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Useful sites for small business | ITworld Whether you're running a business out of your den or from a penthouse in the sky, you don't have time or money to waste on second-rate tools. These well-designed services and resources are among the best the Web offers for small and midsize businesses. Some include apps for smartphones and downloads for your desktop, but all of them provide the bulk of their features within a Web browser. Productivity In the land of full-featured productivity suites, the battle royal rages on between Google Apps for Business and Microsoft Office 365. The free note-taking tool Evernote works in your browser, on the desktop, and on nearly any mobile device, so you really can carry your notes with you. VMWare's SlideRocket is a beautiful, cloud-based alternative to PowerPoint (and Google Docs' weak Presentations). Need to brainstorm in a more structured way than in a long text list? Communications If you conduct business from multiple phones (who doesn't?) Security Office Space Working Remotely Trip Planning

2¢ Worth Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference. I opened the NCTIES conference with a breakfast keynote address and Marc Prensky closed it with a luncheon keynote the next day. Sadly, I missed the second day of the conference. I would first offer some constructive criticism to NCTIES , and to all such ed-tech conferences across the nation and around the world. You do a fabulous job of offering dynamic learning experiences for teachers who are new to teaching or new to utilizing contemporary information and communication technologies in their classrooms. The only idea I can think of is to have one or two session rooms devoted to unconference topics. Now to the surprises It was in the student showcase, a part of most ed-tech conferences that I often miss, using it as an opportunity to visit the exhibitors or dash up to my room for something or other. “No software. After my hesitation, she continued, “..the game master.” And then, 1 Warlick, David.

Home Page Educational Technology Guy: Awesome LiveBinder of Evernote Resources for Education I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote for, well, everything. I use it for my lesson plans, lesson resources, lesson schedule, meeting notes, class notes, student notes, research, web clippings, recipes, to do lists, project management, and so much more. I share notes with colleagues and students. I can access my notes anywhere on any web enabled device. I created an Evernote for Education resource page to collect great resources and to use when I do training on using Evernote in education. I just found an incredible resource for anyone looking to use Evernote, especially in Education. If you use Evernote as an Educator, you really need to look through this LiveBinder on Evernote for some great ideas and tips. Check it out: I'm adding it to My Evernote Resources for Education page. Related: My Evernote Resources for Education Page LiveBinders - Organize materials in online binders

Invention kit that integrates art and technology The PicoCricket Kit has been discontinued. We apologize for any inconvenience. A PicoCricket is a tiny computer that can make things spin, light up, and play music. You can plug lights, motors, sensors, and other devices into a PicoCricket, then program them to react, interact, and communicate. Meet the PicoCricket. For example, you can make a cat and program it to purr when someone pets it. The PicoCricket Kit is similar to the LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ robotics kits. “The PicoCricket captures the LEGO spirit: it sparks the imagination, stimulates creative thinking, and engages children in playful learning.” –Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Owner and Vice Chairman of The LEGO Company Learn more about the PicoBoard. LEGO, the LEGO logo, and MINDSTORMS are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

Dan J Gallagher Top Alternative & Augmentative Communication iPad Apps The iPad continues to make communication more accessible and cost-effective for persons with developmental and speech disabilities. Mobile apps provide many of the vocabulary building and text-to-speech features of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) devices for far less than products such as the Dynavox Maestro. The following apps help persons who struggle to speak due conditions such as autism, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and stroke. They provide ways to choose words, symbols, and images to express moods, needs, and thoughts. 1. I Can Speak, Lazy River Software, ($29.99) iTunes I Can Speak is an easy-to-use AAC app designed to meet most of the communications needs of those unable to speak. 2. iCommunicate, Grembe, Inc., $49.99) iCommunicate lets you design and customize such things as visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, choice boards, flash cards, and speech cards. 3. iPrompts, Handhold Adaptive, LLC, ($49.99) 4. 5.

Released: How to Succeed in Ed-Tech There’s a lot of noise today about entrepreneurs and investors getting involved in education technology, much more than we’ve ever heard. This is a good thing. But we’re also convinced that most of today’s new ed-tech startups will fail and that a lot of investor money will be lost when they do. Given the stakes however, we wanted to publish a guide for ed-tech entrepreneurs and investors based on our experiences over the last 7 years in building and growing a successful, large ed-tech platform. We’ve gotten so much out of building Wikispaces, and we hope that many more entrepreneurs have the kind of experience we’ve had. We welcome your feedback and comment. Read the full guide then come back here to discuss.

Dashboard Everything iLearn Technology Speech Therapy | Language Development | Speech Therapist Mom | Tips for Parents Children Teachers Teaching-with-Technology - Wikis in Education This page provides an extensive list of sites that examine the use of Wikis in Education.What is a wiki? Simply put, wikis enable anyone and everyone to create content online using easily understandable tools. The most famous wiki is Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia created by users from around the globe. Not surprisingly, K-12 schools are also taking advantage of the opportunities for "collaborative construction" that wikis provide.wikihosts | classroom examples| articles about wikis in the classroom | wiki resources for teachers. Wiki Hosts: the following links are examples of online spaces where you can join and set up wikis for your class.Wikispaces: If you are a teacher or student and you wish to create an advertisement free space that will be used for educational purposes then go to this link and join up for free. If you would like to see more examples of classroom wikis created with wikispaces go here. Wikis @ Wedderburn

RSS Feed Search Engine Instant RSS Search engine will help you discover RSS feeds on the web around your favorite topics. You may use the tool to search RSS feeds for blogs, news websites, podcasts and more. It is instant search and hence the search results display as you type. You may use any of the Google search operators - like allintitle, inurl, etc. - for more accurate results. You can subscribe to the feeds in your favorite RSS Reader (like Feedly) or use the Preview link to see the 10 most recently published articles from that feed.