Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gmail Offline

Using Gmail but wish you could use it when not connected?  Take a look

Gmail offline: A guided tour | Webware - CNET
In short, people familiar with Gmail already are mostly familiar with its offline incarnation, which Google said it's releasing gradually to its users in coming days. The biggest difference is of course that you can't see new messages, and e-mails that you send are merely queued up until they can be delivered when a network connection is re-established

Evernote to the Rescue

Google NotebookI have been a fan of Google Notebook - and have used it on and off.  I think the "off" is true for too many people, since Google has announced they will not be continuing Notebook.  What to do with all of my "notes" - another application I have dabbled in to the rescue.

Evernote Blog » Blog Archive » Welcome You Fine Google Notebook Users
Evernote LogoRecently, Google announced that they were stopping development on Google Notebook. We’re big fans of Google Notebook, in fact many of used it before Evernote came along. When we heard the news, we immediately began work on a Google Notebook import tool. Today, it’s ready. So, all of you Google Notebook users can now easily bring your notes, labels, and sections right into Evernote.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Technology Integration Matriz

Technology Integration Matrix
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Of what do we weave?

The Unforeseen Consequences of the Social Web - ReadWriteWeb
The Unforeseen Consequences of the Social Web
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footprints_jan_09.jpgThe social Web has given users great power: the ability to create and share content with people around the world - easily and quickly. The problem of course, is that power is often not compatible with effective and clear thinking. The thought that germinated in an instant can be immortalized in perpetuity on the Web.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Web 2.0: Cool Tools for Schools

A series of Web 2.0 tools that are useful in education.

cooltoolsforschools » home

The Virtual City for Teachers  Well worth exploring - take a look!

Cheating Goes Digital

I thought this article was worth repeating
illustration of a boy cheating with an mp3 player
Cheating Goes Digital | Edutopia
Cheating in the classroom is as old as the classroom itself. But teachers need to wise up to their students' technological savvy. Peeking over their shoulders to glimpse responses on a classmate's papers and coughing in tune with answers are old school. Today's students are cheating by programming answers into their graphing calculators and beaming them to friends, texting answers to exam questions -- or sending images of the answers -- and recording cheat sheets and playing them back on their iPods during exams.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


boxee: the open, connected, social media center for mac os x and linux
boxee on a laptop or connected to an HDTV, boxee gives you a true entertainment experience to enjoy your movies, TV shows, music and photos, as well as streaming content from websites like Hulu, Netflix, CBS, Comedy Central,, and flickr.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lonely People

I found this and think this type of project should be integrated into our courses at Stritch - well done! Now to get it in and a rubric.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Wireless Electricity

I know I knormally blog about Web 2.0 things - but this touched my roots of being a physics teacher - wow!Fast Company Logo

Wireless Electricity Is Here (Seriously) | Fast Company
Wireless Electricity Is Here (Seriously)

The History of The Internet

What a great Video - thanks to a friend on twitter for alerting me
History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

Monday, January 05, 2009

2008 and Web 2.0

Most Useful Web Applications for 2008
As we bid adieu to 2008, let’s looks at some useful web applications that really made an impact. All these apps are available online for free and require no installation.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Using Diigo - Tutorials

Online Web Rooms/Conferencing

Another resource from Janes E-Learning Picks

WiZiQ Free Online Teaching and E-Learning with Web Conferencing
WiZiQ is a place where you can teach and learn using an easy-to-use Virtual Classroom. You are welcome to give private and public live online sessions, teach for free or earn money teaching. As a learner you can attend public sessions on various topics from academics to anything under the sun.

Posting to the Web

Things just seem to get easier and easier for sharing - now just email and a web site is born...

Posterous - The place to post everything. Just email us. Dead simple blog by email.

Posterous lets you post things online fast using email. You email us at and we reply instantly with your new posterous blog.

Top 2009 Tools

I have used the top 100 list in some of my classes - and was pleased to see some of the predicted tools are some I am attempting to integrate.  Take a look!

Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day: My predictions for Top Tools in 2009
My predictions for Top Tools in 2009

I have been recently asked which tools I think will make it onto next year's Top 100 Tools list. Here are 10 that I think have a good chance.