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Principal function(s): Collaborative writing
An easy-to-use and practical collaborative writing tool by Google with plenty of features with which to modify documents
Evaluation: A straightforward, practical and intuitive collaborative writing tool. It is arguably the most popular text editor tool for many reasons: it is easy to use and share and has plenty of helpful features. Moreover, Google Docs automatically saves the work done in a document and allows several users to work simultaneously. Users in editor mode can visualise who altered a document and when it was altered, and they see modifications in real time. They can also add comments or suggestions to a text. A Google Docs document can be shared through a URL or an e-mail, as well as downloaded as a .docx or a .pdf document, among others. Word documents can also be uploaded to Google Docs and edited from there.
Cost: Free + premium options available for more storage capacity and other features
Type Of Interaction
Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Modern, intuitive, easy-to-use
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Any of Google’s languages
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Low. Google is well known for using user data for behavioural advertising and marketing purposes, but it does offer a high degree of security for data. See more here.. More privacy-friendly options for the same function would be Yopad here. or Cryptpad.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Yes, it automatically saves the work done on a Google Docs document. Users in editor mode can see who and when modified the document.
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
Users introduce the content, which can later be changed according to several features. It is similar to OpenOffice and other text editors in this regard.
No installation is required. Users need a Google account to create a document but not one to access one owned by another user.
Compatibility/ Operating System
Windows, Linux, MAC, iOS, Android.
Other technical requirements
Playphrase (Tool to find the pronunciation of words from movies
Playphrase is a tool that searches specific words or phrases out of movie snippets from a database of audiovisual media with over 60,000 phrases. In this manner, it provides real-life examples of words’ and sentences’ pronunciation. Users just have to type specific phrases, watch them being used naturally in context within popular movies and TV shows, and listen to their pronunciation. Playphrase works mainly with English. Playphrase is not open-source, but it is freely available. It does not require setting up an account or signing in.
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