It’s pre-planning time! I can tell because of the spike of hits on my blog that include the Google search phrase “lesson plans”. Oh, that and I’ve gone back to school this week. Now, onto the techie goodness …
I gave a technology overview to my coworkers this morning. We covered three main topics:
- Social bookmarking with del.icio.us
Search on delicious before Google
Share your bookmarks
Find similar bookmarks using the “saved by ### other people” link
- I blogged about this in June — good info in there
- Wikis with Wikispaces
Put up a website without knowing code
Collaborate with your students
- Check out the Chrysalis Wikispace
- Blogging with Blogger
Delicious went over best, followed by Blogger. Teachers loved the tip of searching on del.icio.us before hitting Google. The cool thing about del.icio.us is that it’s obviously useful, but (like an onion!), you can dig through the layers of additional uses. Looking back, wikis didn’t go over well. The teachers didn’t “get it”. I think the shortcomings in the wiki coverage was that I didn’t have the time to show enough examples or let the teachers practice.
I really enjoyed giving this presentation, so I’m working on fleshing it out to submit to the GaETC Conference as a concurrent session this November.