5 Reasons iWork for iCloud is no Google Drive iKiller, Yet

On Tuesday Apple had a little product announcement that made the bloggospheresplode with excitement. The most interesting part for me as fully committed Google Drive fan-middle-aged-man is the iWork for iCloud beta announcement. Like Google Drive, the iWork suite is now free, and like Google Drive, it offers real-time collaboration. Sorry Microsoft SkyDrive 365 Office Sharepoint. If you don’t give your software away now, you’re in even bigger trouble.

Last night on The Google Educast, Sean, Fred, and I put iWork collaboration to the test, and it actually kind of works. Here Sean is trying to get a rise out of me.

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Here are five reasons I think iWork for iCloud is not a Google Drive iKiller.

1. No collaborator cursor. I can’t tell who is typing what. Without the cursor, words appear out of nowhere and I can’t tell where my colleagues are working. Confusing.

2. No authentication. All of these docs are shared essential as “anyone with the link can edit.” For secure documents, this is a major problem. All my collaborators have to do is post the link on Facebook and ANYONE can edit the document. This means they could destroy it with no accountability.

3. No visible way to search for documents. I have a list of my documents, but no clear way to organize or sort them. I can’t even find a way to organize these documents with folders in the iCloud interface.

4. Crashy crashy. In the 20 minutes I had to spend with iWork for iCloud, I had my document crash twice. No changes were lost, but still.

5. No Android support. Are we surprised? No. But sad iCloud is sad on my otherwise happy Android.

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iWork for iCloud is not going to wean me off Google Drive by a long shot. It’s still very much in beta mode. I am rooting for this service, though. The better Apple gets at cloud computing the better Google will get at it.

Have you tried iWork for iCloud? What do you think?

Google Drive to Microsoft Office Workflow

 

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Last week I gave a talk to a great group of department managers at the University of California Santa Cruz. They’re going Google with Apps for EDU, so they asked me to give them an overview. I fielded several questions about formatting, as is often the case.

“How can I format two words in one cell differently in Google Sheets?”

“You can’t.”

“How can I format my text document so it will fit on my letterhead?”

“You don’t even want to try.”

While Drive is adding more and more formatting options all the time, it simply doesn’t have all of the formatting capabilities of Office documents. And while Office is adding collaborative features, they’re definitely not there.

Fellow Google Educaster, Chris Betcher, created a comprehensive blog post comparing the two suites in their current forms. This blog is always worth reading and sharing.

Back to my formatting question. My initial response to these questions is, “who needs these features anymore?” I’ve pledged to go paperless this year in my classroom (I do use paper rescued from the recycling bins), so I’m out of touch with all the printers in the world, but printing and formatting IS very important to many users. So I created this simple workflow for those whom collaboration and formatting is important. Start with Google Drive, once you all agree the content is ready for publication, convert to a Microsoft Office document (File > Download as), print, and deliver.

What’s your start to finish document workflow?


iDig Video #008 Intro2 Cinematography


All about cinematography! The first of three shows focusing on how to introduce students to cinematography – camera shots, camera movements, storyboarding and some great project ideas you can use in class. We’ll discuss how to use the opening of Spielberg’s E.T. as a great model for students to see the principles of cinematography in action. Also Hot Topics of the week: Emerging ways to share and store your media: Google drive and iCloud.

 

Show Host: Jonathan Furst, Jim Crawford

 

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Mobile Reach #33 – Google, iPads And Apps…Oh My!


Mobile Reach #33 – Google, iPads and Apps…Oh My!  Chad, Judi and Tammy talk more about Google Drive now that it’s been out a week.  We share out some apps for use in the classroom or for school events and Chad shares a project he’s working on with 5th graders using iPads as this week’s #eduwin.

Show Host: Chad Kafka (@chadkafka)

Co-Hosts: Judi Epcke (@jepcke), Tammy Lind (@taml17)

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iDig Video #006 Video Apps and Social Media Policies!!


Don Goble from St. Louis re-joins us for the second part of our podcast on Video in the Classroom.  Don is a real pioneer in changing antiquated social media policies that are holding students  and teachers back in many school districts. Also an overview of some of the best Video Apps you can use in k-12 classrooms. What video apps are you using? What kind of innovative stuff are you doing with them? Hear how to share your ideas with us!

Show Host: Jonathan Furst, Jim Crawford

Special Guest: Don Goble

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Google Educast #045: Drive it Home


This week on the Google Educast: On Air Conference next week! Google Drive is HERE, plus check out mypermissions.org. Google is selling SketchUp to Trimble — how will this impact educators and students? Google News and Google News Archive — amazing resource! Photo Tours in Google Maps, Pixorial and other Chrome Apps that work with Google Drive. Help Will Kimbley with a usability study of his Self-Grading Rubric demo, AutoCrat script, Handout Generator, and more with scripts, including a book recommendation from our guest Kern Kelley. And more!

Show Hosts: Diane MainChris Betcher , Fred Delventhal

Special Guest:Kern Kelley


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Mobile Reach #32 – Google Drive: Into the Wild


Mobile Reach #32 – Google Drive: Into the Wild  Chad and Judi joined by friend and colleague Sue Gorman (Racine, WI).  We discuss some articles we found related to mobile learning in the classroom and dive into Google Drive which was just released this week.   Chad shares a way that he garnered some movie tickets using Google Voice.  We also share out some Mobile Apps and Sue shares an #eduwin.

Show Host: Chad Kafka (@chadkafka)

Co-Hosts: Judi Epcke (@jepcke), Sue Gorman (@sjgorman)

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Google Educast #044: He’s Dead There Too


This week on the Google Educast: Google Drive, self-driving cars, Chromebooks, and Cloud Print. Forms, Fusion Tables, and a cool demo of Google Correlate. New options to insert images into Docs from your webcam or search LIFE Magazine, English Teacher Hangout, check out your Gmail usage, and look how smart spell-check is in Docs! Create a self-grading rubric with Google Forms thanks to California GCT Will Kimbley.  And more!

Show Hosts: Diane MainChris Betcher , and Sean Williams  


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