Tech Tips

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Technology TipsThere is something to be said about using the wealth of free and online tools for creating engaging learning materials for your courses.

 

This area of the site provides you with some technology tips and also some ideas for how free tools can be used in working more efficiently, more safely, and more accessibly.

If you have tips to share, please email them to me at jamesfalkofske [at] yahoo[dot] com.

 

Instant Messaging

Make yourself available to text and video messaging.  Setup conferences with students, conduct oral exams, provide advising at a distance.

There are many services from which to choose; here are a few.

Service Get an Account  Download the Software Access Via the Web
Instant Messaging Services
AOL Get AOL Email Account Download AOL Dashboard AIM Express
Yahoo Create Yahoo Account Download Yahoo Messenger Yahoo Messenger Online
MSN Get Microsoft Live Account Download Microsoft Live MSN Messenger
GoogleTalk Create Google Account Download GoogleTalk  
Meebo - Multisite Instant Messaging     Login to Meebo

 

Online Document Authoring / Collaboration

These tools allow you to create documents and materials online.

Site Description
Online Authoring Tools

Google Tools - these require a Google account

Google has a suite of different free tools for creating online websites and online documents (for collaboration and group work).  Access to the tools requires that you first create a user account for logging into your content areas.

  • Blogger - create online blogs (web-based journals / newsletters)
  • Docs - collaborative editing of word-processed documents and spreadsheet.  These can be saved and downloaded in Microsoft Office compatible formats.
  • Groups - create web pages, have online discussions, and share files.  Notifications of changes to the group site can be sent out to all users.
  • Sites - free space to create your own multi-page website.
Microsoft Windows Live 
and Microsoft Office Live
Free online file storage (access from anywhere).  Create workspaces from templates, and share files with others.  Upload and then view documents via web-browser.  Edit and save documents online.
WikiSpaces Free space for creating a sample Wiki (advertising supported)
Zoho Free productivity and collaboration tools (mail, writer, spreadsheet, presentation shows, notebook, wiki, file sharing, planning, chat, web-meeting, reports, projects)

OpenOffice - free and open source (and multi-platform) productivity suite which closely resembles Microsoft Office 2003.