Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thing 8: Social Media Management Tools


Not going to do this one, sorry. I am "anti-social media."  The best thing I ever did online was to quit my Facebook account.

It's not that I don't want to be "in the know" or connected to my friends; I just like doing those things IRL (in real life).  

I stay up to date by reading a lot of websites that capture the trends (Buzzfeed is a good one to see what the kids are into these days).

I stay connected to my friends by corresponding with them by e-mail, Skype, or seeing them in person.

I have a lot more opinions about it, but I'd rather have a real conversation with you about it than post it on here. 

Thing 7: Content Saving and Sharing

I have been a Pinterest user ever since they opened up their site to all users. Originally, they made it so you could only use it if you were "invited" by another pinner.  How elitist, I thought!

Anyway, when I began using it, all my librarian dreams of organizing internet content came true. It also appeals to my visual learning style. 

I have found tons of great ideas on it and enjoy seeing what my friends pin. I used to go on it frequently, but now I mostly use it to look up ideas (jewelry organizer was a recent search) or to browse  the "outdoor" and "diy" categories.

After a while, I do get annoyed about how the same stuff tends to appear as it is pinned and re-pinned by others.

Overall, it is an app that is very useful personally and professionally. I have found good teacher resources there and have posted some of my own ideas (like the Bookie Monster).

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thing 6: Documents

Of course, being a Google Certified Teacher, (finally, yay!), I would endorse Google Docs as the best app out there for documents. However, I will admit it is a bit fussy on the iPad. but in a pinch, it works!

I also tried out Sign Now. This app would have been so handy about a month ago when I was applying for a job and needing electronic documents to include real signatures. Aw well, now I know!