Using Google Docs in College

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on September 17, 2008 as per the permalink. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

In India our exposure to technology in getting things done has been limited to Windows and the Office suite. Few students in the mechanical engineering department use computers for their work unless it is forced on us by the syllabus. We still prefer the green graphs and writing on paper.

For my final year project at Air India, I’m trying to convince my group mates to work in the Google Docs environment to hack together our final year project. The ease of sharing and collaboration that I experienced in Docs through my work with SEDS is essentially my source of inspiration for this. For us, who missed out on most of the computer bandwagon, I think it would be necessary to work in the Internet environment.

Recently, I saw my brother read about being responsible netizens in his English text books. Although, most of Indian education has remained in the analog state, it might soon be time to switch over to computers or even mobile devices for education.

Besides the final year project, I’m also planning to work on a smaller scale presentation for a subject, Manufacturing Production and Control (MPC) along with a friend.

As I’ve already said (and is Microsoft or Google listening?) we’ve gone on a Windows system for campus, but not many people know about it and people are still largely on Yahoo and Google systems online. There have also been a few installs of Chrome and Firefox on the traditionally IE 6 platforms.

I will use this to share more of my online experiences here.

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