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Web 2.0 for the Classroom – Wiki

Web 2.0 for the Classroom WikiI’ve just come across this website from my Google Alerts, and what a great find! http://web20fortheclassroom.wikispaces.com/

This is an online learning course, presented in a wiki, and developed by Sherri Miller, an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Gloucester County Public Schools.

There are 9 modules which you can work your way through at your own pace, investigating  some sites in depth, and exploring others as needed. It’s also a site you can recommend to teachers at your school if they are looking for ideas for integrating technology into their lessons.  The list of topics is below, but the Site Map gives the complete overview of all the pages.

What I particularly like about this wiki is that firstly Sherri gives examples of how the different web 2.0 tools can be used to enhance learning in the classroom, and secondly she lists her favourite tools/applications, giving you the option to try first the ones she has used and recommended.

Teacher girl computer

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Quickoffice for iPad

Quickoffice for iPadI’ve been on holiday in Tasmania for the last 2 weeks, and determined I was going to just use my iPad, so Ididn’t take my laptop. Before I left I downloaded Dropbox onto both my laptop and my iPad, and this was an incredibly easy way to transfer files to my iPad, which I could then open using Quickoffice. However,  there were some files attached to email messages which I forgot to save into Dropbox, and as I didn’t always have internet access, I wasn’t sure for a while how I would be able to read them offline.

I had been using Quickoffice to read and edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint files (se my previous post) and when I had internet access, I opened a couple of email attachments. I was most impressed to see that there is a link at the top right of each document as you open it, asking if you want to open it in Quickoffice. All I had to do was click on the link and the document was saved to my inbox in Quickoffice – a very useful way to transfer documents to my iPad if I’m not using Dropbox or Google Docs.

Quickoffice and Dropbox were the only file sharing apps I used while I was away, and I was very happy with both of them.

According to a press release in December 2010:

Quickoffice Adds Rich PowerPoint Editing Features to its Custom-Built Mobile Office Suite for iPad
Dallas, TX – December 23, 2010 – Quickoffice, Inc.http://www.quickoffice.com, the global leader in mobile office productivity solutions, today announced the addition of PowerPoint editing to its complete mobile office suite for the iPad. Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite delivers integrated editing capabilities for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Version 2.0 seamlessly integrates rich viewing, editing and creation of Microsoft Office files, an advanced file manager and mobile cloud access within one easy-to-use application. Its exclusive SmartTouch™ design technology takes advantage of the iPad’s large screen display and touch interface, and ensures the application is fully optimized for mobile productivity.

Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPad delivers three powerful editors within a single application and provides mobile cloud access to Box.net
, Dropbox, Google Docs, Huddle, MobileMe and SugarSync. In addition to supporting the editing of Word and Excel 2003 and 2007 files, the suite supports the viewing and presenting of PowerPoint 2007 files, and now, the extensive text formatting and graphical editing of PowerPoint 2003 files. Users are able to manipulate font type, color, size and style, along with adding, deleting and reordering slides in a presentation. Graphical editing allows users to insert and rotate common shapes, change object layering and insert and edit text boxes. Quickoffice’s PowerPoint editor also enables the insertion of images, which have been saved within the app and from the iPad’s built-in Photos app. Professionals can view presentations in slideshow mode on-device and on an external monitor.

To learn more, visit http://www.quickoffice.com/ipad

Dropbox for iPad

dropboxCloud computing is set to play a much more important role in our lives as more and more people realise the need to share documents between mobile devices and to edit and create documents on the run.

My favourite Christmas present this year was my iPad, and one of the first things I realised I needed to do was to work out the best way to use it to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.  Apple have 3 apps for doing this – Pages, Numbers and Keynote – but while these are very professional, they cost $13 AUD each. Quickoffice, a mobile office productivity solutions provider, has now released a Quickoffice app which uses QuckWord, QuickSheet and QuickPoint to allow you to create and edit Word, Excel and PPT documents for $17.99 AUD. This may not end up being the best choice, but so far it does everything I need it to do.

The next thing I needed was a way of transferring documents from my computer to my iPad so I could work on them, and because iPads lack a USB port, the only way of doing this is to access them via “the cloud.” After reading numerous blog posts, I found quite a few ways of doing this, including iTunes, GoogleDocs, MobileMe and Dropbox.




dropbox-icon-alphaThe easiest method I have found so far is Dropbox – a free app for your iPad or iPhone, which makes transferring documents absolutely simple. The first thing you need to do is download and install Dropbox on your computer, which then creates a folder on your C drive. Whatever documents you wish to transfer, simply copy and paste them into the Dropbox folder and they will automatically be uploaded to the online version of Dropbox where you can access them via the Dropbox app on your iPad/iPhone.

Using Quickoffice, I can then access my documents from Dropbox and save them to the folders which I have created. The free version of Dropbox has good but limited online storage space (2GB) so once you have used this you will need to either delete your documents from your Dropbox (after you have saved them to another program or app) or you can upgrade to a 50GB or 100GB version for $9.99 or $19.99 per month.

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