Google docs go offline

This just in from Google – Google Docs will have an offline mode very soon. The rollout of all the features is happening over the next few weeks, but soon it will mean that you can edit your Google docs when you do not have an Internet connection. This is a long awaited feature for many users!

To keep up with all the new Google Docs offerings, be sure to subscribe to the Google Docs blog and the new Google Channel on YouTube. There are many videos from Google explaining features of the various Google tools, but also videos uploaded by users (including many teachers).

Here’s how Google Docs offline works:


Google strikes again – surveys collect data into shareable spreadsheets

Just announced from Google Docs – a new Survey feature for their shareable Spreadsheets application. This feature allows you to create surveys that live on a website, and the data is collected into a Google spreadsheet.

Create a form in a Google Docs spreadsheet and send it out to anyone with an email address. They won’t need to sign in, and they can respond directly from the email message or from an automatically generated web page. Creating the form is easy: start with a spreadsheet to get the form, or start by creating the form and you’ll get the spreadsheet automatically. (Google blog)

Google spreadsheet form screenshotThe possibilities for educational uses are endless. You can collect data for math projects, signups, opinions, or anything. All without asking people to sign up for a gmail account or asking them to share the spreadsheet and figure out how to input data. It’s even easier than a wiki, if that’s possible!

Darren Draper does a nice survey of the features with a sample survey and spreadsheet open to everyone. Be sure to check it out!