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Thing 19 – Integrating

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Some things of cpd23 I had already been using, such as Prezi, Jing etc.  Other tools I haven’t even got round to testing yet, such as Zetro and podcasting.  However, some of the tools I have already fully integrated into my life.  Those being Dropbox, Evernote and Linkedin.

Dropbox:

After having a Dropbox account set up for me at work I have been using it ALL THE TIME!  It is so useful from the point of view that having Dropbox on my work machine and my laptop means that I can work on essays in the office and save them knowing that the latest version will be on my laptop when I get home without having to save it to a USB or email it to myself as I was doing before.  It has also been good for sharing photos and working on shared documents at work.  Really glad that this tool was brought to my attention as it has made life that tiny bit easier!

Evernote:

I find Evernote very useful in much the same way as I do Dropbox.  I mainly use it to ‘clip’ pages with useful articles on, recipes or attaching pdfs of journal articles or reports that I want to read at a later date.  This again means that these items will be available for me to retrieve later from either my work machine or personal laptop.  I haven’t used any of the sharing facilities yet, I’m not sure I will as I generally am using it for things of my own personal interest.

Linkedin:

I have started to use Linkedin more than I was previously.  However, I still haven’t fully got involved with it – I’ve made a few connections now, but only with colleagues at work, I need to be more proactive in seeking other peers.  But I can see its potential and will keep remembering to check in on it and build a better profile.

Thing 13 – Google docs, Wikis and Dropbox

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All these things are resources I have been aware of but had little interaction with…until today when our IT department created Dropbox accounts for us all…a lucky coincidence!

However, I must confess, I did attempt to create a Dropbox account just under a year ago – I organised an Oxjam music event and the photographer sent me photos via Dropbox, I got as far as registering but for reasons that escape me now I never completed downloading and installing, which is silly as I’m sure the photos are great.

Anyway, now that I have been given a new account and had a chance to play with it today I thought I should write about it whilst it’s fresh on my mind!  And….I can now confirm that it is a very useful thing…but now have two accounts, does anyone know how I can merge the two, is it possible?  We have been given them at work as a quick way to  share files whilst people are working from home, particularly during the Olympic period where some people are expecting difficultly getting to the office.  We already have a share drive at work, but Dropbox is quicker and can be accessed any way with little problems installing.  Currently we have only shared photos from our recent work day out, but I’m sure it’ll prove very useful very soon.

I had a brief experience with Google drive (then Google docs) last year two out of four of us were moving out of my house at the time and had to look for new house mates.  We used google docs to set up a timetable of who was coming when.  It was useful as, like Jennifer says, you don’t need to keep updated and re-sending around the same file.