Friday, September 19, 2008

In Case You Missed It... The Week's Most Popular Content

This week was a big week for Free Technology For Teachers. Twice this week the blog received a record number of visits including nearly 1200 visits on Thursday. Free Technology for Teachers has almost 500 subscribers. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed with a RSS Reader or by email. If you haven't subscribed yet, please consider doing so as it will deliver the newest content directly to your email inbox or favorite RSS reader. Use the links in the top, right corner of the blog to subscribe. (For those that are leery of sharing an email address, I will never use your email address for anything other than blog content updates).

Here are the five most popular blog updates of the last week.
1. New Podcast - What is Creativity?
2. New Podcast - When Technology Fails
3. Can't Use YouTube? Try This...
4. Wall Street Woes Explained by CNN Student News
5. New Use for a Favorite Resource

I would be remiss not to mention some of the top-referrers to Free Technology for Teachers. This is just the beginning of a long list of people that have spread the word about Free Technology for Teachers.
Wicked Decent Learning
Learning in Maine
Skip Z
Meditations of a Kozmonaut
Conroe Independent School District
Larry Ferlazzo

Zoho Helps Ease the Transition to Cloud Computing

One of the complaints or excuses that I often hear from people reluctant to use cloud computing is, "but all my files are in Word." Zoho Writer's import options alleviate the "but my files are in Word" excuse for not trying cloud computing. With the announcement today that Zoho users can now import Microsoft Word 2007 documents the total number of importable document types is seven. The other formats that can be imported to your Zoho Writer account are html, doc, sxw, odt, rtf and txt. Zoho Writer users wishing to save documents to a local drive to email as an attachment now have the option of selecting from eight different file types. Visit this link for directions for importing documents to Zoho Writer.

Applications for Education
For many teachers adopting new technologies can be an uncomfortable experience. If you've been teaching for any length of time you undoubtedly have many, many documents that you don't want to lose. Importing those files to your Zoho account provides a safe storage option. Overall the most important aspect of the import and export options offered by Zoho Writer is that it can help ease the transition to cloud computing.