Thursday, September 20, 2007

What a fine "sole" you have...

You may be familiar with the Brothers Grimm fairy tale The Shoemaker and the Elves. For those who are not, the story goes as so:

Once upon a time there was an impoverished shoemaker. With his last piece of leather, the shoemaker prepares to craft his final pair of shoes. He lays the leather out onto a table, intent on finishing the shoes early the next morning. The shoemaker awakens and to his surprise, finds the shoes already made, and sells them for a lofty profit. Next night, same deal. Long story short, it turns out that while the shoemaker sleeps soundly, two tiny elves prance into the shoemaker’s shop and skillfully fashion fine pairs of new shoes.

ASU’s partnership with Google is much like the story of The Shoemaker and the Elves. Through Google, ASU is able to rise in the morning and discover new applications and features without ever having toiled in the process. This very morning, the ASU community awoke to find Google Presentations added into Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Google Presentations lets users create online slideshow presentations to share with fellow students, teachers, friends, and shoemakers.

We just woke up one morning and there it was, ready for all of us to use. It's like magic.

Check it out and see for yourself.


Matt Heying,  September 24, 2007 at 4:07 PM  

Hey Ace,

I had a chance to use Google Presentations last week in a distance education talk. It is by and away the best of the Google Apps and IMO the only Google App that is actually better then it's Microsoft counterpart.

I came on your blog because I just read an article about a rumor that Google is beta testing a "Second Life" app on ASU's campus using Google Earth. Care to comment?