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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tool #4

Google Docs is awesome!  We use it on our campus for many purposes including missing work lists per student, room sign-up, commonly used documents (instead of printing).  It is a great idea especially for those like me who get over run with paper.  It is a great way for me to send documents to my teachers that I don't want them to loose or that I want them to be able to access from anywhere.  The benefit of using Google Docs as opposed to email is that I can put documents too large to email in Google Docs instead of clogging up emails or having to figure a way to break something into smaller bits.

I have not use Google Forms as much as Google Docs but can think of various ways I can use it that I haven't yet done, such as compiling information from my teachers, using it to make supply lists based on teacher's needs, and survey teacher needs/comments about a specific topic/training.

Tool #3

I found bliptv and teachertube the most useful sites for the type of clips I was looking for (instructional for educators).  I really liked blinks for locating clips!  This site made it extremely easy to find clips on my topic on many other sites and from there click the link that takes you to the original video, share and embed!  Super simple.  The most difficult part is finding the video you like the most.

Fair Trade seems much like copy right laws for teachers.  Not much new there.

I created a Dropbox last year and have used it excessively!  It's linked to my iPod touch, work and home computer.  I don't have to remember a flash drive or get a blank CD to burn files to.  I don't have to worry if the school server will be down.  Anything I want to access anywhere is right there in my dropbox!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tool #2

I think it is very helpful to use Blogs from other sites to keep abreast of what is current in one's field of interest.  I went to sites that I regularly visit for updates and then found there Blog and added it to my list.  I think that sharing thoughts on a Blog is less personally than sharing them in person.  I don't really like the fact that I can't interact with the person I'm responding to.  I prefer directly communicating with my team.  This is like sending an email.  You don't know if the person on the other end is going to "get" what you are trying to say or if they will misinturpert your meaning.  It's ok to use if I'm just tossing a suggestion or in-site when it doesn't matter if it reaches the intended person... It's kind of like standing in front of noisy group of children and talking w/out getting their attention first.

Tool #1

I found this first step very simple.  My husband and I had great fun creating the Avatar!  The only challenge I faced was when I edited my Avatar on the Voki site it kept posting the previous Avatar.  I eventually just made a new Avatar and pasted it.