I’m attending a three-day training session in Arkansas this week, and tomorrow I’m going to share a session on “Using Google Notebook, Google Reader, and Firefox.” I created the resource page for this session (appropriately enough) in Google Notebook and shared it as a publicly accessible webpage. I included multiple reasons for using Google Notebook, Google Reader, and the FireFox web-browser. Unlike a wiki, a Google Notebook page cannot be made publicly editable. You can specify email addresses of people you want to grant rights of co-authorship to, however. You can also limit who gets to view a notebook by selecting different email addresses. This could be beneficial in a classroom context, when a student just wants to share access to their notebook with a few partners and the teacher, but not the entire class or the world. (It does require that each person with authorship rights have an email account, however, which aren’t provided by many U.S. schools.) Google Notebook pages don’t keep a “history” of past edits either, from what I can see– so I’m not sure how you can tell who edited and added what to a notebook page. There’s also no “undo” feature.
Overall, however, I am VERY impressed with the Google Notebook tool and the possibilities it presents! I think it has HUGE applications for educational research, particularly because it permits such easy harvesting of links, quotations, and images with the date and originating URL/website included in the notebook clipping.
If you have comments for additions or changes to the introductory tutorial page I’ve created for Google Reader/Notebook and Firefox, I’d love to hear them. Feel free to use this page if it is helpful for your own technology training / awareness sessions with other teachers or students. Google Notebook automatically creates an index page of all your publicly shared notebooks, which is a nice feature. (Here is mine.) I created a second notebook tonight as an example of how a notebook can be used during the research process. My example is titled, “Thoughts and Images Relating to Engagement.”
One of the biggest reasons to use Google Notebook yourself and with students is ACCESSIBILITY. Anything saved to a Google Notebook can be accessed from any other Internet-connected computer. That’s the essence of web 2.0, and Google is doing a nice job bringing more FREE and powerful tools into the hands of Internet users everywhere.
This ALMOST makes me wish I had a new research paper to write soon….. 😉
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On this day..
- Free Workshop in Oklahoma City Fri Feb 8: Creating Games & Simulations with Scratch - 2013
- Highlights from the 2013 Trappers Rendezvous Campout - 2013
- Create a Custom Digital Newspaper on your iPad with Flipboard & Google Reader - 2012
- OAESP Grant for Student Videography at Mustang, Elementary (Oklahoma) - 2012
- Vision for Educational Leadership in 30 Seconds: A Challenge #digitalvision2011 - 2011
- Things I Want To Model As Your Teacher - 2010
- iTunes - Age Restricted Material - 2010
- Taking class attendance with cell phone SMS messages and PollEverywhere - 2010
- Geotagged iReports from President Obama's Inauguration - 2009
- Podcast219: Powerful Tools, Powerful Possibilities - 2008