The more I mess around with Circles inside Google Plus, the more I realize the flexibility (and restrictions) that there are.
I don’t know if it’s the fact that Google Plus is new or if the platform encourages more discussions but I’m finding that I’m losing track of important conversations very quickly. But, I have found a way to keep track of things that I want to get back to quickly. I hope this works and I hope that if you have a better plan, that you share it.
I have created two Circles that I plan to just put myself in. One is called "Archived Important" and the other is "My Posts". I’m planning to share comments that I make that I don’t want to lost track of into the "My Posts" Circle. That should allow me to access things that I know I’ll want to get back to quickly. On the other hand, there are posts that others make that I know that I’m going to want to follow and I’ll share them with "Archived Important". It’s going to be a little extra work but I’m hoping that it shortens the search time for previous messages that have long since rolled off the bottom of the screen. We’ll see, but I’m finding that the conversations so far in Google Plus are far richer than on other platforms where I don’t particularly care to follow. In essence, this is becoming a self-constructed bookmarking scheme. We’ll see.
In other news, it’s Friday and I like to do something for those hard blogging, hard collaborating Ontario Educators. I’ve created a LiveBinder, a ScoopIT page, and a Twitter List in the past. All of these have served me nicely to track and find out what folks are saying. So, it seems natural that an Ontario Educator Circle would be in order. The members certainly are smaller in number compared to the others at this time, but it’s a start. Just like the Twitter List that let’s me keep track of what’s happening on Twitter, this should work just as nicely on Google Plus.
But …. there’s a big difference. Unlike the other resources I’ve created, I can’t seem to find a way to share this Circle with anyone else. Is there a way to do so? If so, I’d love to hear about it.
This technique has already paid off. I started a message stream asking if there were any others that wanted to get together face to face to learn and experiment with Google Plus features. Lots of friends have jumped in and want to do so. It doesn’t appear that we’ll be able to do it face to face, but colleague Peter McAsh has offered to host an Adobe Connect session for us to facilitate the learning. At this point, there’s a great deal of interest in participating. Hopefully, it will work for us. At this point, we’re ready to go with a preliminary meeting to brainstorm ideas in need of a solution and we’ll move forward from there.
Never stop learning!
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David Jakes Presentation Resources – Standing Room Only: How to Create Unforgettable Presentations
This presentation, and the 10 steps listed on this page, provide a simple framework for improving presentations, and can be taught to high school age students in about 50 minutes. Moreover, this presentation is more about communicating visually than it is about any kind of presentation software.
Google+ is Awesome. Facebook Maimed, Twitter Mortally Wounded? | Singularity Hub
I´ve spent the last week playing with the new Google+, and I´m here to tell you the service is pretty damn awesome. Dozens of Silicon Valley startups, especially social behemoths Facebook and Twitter, must have had some pretty fun meetings over the last several days.
Home Grown Computer Camp – Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson – Site Home – MSDN Blogs
Michael Scherotter who works for Microsoft decided to run a computer programming day camp in his home for his 9 year old son and 9 of his friends. Taking on teaching programming to 10-year olds may not be for everyone but from the sound of Michael’s blog posts it sure sounds not only possible but quite a bit of fun.
How Smartphones Are Phished & How To Avoid It… | Bit Rebels
In this article, we are going to specifically talk about phishing. Phishing is the technique used to convince us to enter our personal information (usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, bank account information, etc…) into a website that we think is trustworthy and safe.
The Most Popular Career Paths: 1970-Now Infographic | CTU
When it comes to popularity of degrees, Business ranked No. 1 among students, with nearly 350,000 earning their diplomas in that field in 2009. However, a degree in Healthcare & Nursing is making the most gains, climbing into the No. 3 spot in 2009 — up from the No. 8 spot in 1970. Take a quick look at the degrees that round out the Top 10 most popular choices.
Dr. DiBlasi’s home page.
ASCD Inservice: Petroglyphs to Pie Charts: Getting Started with Infographics
Infographics combine visuals and text to make information easier to understand or present information in a new way. In her #ISTE11 presentation, “Infographics as a Creative Assessment” (available here), Kathy Schrock noted that students need to study infographics before creating their own. For example, they might
The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You – Edudemic
If you’re not an avid follower of #edchat on Twitter, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to learn about some new Web 2.0 tools that are currently being used in classrooms around the world.
More than 12 million students & teachers at thousands of schools worldwide have already gone Google.
Join the movement with Google Apps for Education.
Welcome to Asimov Online
The following jokes were selected from Asimov’s own book titled “Asimov Laughs Again. More than 700 favorite jokes, limericks, and Anecdotes” This book is a collection of Asimov’s own jokes, as well as his interpretation of jokes he has heard throughout his life.
50 Jaw Dropping Freebies from the Dribbble Community | inspirationfeed.com
Dribbble is home to some of the best designers on the planet, that means you can expect top quality work. Most of the designers share and release awesome freebies on Dribbble. Since there is no option/category to browse all the freebies available on the site, we had to do some ground work. We searched Dribbble for hours, and managed to collect some incredible freebies begging to be in your resource collection. So without further ado, enjoy the following freebies.
18 Cool Things People Do On Twitter | Penn Olson
So, here are 14 +4 cool things people do on Twitter that we would say, defined this micro-blogging site.
Facebook and Google+’s video chat tools compared | Webware – CNET
Video chat is the big thing again, at least according to Facebook, which let loose a new video chat service yesterday. Powered by Skype, the new feature lets Facebook users start video calls with one another while continuing to use the site.
News of the World to close amid hacking scandal
This is big news although there’s nothing to confirm it on the NOTW website.
Visibli: Giving your links more value
Your analytics – where are you making an impact.
Creative Commons for Music Educators
My wonderful wife (and just me) put this book together for music educators and many others who have requested information about images, sounds, videos and more
Jesse Schell’s mindblowing talk on the future of games (DICE 2010) « fox @ fury
“esse Schell’s talk about the future of game design as it invades the real world is just astounding. If you do experience design of any kind it’ll be the most valuable (and entertaining) 20 minutes you’ll spend all week.”
temperature-scales.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)
When Daniel Fahrenheit and Anders Celsius created their temperature systems, they faced the same challenges: What reference points should they use for their new scales? What was universally considered “cold” and what “hot”? With so many possible options, each scientist naturally came up with his own solution.
Collaboration and Ownership in Student Writing – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education
“The potential relationship between collaboration-based pedagogies and social/collaborative online platforms is almost proverbial.”
Creative Commons Kiwi on Vimeo
“Have you ever wondered how to download and share digital content legally? How do you let people know that you want them to reuse your own work? Creative Commons licences can help you do both. We’ll show you how. To find out more about Creative Commons in New Zealand visit us at creativecommons.org.nz “
Information and Interactive map of the 1.5 Billion Parkway for Windsor / Essex County
Microsoft Office Labs vision 2019 (montage + video)
I wonder if it really will be 2019 or whether we see this reality sooner.
Microsoft Office Labs vision 2019 (montage + video) – istartedsomething
When Microsoft decides to imagine the future, it never fails to impress. Not only do you have some of the smartest people envisioning what’s possible, but they also invest so much into communicating these ideas through sights and sounds which the production value can be compared to most blockbuster sci-fi films.
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