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  • Top Tools Init Draft 072309

    1. 1. TAKE FIVE: 5 WEB TOOLS FOR BETTER TEACHING & LEARNING
    2. 2. CONSIDER... "We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."  Einstein
    3. 3. OR, IN OUR CONTEXT: "We can’t research, learn, share, and teach by using only the same kind of tools we learned in the past.”                                   Chillemi & Roden, 2009
    4. 4. WHO ARE CHILLEMI & RODEN? Travis Chillemi and Normandy Roden work together at the University of Colorado System Controller's Office: • Travis is a communications specialist   (aka web guy) • Normandy is a policy writer/trainer (therefore, someone who needs web tools)    
    5. 5. WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT? It doesn't take a genius to know that we are overwhelmed with a constant deluge of information.  
    6. 6. WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU? • Are you overwhelmed?
    7. 7. FACE IT: HERE'S THE SITUATION • Is it working for you? • (If it’s working for you now…will it still work for you next semester…next year…for the next incoming class?)
    8. 8. HERE'S YOUR ANSWER • Don’t just update the content of what you teach (learn)…also update the tools you use to teach (learn).
    9. 9. WEB TOOLS CAN HELP • You can take advantage of web-based tools to enhance learning, research, writing, teaching...they can help your personal life, too • For today -- let's just Take Five...  
    10. 10. WHICH 5? • Diigo • Google Reader • Google Docs • Netvibes • Meebo        
    11. 11. WHY THESE 5? • You can solve 5 fundamental problems by using these 5 web tools to...       ...enhance organization, documentation, research, communication, and collaboration.
    12. 12. YOU'RE GONNA LIKE THE WAY THEY WORK Because • they're free • they actually do work • they're easy to use • they're free  
    13. 13. THE FINE PRINT: • These 5 tools don't do everything. • And we're not going to show you all the stuff they do. • And there are other options  
    14. 14. AMONG THE OTHER OPTIONS...
    15. 15. NOW LET'S GET STARTED • Let's consider some problems...and how these 5 tools can solve them.  
    16. 16. WHAT PROBLEMS DO YOU NEED TO SOLVE?
    17. 17. PROBLEM 1: WHERE IS IT...? How much time do you spend...      
    18. 18. (image) looking for stuff...
    19. 19. highlighting stuff...
    20. 20. organizing (old) stuff...
    21. 21. asking yourself,  "Where did I put it? How can I (ever) find it again?"
    22. 22. SOLUTION - TOOL 1: DIIGO • Diigo (DEE-go) stands for "Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff" • Diigo allows you to bookmark and tag web pages. • What does that mean?    
    23. 23. DIIGO HELPS YOU... • discover information • highlight information • organize (tag) information • share information • find it again, later  
    24. 24. (insert Brilliant Diigo Demonstration here)
    25. 25. SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: FILL OUT YOUR "MAD LIB"...   I can use Diigo   to help me _______________________   because it can ____________________
    26. 26. PROBLEM 2: GATHERING INFO... You have to find all the information you need, yourself...      
    27. 27. staying current with journals... and newspapers... and television... and websites...
    28. 28. keeping up with experts...
    29. 29. sharing new information with colleagues...
    30. 30. SOLUTION - TOOL 2: GOOGLE READER • Google Reader is a web-based aggregator that reads, organizes, and searches RSS feeds • What does that mean?  
    31. 31. GOOGLE READER HELPS YOU It's like TIVO for the web • Google Reader brings information to you -- instead of you going out to find the information • it sorts by current value (there's too much info, and you need it just in time)  
    32. 32. GOOGLE READER HELPS YOU With Google Reader, you can • star items for later review  • make/get recommendations • share what you read  
    33. 33.     (insert amazing Google Reader Demo here)
    34. 34. SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: FILL OUT YOUR "MADLIB"...   I can use Google Reader   to help me _______________________   because it can ____________________
    35. 35. PROBLEM 3: WORKING TOGETHER... You need to develop materials in collaboration with others -- but you hate sifting through everyone's comments...      
    36. 36. never having the document you need when you want it...  
    37. 37. having the document but it's read only... 
    38. 38. Wrestling with Track Changes...      
    39. 39. SOLUTION - TOOL 3: GOOGLE DOCS • Google Docs is a web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and form application for creating and editing documents online while collaborating in real time with others. • What does that mean?  
    40. 40. GOOGLE DOCS HELPS YOU • collaborate on Excel, Word, PPT, forms • upload from/save to your desktop • edit anytime, from anywhere • pick who can access your documents • share changes in real time • store files securely online  
    41. 41. AND YOU CAN TALK ABOUT IT, TOO • If you have a Google account, you can use Google Talk to chat about your wonderful Google Docs while you work on them.
    42. 42. (insert fantastic Google Docs demo)
    43. 43. SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: FILL OUT YOUR "MAD LIB"...   I can use Google Docs   to help me _______________________   because it can ____________________
    44. 44. PROBLEM 4: KEEPING IT ALL TOGETHER • Wow -- I have a lot of tools...how can I keep up with them all? 
    45. 45. you could have everything go to email...
    46. 46. you could check up on each individual item... multiple times a day... all day long...
    47. 47. WHAT ABOUT A DASHBOARD?
    48. 48. SOLUTION - TOOL 4: NETVIBES • Netvibes is a personal web portal, organized into tabs and containing user-defined modules (e.g., RSS feedreader, podcasts, calendar, notes, bookmarks, to-do lists, calendar...).   • What does that mean?  
    49. 49. NETVIBES HELPS YOU It lets you prioritize your stuff • serves as virtual desktop/dashboard • manages your information • pulls together for immediate display only what you need now  
    50. 50. IT CAN BE SIMPLE OR COMPLEX...
    51. 51.     (insert brief but educational Netvibes Demo here)  
    52. 52. SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: FILL OUT YOUR "MADLIB"...   I can use Netvibes   to help me _______________________   because it can ____________________
    53. 53. PROBLEM 5: PLAIN OLD COMMUNICATION ISN'T PLAIN (OR OLD) • How can I talk to everyone -- they're all over the place...? • (yahoo, msn, gmail...the list goes on!)
    54. 54. YOU NEED NEW WAYS OF MESSAGING • using social networking tools makes message management critical • applications designed for mobile devices • current generation moving from email • IM/SMS improves communication
    55. 55. SOLUTION - TOOL 5: MEEBO • Meebo is an in-browser instant messaging (IM) program that supports simultaneous connections to multiple IM services (even for users in firewalled networks).   • What does that mean?  
    56. 56. MEEBO HELPS YOU • communicate with all people in a group regardless of their choice of messaging service or device  
    57. 57.     (insert inspirational Meebo Demo here)
    58. 58. SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS: FILL OUT YOUR "MAD LIB"...   I can use Meebo   to help me _______________________   because it can ____________________
    59. 59. LET'S CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION... • Travis.Chillemi@cu.edu, 303.837.2143   • Normandy.Roden@cu.edu, 303.837.2117   

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