Monday, April 26, 2010

Google Documents Resources for Teachers

Google documents consists of several integrated productivity tools that enables students and teachers to easily create, store, share, and collaborate on documents in real time.  These integrated applications include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms.  Recent updates to Google Documents includes a drawing tool and the ability to upload and share any file-type.  This post will list various Google Documents resources organized by specific tools for classroom teachers.  If you have any additional resources to share with teachers, please post them as a comment to this blog post.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Learning Networks and Environments with Symbaloo

When I came across this video I thought to myself "we should see more teachers and students doing this." As I was listening to the 7th grade student I noticed she had used Symbaloo to organize her Web-based tools to research, collaborate, and share content all on a single page. With all of the social networking, social bookmarking, and other Web resources that I have piled up in my browser bookmarks, I wanted to find a more efficient way to organize and access my resources that are part of my own professional learning network (PLN). After creating a free Symbaloo account, I was able to quickly create and organize links to my PLN tools such as Blackboard, Twitter, Google Account, and Ning all on a single page known as a desktop. You can even share your desktops with others. Take a look at Symbaloo to see for yourself and share your thoughts.