Google Docs: Not just documents any more

Google Docs: Not just documents any more

I “meet” regularly with a fellow doc student to share writing and give and receive feedback. Yesterday, I uploaded her piece into GDocs and commented there. When our call took place, we went to the doc and referred to it throughout our conversation. Suddenly the entire tenor of our conversation shifted. It was no longer just two people looking at feedback on Word documents that […]

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I Help Cure Cancer in My Sleep

I’ve started working the night shift. Last night, it was a research project on childhood cancer. Earlier in the week, I worked on Muscular Dystrophy, clean water, and human proteome folding (whatever that is). And all I did was what I have done every night since I first bought a computer: I turned out the light and went to bed, knowing that after a backup, […]

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The Power of the Follow

If it’s #followfriday (#ff), this must be Twitter. #followfriday is when folks who Tweet list names of folks they think other Tweeters might want to follow. This custom has a sweet history.  Michah Baldwin, the originator,  says, It wasnt hard for people to suggest folks to follow, because everyone has people they follow that they find interesting, insightful, funny, intelligent or whatever it is that […]

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From Boardroom to Classroom: More Collaboration Buzz

I wouldn’t presume to cross into the world of business & finance  and start telling them how to get their act together. While I mostly don’t value the influx of business perspectives into education,  certain ideas make great metaphors for educators to think about. Evan Rosen’s piece in the February 5 Business Week online edition is one example. Rosen writes about the power of collaboration […]

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Making Lemonade

Last week I was feeling a little sour about the results of the anonymous mid-semester survey about how class was going, so I used a chunk of class time to respond, to talk about changes I’d be willing to make, to tell them where I thought they needed to step up. Then we moved into problem-solving mode. I told them I’d heard them loud and […]

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