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  • 1. 15 Things to Try This Year
    Metronet
    August 2010
  • 2. Start or improve your blog
    Blogger
    http://www.blogger.com/home
    Edublog
    http://edublogs.org/
    Embed photos, videos
    Tags
    New templates
    Add widgets—Twitter feed, blog roll…
  • 3. Make a Screencast
    Screen-cast-o-matic
    http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/
    Capture screen for explanations, demos, teaching
  • 4. Try the Backchannel
    Make distraction into a contribution
    TodaysMeet
    http://todaysmeet.com/
    Edmodo
    http://www.edmodo.com/
  • 5. Take a webinar
    Minitex
    http://www.minitex.umn.edu/events/
    WebJunction/WebJunction Minnesota
    http://mn.webjunction.org/catalog
    Edutopia
    http://www.edutopia.org/webinar
    Tech Soup
    http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events
  • 6. Subscribe to Keep Up
    MetroBriefs
    News & information for Twin Cities library staff
    Bi-weekly
    http://tiny.cc/metrobriefs
    Things On a Stick News
    Web 2.0 tools in monthly newsletter
    http://tiny.cc/thingsonastick
  • 7. Find & Use Creative Commons Media
    Photos
    Flickrcchttp://flickrcc.bluemountains.net/
    Flickr Advanced Search
    Google Image Advanced search
    Music
    http://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos
    Various media
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • 8. Make a Book Trailer with Animoto
    Animoto
    http://animoto.com/
    Photos, video clips, music automatically put in animated slide show
  • 9. Collaborate via a wiki
    Lesson plans
    Conference planning
    Classroom projects
    Wiki sites
    Pbworks.com
    http://pbworks.com/
    Wikispaces
    http://www.wikispaces.com/
    Wetpaint
    http://www.wetpaint.com/
  • 10. Share what you find
    Share bookmarks
    Diigohttp://www.diigo.com/
    Delicious http://delicious.com/
    Networks, in box..
    Google Reader Share
    http://www.google.com/reader
  • 11. Make a word cloud
    Text from papers, web site, spelling words…
    Wordle
    http://www.wordle.net/
    Image chef
    http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/
  • 12. Stay “alert”
    Set up a Google Alerts
    http://www.google.com/alerts
    Topic or journal alert in Gale Educator’s Reference Complete or Ebsco Professional Collection
    http://elm4you.org/
  • 13. Try something new in Google
    iGoogle
    Custom Search
    GoogleDoc Forms
    Google Voice
    Google Sites
    Google Labs
  • 14. Join WebJunction Minnesota
    Free online classes
    Groups
    Share documents
    Find “friends”
    http://mn.webjunction.org
  • 15. Branch out from IE
    Install Firefox
    Explore Add Ons
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/
    Easy YouTube Downloader
    Colorful Tabs
    Ad Blocker
    Delicious/Diigo buttons
    Download status bar
    …..
    https://www.mozilla.com
  • 16. Store & Share in the Cloud
    Documents
    Dropiohttp://drop.io/
    GoogleDocs http://docs.google.com
    Photos
    Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/
    Picasa Web http://picasaweb.google.com