I noticed this yesterday when I was doing a quick document on Google Docs to record what had happened in a meeting, whoooah “what is that happening on my sidebar” I thought. Turns out I had stumbled upon the newest feature in the Google Docs department. The Google Research Tool. They’ve been blogging about it over on the Bright Ideas blog too! Here is how it works (thanks Bright Ideas, love your work).
This has lots of interesting implications for our students as it pushes keyword searches straight into their documents. Clever stuff. As many schools are using to Google as an entire school platform I think it needs lots of critical and information literacy to get students sifting as they create documents.
If you still aren’t using Google Docs for documents which need more than one person to work on them (or even for all your wordprocessing) then you are missing out on one of the best tools on the internet. So many ways they are useful, so many hours saved. I now have most of my templates on there from the library timetable master to policy documents which get changed every year.
Watch the Video here to see the latest tricks.