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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!


Ever have to write an important message to yourself on the back of a receipt, scrap paper, or even a napkin? is set up to resolve this issue for you.  Once you sign up, you will be able to send messages from your cell phone to your email.  So if you are on the run and someone tells you an address or important message that you need to remember, just call the Jott number with your cell phone and speak out the information once it starts recording.  The result?  You can check your email when you get to a computer and find your “spoken” message sent to you as an email from Jott.  I was a bit skeptical about it thinking “how can it understand what I’m saying?”  The first time I tested it, Jott could not understand my message.  Some of my colleagues concluded it was because of the signal of my cell phone.  I tried it again and it worked perfectly.  Most importantly, it annotated my voice message perfectly well.  I think this is great for those of us who don’t have the luxury of a blackberry, iPhone, or other pda device that allows you to access internet or document applications.  I have a basic cell phone and have started to use this for those important messages that I don’t want written on my hand!  Best of all…it is FREE!


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