Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
As you probably already hear, Google Chrome now has extensions (along with Linux and Mac versions). Zoho (who are definitely Google-likers) has added two great extensions.
- Zoho Companion: This allows you to be connected to Zoho all of the time while using Chrome. You can open documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and pdfs directly within Zoho. So, if you come across something like below:
all you have to do is click on View in Zoho. This is going to be such a timesaver, there is no longer any downloading of the file and waiting for the slow-clunky Excel program to open. Simply click on the link and you have access to the spreadsheet, even if you don't have a copy of excel on your computer! The companion also allows tracking of shared documents and emails.
- Zoho Notebook Companion: This extension allows you to take clippings, screenshots, and write notes about webpages.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
I plan on purchasing the 32 GB iPod touch since this version has more features than the 8 GB and 16GB, most important is OpenGL graphic support which will be very important for future iPod Touch games. The cheapest price I could find online is futureshop, $298.99 + tax. How am I going to finance this? I currently own a 3rd Gen iPod nano, this will be hopefully sold on eBay, and suprisingly, I should be able to get ~$140 for it. So all I have to do is come up with another $200 and it'll be mine, woo hoo!! How am I going to get the remaining $200? That part I'm still working on....
Monday, 12 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Monday, 5 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
- =DetectLanguage determines the two letter language code of the text in a cell.
Friday, 2 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
So, this blog will cover all of the news regarding online office suites. I'll be talking about how it works in the real world where some still haven't heard of Web 2.0 and some give a strange look when the "cloud" is talked about. Hope you enjoy!!
Monday, 7 September 2009
- Prezi: Sitting through slides can get boring. Prezi, the "zooming presentation editor" provides a different take on presentations. All of your ideas/information are present on a large whiteboard, and as you go through your presentation, the app zooms into the appropriate content (see video below). Editing is somewhat basic, but the zooming effect is extremely visually attractive.
- Screen Capture Videos: Last year I tried to instruct new programs to my students by step-by-step insturctions on a webpage or by taking a trip to the computer lab. This year I'm going to abandon the webpage idea because it is just so time consuming. Instead, I'm going to create screen-capture videos with Jing, a simple program that easily captures screen movements, allows narration, and easily uploads to YouTube. Once on YouTube, students can view the instructions from anywhere and even on their mobile.
- Google Docs: This won't be a new app, but I am will be taking advantage of the new features like Drawings and Tables, and the latest revamp of forms will allow me to collect information, anonymously, on student backgrounds and their input on my instructing. I've also created a whiteboard page (almost completed) where students, teaching assistants, or myself can post questions, comments, or useful material. Finally, I'll be getting my students to use the spreadsheet mapper tool.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
“The last time I checked you don’t need two client operating systems. We tried it before. Windows 95 and Windows NT. It’s good to have one. So I can’t — I don’t really know what’s up at Google.” (July, 2009)
“Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards,” (March, 2004)
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Monday, 6 July 2009
*I forgot to mention that I could get a smarter phone, but the monthly bills up here in Canada are just too high.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
“Schools are anchored in the past and should be at the forefront of change not at the tail end. We should be change agents. Given the nature of our educational system a universal design model is the only way we can reach our goal." (William DeMille, 2008)
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
- During a 2.5 hour dentist appointment, you spend 2 hours thinking about student collaboration projects with Google Docs.
- At an In The Flesh Concert (local Pink Floyd cover band), you wonder how people are "connected" (like the facebook graphic)
- You have accounts for Thinkfree, Zoho, and Google Docs, you login weekly to check for updates.
- Each year you use different presentation technology, and you say that "PowerPoint is for the dinosaurs."
- You are eagerly awaiting HTML 5.
- You look at the source code of fellow instructor's webpages.
- 95% of your feeds in Google Reader are web/education related.
- Students call you a computer geek.
- You think that every student should have an
- You lecture students on the evils of internet explorer.
- Students have never heard of 95% of your software .
- You come to work early.
- You leave work late.
- You simply love your job.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
- Mobile Friendly: facebook is smart and dumbphone friendly, students can send messages, update status, etc. via text message or mobile app. Our current "connection" tool is years behind this.
- Everyone's Using It: There's about 200 million facebook users, I would say that 95% of my students are on it (they're always checking it with their cellphones during the labs)
- Excellent way to deal with questions: Questions could be posted and myself or a student could respond to it.
- It's Facebook: Connection, connection, connection!!!
- Privacy: I'll have to strictly monitor what photos others and myself put up of me on facebook. Also, since I do teach at a Canadian university, the computer people may not be happy that students are forced to use a service where data is sent to US servers (damn the Patriot Act). This is the reason why my university and others haven't switched to Google Apps.
- Internal Fighting: I heard a story about a person creating a group for his workplace, members started slinging personal insults to each other, and eventually the creator lost his job. Not cool.
- Forcing Students to use a non-university app: My university paid big bucks for its current "connection tool", administrators may not be happy if I get students to use this free app.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
First of all, Vevo is an awesome name. Along with Universal Music Group, Sony has joined up and will offer acts such as Akon, The Killers (Yes!!), Black Eyed Peas and so on. Along with music videos, Vevo will offer reality shows, video blogs and other great stuff. Personally, I can't wait for Vevo to lauch; YouTube is good, especially for home videos, but for mainstream content, it's OK. Hopefully Vevo will turn out to be a great product.