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Kalispell Public Schools
Kalispell, Montana

Collaboration Tools

Today, technology is changing how we work, play, communicate, and collaborate. Collaboration tools are becoming much easier to obtain for free and we have included a few links below to help.  KPS' ITD (Information Technology Department) standardizes on Microsoft Office 2007 in all classrooms and writing centers.  We understand that not everyone can get their hands on Microsoft products and so there are a few options that you can use instead.


 1.  Google Docs
 -  Google Docs is a front runner in the 'Cloud' computing environment.  Google Docs is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files -- all online, and all for free. With an Internet connection, you can access your documents and files from any computer, anywhere in the world. (There's even some work you can do without an Internet connection!) This guide will give you a quick overview of the many things that you can do in Google Docs. 
 -  If you have a Gmail E-Mail account, you already have access to Google Docs!  Just look up on the toolbar once you have logged into your Gmail account.

 2.  OpenOffice.org

 -  A multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, free to download, use, and distribute.  Click here for download options.

3.  LibreOffice.org

 -  LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.  Click here for download options.