Tools for Collaboration
Use technology to make collaboration a breeze. Google apps are the obvious go-to...but did you know you have a CBE Google Account?
To find out your username, log into D2L. Click on your username in the top right corner, and go to notifications. You will see your CBE Google email under Email Address. Your password will be your regular CBE password, but be warned: Google has password complexity requirements. If your password is 'cat' (you know who you are!) you'll need to use the CBE password change tool to increase complexity.
Tools for Content Curation
With so much information available at our fingertips, we all need to become expert curators of content. Great tools to try include Diigo, Evernote, Scoop.it, or the ever-popular Pinterest. We all look for different things in a tool, so experiment with a few options to find the one that's best for you. Remember to check out the Chromestore for Chrome extensions for your favorite tools. It'll make researching a breeze.
Tools for Presentation
We'll let you in on a little secret: teachers are tired of PowerPoint presentations. Let your hard work stand out by using an alternative presentation tool. Prezi, Powtoons, or Animoto are all good places to start. Really, with so many free and easy Web 2.0 tools, the possibilities for easily creating professional-looking presentations are endless. Make this the year you step outside your PowerPoint comfort zone and try something new.
Tools for Time Management and Organization
First, we should all be using a calendar. Whether it's Google or your phone app, pick a digital calendar and use it. You're going to have a busy year, with lots of deadlines and commitments to keep track of. You could also try a time management app. MyHomework, 30/30 or toggl are all kind of neat, can be used across devices and are available for Apple and Android.
Evernote can be a great way to organize your files and documents in one easy location. It's also a good idea to have someplace to back up your documents. Emailing work back and forth between home and school is a pain, and glitch-prone. A better option is to store documents in a location that can be easily accessed from anywhere. Google and Dropbox are both great cloud-based options. You could also use your D2L locker.
Some Final Tips and Reminders...
Finally, remember that anything you create digitally lives on in perpetuity, and becomes part of your digital footprint. Make sure the tracks and artefacts you leave behind reflect you in the best possible light. Keep your comments thoughtful, clean and kind. Make your work intelligent, creative, accurate and ethical.
What are your go-to tools and apps? Let's start a conversation!