Friday, March 26, 2010

Final Post

Life-long learning goal - one reason I chose to pursue a degree in computer science after leaving the education field was because I knew it would be an evolving field. I started out in the mainframe days, so it has been challenging and adventurous to try to keep up !! This project has introduced me to Web2.0 tools that I hadn't seen at conferences. It has also been very helpful because I have been able to view the posts of others and get new ideas. As far as continuing the program - keep it going - this is only the beginning.

One word - enlightening.

Thing 17

What a myriad of tools that are available. I looked at skype, logmein, and yousendit. Skype can be used to text with someone over an internet connection and is very useful in the tech industry with support. Logmein is used to log into a remote desktop. Yousendit is used for file-sharing and they host the files.

I looked at yelp in more depth. I will definitely use this when I travel. It has reviews for restaurants, shopping, etc. for all the major cities. I have used trip advisor in the past, but will also take a look at yelp. In order to really "test" it out, I took a look at the reviews for Chicago and found the info to be accurate.

Check it out.

Thing 16

Screentoaster - great tool for demos. I chose to do a screencast of maintenance tips for keeping the RBHS email system running smoothly for users. We have a lot of staff members that wonder why the loading of their email is so slow. They forget to delete messages in the inbox, sent folder, and trash.

Here's the link to my demo:

Thing 15

I think voicethread is fantastic !! I can see all types of uses for this with students of any age. I definitely think that this should be shared with everyone.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thing 14

I heard about wikis several years ago at the ICE conference. Of course, wikipedia was the topic. I think wikis can be useful for the classroom, but also in the business world. In the tech department (which I added a page for us on this wiki) we could use it to journal installation notes. Another useful tool could be to keep current ongoing notes on a project. This would have been particularly helpful in my consulting days or when I was in a multi-building district separated from the rest of the tech staff. We got together every Friday and caught up or exchanged numerous emails.