I love this PD in your PJ thing!!! I have just participated in an awesome SimpleK12 webinar on keeping oneself organised as a teacher using online tools, by Kyle Pace. Some of the tools he mentioned I already know about and use, but there were some great new ideas. This is a very abbreviated summary of Kyle’s talk.
He spoke about Dropbox, Google Docs, and Evernote. I use all three and love them!
a) He spoke about Diigo (my favourite). I think I must try and follow Kyle Pace on Diigo. When he showed us how it worked he had some amazing looking resources!
b) He mentioned Livebinders. This a lot like One Note in its layout. He gave us the web address of his collection on Using Livescribe in the classroom. The address is: http://bit.ly/livebindersexample. I saw a nice one there on the LiveBinders site on Ipads in Schools by Mike someone.
c) The third tool he looked at was Bridge url (http://bridgeurl.com). Using this site you list like tools together and it saves them as a group.
d) Google Chrome. Apparently Google Chrome syncs on all your computers. It has great educational apps and also great extensions. To learn more about Google Chrome apps he gave this address: http://bit.ly/ericSchromeextensions - a useful blog post.
STUDENT WORK AND SOCIAL LEARNING
These are sites that can be used for social collaboration amongst students in a class. I haven’t tried any of them…YET!
b) Collaboriseclassroom.com (Kimberley from SimpleK12 mentioned at this point that they have a past webinar on this application for people to listen to. These are stored at http://simpleK12.com/webinars).
KEEPING UP WITH CONFERENCES ON TWITTER
I liked the sound of this. Kyle mentioned that Iste is starting next week and we can keep up with it on the following hashtag #iste11. He also mentioned other conference tags – #rscon3 and #blc11.
Here he mentioned:
1) Bit.ly.com to reduce website addresses
2) Readability.com to cut adverts etc out of online reading matter.
3) Viewpure.com to cut advertising clutter out of videos.
4) Google Forms to do polls etc. He showed how amazing Google Forms is for this and how it translates the findings in Google Docs.
Well, this was a very worthwhile webinar and it all happened in my PJs. There was someone else from South Africa attending, from Joburg – Bronwyn D! She must have also been in her PJs! She has just followed me on Twitter! I tried something new as well – I recorded using Audacity while the webinar was going and saved it as an MP3 recording.