(Wednesday, 11/2/2011 & Thursay, 11/3/2011)
Like many calendar software applications, Google Calendar definitely increases a user's productivity. It may be conveniently sync on his/her smart phone. A step to the unified communication, which integrate computing devices, cellular phones and land lines.
Agenda: Google Calendar as a communication tool
(optionally, vs. Google Docs (Wednesday, 11/16/2011 & Thursday, 11/17/2011)
(1) Use DropBox strictly for cloud computing. When on http://www.dropbox.com
click the "Log in" at the right top corner. Once logging in, you should see all the folders/files created by or shared with. You may view/share/manage files as you choose. You may download AND upload just like Google Docs. You do NOT need to download any software; you just need a web browser -- any web browser.
(2) Use DropBox as a virtual drive/disk. Then you will have to download the Dropbox software. With the software installed, you may download/upload files as if the "cloud" storage is part of you own computer. As such, whatever applies to a local hard drive will also apply to the "virtual" drive/disk. For instance, if you move a file/folder from C: drive to the desktop, you move the file/folder out of it. the same is true to the Dropbox.
(3) For anybody new to Dropbox, he/she is advised to click "Log in" mentioned in (1), then click "Create an account." GSD staff is recommended they use the district-issued e-mail address as the User ID; and they may choose the password.
(4) To install the Dropbox software, the user may do it all by her/himself (i.e., no need of a PC admin account). Simply click the "Download Dropbox" button on the home page of Dropbox, and follow the instruction. At some point, the user might be prompted with the need of an admin account, just click "Cancel". Then there is a message stating NOT all features will be installed. Just OK it. Choose that you ALREADY have an account and, as recommended, the free 2GB for storage.
Google Documents in Classroom and Administrative Office (Wednesday, 11/30/2011 & Thursday, 12/1/2011)