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This week, I learned about EtherPad (http://ietherpad.com/) from a coworker and I am so excited about the possibile uses of this cloud computing website. EtherPad is a real-time collaborative text editing program. Users can instantly create a "pad" and invite others to join the discussion that takes place here. Contributions to the pad are color-coded by user, and a chat feature is also included in the pad.
The best part is that users do not even have to sign up to participate in the pad discussion! This makes it ideal for classroom use, where it can be used instantly without needing to create individual accounts for each student. Teachers also have an option of signing up for an account so they can save pads for future reference.
My coworker uses EtherPad for collaborative writing projects. He puts laptop computers from our school's mobile lab at each table and has students work together to edit a writing sample, or to create an original piece as a group. This is certainly not the only way to use EtherPad. Students can even branch beyond the walls of the classroom and use EtherPad to collaborate with students at other schools in different parts of the world. I am excited to try the program in my Reading, Science and Social Studies classes - brainstorming ideas about a topic, reflecting on the importance of historical events, answering discussion questions and responding to classmates' ideas... the possibilities are endless.
-Anna Cajiga, CEP 810 SS2011
After learning about cloud computing I think that the school district that I am working for could truely benefit from implementing it. The district recently started using blended learning curriculums for science, social studies and math, having cloud computing as a recource would be great to further supplement the blended curriculums. I also think that it could save our district a lot of money based on what I have learned. We have 4 high schools in our district that commonly use the same resources, if we used cloud computing we would have to have accounts for each teahcer, or each school. They accounts could work district wide. I think that the district is starting to use some of the ideas based in cloud computing, but hasn't fully implemented it.
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This is one of my favorite websites:
It is an online site that allows you to catalog and keep track of your book collections
I use it to have a class library page for parents to look up great books to read to their kids
Awesome way to share reading resources..