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Using Google Docs

What is it?

Google Docs is a free online tool for writing, saving and sharing papers, presentations and spreadsheets. You can do the same types of tasks as you would with Microsoft Office with the added benefit of it being free and saved automatically online. You will then be able to pick up where you left off on any computer with an internet connection. Type a paper at school, work on it a coffee shop, finish it at home and then print it at school and never once have to save it to a flash drive or deal with different versions of software.

Another cool feature is that you can easily share projects with others. If you are working on a group project, one member starts it and then “shares” it with the other group members. Then everyone can view, edit and access the project from anywhere. Changes are tracked so if someone goofs it up you can just revert to a previous version. If a member is absent the day you have to print or present it won’t be an issue because everyone in the group can open it. All members will need a Google account, however, in order to share.

Doing a PowerPoint? No problem. Google Docs can be used to create slide show presentation or to upload and open PowerPoint presentations previously created. When your presentation is finished and ready to show just open it in Google Docs and run it. Easy and worry free.

Every have the power go out while working (or someone kick the power strip)? Again, no worries as Google Docs frequently and automatically saves your work. This is simply the best tool for all your school work and did I mention it’s FREE 🙂

Okay, how do I sign up?

Simple. We did it for you. All WHS students now have a district branded Google account accessible from www.whswizards.com (note, due to problems with our hosting the link is currently not working. Instead, try www.google.com/a/whswizards.com) If you have problems signing in please ask the library staff for help or call the district Help Desk at 686-8020. Once you log in you will be able to use  Google Docs, Gmail, etc.

If you have questions or need help ask in the library. We are here to help. Enjoy.

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