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Using Diigo & Delicious Simultaneously March 31, 2009

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If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I’ve mentioned and linked to my delicious page several times.  That’s where I have been storing all of the technology resources that I find.

Several months ago I set up a Diigo account and was intrigued by the additional options that the social bookmarking tool has to offer- the ability to highlight and/or leave comments on certain portions of a web page, post directly to Twitter, etc.

It is my opinion that Diigo could be a much more powerful tool for teachers than Delicious.

However, I hesitated to jump right in with Diigo because I have conducted training with our teachers on using Delicious and have spent several hours promoting the site, encouraging people to subscribe, etc.

Today I read an entry on the Diigo blog about using the two tools simultaneously then set-up my Diigo account to automatically post to the old Delicious site.  After a couple of tests, I think that I’m ready to fully convert to Diigo.

This move will NOT effect your use of my delicious page.  It will remain as it always has and will continue to be regularly updated whenever I bookmark additional sites on my new Diigo page.

So, if you prefer Diigo, check out my new page. If you’re satisfied with Delicious, carry on.

If you’d like to learn to use both simultaneously, check out this Diigo blog post.

To learn more about how social bookmarking is being used in education, search either site for the “socialbookmarking” tag.

A “Must Follow” Blog March 30, 2009

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This blast-from-the-past takes us back to August 17-23, 2008.  There were several noteworthy links on my delicious page that week including several technology integration ideas, iTunesU, and Animoto for Education.

However, one link on August 21st stood out for me.  It was the first time that I had referenced Larry Ferlazzo’s Website of the Day blog.

Since then, Larry’s site has been a constant source of quality information and resources that I link to on an almost daily basis.

If you have not subscribed to Larry’s blog, I would encourage you to do that immediately.  You will have a hard time finding another resource that surpasses Larry’s blog for timely, relevant, and useful information.

It’s All About Web 2.0 March 18, 2009

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For our blast-from-the-past this week, we go back to August 10-16, 2008.

A lot of resources that I highlighted that week on my delicious page were Web 2.0 tools.

What is Web 2.0?  Web 2.0 refers to the concept of websites that provide tools (usually free) that enable collaboration to create and share information on the web.

Web 2.0 tools pertain to blogs, wikis, document sharing, social bookmarking, social networks, image editing and sharing, etc.

Click here for an extensive review of Web 2.0 tools and links.

The tools that I’ve chosen to spotlight from the week of August 10-16, 2008 are:

Twitter is an online application that is part blog, part social networking site, and part cell phone/IM tool. It is designed to let users describe what they are doing or thinking at a given moment in 140 characters or less.

How does that pertain to education?  Click here for 20 Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom.

Other Twitter resources:

7 Things You Should Know About Twitter

Twitter Links

Another useful way to use Twitter is to incorporate it into your personal learning network.  Find and follow other educators and/or associations that “tweet” to stay current on issues related to your profession.

Using the Power of Twitter: Building Online Learning

Twitter4Teachers – An extensive list of educators on Twitter  – categorized by subject area / grade level
Who Should I Follow? – Find new Twitter Friends
Mr.Tweet – Discover great people relevant to your current needs

The list of Twitter related tools is growing every day.  Stay tuned by subscribing to all the updates on my delicious page or directly to the new Twitter resources in your RSS reader.

  • VoiceThread

VoiceThread is a powerful way to talk about and share your images, documents, and video. VoiceThreads might best be described as interactive media albums. They are essentially online slide shows of images, documents, or videos that enable viewers to comment on any slide (or at any point in the video) by typing, recording an audio or video comment, or drawing on the image itself.

Teachers have been early adopters of the easy-to-learn technology, which has led to the launch of Ed.VoiceThread.com, a secure site just for educators and their students.

VoiceThread- One Page Guide

VoiceThread Links

Integrating Web 2.0 tools into your instruction can enhance the engagement level of your students and lead to increased achievement.

Integrating Technology to Inspire Learning March 18, 2009

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If you’re lucky, you’re in a district that has dedicated considerable resources to ensure that you have the latest and greatest technology tools available.

But then what?  How do you use the technology to increase student achievement?  Are there resources available to provide ideas and guidance on integrating technology?

Yes!

Check out this Ideas to Inspire site.  You’ll find integration ideas for writing, math, science, art, music, Google Docs, Google Earth, Twitter, Netbooks, and webcams.

You should also check out the technology integration links at my delicious page as well as any related tags that pertain to your discipline.

By subscribing to the RSS feed at the Resources for Teachers bookmarking page, you’ll be automatically notified of additions to the site.

Note:  For information on what RSS is and how you use it click here.

Update to Creating a Mobile Version of Your Blog March 17, 2009

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On March 9, 2009 I posted Creating a Mobile Version of Your Blog.

Today, I found a new resource.

WPtouch: WordPress on iPhone, iPod, and Android

More than just a plugin, WPtouch is an entire theme package for your WordPress website. Modeled after Apple’s app store design specs, WPtouch makes your WordPress website load lightning fast on touch mobile devices, show your content beautifully, all while not interfering with your regular theme.

Click here for WPtouch.

Tim’s First Blast From the Past March 13, 2009

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I created this blog on July 8, 2008 with the intention of simply seeing how easy it was to create a blog so that I could share that experience with the teachers in our district that are interested in blogging.

Since then, I haven’t posted much…meaning NONE until March 9, 2009 when I posted Creating a Mobile Version of Your Blog.

Now I’ve decided to make regular entries about what I’ve learned and occasionally, on my views about technology and how it could (should?) be integrated across the curriculum .  At a minimum, I would like to post a weekly “blast from the past” of the best resources that I have collected to share with our faculty.

First, a little history lesson.  I decided about two years ago that our district needed someone to fill the role of a technology integration leader.  After much deliberation, I appointed myself.

My technology skills at that point were rudimentary.  I could use basic office applications to fulfill my job obligations.  I had zero knowledge of Web 2.0 products or how to use them.  So, I went to work.

Using the power of the internet and RSS technology (7 Things You Should Know About RSS), I have tried to acquire the skills necessary to help move our district forward in the area of technology.

In the early stages, I created a web page to share links and other resources that I found.  I then migrated all of that material over to a wiki which had some features that made it a little more easy for me to do what I wanted to do.

As soon as I learned about social bookmarking, I started compiling my list of links on my own delicious page.

I’ve tried to encourage as many teachers as possible to begin using an RSS reader and subscribe to that site so that they can easily stay current on the ever-growing (and changing!) technology resources that are available.

Now, I thought that it might be interesting to go back to the first week of the Resources for Teachers social bookmarking site and begin a weekly “blast from the past” to highlight some of the best resources that may have been lost in the shuffle.

Blast from the Past (August 2-8, 2008)

First, my original wiki Technology Resources for Teachers where you can find A to Z resources compiled before I knew about social bookmarking.

The following sites can all be found at my delicious page.

Jing– screen capture program that lets you share a snap shot of a document or web page, narrate a video of the actions that you take on your screen, comment verbally on a students’ work…

Voki– An avatar creator.  How could teachers use an avatar?  What if the avatar was reading a list of spelling words? What if it was speaking another language? What if I had a Web site that had an Avatar embedded to tell my kids what was going on so that the one’s that couldn’t read could hear it? What if kids used avatars to say something important?

Drop.io– create a “drop” to privately share files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile and more.  Creating a drop requires two clicks.  Dropio offers a number of services useful for educators: (Example A) Free voice recording for easy podcast creation.  Every drop can be accessed via phone.  Simply call the number and record your message.  It’s automatically posted to your drop. (Example B) Simple method for posting resources that your students might need- recorded lectures, notes, assignments, rubrics…

There you have it.  The first blast from the past (August 2-8, 2008).

Creating a Mobile Version of Your Blog March 9, 2009

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Today, I located a tool that will allow you to easily convert your WordPress blog into a mobile version.

It’s called MoFuse, and you can find it here.

Being able to view a mobile version of your blog from any internet enabled handheld device will be of great benefit to your students and their parents.

To see the mobile version of this site, click on timspage.mofuse.mobi