Assignment: Design and administer a survey, and use an office-style productivity application to create a presentation of the results.
Reflection: This module encouraged us to think beyond traditional uses of office-style productivity applications and apply them in a real-world scenario. I have been using Google Docs for years, but never thought of it as a full-featured Office Productivity Application. I generally just use Excel for spreadsheets, Word for word processing, and PowerPoint for presentations. But with this project I decided to do the entire thing in Google Docs and see what happened. I created a form using a Google Spreadsheet, then posted that form on Facebook and Twitter, and was thoroughly surprised to get more than 50 responses in just 12 hours! This kind of process would just not be possible in Microsoft Office. I then used Google Docs to compile the results of each question, create charts showing relationships, and publish everything to a presentation using Google Docs as well. I can imagine myriad possibilities for using Google Docs in a classroom, as well as a professional setting. It would be very easy for students to use Google Docs for nearly all of their schoolwork, and since most students have internet access they would no longer need to search for flash drives or email documents to themselves. There are a few caveats, though: Google Docs work best in Google Chrome, and some institutions tend to prefer browsers like Firefox or Explorer. There are also privacy concerns regarding Google’s ownership of your data, and these might be tricky waters to navigate in a corporate setting with intellectual property issues. Overall though, I don’t see any significant reason that Google Docs could not function as the primary Office Productivity application for most individuals.
Standards Addressed: TL-II Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences. Educational technology leaders plan, design, and model effective learning environments and multiple experiences supported by technology.