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Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Please note:  These particular tools are useful for personal use and not necessarily for use in school labs!


For this workshop let's start off by opening Firefox as our browser.  Go to this site:  http://gettingteachersconnected.pbworks.com.  On the side bar, look for I.T. Workshops June/July 2010 near the bottom and select Work Smarter, Not Harder and open.



     Drag this icon onto your bookmarks toolbar to save. This will allow us to access this particular page quickly for today's workshop.


If you right-click on the icon, and go to properties, you can change the title of the icon.

Use this technique to put your most commonly used sites onto one tool bar for quick access.


Use iGoogle


Customize your own Internet homepage. Start off by clicking on the following link.

making iGoogle your homepage. 

Here is a downloadable pdf that gives instructions on set up and why one should use it.iGoogle.pdf




Access Your Bookmarks/Favorites


Save and keep those favorite websites organized.  Access them from any computer with an internet connection.

To set up an account, go to   http://delicious.com/

To add tag buttons and add-ons to your browser, http://delicious.com/help/tools.  If you are using Firefox, go directly to this link.

More information about delicious, can be found on this page about social bookmarking.



File Storage


     100 MB free per drop

drop.io is a website where you can store files.



     2 GB free

Download the application to your computer.  Once the program has been installed on your computer you can save files simply by clicking on the dropbox icon on your menu bar. You can share specific files with users easily.

Not for lab use but only for your own personal computer.


Watch the video.



Taking Notes on the Fly



from Wikipedia "Evernote is a free suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formattable text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can then be sorted into folders, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, and searched.


Download the program for your computer and then go to the website to set up an account


http://www.evernote.com/about/download/web_clipper.php  (Web Clipper)

Web Clipper Firefox add-on




Firefox Add-ons and Extensions


If you are a Firefox user, check out the many add-ons that are available for this browser.  Go to this website, or go to Firefox | Tools | Add-Ons.


Speed Dial - direct access to your most visted websites


Echofon -  Notifies you when friends post tweets and has a text entry field for posting your own tweets.  This extension adds a tiny icon to the status bar.


After the Deadline - Checks spelling, style, and grammar.


Shorten those long URLS



Use the bookmarklet.


or try this one.


Manage your YouTube videos


Set up an account to manage your favorite videos for the classroom - and your own too!


Develop and extend your PLN by


Using Twitter


And....check out Room 21C

Self-Directed Professional Development for 21st Century Teachers and Learners

a ning created by AMDSB teachers.

If you are an AMDSB teacher, become a member by signing up here.  Add to the discussions that are taking place in our schoolboard.




Other Tools



Edit your photos on the fly



Helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.




Organize your resources in an online binder.




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