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Old school connectivism, shortcuts & having fun… February 14, 2009

Posted by handspiker in Uncategorized.

I am amazed in our day and age the number of shortcuts that technology increases for us. Over the past weeks many of us have been talking about sharing and the idea of connectivism. This week that has happened as I have already blogged about, but sometimes the age old connectivism in person can pay off in dividends as well. As I was sharing my newfound knowledge about Google Docs with Jim (a fellow Masters student) he showed me a cool option on Google.

iGoogle is an option that allows you to create your own Google page with themes (the Earth theme follows the rotation of the earth…cool!) and widgets (not sure if that is the appropriate term) that match what you want/need. There are many options that go from useful to sublime, entertainment to educational, etc. This iGoogle has allowed me to create a page that saves me a little time in switching from one application to another from the same page. On one page I have CBC News (useful in helping me find articles for discussions in Psych & Law), Google Docs (for my interactive forms), Blogger (for my classroom updates), Google Reader (to subscribe to my fellow classmates’ blogs and others), Gmail, and WordPress (for my Masters blog). This one stop shop allows me to do everything from one page. Below is a screenshot of what my iGoogle looks like.

iGoogle screenshot

There are many other options to look at. You can add tabs and when I explored this I named the tab educational and a bunch of educational resources came up. Try it out. If anything it might save you some time and its just fun exploring anyway.