It actually is easy being green if you use an online bookmarking tool. Having printer issues? No worries. You and your students don't need one. With Diigo, you can use save, highlight, tag, and bookmark articles in the cloud and access those from any computer. (Do be sure to tag for quick sorting.)
Once I started using Diigo, it became my first stop for professional development over Twitter (still a great tool for that, though). Like Facebook, I can follow groups and individuals who make their bookmarks public. I can LIKE and comment on their posts too. I also choose to get daily updates via email which makes it efficient and manageable.
Teacher Console info:
After you join Diigo, go to www.diigo.com/education and request a teacher's membership. It's free and provides you access to the Teacher Console which can be used to set up individual classes.
Benefits: 1) Students can help to build a set of class bookmarks and annotations; 2) students do not need email addresses to register; 3) you can check individual students' highlighted sources without having them print-highlight-staple-pileonthemountainonyourdesk. It's much more efficient to check, and it's very, very green.
Drawbacks: 1) You have to input the names and IDs (hint: pull info from PowerTeacher or Pinnacle and save it as a CSV file); 2) Students have limited sharing, commenting, and following options.
If you teach older students, it may be easier just to have students follow you.
You can follow me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enid Baines's insight:
BTW, Diigo is an acronym (surprise, surprise) for the following: Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff
It is an individual and group research tool and a social media content-sharing community.
You do need to download the toolbar or save the Diigolet bookmarklet to your favorites bar or bookmarks (depending on the browser you're using).
For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores of people couldn't live without it. I tried it multiple times, and never saw the appeal until now.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!
"Any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website."
Tech Cadre, et al.,
Dropbox is your H: drive in the sky. Download it to your frequently-used desktops and you can simply drag and drop files into it to pick up from another device.
You can also create a folder to share pictures just with your kids' grandmother or Word documents with a particular group of students.
Invite others to join and you earn more space for free.
Enid Baines's insight:
Possible use: Instead of using the library in Edmodo, create a folder for your class and share the link. Or use the link generated for each file and post on the wall. Follow this link to access my Dropbox's PD Tech Training's folder that I shared to Edmodo. It has a picture, MP3s, and a pdf tutorial.
Animation is used everywhere to communicate big ideas--in movies, television, and media. Do you ever stop and wonder about the magic of it all? And have you ever wanted to create your own special effects?
Facebook has become a social network that's often too complicated, too risky, and, above all, too overrun by parents to give teens the type of digital freedom they crave. Read this article by Jennifer Van Grove on CNET News.
Alan November is a great presenter, especially on the topic of how to be a good researcher. I was fortunate enough to share the stage with him for a few minutes last summer at a tech conference to talk about the Teacher Console in Diigo.