Friday, May 2, 2008

More Web 2.0 - The Cloud

The cloud - the concept of having your data and applications whererver you are and application is easy.

Since we're at Microsoft, they are of course promoting Microsoft's Office Live, but they also mention Google Docs (which I use all the time). Both tools allow you to collaborate on documents (word processing, spreadsheets, calendars, etc) online. This helps to avoid the emailing of multiple versions of a document and waiting for new versions to arrive.

Tools like this allow you to step outside of the confines of Blackboard (or stay within it if you prefer) and have students work together.

Another new tool mentioned - Live Mesh - apparently just announced last week. the presenter has described this in context - office live is your worklife online, facebook, etc is your social life online, Live Mesh is your whole life online. Interesting idea. I'll have to check it out.


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