Will Richardson's new book, Blogs, Wikis and Podcasts, I begin writing about the daily technology in my life. You could call this, "Summer Madness: Working with New Technologies" but of course I am saving that title for the upcoming blockbuster movie.
I am sending this photo I took with my ancient WebCam (on my desktop computer) from Flickr to my blog. Flickr is a photo hosting Web tool which I have linked to my blog. After taking the photo, I uploaded it to Flickr and clicked on "Blog This!". That brings me to an area of Flickr where I could write a blog entry.
It worked! Flickr does allow a test posting, which I recommend as you can always delete postings later. I chose to finish this here since I can do more with my Blog using the Blogger interface. I would say that this is an emerging technology since it is an experience of using Web 2.0 tools. Students could take photos of in-class projects and post them to Fickr and write about them in a class blog.
Moving on, I continue an investigation of Google Notebook. Google Notebook is an online tool for clipping useful information from Web sites while you are working (in my case, researching) with Web sites. It would also be good for planning a vacation, shopping or for my hobby which is genealogy. First, you have to sign up for a free acount at Google, download an extension for your browser (as yet there is no Mac version), and read the directions for use. This is a definite emerging technology because it is very new (in beta) and has direct application for the classroom. I am using this with the Firefox browser which I just began using last month and like very much... it's faster and has a bookmark manager that is easier to organize.
My work day ends with reading Will's book, entering appointments into my Zire 72, doing some online shopping and answering emails. I have just enough time to work a bit on census records for my genealogy project. None of these tasks are emerging for me-just everyday things. I log into the MyLesley (Blackboard interface) to see if any new class members have checked in as yet. Laurie and I are the only one who have posted our introductory information.
On to June! It's 81 degrees here in Massachusettts. Yippee for summer.