Saturday, October 31, 2009
I have never used Zoho Writer, but I am fairly experienced with Google Docs. They look to be pretty similar, although Zoho seems to encompass a lot more than just documents and is a bit more user-friendly. Last year my principal has us write a scope and sequence for each class that we teach and publish it through Google Docs. It was really simple to do, and it allowed all of the teachers that shared the same course to access it and make changes. Online productivity tools allow us to be more efficient, because let’s face it, we all have more to do, but no one is giving us more time. I have also found these other productivity tools to be helpful and really cool!
www.rememberthemilk.com- For the ultimate list-maker and trust me, I am a list-maker!
www.mystickies.com- Kind of like bookmarks, only they allow you to note why you marked a particular webpage. This is great for me because I often have a hard time remembering why I bookmarked a particular page.
And, by the way, if you are reading this, then my Zoho blog post worked out! I really like the blogging feature!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Wikis are fantastic tools! I would love to try the wiki book club idea, even if it was something informal for my English class. Since it would be school-related, I would have to be careful to monitor all of the information posted on the wiki daily. I think I would also have to keep it on a voluntary basis because not all of our students have Internet access outside of school. I can wait to see how technology continues to evolve and how it will enhance education!
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using wikis for education. Educators are doing really cool things, and I’m so glad I get to be part of it!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I can definitely see the value in tagging. I just joined the Facebook craze, and you can tag photos, videos, and even posts and comments. It is great if you are looking for someone with the same hobbies or interests, but it can be a problem if you wish to remain anonymous in cyberspace.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This is one of those things that I knew existed, but never really took the time to explore and utilize. I often bookmark things at work and then become irritated when I can’t find the sites later when I am working at home. Del.icio.us would obviously solve this problem. I also think it could be a useful tool for libraries- both public and private. Librarians spend so much time carefully choosing print materials for their collections, but can’t always assist patrons with their web searches. I know I have seen my students settle for second rate information because the better information isn’t readily available. Del.icio.us could provide a workable solution to the problem. Librarians could post credible, reliable sites for easy patron access, keeping the library in the technology loop. I found a really good Library Journal article discussing this idea. Check it out at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/ca6476403.html
Saturday, October 3, 2009
1. It is a great tool! Recently, we lost access to Nettrekker, a great resource that allowed students to search credible, reliable websites that had been reviewed for content. With all of the junk out there on the free web, it is often challenging for students to find good information. With Rollyo, my students still have the benefit of using the web, but I have control over where they search.
2. There has to be something wrong with the site. I tried different browsers and different computers and to no avail. It took FOREVER for the pages to load, and sometimes they wouldn't load at all. This is definitely a deterrent. Middle school students are notoriously impatient, so this would be a problem.
That being said, here is my Rollyo website for career exploration. I designed it for my 7th grade public speaking class.
Their assignment is to research a career for an informative speech. I chose websites that were informative and age appropriate. Their speeches should contain the following:
Introduction- attention getter, thesis statement, & preview
Body- job responsibilities, education/ training, salary, job availability, skills required
Their speeches will be evaluated on content, organization, & delivery using a rubric. Students will also complete a self-evaluation.