Sunday, January 27, 2008

Thing 7.....Cool Google Tools

I looked through all of the "cool google tools" and I can definitely see the benefits, both educational and practical. I currently have picasa on my computer. I have the downloadable version with picture editing capabilities. I really enjoy using it because it has a really cool feature that you can use when you are emailing photographs. Picasa links to your gmail or yahoo account and creates an email with subject line and all! It makes attaching photos a whiz!
For this blog I created an igoogle homepage and and a google calendar.

I really like the calendar because I do a large percentage of my work on my laptop (we are attached at the hip) and the calendar allows alerts and reminders to be set up so that I won't miss a scheduled event! I could see this being a very handy tool in the classroom or library because anyone can access the calendar that has the link. Parents, students, and staff members could view the calender to check on upcoming events, assignments, and reminders.

I am not sure the link I have posted will take you to my homepage so if it does not let me know and I will fix it. I like the fact that you can customize exactly what you want to appear on your homepage. There are lots of cool little gadgets that you can add. I added the interesting picture of the day. I could see myself using the picture as a writing prompt for my students. Also, it would be a great place for the kids to go and check on things such as the weather and news alerts.

I didn't look into the google notebook thoroughly but it is something I am keeping in the back of my mind. I am trying to figure out a way to make it possible for my kids to keep "writers notebooks" online next year. I know there is some red tape to be looked at, but the thought intrigues me!


  1. Jess, I tried to view your calendar but it would not let me. I love all the google tools as well. I'm all about organizing you know and I really love the calendar.

  2. It worked. Now I have your calendar linked to mine. What a cool tool.