Thing 21: Productivity Tools

For this activity I chose to spend time with Tweetdeck and Diigo.

I used Diigo to support a Wikipedia lesson I was teaching. Rather than just tell the kids about using Wikipedia for research or putting screen shots into a Powerpoint I figured it would be powerful to take them to the pages where Wikipedia addresses the pros and cons of using it as a research tool. I created the highlights on a work computer but when I tried to use Diigo on a different computer the highlights didn’t show up. It works as expected  on my home computer so I haven’t given up hope. I think the big difference is that at home I have installed the Diigo extension but at work I don’t  have the ability to install anything and was only able to use Diigolet.

TweetDeck was an exciting experience…..the biggest excitement…..remembering my Twitter account. I got it right on the first time!!! Twitter is something that I struggle with. I see the advantages to it bit I just really haven’t taken the time to wrap my head around it. My husband has used TweetDeck for years and swears by it. I just needed the motivation to try it myself.  It took some work to figure it out but I can see myself getting hooked. I love how I can have multiple timelines showing across the columns. I do not see myself having TweetDeck running all the time (I don’t need any more voices in my head!) but I can definitely see myself checking in a few times a day to see what’s going on.  Now that I have this tool I need to spend some time and locate a few starter sources to follow. Maybe some day I’ll even tweet!

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About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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One Response to Thing 21: Productivity Tools

  1. Nice post! Sorry that the diigo highlighting thing didn’t work without installing the extension. That’s a pain! LOL about too many voices in your head. Me too! I don’t have twitter running all day either, but dip in now and then.

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