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Twitter, Google Notebook, and EARCOS

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I haven’t had time to do a lot of blog reading lately, hence the 900 unread feeds on my netvibes page….ug. I have however been playing with a couple of new tools…well, new to me anyway.
Twitter.com I don’t get twitter. Really I don’t. My wife just keeps saying “This is so stupid” which pretty much sums it up. But for some reason, it is so much fun. My mobile phone doesn’t work here from China so I’m using the IM feature that allows me to post to twitter directly from Google Talk, although twitter seems to be having problems with the IM feature of late, so I’ve been stuck posting directly on my twitter page. I do like the IM feature when it’s working though as it gives me updates when the people I follow post something to their twitter account. Frankly, I’m loving it…it’s a great way to keep in touch with people you know and have a look into how their day operates. The most interesting part to me is the time difference. I post I’m eating dinner and Tim Lauer posts he’s driving to work. So even though it’s stupid it is quite fun.

Google Notebook I’ve finally had a play with Google Notebook and LOVE IT! It’s one of those tools I’ve been wanting to explore, but needed the reason to do so. While I’ve been researching and putting together my presentations for EARCOS, I’ve used Google Notebook to keep track of my notes on the web, highlight and save, stats, and other facts to use in my presentation. I then simply share my notes with the public and paste the link into my online handouts. No need to recopy all the information into a wiki or onto a page. I just have a link to my notes….a great feature and one that I can see students using in the classroom. It almost makes researching fun…..almost!

EARCOS Everything is pretty much set for EARCOS. Still working on my presentations, but then again with information changing so fast, I’ll probably be working on it until I present. Every time I think I’m done, something new comes up I want to add. I’m looking forward to meeting Ian Jukes and Doug Johnson at the conference. Two great guys who inspire me on a daily basis. I’m also looking forward to meeting others that I’ve had contact with. The Technology team at the International School of Bangkok should be around, as well as others from the International School of Beijing, Japan, and a host of other International schools. It should be fun.

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I started blogging in 2005 and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking about technology, this generation, and how we prepare students for their future not our past.

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