A Day in the Life of a busy teacher......

Have you ever wondered how teachers who spend a lot of time online researching, communicating and collaborating manage to 'fit it all in'?

Driving question: How can we work more effectively use our time and gather the infromation we need to do our jobs in better ways.
Inspiration: http://www.scribd.com/doc/11781346/A-Week-in-the-Life-of-a-New-Media-Teacher-Librarian

Organising the way you work to be part of the cloud (see cloud computing) means finding better ways for
collaborating, communicating, expression, gathering information and organising information online.
Working in the cloud means what you do is more easily accessible, anytime, anywhere and most importantly, sharable.

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Image used under creative commons courtesy of vanhookc at http://www.flickr.com/photos/librariesrock/

Let's Discuss the Essentials

1. Create a purposeful Digital Footprint for yourself and your students
2. Consider privacy/safety for yourself and your students eg: usernames/screen names, avatars
3. Set up the email accounts you need to join in (Google vs Yahoo) Easy ways to manage many accounts.
4. Tools of the trade eg.Tiny URL, bit.ly and Creative Commons content
5. Look for the commonalities/ similarities between sites and tools.
6. Don't be afraid to ask for help.....collaboration is a core philosophy in web 2.0
7. Identify priority areas from the columns below and begin using one or two tools to help you work more efficiently.

Gathering Information**

Communicating

Organising Information*** *

Collaborating**

Expression

Creative searching

Twitter hashtag search
Blog Search
Delicious Search
Creative Commons-based Search
RSS feeds (into email and iGoogle)
Instagrok
Google Newspaper Archive
Trove (National Library Aust)
ScoopIt
Twurdy

Creating a PLN

Facebook
Twitter
List servs
Google+

Personal Hompage/

Organisers

Symbaloo
iGoogle
Sitehoover
Google Drive (coming!)
Evernote

Writing

Google Docs
Google Sites
TitanPad
Typewith.me
Tinychat
Voicethread
Wikis (wikispaces among others)
Webride(website discussion)

Presenting Ideas

Prezi
Bubblus
Animoto
Voicethread
Glogster
Issuu
SpicyNodes

Social Bookmarking/

Online Bookmarking

Delicious
Diigo
Paper.li

Sharing Information

Text Messaging
Todays Meet
lino.it
http://corkboard.me
Wall Wisher
Do use Word's built-in Table of Contents

RSS Feed Aggregators/

Feed Readers

Pageflakes
Netvibes
iGoogle
Google reader

Online File sharing/

Storage

Ge.tt
Drop Box Requires a software
download.
Microsoft Windows Live (Sky Drive)
SugarSync
Sugarsync v dropbox v sky v...

Tag Cloud Generators

Tagxedo
Wordle
Glogster

Surveys/ Polling

Survey Monkey
Flisti
Google Docs (Forms) Like this one

Video Conferencing/

Google Talk
Google+
Skype (including Screen Sharing)
Flashmeeting

Video screenshots to share

VLC Media Player
and Handbrake
Screen Recording using Jing or IWB software










Activities

1. "Think of a teacher you know, someone who works well online ......what is it that they do differenently? Brainstorm at http://corkboard.me/AXYp5u3gEV
2. What is your technology routine? That is, how do you manage communication and information sharing right now? brainstorm at Titanpad.
Our collaborative document can be found at http://titanpad.com/YEaFWH3wnL
3. Think of a unit of work, topic or presentation related to your work right now.....
how might you usually prepare to create resources for this?

4. Site Hoover - build a collection of your favourite sites (no sign-up required)

5. Alternate searching - How does Googe Search work? what are the alternatives?

An Introduction to Web Literacy: Type and Hope from November Learning on Vimeo.



Links

Did you know that you can search for old versions of a website using The Wayback Machine even if the page no longer exists? Be careful what you post and advise your students to do the same!

From Today

I said I would add:
Link to the Welcome page - names, schools, what they teach, @twitter name if they use one etc
A link to my OneNote file > Gotta Love OneNote
How to use the Snipping Tool well in Word.
How to customise VLC media player
Link to metaljar Screencast site > http://screencast.com/users/metaljar
The couple of iPad apps I mentioned today were
  • Rover(download the app and then paste the address into the top of the app just like you would a web page
  • USB Disk (follow the instructions in the app itself)