Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thing #18 Open Access to Documents
I have previously explored Googledocs and found many advantages to using it over Microsoft Office. I plan to use Open Office more this year and compare them over time. The biggest advantage of using Googledocs and Open Office is the accessibility. I work on my home computer and on my laptop. Instead of saving documents to my computer and then emailing them to myself, or saving to a flashdrive that I have to be able to locate, I can access my documents from any computer. I have encouraged my students to use it at home, so they do not have to worry about accessing their email from school in order to print out a document. Googledocs, though not as familiar and comfortable as Microsoft Office, provides access. In today's world, ease of access can make the difference in meeting a deadline or having needed information prepared for a meeting. Most of the time, I use Microsoft Office, but the more I work at home, the more advantages I find to using Googledocs. Familiarity or access: you decide which you need the most.