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Tools for School 2: Office Apps October 9, 2006

Posted by Michael Sensiba in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Tools.

Brian Benzinger posted Part 2 of his article: Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0 over at Solution Watch. Brian looks at Web 2.0 applications for word processing, presentations, diagrams and mind mapping, spreadsheets, calendars, and some miscellaneous utilities. Brian compares web-based word processors in depth, exploring page and text formatting, fuctionality, and collaborative value and sharing. He created a nice feature matrix for the word processing applications he reviewed.

Web-based office applications have a lot of potential for the education market. Since many, if not most of these applications are free, they allow both schools and students who are “strapped for cash” to have access to the essential functionality of an office suite. Also, since these applications are web-based and collaborative, they provide opportunities for group work in a way that stand-alone, desktop-based applications cannnot. This is a segment of the Web 2.0 market that needs further experimentation and application in the higher education sector.

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