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Teaching with Technology in the 21st Century

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Evernote vs. OneNote

Evernote vs OneNote

Recently I was asked “How different is Evernote from MS OneNote” in a comment to my post How Evernote Changed Me, so here will be my attempt at a feature to feature comparison.

Let me start with an explanation of what these programs are intended to do. Evernote and OneNote are software applications (apps) that allow the user to collect digital information, save and organize it in virtual notebooks. That is the simple explanation. This digital collection is organized by virtual notebooks that can be grouped, labeled or tagged, hold just about any digital data (including; audio files, video files, links, websites, documents, files, pdf and images) and be shared. Continue reading

How Evernote Changed Me

 

How the Evernote Elephant Changed my Life

EvernoteI am a collector. I collect information….some of it actually useful.

Let me start by saying that information comes in many forms. Information can be newspapers, magazines, television, Internet webpages, pictures, music, books, movies and more. In my line of work as an instructional designer and educational technologist, I come across information that I like and want to share. Continue reading

Google Advanced Power Searching

Google Advanced Power Searching

 

Power Searcher Certificate

I am a Google Certified Teacher. That means that I have gone to a Google campus and been trained to 3 days on how to use Google apps and can even train others how to use or better use Google apps in the classroom.

I am also a Google Certified Power Searcher. This means that I have taken a Google Power Searching course, and I am now a stronger searcher. This has helped me to search faster and more purposefully in my job as well as when I’m working with faculty or my kiddos.

Well now I can be a Google Advanced Power Searcher too! Google posted on its Google for Students Blog this week, that an Advanced Power Searching online course will begin January 23 through February 8thRegistration is required and it is a bit of work. I will tell you that I use Google so many times a day that I can’t even count. The Google Power Searching course taught me searching tips and tools using Google in a way I have never knew possible. I can’t wait to see what NEW searching tips and tools I’ll learn as an Advanced Power Searcher.

If you are a teacher, a student, a Google user I recommend Google (Advanced) Power Searching class. I can almost guarantee that you will walk away with not only a certificate from Google, but you will walk away with some knowledge about searching that you did not have before. Hope to see you there!

What is Social Bookmarking?

Trust me, you need it!

Many teachers I have talked to have no idea what social bookmarking is, and most are doing it and don’t even know it! They do however usually ask me if it has something to do with their “Favorites” websites. If you are a teacher and you are using Pinterest, then CONGRATULATIONS! You are using social bookmarks….see you didn’t even know it.

Take a look at the bottom of any of my pages and you will see this:Share This

THIS IS SOCIAL BOOKMARKING!

According to Educause.edu’s 7 things you should know about…Social Bookmarking, Social bookmarking is the practice of saving bookmarks to a public Web site and “tagging” them with keywords. This is in contrast to simply saving the site on your local computer. The benefit is by using the tags and making your tags public they become searchable to others. You can now collect websites (URLs) and tag them (with multiple tags) and share them with others.

For example, imagine you are a US History after 1945 professor. You are searching the Internet for online resources for a project you are about to assign. You come across some amazing websites that you want your students to check out and use as a resource in their projects. If you are NOT using Social Bookmarking, you simple have to copy and paste all the URLs into a Word document and give it to the students. This means they would have to copy the URLs into the address bar, and NOT make a typo. This is very frustrating for everyone. On the other hand, if you are using Social Bookmarking, you simply click the “Save to…” or the  “Add to…” or the “Pin It” button from your browser and tag it as needed. When done you can share one simple URL with the students and they will have all the sites you recommend.

Another example is you are a grade level teacher and you want to collect websites for the students so they have resources at home to use. You can have an account called “MrsSmith5thGrade” on Delicious.com. Here you collect and tag your favorite websites for the students using the tags: Math, Science, Social Studies and English. When the students go to your delicious URL (www.delicious.com/MrsSmith5thGrade) they will see all your sites and can click on the Tag that they want. You can even post the link tag specific : www. delicious.com/MrsSmith5thGrade/Math and just the Math tagged sites will show up.

Here is the URL of my Delicious Tag “web2.0” http://www.delicious.com/stabaldo/web2.0

Pinterest.com is another way to collect sites and “pin” then to virtual pinboards.

Pinterest

Others can follow your boards or you can have a private board. This is where I have seen heavy usage by teachers. I see teachers create thematic boards and then share then other teachers can see those collections and add them to their boards. It is a powerful teacher resource. The ability to search by tags, or category is extremely underestimated.

As a teacher, you are often thought of as a web resource to the students. This can be daunting when you have a difficult time knowing where to start looking on the web yourself.  Having a starting place can be a huge relief. Begin asking your peers if they have a Delicious, Pinterest, Twitter or other place where they bookmark. If so check it out. Get an account. Test it out. See what you like and what will work for you. Happy Bookmarking!

I have started a Pinterest for Education & Technology http://pinterest.com/stabaldo/education-technology/

Here is the Educause article I referenced 7 things you should know about Social Bookmarking.

An online article about the Top 15 Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites Jan 2013

Campus Technology article on Pinterest in Education.

New Year’s Resolution for 2013

New Year’s Resolution for 2013

PaperlessSo this year I don’t want to make a resolution but a list of goals that I hope to accomplish. If I call this a resolution then I will have to do it for a few days maybe even weeks and then ignore it for the rest of the year. So I like the sound of “GOALS” better.

Go paperless – I have the NEATscanner system and Evernote and these coupled with Dropbox and Cubby, I think I can set out to be completely paperless in 2013! This both personal and professional paperless. I’m tired of the papers on my desk at home and at work I find I can access everything I need on the Internet, so just keep the Internet up and I’ll be fine. Continue reading