In my Emerging Technologies class last Tuesday, we worked with a couple different Google Web 2.0 tools. Google Docs and Google Groups. I really like Google Docs but I was less than impressed with Google Groups.
Google Docs is very interactive in that it allows multiple people to access it and edit it at the same time. I think this is a tool that I will be able to continue to use. I recently introduced my daughter to Google Docs as well. She is always after me to copy her files from one computer to another. I showed her how always have access to her stuff by using Google Docs.
I found it interesting that Patricia Kloeckner had such favorable comments about using Google Groups. She was one of two who were unable to physically attend the class. Collaborative tools such as Google Groups are designed to be used to work together when physically apart. I think perhaps I found it harder because I expected more in the way of communication with my group mates. Since I was able to communicate physically, I found the online tool too limiting. I attended class using Second Life once when I was out of town and found it to be an invigorating experience because that was the only way I could communicate with everyone.
I really appreciated the planning and effort that the team put into planning the presentation on Web 2.0 tools. As they explained at the end of the presentation, there are so many different tools available that it can be a bit overwhelming trying to learn it all and figure out what is effective to use.