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Time Management for Your Meetings with TIM

Hi everyone, I wanted to highlight this useful free tool created by our partner GAT Labs that my team and I have been using. It has worked really well for us and hopefully you’ll find it useful for your team too.

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As many of us work from home, it can feel like we are in more meetings than we ever were at the office. Pleasantries can extend to 10min in every meeting, then when you get to the discussion topic, someone derails the meeting by bringing up a side topic that is important but not always pertinent to the discussion. You find yourself wishing no one had anything to share just so you can get out of the meeting faster and back to doing your work so you don’t have to work past 5pm again. 

 

Whether you’re an owner or employee, TIM - an Online Meetings Timer, may be the helpful tool you’ve been looking for to manage your meeting time better.

 

TIM is a free Chrome Extension that you can add to your Chrome browser to...

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Favorite Web 2.0 Tools for Speaking and Writing

Students need to be able to understand language and become fluent in reading, writing and speaking. For this, I would focus first on tools to improve fluency, fluidity and reading comprehension.

For fluency and fluidity I would use a combination of audio tools. The basic ones and easiest to access are any of your audio recorders on your PC, Mac, Chromebook or other mobile device. You can also use the free Audacity software or use a web-based tool like Vocaroo or Online Voice Recorder

For writing, reading, reading comprehension I would include the following:

Digital Storytelling - Research, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity
Voicethread
StoryBird
Nature Magnetic Kit
PicLits
Prezi

To improve communication and writing I would use:

Grammarly
Quill
Google Docs/Word
Answer Garden
Verso
Twitter
Edublogs


To enhance Critical Thinking skills I would use:

Visual Ranking Tool
SMART Learning Suite
Tagxedo and Wordle
Blogger, Google Docs and Google Sites
Bing Search, Google Scholar and...
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