Thing #18: Online Productivity Tools

Open Office is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.
You will need to download the product and then play with the features. Remember to choose the format when you go to save your document, you can save it in several different formats, including MS Word '98, 2000, and 2003. Open Office is already loaded on SBISD's teacher laptops! Yea!!!

Another option to explore is Google Docs you will have to register, but they offer a "tour" of the things they offer and an information video for getting started.

Discovery Exercise: For this discovery exercise explore one or both of the free options above and post a blog with your opinion of the advantages and/or disadvantages of using a free online tool instead of Microsoft Office.


Jethro said...

Online tools are really helpful to make work a lot easier. I've been using Google Docs and it helps me to share documents with others. It is a good collaboration tool to use. After the deadline would be very useful for it checks spelling, and grammar when writing. You could also use Dropbox for easy file sharing like photo, documents, and video. There are so many tools that can help you being productive. Why not try this tool it can help you manage your time and keeps you organize. I use it personally it helps me also to stay focus on work.

Unknown said...

Great read thanks for sharing! These tools are a great help especially for freelancers and online businesses. Time tracking tools are also important as it helps you and your employees keep track of your time and productivity. By using web-based time tracking tool from sites like you can micro manage your projects and be more effective with completing your tasks.