Cool Tools to Enhance Collaboration, Communication and Organization

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Free, easy-to-use, online tools (no downloading req'd) that can help you and your team efficiently communicate, collaborate and stay organized. Slides for presentation to ESC College Professional Conference, Feb 9-10, 2009. Associated presentation wiki: http://danascooltools.pbwiki.com/

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Cool Tools to Enhance Collaboration, Communication and Organization

  1. 1. Cool Tools!   to Enhance Collaboration, Communication and Organization photo by Daniel F. Pigatto (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pigatto/332193181/)  Dana Longley Empire State College, SUNY
  2. 2. Organize and Share source photo by CatDancing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/catdancing/3005760286/) <ul><li>Connect the silos: </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious : http:// delicious.com </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo : http:// diigo.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo Groups </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 5. Keep Up Feeling overloaded? <ul><li>RSS Feed Readers: </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines: http:// www.bloglines.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader: http:// www.google.com /reader </li></ul>(http://www.flickr.com/photos/bueny/2472455690/)
  4. 8. Collaborate photo by Algo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/algo/119176265/) <ul><li>Google Docs : http:// docs.google.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Etherpad : http:// etherpad.com / </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My Pad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Writewith : http:// www.writewith.com / </li></ul>
  5. 12. Schedule and Plan Feel like this when it comes time to schedule a meeting? photo by DrBacchus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbowen/1148435913/) <ul><li>Doodle : http:// www.doodle.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the Milk : http:// www.rememberthemilk.com / </li></ul><ul><li>GatherGrid : http:// www.gathergrid.com / </li></ul><ul><li>WhenisGood : http:// whenisgood.net / </li></ul>
  6. 16. Tool Assessment Woman Inspecting Transistor, 1948 © Bettmann/CORBIS <ul><li>Fill existing need / improve workflow? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid &quot;wow&quot; factor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Test it / &quot;proof of concept&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Security & Privacy Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Terms of Use&quot; & &quot;Privacy Statement&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Usability </li></ul><ul><li>Free vs fee </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted or not? </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance: stability / scalability </li></ul>
  7. 17. Get Off the Ground <ul><li>Sell It </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Proof-of-concept prototype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>show how it can be used </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>let stakeholders play with it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save time / effort / improve workflow or communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Get Buy In </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be model user of tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sure it meets an existing need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek stakeholder input early </li></ul></ul>photo by jurvetson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/302869583/)

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