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50 gigs FREE?!

Yes, you read that correctly…50 gigs FREE. I was doing a little research today for a Dropbox alternative and found Box.net. Note: I still love Dropbox, but we are having some difficulties with it and our iPads. What caught my eye was 50 gigabytes of free cloud storage. You might be thinking what I was thinking, that must be too good to be true, but it isn’t! All you have to do is download the Box.net app on your iOS device and you get 50 gigs FREE. (if you don’t have an iOS device you still get 5 gigs). The 50 gig offer is only through December 2, so grab yours before it’s too late!

Box.net is really similar to Dropbox.com, except it doesn’t sync the files directly to a folder on your computer (which is, incidentally, one of my favorite Dropbox features) But you can still invite collaborators, share files, link to files, and there are plenty of applications that are compatible.  I’m going to start using it to share some of my bigger files that clog up my Dropbox…

 

Note: I am in no way affiliated or compensated by box.net…I just really, really like FREE resources!

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Where to start confessing…

I don’t know where to even begin confessing…About a month ago I started a new job as a Technology Integration Specialist and I’m just beginning to figure out what on earth that means! I’m planning to continue sharing resources and ideas, but they might look a little different because I’m not just teaching 4th grade anymore!

Confession: I really miss being a classroom teacher! I hear from other specialists that I’ll get over this, but right now I miss having my own students and classroom and I miss knowing what I’m doing! Ok, so it’s kind of nice not having grading and the million+ other things that a classroom teacher has to do, but it’s also very weird. We’ll see, maybe by the end of the year I’ll never want to go back to the classroom…Speaking of here is one of the things that I get to do in my new job:

1:1 iPads in the classroom:

I am SUPER lucky to be working with an amazing second grade teacher to facilitate a 1:1 iPad pilot. Yes, you read that correctly, 1 iPad for every student. Swoon! (I’d go back to the classroom in a second for 1:1 iPads!!!) Not only was I given an iPad to use, but I have spent many hours working on plans and ideas for iPad integration in the second grade classroom. Check out my Diigo resource list here: iPad Resources

If you are lucky enough to have any iPads in your classroom you should check this out…I will continue to add to the list as I find more ideas and resources!

One that we are really excited about is ePud Bud and this could be used in any classroom, not just the iPad blessed ones!

You can use this website to make your own eBooks! You can scan pages in or have kids create them, but they can be loaded on any device or viewed on the website. Cool, cool, cool!

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