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Archive for February 9th, 2010


Google Docs is an easy-to-use online productivity suite including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and form applications provided free by Google. Google Docs has gained popularity in schools over the past couple of years because it is a simple but powerful application for teachers and students to create and/or edit documents online and collaborate on projects over the Web. Teachers and students can create or upload their own documents, invite others to share them by email address, edit documents online with anyone they choose, publish the documents online to the world or only to whom they choose, and post their documents to a blog. Google Docs allows more than one person to work on the same document at a time, though they can work on the collaborative document at different times. Students no longer need to e-mail files to other group members and deal with the confusion that often occurs regarding software compatibility issues. The documents are stored on Google’s servers, and multiple students can collaborate on a document simultaneously.  Also, Google Docs includes a chat window to allow collaborators to communicate about the documents as they edit them in real-time, without the delay of waiting for others to update their portion of a document or presentation.

Martha Abadie and I just did a presentation “Promoting Creativity & Collaboration in Your Classroom with Google Docs” at the 2010 MECA Conference in Jackson this afternoon.  Below is our presentation.  We welcome comments and suggestions for our presentation.

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Google Buzz


Google introduced Google Buzz this morning and it will be available for all Gmail users in next few days.  According to Google, Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you like and is built into Gmail. I am excited about this new Google tool since I use Gmail daily to check my email as well audio/video chat with friends and family members.  It will be interesting to see how Google design a social network interface with Gmail and integrates photos, video, and links in a rich and easy-to-use sharing experience.

Google plans to make Google Buzz available to businesses and schools using Google Apps, with added features for sharing within organizations. In addition, Google Buzz will be available for mobile phones.

Well, we cannot try out Google Buzz now.  However, we can view the following videos to learn more about Google Buzz.

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My wife and I have made several presentations regarding the free technology tools for teachers in the past several MECA conferences.  Many teachers indicated that they liked the sessions and they were benefited from the free tools they discovered in our presentations.  Because of the success we had in the past, we gave another presentation “Top 20 Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers and Librarians this morning at the 2010 MECA Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.  This presentation focuses entirely on the most current and popular Web 2.0 applications that are powerful and valuable to teachers and librarians.  Here is our presentation.  Hope you find it helpful.

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