          Water

Procedure

1.     Ask students what they think it would be like to live in space.
2.    Go over gravity in space
3.    Explain that weight is the force that gravity exerts on someone's body and that mass is what someone's body is made of. Also that weight changes in space and mass doesn't
4.    Ask students what they would eat in space, then where they would put it all
5.    Explain to students that astronauts eat dehydrated foods ( explain that dehydrated means the removal of water) in space to save room
6.    Go through a standard meal that an astronaut would use in space and allow students to try dehydrated foods prepared and explain the different methods of rehydration
7.    Ash students if their opinions of space are still the same as before.

Evaluation

5 paragraph essay using zohowriter on what kinds of dehydrated foods are used in space and why they need to be dehydrated.

Elementary Lesson Plan 2.pdf             Elementary Lesson Plan 2.docx



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Elementary Lesson Plan 3--Famous Mathematicians

Overview

Students will be assigned a famous mathematician and research certain facts about them.  After researching their own mathematician, they will all upload it onto Zoho Writer where they can create one reference/report about all the famous mathematicians.

Objective

Through research, students will be able to identify the different mathematicians and their influence to the field math.

Standards

Falls into many standards: A fun activity for a day; as well as a tutorial in Zoho Writer

Materials

  •          Computer with access to internet
  •          References for research

Procedure

1.     Assign each student with a famous mathematician (Examples: Pascal, Euclid, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Newton, Descartes)
2.    Have each student research facts about their mathematician such as what they were famous for, why they were famous for it, and how they came up with their theory.
3.    After researching their mathematician, each student will be required to upload their information onto Zoho Writer and create one class reference/report about all the famous mathematicians.

Evaluation

  •          The students will be graded on the finished report based on their individual work as well as their group work as a class.
  •          The students will indicate how much they know of the mathematicians through a matching worksheet/quiz.

 
Elementary Lesson Plan 3.pdf         Elementary Lesson Plan 3.docx


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Secondary Education:

          This is a wonderful application for students of that age level. Students start writing papers in middle school, and the workload doesn't let up on the way into high school. With Zoho writer students have no need to keep track of their thumb drives, the computer they typed on last, or whether their home computer will be compatible with their school's. Zoho writer allows students to use the application on any computer with internet access completely free of charge. Work is saved as students go, and if the internet connection is lost, work is automatically saved on the net. Students can continue to work offline, and when their connection comes back, work is again automatically updated and nothing is lost. Students often work in groups in high school, and there is no better helper than Zoho writer. Students can save work in different files and each student in the group can access everyone else's work that has been done. This would provide more time in class to do other, more constructive things, and the students can work in their groups on their own, and they don't have to be together to work on their document!

Title

Secondary Lesson Plan 1--The Early History of Baseball from 1840-1900. Grade Levels 9-12.

Overview

The goal of this lesson is to have students examine how the early pioneers of baseball were essential to transforming the game into what we see in modern times.

Objective

Students will

  • Examine how early baseball (1840 to 1900) was conducted.
  • Analyze early and key figures in professional baseball.
  • Compose a 1 page reflection summarizing 2 of the individuals examined during the lecture.

Standards

Indiana Standard USH.3 will be covered concerning early social developments during the 1850-1900 time period.

Materials

Computer with word processing equipment.

Procedure

  1. Have the students read a 'print out' concerning early baseball from 1840-1900 and ask them to pay close attention to the individuals that were influential to the start of the sport.
  2. Review 5 of the individuals/organizations that were introduced in the text. Answers may include, but not limited to:
    • Abner Doubleday
    • Alexander Cartwright
    • D.L. Adams
    • Knickerbocker Base Ball Club
    • Cincinnati Red Stockings
  3. Explain the assignment and the procedure that will be involved. Provide then with more links to various websites to help them gain more knowledge and facts about the individuals. A few of the sites would be easily accessible through a 'history of baseball' search via Google.
  4. Give students time to conduct their essays on Zoho writer where they will be able to share and use their information and have it be critiqued by other students in the class and where they could upload their works to possibly be looked at by people on the internet. Possible topics for the paper could include:-          Alexander Cartwright was the original inventor of baseball.
    -          The Cincinnati Red Stockings were considered the first professional team.
  5. During the next class, students will discuss and analyze and justify their essays.
  6. Conclude the lesson with explaining how some of the individuals covered shaped the game of baseball into what is the modern version and effectively how they influenced many people in the future.

Evaluation

  • 3 points. The student effectively and thoroughly addresses the prompt and provides detailed and specific reasons for his/her response.
  • 2 points. The student moderately addresses the prompt and provides some reasoning and justification for response.
  • 1 point. The student vaguely addresses the prompt and provides little to no justification for response.

High School Lesson Plan 1.pdf         High School Lesson Plan 1.docx



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Secondary Lesson Plan 2--Create-a-Human Using Genetic Inheritance

Overview

The purpose of this lesson is to demonstrate the definitions, methods, and patterns of inheritance.

Objective

After using a coin to determine genotypes, students will visually demonstrate genetic inheritance of traits in the form of a drawing with at least 12 of the 15 traits depicted correctly, be able to define terms listed in the procedure at 80% efficiency, and explain the effects of homozygous and heterozygous individuals on inheritance.

Standards

B.1.21 Understand and explain that the information passed from parents to offspring is transmitted by means of genes which are coded in DNA molecules.

Materials

-          Student Reference Page
-          White paper (no lines)
-          Colored pencils
-          Coins

Procedure

1.     Review definitions for dominant gene, recessive gene, inheritance, genotype, phenotype, homozygous, heterozygous, probability, and DNA.
2.    Explain that this model assumes both parents are heterozygous.
3.    Have students pair up and give each group a piece of white paper, colored pencils, and a student reference page.
4.    For the first flip of the first trait listed on the student reference page, have the first student in the group flip a coin.   Record heads as "A", the dominant gene.  Record tails as "a", the recessive gene.
5.    For the second flip of the first trait listed on the student reference page, have the second student flip a coin.  Record heads and tails as listed in number 4.
6.    Help students match their flips to the genotypes listed on the student reference page.  Once students have located the genotype, they should circle the phenotype listed for that trait.
7.    Repeat steps 3-5 for trait 2.
8.    Allow students to determine the phenotypes for the remaining traits.
9.    Once all phenotypes have been determined, students should draw a person based on those phenotypes.
10.  Students should look at the pictures of the other humans drawn and determine similarities and differences.
11.  Go over evaluation questions in class.

Evaluation

After completion of this exercise, students should be able to discuss these questions:
-          Are any of the drawings exactly the same?
-          What would happen if one of the parents was homozygous?
-          What would happen if both parents were homozygous dominant?

High School Lesson Plan 2.pdf        High School Lesson Plan 2.docx



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Secondary Lesson Plan 3--Daily Life of a Jew

Overview

Students gain insight into the daily lives of German-Jews and the struggles they suffered through. 

Objective

-          Students will research what life was like for the Jewish population in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. (more specifically, during the Holocaust)
-          Students will understand, through stories of "Holocaust Heroes", the suffering that was the Jews endured.
-          Students will then create a fictional "first-hand account" of daily life, based on their research.

Standards

-          IN State Standard WH.8.4
-          IN State Standard WH.8.5

Materials

-          Holocaust Heroes video/DVD and video/DVD player
-          Computers with internet access
-          Pencil and paper

Procedure

1.     Begin the lesson with a discussion of World War II and the Holocaust. What caused World War II? What happened during the Holocaust? Students' ideas may include the following:
o    World War II was caused by the growing tide of fascism in Europe and imperialism in Japan. The United States entered the war when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.
o    Adolf Hitler and the Nazis sent six million European Jews to their deaths in organized killings known as the Holocaust. Families were separated and destroyed.
2.    Watch Holocaust Heroes. Tell students that the story of Anne Frank and the children of La Hille are just two examples of the many stories that come from families.
3.    After the video, a quick discussion on the daily life of Jews in Germany.  Nazi policy was hatred of the Jews.  The schooling, jobs, and faith for the Jews were very different from that of non-Jews.
4.    Students will then conduct research via the internet to discover the intricacies of daily German-Jewish life to better form their understanding of the laws and regulations that restricted German-Jews daily and which caused the fear that they lived with daily.
5.    For the remainder of class, the students will continue their research and construct a one-page response describing a fictional "first-hand account" of what their daily life during the Holocaust.  This response will be constructed using Zoho Writer and should include specific ideas and concepts that show the student has adequately researched the topic and comprehends the material.
6.    Using Zoho Writer, students will access and evaluate two of their peer's essays, giving feedback and constructive criticism to enhance their essays.

Evaluation

-          Students may finish the assignment at home and turn it in next time at the beginning of class.
-          Use the following three-point rubric to evaluate students' work during this lesson.
-          Three points: Students participated actively in class discussions; researched the topic thoroughly and completely; wrote a highly creative and informative piece about daily life during the Holocaust; gave a neat and constructive evaluation of their peer's essays.
-          Two points: Students participated in class discussions; researched the topic; wrote a competent piece about daily life during the Holocaust; gave their peers an evaluation of their essays.
-          One point: Students participated little in class discussions; did not complete their research; did not complete their piece about daily life during the Holocaust; gave an incomplete evaluation of their peer's essays.
-          Zero points: Students did not participate in class discussions; did little to no research; completed little or none of their piece about daily life during the Holocaust; did no peer evaluations.

High School Lesson Plan 3.pdf        High School Lesson Plan 3.docx

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Post-secondary Education

          Students can use the application in much the same way as high school students could. However, college and university students would probably appreciate its uses more than high schoolers. From what I have witnessed, college kids do not like to meet when they don't have to becuase it is difficult to work out scheduling conflicts with everyone in the group.  Zoho writer can be passed around the entire group and could be used for planning. writing, and executing a project. Again, the automic saving is a wonderful thing because it allows everyone to work on the page at once. In business settings, Zoho writer is a great tool. Everyone working on a project can give their input onto a page and everyone else can access it and make changes of their own. There is no need for a specific computer or even a specific place. The same document can be saved in several different folders, so the files can be passed around and viewed by everyone.


Title

Post-Secondary Lesson Plan 1--Using 2.0 Applications for Planning Purposes

Overview

Students will use Zoho writer to plan a vacation or trip.

Objective

Students should be able to show that they understand the use of Web 2.0 applications for purposes of planning and sharing ideas between friends.

Materials

A computer with internet capabilities and an account with Zoho writer.

Procedure

Students will divide into groups and plan a vacation or trip to the destination of their choice. The following must be included:
1.     Destination
2.    Trip budget (gas, food, hotels, etc.)
3.    Itinerary (Must include where you are going each day of your stay and what you are doing.)
4.    Visual aids like a route that is mapped out or pictures of where you are going.

Evaluation

Total 30 points
       5-Visual components      
       5-Destination
     20-Itinerary and budget

College Lesson Plan 1.pdf          College Lesson Plan 1.docx



Title

Post-Secondary Lesson Plan 2--International Travel Business Project

Overview

Groups of students will be acting as employees of a business, to research a country business that they are hoping to expand to. They will also collectively make travel plans for their business manager to attend a meeting while in the country. The students will also plan their research as if the meeting would be held in that country's capital city.

Objective

  • Students will use the internet for research purposes
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare a structured itinerary
  • Students will practice making wise consumer decisions
  • Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills

Materials

  • Computer with internet access

Procedure

  1. Students will use the internet to research information on one foreign country
  2. Students will use the internet to find travel information, including airfare, hotel prices, etc. a.    Their research should include the following:
  3. Facts about the country (i.e., population, geographic area, demographics, government structure, economic system)
  4. Economic facts (i.e., exports, imports, chief agricultural products, foreign exchange, currency, transportation modes available)
  5. Travel information (i.e., methods/costs of travel to the country, methods of travel while in the country, hotel accommodations, communication modes available in the country)
  6. Culture and customers (i.e. customs which affect business relations, holidays, major religions, etiquette)
  7. Eating habits (i.e., general cost of meals/restaurants, whether American food is served in that country, when people tend to eat, etc.)
  8. Students will prepare an itinerary with travel plans on Zoho Writer
    1. The itinerary should be prepared detailing the business manager's visit to the country.
    2. This itinerary should cover the moment the executive walks out the door en route to the airport to the moment the executive lands safely back in the U.S. and arrives back in your city. Be sure to allow adequate travel time.
    3. The trip should last no longer than three business days.
    4. The budget should be somewhere between $1000-$1500, though the less the cost, the more impressed your boss will be.
  9. Students will then present their itineraries to the class

Evaluation

  • The students will be graded on:
    • The content of the itinerary
    • Their oral presentation

College Lesson Plan 2.pdf          College Lesson Plan 2.docx



Title

Post-Secondary Lesson Plan 3--Comparison Paper for College English Students

Overview

Students are to write a 2-3 page paper comparing the similarities and differences between Zoho Writer and Microsoft Word.

Objective

Students should research both processors thoroughly, and write an intelligent, thought-out comparison.

Materials

Computer with Microsoft Word and internet capabilities and a Zoho writer account online.

Procedure

1.     Make an account with Zoho writer and research both Zoho and Microsoft Word.
2.    Research both, and write a 2-3 page paper on your findings and opinions on each.
3.    The paper must be double-spaced, size 12 font in Times New Roman, double spaced.

Evaluation

50 points: Graded on fluency of discussion ideas, ability to stay on topic within the paper, and meeting of specified requirements such as length and other logistics.

College Lesson Plan 3.pdf          College Lesson Plan 3.docx



Corporate and Business Uses

         In business settings, Zoho writer is a great tool. Everyone working on a project can give their input onto a page and everyone else can access it and make changes of their own. There is no need for a specific computer or even a specific place. The same document can be saved in several different folders, so the files can be passed around and viewed by everyone.

Title

Business Lesson Plan 1--Zoho Writer in the Office

Overview

  •          Employee's will gain insight and knowledge of the capabilities and uses of Zoho Writer within the office setting.

Objective

  •          Employees will understand how to create and edit documents using Zoho Writer.
  •          Employees will know how to save their work and know how to access their work from any computer with internet access, regardless of operating system.
  •          Employees will create an organized and articulate daily schedule using Zoho Writer, which will enable their supervisor to view their objectives for the day.

Materials

  •          Computers with Windows operating system
  •          Computers with Macintosh operating system
  •          All computers must have internet access

Procedure

1.     The workshop will begin with a brief tutorial of how to log-on, register, and how to use the basic features of _Zoho Writer._ 
2.    Employees will then witness a demonstration of the uses of Zoho Writer, in terms of its versatility.
o    Employees will demonstrate the ability to create and save a document on a Windows operating system and then access that document on a Macintosh operating system, or vice-versa.
3.    Employees will then create a daily schedule using Zoho Writer.  This schedule should include a detailed description of what work they hope to accomplish and when they hope to have accomplished that work.  The schedule should be in-depth, and include things such as specific duties, breaks, and goals of the day.
4.    Employees will then share this document with their supervisor and gain approval for the workday.

Evaluation

  •          Employees will be evaluated with either an Approved or Revise
    o   Approved: Employees have created an accessible document describing in depth what they plan on accomplishing throughout the workday; including goals, duties, breaks and the time frame in which these activities will be accomplished.
    o   Revise: Employees have created a vague, incomplete, schedule of activities; have failed to include any or all of their goals, duties, breaks, and the time frame in which these activities are to be completed.

Business Lesson Plan 1-1.pdf Business Lesson Plan 1.docx



Title

Business Lesson Plan 2--Corporate Use of Zoho Writer

Overview

The purpose is to help men and women easily draft resumes and reference pages.

Objective

After becoming acclimated with Zoho Writer, people should be able to quickly draft resumes and reference pages and become proficient at emailing them, posting them to the web, and accessing several programs directly from Zoho Writer. 

Standards

Self-Awareness: Assess personal skills, abilities, and aptitudes and personal strengths and weaknesses as they relate to career exploration and development
Career Strategy: Apply knowledge gained from individual assessment to a comprehensive set of goals and individual career plan.

[http://www.nbea.org/curriculum/s_career.htm
]

Materials

  •          Zoho Writer
  •          Internet Connection

Procedure

1.     Compile information about education, past work experience, honors/awards, and contact information that should be included in a resume.
2.    Look at other examples of resumes and begin to enter the data from step 1 into the document.
3.    Once completed, upload the resume online directly from Zoho Writer to locate more companies who are looking to hire employees.
4.    Email the resume and reference pages to potential employers.
5.    Save the resume and reference pages on the online Zoho account so they can be easily retrieved whenever they are needed.

Evaluation

After completion of this exercise, the amount of time it takes people to upload resumes and sent them via email should be reduced significantly.  Being able to perform all of these actions within Zoho Writer will allow people to cut down their time of switching between programs.

Business Lesson Plan 2.pdf         Business Lesson Plan 2.docx


Zoho Writer's International Use

          A thesaurus that can access words in ten different languages is included in Zoho Writer. This could allow students from different countries to collaborate on a single project. If the group is collaborating in English, students who speak English as a second language could use the thesaurus to find synonyms to a word they may not understand. This would allow for more effective group collaboration. In china, ZOHO cooperates with a company called BAIHUI. BAIHUI has already introduced a completed a suit of Zoho office online. Zoho writer can help students do group tasks, and members can communicate with each other by file sharing ("tag" folders) or chat. A teacher can also make study or review sheets online. However, Zoho writer has some disadvantages. The display of the newest content is always postponed when you compile a document with someone who is in a different location, possibly becuase of the differences in net speed. [3][6]

  

*Beijing China [7]


*Beijing Normal University [8]

          Beijing Normal University has a history of more than 100 years, which is almost as long as the history of Chinese modern education. The University has developed from the Faculty of Education, Capital Metropolitan University established in 1902 under the concept of Establish school, prioritize teacher education?which initiated teacher training in Chinese higher education. After several times of merging and reforming since 1949, especially in the 1980s, Beijing Normal University has moved into the new age of rapid development. The University's history is an epitome of the development of modern teacher training and Chinese higher education.

          Beijing Normal University lays great emphasis on exchange and cooperation with educational institutions nationally, regionally and internationally, making every endeavor to pursue the global prestige. Throughout its development in more than one hundred years, Beijing Normal University has always been developing along the route of self-improvement. It has never stopped the efforts in deepening the educational reform and has steadily raised the level and quality of education. In addition, Beijing Normal University has attached great importance to academic development and shaped herself into a moderately-scoped, reasonably-structured, diversified and comprehensive university. Beijing Normal University is committed to the development of research, increasing research funding rapidly and achieving a number of high level research outcomes.[8]

          Beijing Normal University students are implementing Web 2.0 technologies such as Zoho Writer to help further student learning on domestic and international levels. Our international partners have used Zoho Writer as an additional word processing program to enhance learning within international settings.

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References

[1]  Zoho Logo. (n.d.). Retrieved April 12, 2009, from Zoho Writer: http://writer.zoho.com/index.do

[2].Lunn, B. (2008, September 18). Zoho: The Little Engine That Could (Take on Both Microsoft and Google).

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Created By: Randi Fitts, Kelli Kahle, Marc Lindsey, Ashley Zerr, Matt Vosburgh, Kat Wei, and Ralph Kendall

13 Comments

  1. Unknown User (rfitts)

    My name is Randi Fitts and as you all know I'm the project manager for this group. I just wanted to quickly welcome the group, both at Purdue and overseas. I'm very excited to be working with all of you on this very exciting and innovative program. Please take a few minutes to post a comment with a little bit of information about yourself. It will help us to get to know each other as we will be working together for the next several weeks! Like I said my name is Randi Fitts, I am a sophmore at Purdue double-majoring in Elementary Education and Spanish Education. In my spare time (haha) I work full-time at Kidz Company, a local daycare, either with infants or teaching a group of 4 year-olds. In my other spare time, when I'm not at work or at class, I spend time with my fiance, organize things for the wedding, read, watch movies and hang out with friends. If you have any problems within the group or outside the group, please feel free to email me at any time! So again, I welcome you all and look forward to working with each of you! (big grin)

                         Have a wonderful afternoon!      --Randi

  2. Unknown User (mmlindse)

    My name is Marc Lindsey and I am a freshman at Purdue University. I am majoring in Social Studies Education. I currently work as a baseball umpire for the IHSAA and other orginzations such as Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken, and Pony leagues. I enjoy baseball and hanging out doing random things. So, hopefully this project flows smoothy without any hitches.

  3. Unknown User (kkahle)

    Hi everyone. My name is Kelli Kahle. I'm am a freshman at Purdue, and I am studying English education. I am not very computer savvy, but I hope this project will help me become more so, and I beg forgiveness in advance for getting on anyone's nerves by asking too many questions. I hope I can be an asset to our team and help make our project spectacular. I would also like to say hello to our friends from Beijing. I look forward to working with all of you, and thanks for joining our group. I hope we all can learn from each other and have fun learning.

  4. My name is Matthew Vosburgh.  I am a Junior at Purdue who recently decided to switch from a history major to a major in Social Studies Education.  I am a very active individual and love to play pretty much any kind of sport.  My absolute favorites are baseball and basketball.  I really enjoy hanging out with friends and traveling.  I am glad to have the chance to learn about all this new and exciting technology, especially because I personally do not keep up with all the technological advancements and have a very limited knowledge when it comes to this kind of stuff.  I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with all of you!

  5. Unknown User (azerr)

    Hello!

    My name is Ashley Zerr and I am a freshman at Purdue.  I am double majoring in Genetic Biology and Biology Education with a minor in Forensics.  I am a member of the Pre-Med Club, PASE, ALDPES Honors Society, and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.  In my spare time I play on an intramural soccer team with my sorority, swim, and hang out with friends.  I'm exicted about this project and the opportunity to collaborate with our international partners from Beijing!  I look forward to working with all of you!

  6. Unknown User (kswei)

    My name is Katherine Wei, but I go by Kat. I am a sophomore at Purdue and was originally a pre-pharmacy major until this past semester, where I switched to Math Education. I have a great passion for children/teaching and am really happy that I decided to switch my major to education. Since I am half Korean and half Chinese, I am very excited to be able to somewhat touch back with my background by working with those of you from Beijing. I am looking foward to working with all of you and I hope that we will all be able to really help each other out and have fun putting this project together.

  7. Unknown User (rwkendal)

    My name is Ralph Kendall. I am a freshman at Purdue, I was also oringinally in pre-pharm but decided I wanted to pursue a major in Elementary Education.  In my free time I like to play tennis and video games with my friends.  Hopefully this project will be a good learning experience for us all. 

  8. Unknown User (rfitts)

    Great job on all the work so far guys! Keep it up and we'll be done in no time! Push for no final! I will try and add info that I find for all of the questions as I navigate the page. Since I will be out of town this weekend I will be available by email if anyone has any problems or questions. Don't forget, CITE everything. We will need to add all of the citations at the end of all of our sections. Keep up the great work. --Randi

  9. My name is Tu Yimei,you can call me Tu.I am a graduate student in School of Education of   Beijing Normal University,I'm in Grade One, my major is comparative education In July 2008,I obtained Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Technology in my hometown ,Anhui. I am very interested in this course and this project, I have actively participated to this project. Be able to cooperate with you everyone, I am very pleased, and sincerely hope that all members of our group will be a co-operative group ,and achieve the mission successfully. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to music, playing together with friends. Hope that through this project, we can all become good friends, to share joys and sorrows!

                                                                               ------Tu Yimei , Beijing Normal University

  10. First , because my English is very poor, for fear of English, I can't communicate with the leader immediately so I cannot understand the work in progress. Today, I am couraged by you, Please allow me to make a self-introduction, please give me encouragement! My name is Liling, I come from western China, a higher vocational schools .I am a visiting scholar in Beijing normal university to study for a year, this project has attracted me , I also want to do a bit of yourself for this project.

  11. Ma name is Ranxinyi,from Zhangzhou Normal University fujian in china.I major in educational technology as a visiting scholar at Beijing Normal University.I glad to join in this project,but It isn't well for my learning and spoken language.My Skype numberI zzranxinyi ,I like to communication and cooperate with you everyone.I hope that this project will be a good learning experience for us all. --Ranxinyi

  12. In china, ZOHO cooperate with BAIHUI(http://home.baihui.com) all-sided. Now, BAIHUI have already introduced into and completed all suit of office system online.It is easy to make cooperating work and sharing document with Zoho Writer. Zoho Writer can help students do groups' task, and members can communion each other by file sharing or chat, a teacher can make guidance online. But Zoho Writer have some disadvantage, The display of newest content is always postpone when I compile a document with my student on distance, perhaps net speed is lower.  ---Ranxinyi

  13. Unknown User (rfitts)

    Great job Guys! We are doing great and I'm totally thankful for having a group that is so into getting this page done and not having to take the final. I know meeting and working on this thing is a pain but the sooner we get it done the sooner we KNOW we don't have to take the final. Keep up the good work! Our partners from China, Tu, Ran and Li, please add comments and information you find interesting and pertinent to ZohoWriter. As our international partners I would like for you all to help fill out the part/page about international use of Zoho. We are very interested in hearing what you have to say about how you would or do use zoho. Please do this as soon as possible as we have deadlines we have to meet. Thanks again everyone for all of your hard work! We're about at the half-way point!

    -----Randi