Thursday, April 8, 2010

Writing with word processors

And so our third meeting has taken place... This time we looked into how word processors (in particular, Microsoft Word) can help us enhance our writing.

There were two home assignments:
Explore Google docs and think of possible answers to the first question in TASK 4 of the handout. (If you missed the lesson, you can get your handout by clicking here). Post about any of the features as a comment to this entry and get a prize at our next meeting!

This icon, known as the Image via Wikipedia

Just before leaving, we introduced the concept of RSS, and I asked you to subscribe to some blog or site of your interest (could be this very own blog!) using the method of your choice, and tell us next time how things went on. In the meantime, here's a video you may enjoy watching to get a better understanding of what RSS is and how it can help you in your learning:


A final note:
As you could have imagined, your problems when trying to get access to our collection of documents at Scribd were (as we might have guessed!) due to a mistake I'd made. Here's the right link:

Hope you can now comment on your partners' productions without any further difficulties!


  1. Google Docs is useful to upload any kind of writting file, and you can open and share them at any time from the site. The drawback is that, you need to have access to Internet to work with them. As with Microsoft Word, with GDocs you can make a comment about a section; add a footnote; use colour codes and style codes; insert a grid and that is all I could find so far.

  2. You can do many things with google docs, not as many as with Microsoft Word (C) but quite a few.
    From the handout, the things you cannot do are: insert columns (though you can insert a grid and you may get the same result as with a column or pretty similar), use mark-ups (I think not), and create hot keys (you cannot change them because they're already set).

    That's what I found out.