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Log Me In – for when even Dropbox can’t save you

Logmein

This morning I needed to give my students a document that I had given out to other classes in the past. A quick search of Dropbox revealed that I haven’t distributed that particular doc since I switched to Dropbox. 😦

Luckily, I have Log Me In.

Log Me In is a program / app that allows you to access your computer at home (provided it’s turned on – hey, technology can’t do everything for you).

You install the free version at home and register your computer, setting up a log-in and password.

Install the app on your iPad (or access your account through your desktop at work) and you can log in to your home computer. You will see the screen of your home computer; then you can scroll and click on any item.

WARNING! Depending on how fast your internet is, the connection can be delayed and kind of choppy. I wouldn’t advise it for trying to watch a DVD remotely.

So this morning I found the pdf I needed, clicked “SAVE AS” and had it saved to my Dropbox folder, and was able to open my Dropbox in class and print it out for the the students.

Although there are paid versions of LogMeIn which offer more features, I have been very happy with the free version and have no plans to upgrade.

Evernote Info

I am including the following links to strongly encourage you to experiment with Evernote!

Installing Evernote for  your computer:

http://evernote.com

Installing the Web-Clipper

http://evernote.com/webclipper/
(By the way, I believe the web-clipper was invented by the oldest Medoff brother.)

Great “Getting Started” tutorials:

http://evernote.com/getting_started/

A teacher who is using Evernote for everything:

http://www.thenerdyteacher.com/p/the-epic-evernote-experiment.html

Tips for Evernote use for teachers:

http://blog.evernote.com/blog/2011/01/13/10-tips-for-teachers-using-evernote-education-series/

 

Examples of how teachers are using Evernote:

http://blog.evernote.com/blog/2011/08/30/teaching-with-evernote-a-6th-and-8th-grade-science-teacher-shares-his-top-tips-back-to-school-series/?utm_source=interspire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-0811-v0

 

 

LibreOffice

If you’re crazy, and do not wish to take part in the fantastic offer that Gabi sent out to get Microsoft software for pennies, LibreOffice is a free, open-source personal productivity software for Windows and Mac.

LibreOffice will give you a full-featured word processor, presentation software (like Power Point), spreadsheet program, database, drawing program and a Math program, all for free. And it is fully compatible with Microsoft products, if you’d like to use this at home and bring in the files to edit or show in school. (But you’re going to get the Microsoft package, aren’t you?)

It’s also multilingual compatible and has a Hebrew dictionary for spell checking.

What’s the catch? There is none. It’s free. No ads, you don’t have to buy 12 more records, nothing. Use it, and if you don’t like it, uninstall it. And you’re none the poorer for it.