Though I have been a member of the Google community for about three years, I had never set up my iGoogle page. This page will support my teaching and organization at school by keeping my shared documents, Twitter account, E-mail and Google Reader articles at the touch of a finger. Every morning, I start my day by opening a Google Doc to provide students with their daily tutoring placements. I then open a separate E-mail account, maybe check the weather on a different site and keep up with the latest articles that have been sent to me regarding teaching. I feel naïve that I never knew I could set up my main Google page and then personalize it for my daily needs. This will help in time efficiency so I can have more time to give to my instruction. For teaching I can set up my feeds for what I am currently teaching in hopes that some of the ideas will be able to be used in the classroom.
In order to support learning, iGoogle offers me a chance to be in the captain’s seat to observe. I can monitor the kid’s shared documents and collaborations for instant feedback. I can also have instant access to E-mail to answer questions from parents or students. Having the Goggle Reader feed ensures that I will always have fresh articles and ideas to offer to my kids in class. If I continue with Twitter as a tool in my classroom, I can keep track of any tweet or assignment that a student completes on the site. If not, I’m sure whatever educational site I choose will have a “gadget” so I can link to the feature. My goal is to continue to use this page on a daily basis. You can see that I already have my home school’s Google Docs — I am excited at the realization that I will not have to click from window to window to find my daily documents anymore.