Beginning of March 2013 I set myself several goals regarding educational technology. I had started the Coetail Course beginning of February and realized that there is so much out there to explore. 2013 will be my year of getting into educational technology. So far I’m not disappointed at all. Opposite is the case: It’s learning without ending. It’s inspiring, exciting and enriching. Some things I already tried in school.
One goal from March was:
I played a little bit here and there with different Google Apps but I felt that is not enough to get an overview. Therefore I signed up for the Gafe Class – Google Apps For Education Online Course.
If you know Jeff you can imagine that he recommends us to use Chrome. I got introduced to Chrome couple of years ago. A friend (Ben @ombd – I highly appreciate his tips) of mine said: Nobody is using Firefox anymore. Chrome is the new browser, faster and securer. It seems to be a Battle of the best browsers: IE vs. Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Safari.
I discovered the Chrome Web Store a while ago and they are indeed awesome. You get any imaginable application which is integrated in Chrome and allows you a faster access as well as additional functionalities. The apps are also a never ending story. I can get lost in that store. Exciting and dangerous at the same time. Here just a quick overview what I use for my productivity online. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten a lot of chances to use Google Apps with my students yet. In future …
I am using so far:
- Google Drive, Gmail, Gmail Offline
- AdBlock – Blocks advertisements on all websites.
- Evernote Web – Usually I use Evernote which is installed on my computer. Evernote Web is useful, but gives me only access to synchronized notebooks which makes sense.
- Evernote Web Clipper – This app allows me to save a website (whole page, an article, just the URL or as pdf) directly into Evernote.
- Tweetdeck – best tool to organize Twitter.
- Feedly – RSS Reader – best tool to get all news of blogs and websites
- Readium – Allows me to read eBooks (epub) in the browser.
With/for the students:
- Timer – timer countdown, alarm clock, stopwatch
- iSpeech – For my students who have difficulties with reading. Text is read aloud for them.
- Evernote Clearly – Converts articles on the web into a easy, readable and printable look.
- Connected Mind – Tool to create a mind map. Haven’t had a chance with the students yet though.
Check out the Chrome Web Store! What apps are using using for teaching and learning! Thx.