Today’s Class Blog # 3

Hello,

I am going to be honest, I found today to be a little slower than the first two classes. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy learning about the tools because i thought most of them were really cool and easy to use. I think my real issue was the lack of sleep I had last night due to some evening coffees. Should have went for the decaf.

I thought our group twitter conversation was pretty cool. I think that I was like some of my classmates that felt a little uncertain of how to follow along. There is a lot going on all at once. Its kind of like sitting in a room full of people who are talking in small groups. It is loud and confusing if I tried to listen to it all at once, I had to pick and choose. I am looking forward to doing it again now that I feel more comfortable with it. Oh, and I did a little searching and found the coolest “jobs for welders” thing/group (I wouldn’t call it a person) that now follow on twitter. It provides me with up to date Canadian job postings for welders in Canada. It is very cool. I can see my professional digital network growing.

Tech tool presentations

Slack

First time I heard of Slack was yesterday in class. The presentation today gave me a basic idea of what it can do. It was neat, but I am not sure how I could productivity use the tool with my students

Prezi

Some people are obsessed with Prezi. I think its alright. Just a fancy PowerPoint as far as I am concerned. I am sure the students would fall asleep just as fast watching a Prezi show vs PowerPoint. Sure it could be used effectively, but I think it would be just as easy to load it with info and teach to the screen.

Powtoon

I might use this one for something.

Google docs

I am very interested in learning more about the features of Google Docs. It is a tool I would like to become more comfortable with.

Jing

First I heard of it, very cool. I will use this for sure.

Others

I would like to learn more about Dropbox? I see it as an option when I save a file, but I dont know much more than that. I guess I should just take the time to explore it for myself now that I know how easy it is to search these tools on the internet.

I wouldn’t mind checking out Linkedin as well, however I dont like how it sends out mass e-mails to everyone on my contact list. I imagine that there is a simple solution.

I am going to bed early tonight.

Dustin

6 thoughts on “Today’s Class Blog # 3”

  1. I’ve seen Prezi used in a classroom among a group. It seemed cumbersome when more than one person wanted to work on the same presentation at different times, on different computers. I think Google slides works much better for collaboration. Not quite as many bells and whistles as Power Point but still pretty good.

  2. Its funny, I did a littl twitter search today and found a police training group. I think it may come in handy with a project I am working on. Who would have thought?

  3. Hi, Dustin. I hope you get a better sleep tonight. I didn’t sleep much either…must have been all that excitement from our twitter chat, lol!
    I agree about the Prezi…I am not that sold on it. I don’t see how it holds a person’s attention any more than Power Point.

  4. I’m on Decaf tonight. I am exhausted too–mentally. I rode the Twitter wave pretty solid for a couple of days and with all of the extra-sensory stimulation these last couple of days, I’m definitely feeling spent. I hope to get a good night’s sleep too.

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