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5 Basic Applications Each Student Need To Learn

Times are changing so fast. From writing lectures and homework on a piece of paper in the past to submitting e-copies of academic requirements online, it feels like time went by so quickly! And we at Edukasyon get how that can be overwhelming sometimes. With so much software presented by the digital world, you might sometimes tend to forget how to utilize them properly and efficiently. For instance, when writing a paper, you may find yourself at a loss for synonyms—so you visit Google and look up synonyms of that word. But there’s an easier way to do that! In a Word processor application, you can just double-click the specific word and use the synonyms feature. Et voila!

Wouldn’t it be great if you have a manual for this? As Gen Z, it’s understandable that you want to always be in your A-game, because everyone considers you the “lucky generation” who can find everything in one click. With that, here are 5 basic computer applications that will elevate your digital literacy skills—from Google Docs to Google Meet, we’ve got it covered!

1.Google Docs

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Alt text: Female student busy working on a document.

An online word processor that is helpful for students is Google Docs or also known as Gdocs. This computer application program allows an individual to create texts. It is an essential application when you’re making essays or any written output task since you can format the texts into subsections, which of course, makes your document easier to read and digest.

Google Docs is similar to Microsoft Word, but many students find Google Docs more helpful because it works on any device such as a mobile phone, tablet, computer desktop, and laptop. As long as it is connected to the internet, you’re good to go!

Bonus point, you can work on a single document at the same time with your groupmates and collaborate smoothly by using comment and/or suggest features. EDK tip: press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + z to switch from suggesting to editing!

2. Google Slides

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Alt text: Group of students preparing for their group presentation.

Gone are the days of using manila paper, cartolina, and colorful construction papers when presenting a visual aid in class. Another computer application that you should use is Google Slides, an online presentation maker that lets you create, edit, and format slides. This application works similarly as Microsoft PowerPoint. It makes pieces of information and key concepts convenient to present and unchallenging for the audience to understand.

These slides can be designed with narrations, images, videos, elements, and shapes that make your presentations enticing to the eyes and aesthetically pleasing. EDK tip: when you want to duplicate a picture, shape, or object, press Ctrl + d.

3. Google Sheets

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Alt text: Group of students briefing about data collection.

No need to bring out your grid notebook when listing down your collected data. Google Sheets is a computer application that allows you to create and edit spreadsheets in a web browser. It’s like Microsoft Excel Sheet, but you no longer need to download software.

You can use this application to curate your resources, especially when you’re in the process of doing your review of related literature in research. Even make a graph in split seconds once data is encoded. You may also use this as a budget tracker, but most of all, utilize this application to calculate your final grade. EDK tip: press Ctrl + Space to select a column easily.

4. Jamboard

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Alt text: Group of students exchanging ideas and concepts.

Remember when teachers asked their students to jot down their ideas about certain topics on a whiteboard? In the current time, you may now unleash your concepts and collaborate with your team on Jamboard. It is a computer application that is interactive and lends the experience of writing on a whiteboard when in a meeting in real life or virtually. Through this, you can solve problems and provide solutions synchronously.

With the use of images, colorful notepads, and even sketches, your discussed ideas and concepts as a student are narrowed and solidified through Jamboard. EDK tip: use the sticky notes feature when you’re brainstorming about a process for a more organized project discussion.

5. Google Meet

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Alt text: Female student in a virtual meeting with her instructor.
Ever since the pandemic hit, classes are done virtually. Google meet is a computer application similar to Zoom. It allows you to connect with your instructors and groupmates online and brief about a school project, or research, or simply update each other with the progress of your own tasks.

These days, real-time meetings are indeed done through a web browser. This application allows you to meet through audio, and video, and even present a slide presentation or a lecture video by using any device that you have.

The fun part of Google Meet is the breakout room feature! It is an option that permits you to divide the participants into smaller groups—making the Meet more efficient, strategic, and meaningful!

EDK tip: press Ctrl + Alt + h when you want to raise or lower your hand.

As students, it’s important to always discover new skills and develop your inherent capabilities, be they personal or technical skills. Hopefully, these 5 basic computer applications will help you leverage your digital literacy skills once you’re in the field of the workforce. At the end of the day, it’s the long-term skills and learning that matter the most. Go flex ‘em, bestie!

 

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