Showing posts with label Zoho Writer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Zoho Writer. Show all posts

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Benefits of Cloud Computing for Students

Here's the third in the series of cartoon slideshows I made a couple of years ago. It's amazing to me that in the world of an ever-expanding web, these cartoons are still relevant in a lot of school situations. For clarification, the web-based word processor mentioned in the cartoon is Zoho Writer.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

6 Ways for Students to Publish Their Writing Online

In the course of a school year, most teachers will have students produce written content that they think should be shared with other readers. Other times teachers create writing projects with the goal of having students share their work publicly. The web offers many ways to publish written work, the following are six of my favorite free options.

Google Docs and Zoho Writer are the probably the simplest tools for publishing written work to the web. In both cases you can create and share all of your works without leaving the program. Google Docs allows to publish your documents as a webpage. You can then email url or post the url on your blog or website. Zoho Writer provides an extra option which generates an embed code for your documents. Using the embed code will allow people to read your documents without having to leave your blog or website. By the way, if you're not familiar with Zoho Writer check out the video included in this post.

Scribd and DocStoc are similar services that can best be described as YouTube for documents. You cannot create documents within either service rather you have to upload documents created with your preferred word processing program. Both services accept all of the common Microsoft formats, Open Office and Neo Office formats, and PDFs. Once you've uploaded your document it will be assigned a url and given an embed code. You can use the embed code to feature your documents on your blog or website. You can see how I've used DocStoc in the past by checking out this post.

If your students do any projects involving newsletter or magazine creation, you owe to them to check out Yudu and Issuu. Both services allow users to turn their static documents into page-turning online documents. To use the services simply upload your documents and select the visual effects that you want your documents to have. With out any special skills, your students' work can take on a very polished, professional look that they will want to show-off. You can embed the finished products into your blog or website. To see an embeded Yudu publication visit this post. To see a stand-alone Yudu document, please click here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Zoho Launches Discussion Board Service

On Sunday I posted that Zoho was poised to announce a new service this week. Today, Zoho announced the launch of Zoho Discussions. Zoho Discussions is a message board service that you can integrate into the rest of your account. Zoho Discussions allows you to create a message board or discussion forum. The free version of the service allows for the creation of two forums with one moderator. The video below provides a brief overview of Zoho Discussions.

Applications for Education
Zoho Discussions could be a good platform for creating an online discussion forum for your students. You might consider creating two forums, one for students to ask you questions and one for you to pose discussion questions for students to discuss.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Notetaking and Collaborative Research
Zoho Docs - Chat and Edit at the Same Time
Zoho Notebook Adds an Import Option

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Something New Coming from Zoho

Late last week, Zoho announced that they have something new and exciting to release on Tuesday of this coming week. Zoho says this new thing, whatever it is, is based on a service that many Zoho users are already using. Zoho makes a lot of very good productivity services that are of value to educators so it will be interesting to see if this new service will also be useful to educators. Based on the short video preview (embedded below) it looks like the new offering will be a collaborative tool.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Notetaking and Collaborative Research
Zoho Docs - Chat and Edit at the Same Time
Zoho Notebook Adds an Import Option

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Give an Old Lesson New Tricks

Diane Krause's blog is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs because of the great things she shares. One of the resources Diane shared yesterday is a wiki called "Googlize a lesson." This wiki, built by Stacie Isenberg, gives suggestions for and examples of updating existing lesson plans to become a more creative and collaborative experience for students.

On the Googlize a Lesson homepage visitors will find two slide shows about using Google products with students. The slide show embedded below is about using Google Docs in the classroom. It's important to note that while this slide show is about Google Docs the concepts also apply to using other collaborative tools like Zoho Writer.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Google Docs Adds Support for Footnotes

Yesterday, Zoho announced a new Zoho Writer layout option. Not to be outdone, today, Google announced an improvement to Google Docs. Google Docs now supports the insertion of footnotes and endnotes. The option for inserting footnotes appears in the "insert" drop down menu. To learn more about inserting footnotes, visit the Google Docs help center or watch a Google Docs tutorial on YouTube.

If YouTube is blocked at your school, you may want to try one of these options.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Zoho Updates Layout Options

Zoho Writer, a great online word processor, has announced another improvement. As of today, Zoho Writer now supports creating and printing documents in landscape format. This is not a ground-breaking improvement, but it does eliminate another excuse for not using cloud computing word processing programs.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Zoho Helps Ease the Transition to Cloud Computing

One of the complaints or excuses that I often hear from people reluctant to use cloud computing is, "but all my files are in Word." Zoho Writer's import options alleviate the "but my files are in Word" excuse for not trying cloud computing. With the announcement today that Zoho users can now import Microsoft Word 2007 documents the total number of importable document types is seven. The other formats that can be imported to your Zoho Writer account are html, doc, sxw, odt, rtf and txt. Zoho Writer users wishing to save documents to a local drive to email as an attachment now have the option of selecting from eight different file types. Visit this link for directions for importing documents to Zoho Writer.

Applications for Education
For many teachers adopting new technologies can be an uncomfortable experience. If you've been teaching for any length of time you undoubtedly have many, many documents that you don't want to lose. Importing those files to your Zoho account provides a safe storage option. Overall the most important aspect of the import and export options offered by Zoho Writer is that it can help ease the transition to cloud computing.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cloud Computing From Zoho's Perspective

I'm frequently asked to compare Zoho's and Google's cloud computing services. The common question is which one is better? I try to refrain from saying which one is better because depending on what each user is trying to accomplish Zoho or Google may be better suited to that person. In my classroom I introduce students to the offerings from both companies and let them decide which one they want to use.

Here is a short video interview with Zoho's Ian Wening discussing what cloud computing is and what he sees as the differences between Zoho's services and Google's services. The interview was conducted by Daniel Brusilovsky.

Zoho from Daniel Brusilovsky on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A New Poll About Cloud Computing

As I start to think about the return of the school year one of the things that I'm really going to try to implement is getting my students and more of the staff to use cloud computing options like Google Docs or Zoho Writer instead of local, proprietary word processing applications.

There are a couple of reasons why I'm going to really push to get more people in my building to use cloud computing options. First, we have a huge issue with computer availability for students. It is a very rare occasion when a student can use the same computer on consecutive days which means they have to either email attachments to themselves or save to our building/ district server. This leads to a second problem, server space and reliability. Every year we struggle with server space and reliability, using cloud computing options is one no-cost step toward alleviating these problems. The third problem that cloud computing can alleviate for my students is the "format incompatibility" problem of a student creating a document at home in Appleworks, but then cannot open the file at school because the computer labs are Windows based.

What is your opinion of using cloud computing in schools? Do you advocate for it? What do your administrators say about using cloud computing options? Leave a comment or vote on the poll posted on the right hand side of this page.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Quick Zoho Writer v. Google Docs Comparison

Zoho Writer and Google Documents are great free services that every teacher and student should at least try, if not use consistently. Google and Zoho are great because student work is automatically saved and can be accessed from any Internet-connected computer regardless of operating system. Both programs perform the same functions so deciding which to use is largely a matter of personal preference. One preference that my students have pointed out to me is that they feel it is easier to print from Zoho Writer than from Google Docs. On Google Docs the students have to select the printer icon to print their entire multi-page documents while on Zoho they can print their entire multi-page documents with one click, just as if they were printing a webpage.