Dropbox

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Platform

Designed for all platforms

Description

Dropbox lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere… store it on one computer and share them on all of your devices.  Check out a great video that explains Dropbox from their website.  Users start out with a 2Gb free account there is a fee for additional storage.

The help section gives information on how to setup a shared folder.  One thing to remember when sharing your folders is those you share with have the capability to:

  • add/delete files from the folder
  • invite other people into the folder
  • open and edit files within the folder (this could create conflicting files)

Dropbox website

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Flipboard

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Designed for Android and Ios (ipad/iphone).

Description

Flipboard is a social network aggregate that gathers information and allows the user to flip through the content like flipping through a magazine.

Here is a short video on how to use Flipboard

The link listed below is flipboard tips for the iphone user – but I think this could be universal for all flipboard users – even listing how to “mute” authors.. check it out 🙂

Flipboard website

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Exercise 4

  1. Goto your Flipboard app on your ipad
  2. Flip into the setup
  3. To remove any of the boxes press and hold until all have a small circle with an X in it. Press this circle to erase the boxes you do not want
  4. To add press the red ribbon on the upper right hand corner type in a site or hashtag you want to follow
  5. When the site appears, press the + symbol in the upper left hand corner
  6. Add three more sites/hashtags that you would like to follow

Edmodo

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Description

Edmodo is a secure private social networking site designed for education, that is free to use.

The following is a short demo video showing some of the main features of Edmodo

Here are some great suggestions on ways to use Edmodo, and videos/links on how to use Edmodo:

Edmodo Site

Twitter

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Twitter, a free microblogging site, allows users to broadcast 140 character “tweets” publically or privately (direct message).  Tweets can include links to other sites and are sourced or identified by hashtags (hashtags are tags that have the hash (#) symbol in front of them).  See the end of this post for resources on hashtags.

The following pdf file is a handout produced by the plpnetwork.com that gives an overview of twitter, how to grow your pln, and how to use twitter in the classroom twitter-handbook-for-teachers.

Here is a short video on how one class uses twitter in their classroom

Twitter can take some time to get used to.. but it is well worth the perseverance (I have heard it said it takes up to 6 months to fully become comfortable with Twitter).  Tweeters (those that use twitter) have developed a language of their own to fit into the 140 characters,  check out the “Twittonary” for abbreviations and twitter related words. 

Here are some beginners tips for getting started and connecting with other users.  Just for fun here is a really great blog on the 10 stages of Twitter

Two resources that are available to track hashtags and tweets are:

Also when adding links you may need to shorten the web address – check out the blog on Bitly for more information

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Hashtags:

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Exercise #1

  1. Goto www.twitter.comand signup for an account. 
    1. Tips to remember when signing up:
      1. Use a name that would be recognizable
      2. Keep it professional
  2. Follow another tweeter
    1. Login to twitter – on the top menu choose @Connect
    2. On the left sidebar .. the second section down are a few options for following
      1. Suggestions of who to follow
      2. Browse catagories
      3. Find friends
    3. If you know the twitter name of the person you are looking for enter it under find friends
      1. If you do not have anyone to follow – ask the teacher their twitter name and follow them
      2. Once you have followed one tweeter – check out who they are following and follow a few of the same people.
      3. Have the students follow each other as well
  3. Send a tweet
    1. Goto your home page – on the left sidebar top section type in the box that states “compose new tweet”
    2. Choose a person to send it to – perferably someone who is in the room and can confirm it arriving
    3. Send the tweet
  4. Send a direct message
    1. On the top menu on the far right is a block picture of a persons head with an arrow down beside it – click on this it will bring up a drop down menu – the first item is direct message
    2. To start off a direct message type “DM” followed by the persons call name “@namehere” then type the message – type “DM @teacherstwittername Testing out the direct message function”
    3. Check with the teacher to see if it has been received
  5. Hashtags
    1. Find three hashtags that would be of interest to you – look through the lists provided on this webpage; do a google search; ask the techer
    2. Send a tweet to the teacher Testing the hashtag option #put_hashtag_name_here