I’ve created two new wiki resources for conference presentations and workshops I’ll be teaching in the weeks ahead. These are just draft versions, so if you have any links or related resources to suggest I’d love to hear about them! Please leave them as comments here.

The first is a presentation I’ll share at the MACE conference in my hometown: Manhattan, Kansas, on March 1-2, 2007. The session is “Using Google Tools for Educational Research and Collaboration.” My session description is:

Google for Educators (http://www.google.com/educators) and Google Labs (http://labs.google.com) include a wealth of powerful, free tools for learners. These permit streamlined Internet research, connecting ideas, hyperlinks and data with geographic places on earth, collaboratively authoring documents with options to share the results with others, creating web pages with a web browser, and more. In this session we’ll explore Google Notebook, Google Reader, Google Earth, Google News Alerts, Google SMS, and more!

The second is a 3 part evening workshop I am going to teach collaboratively with my wife at our church on Wednesday evenings (starting Feb 28th) titled “Digital Dialog.” I created a wiki site (http://digitaldialog.wikispaces.com) for the class, as well as an Imbee group (which still needs Imbee admin approval before it is public.) On the wiki site we posted the following purpose:

The goal of this website is to provide parents and other care-givers with resources, ideas and links related to encouraging regular communication between younger and older learners about safe, appropriate, and fun uses of digital technologies! This website has started as a result of a 3-part class for parents offered on Wednesday nights in Spring 2007 at First Presbyterian Church, Edmond, Oklahoma.

I’m looking forward to further developing resources for both these sites. If the “Digital Dialog” site is of interest and you want to directly contribute resources to the wiki site, feel free to join that site (after joining WikiSpaces if you are not already a member) and I’ll approve you to contribute the next time I return to the site. πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to Google Tools and Digital Dialog

  1. Wesley,
    I am interested in the Google presentation. You are most welcome to use any of the resources I have put together on teaching the Google services. Drop by Sequoyah to get a copy of the CD presentation I did for the OTA Conference if you did not get one there.
    See http://picasaweb.google.com/otaandy/CastingAWideNetWithGoogle for the screen shots of the presentation.

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Andy: Your preso at OTA on Tuesday was what inspired me to put this new Google preso together! I’ll podcast this soon at an upcoming presentation. Thanks for the link– I will drop by and get a copy of the CD. You did a GREAT job at OTA with all those tools! πŸ™‚

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