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At the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2009, I attended Leslie Fisher’s gadgets session.  Leslie Fisher is the Director of Fisher Technologies Incorporated which focuses on web development for the k-12 education sector.  In the session she went over gadgets and websites to help you with your personal life and endeavors.  She’s a great speaker and I highly recommend you catching her at a conference!  Here are my notes from the session:


Websites to help keep you organized or make life easier: travel itineraries from your email account reviews of business all over the country an 800 number that you dial that you can send to email to create a to do list.

Works well with free site that allows you to create/edit your To Do List from anywhere

Evernote-web-based application that creates ocr text recognition account allows you to broadcast a live video feed to anyone backup for mac and pc can submit a picture, but staff of site will evaluate if it is worthy of putting online…once it is posted, it is royalty free. of web 2.0 apps for education

 Http:// make your own flash games not limited like in flickr, allows you to sell photos, watermarks, order on t-shirt, etc. can use for sporting events.  Search for nonprofit and can have a FREE professional level account


Cool Gadgets: 

Sling Media-external box that hooks up to your home theater no matter how big or small, then uses a internet connection to broadcast the signal to CPU, phone, etc.

 Netflix roku-$99) no monthly fee if you are a netflix member with 2 + DVDs a month, allows you to instantly watch 10,000+ movies on demand

 Logitech-Harmony One-all in one remote for up to 15 devices ($249-499.00) ($134.00) Record player w/usb that allows you to  create an MP3 out of your old record!


DOT has been noticing that a worm (virus) is traveling around on people’s thumb-drives.  Our virus software, Symantec, is quarantining the virus once it is on the computer, but it is not scanning or cleaning your thumb drive.  To scan your thumb drive:

1.        Insert your thumb drive.

2.       Click Start->All Programs->Symantec Client Security->Symantec AntiVirus

a.       Click Scan on the left hand side of the Symantec Antivirus Window

b.      Click Custom Scan

c.       Click the box next to the thumb drive (it will place a checkmark)

d.      Click scan on the lower right hand corner.

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Back (notice the USB function!)          Front (next to my glasses…so small!              

We have purchased 4 Flip video cameras…these are small handheld video cameras (the size of your palm) that I thought would be a great instructional technology resource for you instructionally or for students in the classroom.  You can use them to record video (up to 60 minutes!) and even capture still images of classroom/lab activities, observations, etc.  The beauty of these small video cameras is that they have built in USB (you don’t need a cable!) and you can plug the camera directly to your computer and upload.  So within minutes you can have data uploaded and projected for students to see.  They also allow for zooming and run on 2 AA batteries.   This is great if you are doing electronic presentations.  You can even upload files to Sharepoint!  


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