Thursday, October 11, 2012

Realtime Board

Currently in beta, this new, realtime collaboration tool is packed with so many possibilities I think it will   become very popular in education. I gave it a try and this is what I found out. Adding participants to your collaboration board is very easy, just send them an email link and they join very quickly if they are using an Mac or a PC, but it will not work with an iPad due to the fact that it is Flash-based.

I have used other tools like this and the thing that makes this different (and I greatly appreciated it) is that it directly connects to your Google Drive documents. This makes for easy access to all your online, stored documents that can be accessed from any PC or Mac. Insertion of images from URL took a very long time to load, but images and PDFs was nearly instant.  I did not understand why the URL link took such a long time. The sticky note feature worked flawlessly, but they had to be zoomed-in to see (not a problem, really). Making comments on any particular object or point was very easy to do and is nicely collaborative.

My big criticism of this tool is that it is Adobe Flash-based, but this is only because I like things to work with iPhones, iPad and all mobile devices. An html5 based tool would have solved this, but with some features not working as well. I still recommend this for long-distance meetings, group projects, demonstrations/presentations that involve all or most participants having their own computer connection. Yes, it s FREE for now, but keep in mind that it is in beta and many times companies like this go to premium when the beta is ready for the road. 

Free Online Testing Generator

Just like it says in the above graphic. This site offers a free test-creation platform for you to  publish, share and take tests online. I got a free account and gave it a try. This is powerful test creation which includes the ability to insert images, text snippets, create fill-in-the-blanks, matching, true/false and multiple-choice tests.  You have full html editing capability with an array of toolbar features.  You can view who took your tests and how they did on the test(s). The only thing that I felt was missing was the ability to insert a video.

I think this can be quite useful from the classroom teacher or even as a creative outlet for students to test other students. It's definitely worth trying and it is FREE. gnowledge

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My Favorite Messenger

Pidgin is my choice for a multi-chat client (messenger) on any platform. However, if I were a Mac user, I'd stick to Adium.

Why Pidgin? Well, if you were a Linux user you'd see it already preinstalled on most of the major flavors of Linux so you can rest assured that this is tried, true and tested for good user experience.

Pidgin is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MXit, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. It can support many more with plugins.

Give it a try on your Windows or Linux PC by visiting here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

iPhone User Guide for iOS 6

This is Apple's official User's Guide for iPhone on iOS6, but I am certain that whatever is not iPhone specific will be applicable to iPad.

Old and New TV Programs & Movies

Look, it's not illegal to view anything posted on a server on the internet, right? What's illegal is possessing or redistributing copyrighted material.  So, you can do some really intense searching for an educational program, like Bill Nye the Science Guy and find a particular episode that tells you about the human eyeball, or you can find it at Project-Free TV and you can search for it all in one spot.

Techy Tips

Check out this great Google Docs Presentation to help the no-so-techy teacher with tech (if that makes sense).

Realtime Board

Currently in beta, this new, realtime collaboration tool is packed with so many possibilities I think it will   become very popular in ...