online collaborative tools using google and google +
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Online Collaborative Tools using Google and Google +
Online Collaborative Tools using Google and Google +Tools Overview
Google DocsCreate and share word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, tables, etc... Shared calendar can be used by a team
Google CalendarEvent reminders are sent via email
Event invitations can be sent to others
Sharing documents allows for real-time synchronous editing Tools Overview
Google+ CirclesCreate groups similar to a mailing listVideo Conferencing for up to 9 people
Google+ HangoutsCreate a Hangout for a group
Share calendars and documents with a group
Google+ HangoutsGoogle docsIn Google account, click on Documents Tab to open Google DocsSelect a current document by clicking on the title or create a new documentGoogle docsIf creating a new document, select the type of document to create from the drop down menuGoogle docsOnce Document is created, you can share it.Can share by entering email address or selecting circles.Select the Document to share and click on either share icon.
As a student, the software common among all courses is Blackboard. This tool will allow you to upload assignments, write journals, post to discussion boards, view all announcements in one page and communicate with fellow students. Additionally, there are views for grades, calendars and tasks. Most instructors post syllabi, assignments and comments through Blackboard. The software, if used effectively, can make student work more organized and checking on assignments quick and easy.
When logging onto Blackboard, the student will enter his university issued user identification and selected password.
Blackboard Home Page
Upon entering the site, the main screen holds the following: Tools, My Announcements, Blackboard Announcements for Students, On Demand Help, My Calendar, My Courses, My Organizations and My Tasks. Homepage Tools
First we will explore the Tools module that appears on the homepage. Please note you will find another Tools module within Blackboard which will be explored later.(screen shot of Tools without any highlighting)As you will see from the insert above, the homepage Tools module contains Announcements, Calendar, Tasks, My Grades, Send Email, User Directory, Address Book, and Personal Information. A general rule for Blackboard is that an underlined word will have further drilldown for additional information. Please note all the subcategories of Tools are underlined.
Homepage Tools Announcements
Click on the underlined word, Announcements. This single click will take the user to every announcement from every professor the user has had that have been posted for the courses taken by the user. Please note that students do not have privilege to write a general announcement. Only the professor can post an announcement.
Sort AnnouncementsTo sort the announcements available, click on the dropdown box and select the course desired for the announcements posted for that course then click Go to the right of the dropdown box. To return to the Tools module, click My JMU at the top on the folder tab selection.
Home Page Calendar ToolsThe Calendar tool works much the same way. A single click on Calendar will take the user to a single day view with information loaded for that day.
Calendar ViewIn the upper right corner of the calendar day the view can be changed to see the week, month or year as well as the single day view. The day view is by the hour. The one-week view is by day as is the monthly view. However, the month in a view is in a calendar style with notes calendar activities posted by all professors on a day-by-day block. Users can add activities to their individual calendar to assist them in maintaining their schedules. To add to your personal calendar, click on the Create Personal Event tab right above the calendar on the left. Note, the user can add a personal event on any of the calendar views.
View by YearOn the one-year view, the twelve months are in calendar order. If an activity is posted on that date, a little block will appear to the left of the date of the day. Simply place the cursor on the date and click. The day view for that date will appear on the screen. While in the one-year view, to return to a date, click the date. To return to a month, place the cursor on the typed month and it will appear underlined. Remember the rule of Blackboard. If the word is underlined, the user can drill down farther on that word. So clicking on the month of March, will take the user to the month view. To sort the events on the calendar, go to the dropdown box on the left side of the screen to eliminate all other calendar events except the course desired.
Homepage Task ToolsA click on the Tasks module under Tools will reveal a list of tasks assigned by professors. Note that not all professors use all the tools available so do not rely on these modules alone for information on your assignments. Because you are able to add to your tasks and calendar, you are responsible for keeping up with all tasks and assignments as they are assigned. The Tasks module works in much the same way as the Calendar module in Tools. Personal tasks can be added by clicking on the Create Personal Task tab. Tasks can also be sorted by course. For additional information regarding a task, place the cursor on the underlined task and click. This drilldown will take the user to the highlighted task where more information, if posted, can be found.
My GradesMy Grades is the module within Tools that will allow you to check any grades your professor has posted to your coursework. Simply place the cursor on My Grades and click. Each of your courses will appear on the page. To find the grades for the desired course, place the cursor on the course name and click. The view on this page will include the following: Item Name, Details, Last Student Activity, Last Instructor Activity, Grade, Possible Points and Comments.
Additional Grade InformationOf particular interest to the student are the categories of Grade, Possible Points and Comments. If the professor has viewed the assignment but has not assigned the grade, the student will be able to see the activity through the Last Instructor Activity line. IF the instructor has assigned a grade, it will be posted in the Grade column. If a grade has not been assigned but has been turned in through Blackboard Assignments (this will be covered a bit later), there will be a small green box with an exclamation mark in the grade column. This simply notifies the professor that the assignment needs grading and allows the student to see the assignment still need to be viewed and graded by the professor. Once a grade is posted, the professor may or may not include comments to the student in the Comments column. The Icon Legend in the lower left-hand corner can also assist the student in seeing if the professor has just checked the assignment or if the project is exempt of a grade. These two events would be noted by a green check or a blue box, respectively. Homepage Email ToolsSending an email to your work group or the entire class is easy from your homepage on Blackboard. In the Tools module, place the cursor over the words, Send Email. A list of your current classes will appear.
Send Email from HomepageChoose the class for which you wish to send the email, place the cursor over the selection and click. Click and a new menu will allow you to choose from the following: All Users, All Groups, All Student Users, All Teaching Assistant Users, All Instructor Users, All Observer Users, Select Users, Select Groups and Single/Select Observer Users. Path for DeliverySelect the path for delivery of the email, place the cursor over the selection and click. If selecting All Users, the form to complete the email will appear in the user screen. The To section will be in-filled with all members of the class and all registered instructors. Fill in the subject and type in the message in the body of the email form. Once the email is completed and ready for delivery to the recipients, place the cursor in the top right of the screen over Submit and click to send the finished message.Sent to All GroupsWhen sending an email to All Groups in a class, place the cursor accordingly over the appropriate selection and click. The To area of the email will in-fill with the names of each group that has been created in the course by the instructor. Fill in the subject and the message for the email then click Submit to deliver the email. This email will only be delivered to the instructor if he or she has been included on the delivery list within the group.
Email just to StudentsAll Student Users will only deliver the message to students and not the instructor. All Teaching Assistants will deliver to those individuals assisting in the instruction and paperwork in the class and All Instructor Users will only send to the instructors on record. Follow the same instructions as noted above for any of these selections.
Email to IndividualsTo send an email to individual users within the class, click Select Users. At this point you will see the entire list of all students and instructors in the class appear in a box to the left of center in the To column. Select the individuals you wish to email by highlighting their names in the column, one at a time or by highlighting a group. In the center of the To column you will see an arrow that points to the right column and one pointing to the left column. Once a person is selected to receive the email, click the arrow pointing to the right column and the persons name should move from