Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tool #4 Create/Share a Google Doc

This is a fantastic resource, it will save time in the long run.  There are often questions or surveys I need answered from the whole staff and this would be an easy way to accomplish this.This would be an easy way to collaborate with my CLT before our meetings and be able to discuss the results.  I will immediately incorporate this into my daily paper chase to collaborate with my colleagues in a more efficient manner. I am most excited about the Google document spread sheet info--

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tool #3b Copyright and fair use

Glad to see there are exceptions for educators and being able to use content within reason.
Understanding the republishing aspects is critical, this was new to me.  I knew about using things for educational purposes, but adding music is a bit trickier. I learned that adding pictures/music is fine until you share it globally outside your immediate school community.  1/19/2012

DROPBOX:  I could see using this in a similar way that we use Sweden now locally, but sharing files, pictures, TEDtalks, etc with colleagues at large.  Might be a way to share Book talk discussions?  Notes on district info etc.

Toot #3a Brain Talk

Brain Talk

Wide range of out of the box thinkers...stimulates out of the box conversation.    

I used You Tube and Tedtalks.com to find sources for videos to embed.  Easy place to go to find a wide range of subjects. I never used Blinkx before and this will be a great resource.

Toot #3

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Toot # 2 Post

Tool #2 Posting
I can see the value in being able to build a PLN across the district--globe for a broader spectrum of ideas and opinions. Participation is the key, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. As far as the commenting advice, I read the 10 techniques article. Posing a question, leaving it open ended, inviting people to post a comment seems a fairly painless way to get the conversation going. I haven't yet applied any of the 10 techniques yet, but I will in this posting. It is a little nerve wracking to post your comments to the world, but I also have to remember that there are millions of blogs out there and the probability of seeing mine is slim..So far I've only posted comments to blogs of folks I know in my own PLN. So now I leave my blog to go and search out a "cutting edge" educational website to visit and share back here. Anyone have any ideas?


http://www.exploratorium.edu/   This is a great site to go to for Science.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tool #1

This was very easy to follow.  Yes, I faced challenges, but if I looked around to problem solve and asked questions I could figure it out.  The key is not to panic and look around and explore the options.