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Here on this blog I hope to get a conversation going amongst students, teachers, administrators, and parents about who, what, when, why, and where we should teach technology skills for the 21st century. I am technology teacher at Truckee High School in Truckee, CA and currently teach classes like digital media, e-learning, applications, and keyboarding -- yes...still important! :) Please Join the Conversation!

Friday, May 4, 2012

In the Know - Using the Internet to Stay Informed

Too much information and news, not enough time, can't decide what to read?

There is so much information available for consumption today that much of the struggle to remain productive and knowledgeable about the topics that matter most to you is figuring out how to manage all this content.  The Internet, which has exponentially increased the amount of media, luckily does have great web 2.0 sites available for free that can help people manage information, stay focused, get connected, and be informed about what matters to them without 'killing' their entire day.  So, take a look at some of the useful web sites listed below to help you get started at being a more informed and productive person.

Twitter - use this social media tool to follow and connect with people and organizations that share content relevant to your interests.  This allows you to filter the type of information and news you want to see.  Follow me at www.twitter.com/jonhalvorsen

Google E-Reader - choose to subscribe to blogs and web sites so that their new content comes to you in an easy one-stop place to read and share with others.  You can organize all of your subscriptions into folders for easy access by topic.  This allows you to no longer bookmark all your favorite sites for accessing since all of the content feeds (RSS) to your E-Reader home page.

Diigo - Collect, highlight, and then remember what it is you need.  This site allows users to do so much more than other social bookmarking sites like http://delicious.com/ by focusing on E-Reading and providing technology that allows readers to create sticky notes, add highlights, and incorporate pictures and documents.

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