Tech Encounters – Oct 13th

Today’s technology: Google Docs/NeoOffice

In honor of my ed tech class this quarter, I’ve decided to try something new: taking notes with a word processing program, rather than pencil and paper.  To date I have tried two programs: Google Docs and NeoOffice.  I find that I like both equally well so far, and prefer either one to pencil and paper, for three reasons:

  1. I can type faster than I can write, so I am able to keep up with the discussion more easily.
  2. When discussing a new concept, I can search online and then embed links and images to either revisit later or simply remind me of what I thought we were talking about.
  3. I can be much more flexible with formatting.  For example, if we revisit a topic, I can scroll back up and insert notes so that all of my thoughts on a single topic are in one place.  I can also hyperlink topics together if need be.

These are all very powerful advances.  The one drawback so far is that I cannot quickly sketch, but this is mostly because I have not tried to find or experiment with a drawing program.  As I haven’t really needed to sketch anything, this is only a theoretical issue.  This is definitely something I would encourage my students to use in the classroom, especially if I could help them get access to programs like Geometer’s Sketchpad or Fathom.


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