Hip hip hooray!! I'm VERY excited to be starting my third year of Cool Tools For Schools with Polly :-) I'm not exaggerating when I say how valuable these lessons are to me both personally and professionally. This is such a wonderful way to stay informed about what is available, and there is always something I can put to use immediately.
Speaking of which - this week I explored Evernote, Clearly, and LastPass - three super cool tools. First, it was really easy to sign up for Evernote. I liked the embedded tutorials that made it a cinch to start using right away. My first note contained my lesson plan schedule for this week at school. It was very easy to create. Tomorrow I will try to access Evernote from school to see if I can retrieve my note. Who knows if it will be blocked by our filtering system, though? I'll just hope it's not.
Next I tried Clearly because it was related to Evernote and sounded interesting. I installed it and tried it out on my electronic Book Club Blog called Book Buzz. I then used WebClipper to send the cleaned up page to Evernote. So easy!!
Finally I installed LastPass on my computer, but I panicked at the last minute when it detected all of my "insecure" passwords stored on the computer and said if I clicked "import" it would save them securely on LastPass and would delete them from my computer. I probably should have gone for it right then and there, but having SO many passwords for everything from Shutterfly to EdModo to PayPal, I just didn't feel comfortable making that decision without more thought.
So I definitely feel "productive" as I begin this third track of Cool Tools! If I have time, I'll try to add to this post after tomorrow to let you know if Evernote works at school.