Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Weekly Tech Tip - Oct. 24, 2012

This week's tech tip has to do with time management.

This is something that we either have no problems with or it is something that we struggle with. Some days, I feel like I do really well managing my time and my tasks. Other days, it seems as though I've not been very productive at all. So, how can this tech tip help you out?

Since converting our accounts to google, we've tried to help you along the way with google mail, google docs, and google calendar. One little thing that is often overlooked in google is the ability to track your tasks. Task it a little notepad that resides on the right side of your google calendar and/or google mail. I find myself using it more and more for little reminders, notes, or something that I need to do. When done, I can check it off and continue onto my next task. It is pretty simple, yet robust as it syncs across all my google apps. So, if I am using google mail, then decide to switch over to calendar, my tasks are right there with me.

Below is a screen shot of my task list as well as a link to how to get started using google task.

Until next time,

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Weekly Tech Tip - Oct. 17, 2012

If you have not noticed, Learn360 looks a little different. They have made some improvements to the way the site looks and feels. As you login, there is a front screen that tells you about the new look and new features.

This week's tech tip is about managing and creating playlist. When you find a great video, you don't have to bookmark it, you can actually create a playlist and keep adding media to that playlist. It will always be there when you log into Learn360.

So, here are some short video tutorials about managing and creating playlist with Learn360.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Oct. 11, 2012 - Weekly Tech Tip

This week's weekly tech tip has to do with some tips and tricks for Learn360. I may decide to do a series of these regarding Learn360.

I was able to go to a training this week on how to incorporate this into your curriculum or with your students or even with staff.

Let's start off by doing simple searches.

If you go into Learn360 and login, you can search for a month. If you type "October" in the search field, you will find the daily almanac by Slim Goodbody. Remember him? So, type what you are looking for and find something worth watching. Try searching books by publisher - Weston Woods, Reading Rainbow, etc.

Secondly, you can search by State Standards. On the left, scroll down to State Standards or Common Core and search for videos specifically related to a standard.

Finally, click on "Advanced Search" and you can search and scroll towards the bottom. Here you can search by Publisher or by Series. Click on a Publisher or Series and press "Search"

I hope you are enjoying some of the videos and resources on Learn360. 

If you don't have an account, let us know and we'll get you set up.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oct. 3, 2012 Weekly Tech Tip

I'd like to introduce you to Diigo ( Diigo is a bookmarking web tool that is accessible via the web. The nice thing about diigo is you do not have to be on diigo's site to use it. You can install a diigo toolbar onto each of your broswers.

So, why diigo? You don't even have to sign up to benefit from the uses of diigo. For example, we have a diigo group that we use to share bookmarks with teachers. Groups are open to the public for viewing and you can see what we've been bookmarking by going to this site:

Beyond that, there are so many other groups that might capture your attention. Here are a few which I belong:

iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch:

I use diigo to search for web pages that others have book marked. All this is free.

So, sign up, join a group, and see what others are bookmarking!

Until next time,