Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Your Documents Online

I will start my BaeL course on the 24th of this month.
I am looking for a place online to store files.

I found that as I am working from different computers at the cyber cafe my USB is getting messy with all the documents I create in one computer and then in another.
I decided to save everything on my USB to avoid having different documents on the same subject. I learned the hard way that it was not a wise decision because once my USB got a bug and I lost all the content.

I saw then that my best option was to store my files online, if I get collaboration, which it does not seem to be the case for this first online course due to bad timing, then it will be easy to share those documents.

At FileDen you have:
Hotlinking allowed for all allowed file extensions, including videos and music files.
1GB of personal storage space.
A 50mb maximum file size limit
5GB of monthly bandwidth

At BoxNet you have:
Upload files to your Box
Upload large documents, photos, spreadsheets, videos, or zip files to your personal online space.
Access files from any computer
Create shared folders on Box to collaborate with clients, colleagues, and friends.
Edit documents and photos online
With OpenBox Services, you can edit your documents and photos directly from the web.

At GoogleDocs you have:
Create basic documents from scratch.
You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it's free.

Upload your existing files.
Google Docs accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. So go ahead and upload your existing files.

Familiar desktop feel makes editing a breeze.
Just click the toolbar buttons to bold, underline, indent, change font or number format, change cell background color and so on.

This is a video about Online Files

Saturday, March 08, 2008

VoiceThread Introduction

Voice Thread is a tool that features voice, images and text. I have found it easy to use. I may use it for BaeL course in summer. Here is a tutorial shared by Sharon Betts.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Surfing ClassroomBraids

This is a voicethread made by some of the students participating in this project, they are from Cranford.
I was invited there by Sharon Betts, she has been very kind to me.
When my future students start the course their work can be posted here as well as in our course weblog.

This is done in a Wikispace portal, it seems very friendly. I spend some time finding out how to embed a widget, the tutorial did not cover that part, it was worth the effort.
I hope my students find it friendly as well.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Surfing 21Classes

I have been exploring 21Classes to see if I can use it as a blog site for BaeL
Ronaldo's tutorial is very useful, thanks Ronaldo!.
I tried to embed the tutorial there but somehow the link icon appears broken and I have not found out how to get around it. Besides, I could not log in into Jose Antonio's weblog because there was a "proxy error". He could not get in either but he could see my portal there. Mystery!

Add Tutorials to your page

His site is also enriching!!! His students are doing great, it is amazing the quality of work and the English level they handle. I spent a whole morning visiting them and found a Pink Panther video for pronunciation.

Two of his students came up with this interesting videos. Enjoy!

This one seems to have been taken in Mexico City. Some shots at Tlatelolco and another at Viaducto, those are the ones I believe I recognize. I will ask some "Defeños" to make sure and keep you posted". I have asked, it seems to be Mexico City but no one could be sure a 100%.