Friday, June 18, 2010

New Sharing and Editing Options in Google Docs

Google recently announced some changes to Google Docs that should be of interest to teachers and students. Earlier this week Google announced that they would be rolling-out the new version of the document editor to all users over the next couple of weeks. The new version includes real-time updates (no more refreshing to see what your collaborators have written), chatting with collaborators within your documents, margin settings, and floating images. Learn more about the new Google Docs document editor in the video below.

Yesterday, Google announced new sharing settings for Google Docs. Now rather than simple "shared" or "not shared" labels your documents, presentations, and spreadsheets can be labeled "private," "anyone with link," or "public on the web." These options should make it easier for Google Docs users to keep track of who can or cannot see their documents. Learn more about the new sharing settings in the video below.

Applications for Education
One of the complaints that I've occasionally heard from teachers about Google Docs is the lack of margin adjustments. That problem has been fixed in the new document editor. The new sharing settings should make it easier for students to understand who can see their creations.

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Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
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Interactive Map - Where Americans Are Moving

Forbes has an interesting interactive map that breaks down the movements of Americans by county. Every county in the United States is represented on the Where Americans Are Moving map. Click on a county to see the immigration and emigration data for that county. When you click on a county lines will appear connecting the county you clicked on to all of the other counties people emigrated to or immigrated from. Additionally, the number of people immigrating and emigrating will be displayed when you click on a county. Per capita income for each county is also reported on the map.

Applications for Education
Playing with this map got me thinking about a project my Civics students did last year in which they had to analyze the attractions of living in our area and analyze the deterrents to living in our area. This map provides an opportunity for my next students to take the analysis a step farther by researching what makes the places people go to after leaving our county more appealing than staying in our county.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
The History of Credit Cards in the United States
How Wealthy Countries Tax Their Citizens
Is It Better To Rent or Buy? Interactive Infographic