Archive for December, 2012

December 9, 2012

CPD Thing 13: Google Docs, Wikis and Dropbox

Google Docs

I like the ease of using Google Drive and I can see it being useful. However this is of course only good because I have Google account and therefore if I were collaborating with someone who doesn’t than I see this being a barrier because I wouldn’t want to pressure anyone to sign up especially.

Dropbox

I like the idea of being able to use this with people who do not have an account. However I would be interested to know how secure the ‘public’ folder is.

Wiki

Having only seen a few uses of Wikis this is something I would like to explore more. I would like to find out about uses of Wikis as information resources and the potential they have.

I like the plainness of wikis and the fluidity and look forward to an opportunity to using one.

Conclusion

I can definitely see the advantage of using the cloud when working on projects particularly as I jump around using various devices. I also see how it makes sense when working with people and it is difficult to meet with them in person to work on a project.

The disadvantages would be the issue of security and reliability. Also accessibility as in my workplace there are blocks on certain sites so it could not be used as a way of working on external projects without convincing these blocks to be lifted.

These have made be think twice about using emails to work on a document.

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December 4, 2012

CPD Thing 12: Putting the social into social media

Resuming 23 Things after a break it seems appropriate to pick with “Putting the social into social media” as this something I clearly need to work on. I social activity online is minimal with regards to engaging but I am sure not why this is. This is something I would like to work on.