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September 22, 2008

Communicating in 2.0

I've used IMing for quite a while to communicate with my daughters while they were at college and during their study abroad time. This system was very helpful this year as one of my daughters spent 6 months out of the country and phone charges were outrageous! While it's good to hear someone's voice, a text conversation is a great way to keep in touch.

Twitter was a new twist on the IM concept. I'm not sure how I would use it as I don't have support for texting on my phone at this time (too expensive and I'd rather speak to the person).

Thanks for the exposure to all these tools. There's just too many to take advantage of!

September 15, 2008

Social Networking

This week's lesson on social networking provides additional tools for keeping in contact with people. It can be used like an online resume for future employers and for friends to find each other after long periods of time. In addition, I think this process would be valuable when participating in online learning activities by using people rather than print materials as resources.

I did create a profile on Linkedin. I'd need to spend a lot more time to customize my information to make it very useful. I did attempt to search some past colleagues, but no one was listed. We'll see what happens in the future.

September 10, 2008

Productivity Tools

I found that some of the project lists and timeline managers would be very helpful in predicting work loads to complete projects. There are just so many that it's hard to choose what will work the best! All of these options are useful - its hard to just pick one and get started!

It was very easy to upload a Word doucment with graphics to Zoho. This category can be very helpful when collaborating with other remote offices. The toolbar was easy to navigate, especially with the colorized icons, since it was very much like Word.

September 5, 2008

Wiki's

I saw a couple of usefull items when searching The Flat Classroom wiki that I will share with my daughter who is a new teacher. Otherwise, this is a more focused method of searching for information, but I do question the validity at times. Just one more method to view information and opinions of others.

Podcasts & Audio

This was a challenging site to navigate, most likely due to the fact that I don't have or use an iPod! I could see the use of podcasts for conveying information to specific audiences that are unable to come together in one location. I'll definitely try this one again when I have some down time.