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Learning and Learning so that I can Teach

I've been putting in the hours and laying down the groundwork for the upcoming year as Technology Staff Developer at my school. In the past few weeks, I've been becoming intimately familiar with Microsoft Sharepoint and eSchoolPLUS. I taught myself Quia the other day and then gave a workshop to two colleagues who will use it later this year. I'm growing fonder of Sharepoint by the day, and I think that our teachers will find it very useful.

Push it real good (cue Salt n' Pepa music)...

Go easy on me here, but I can't help but enjoy getting notifications on so many different things. I'm sure it will get annoying soon, but for now, I love getting Twitter updates, News alerts, Score updates, and more. I love how there are different sounds for each, and how they are all somehow pleasing to my ear. And I love that it just might make me more efficient in that I don't have to open all of these apps and instead rely on the notification for my content.

Here's what I push and why I push it. I'll try to update this as more notifications come in.

Sportacular - YES! My previous favorite sports/scores app gets push notifications, and they are much richer than those from SportsTap. Now, I can really find out when Gregg gives up another home run.

SportsTap - to see whenever my Cubbies take the lead, or more likely, when they walk in another run (Marmol!!!)

Prowl - to see Growls, but I don't like to keep my computer on all the time, so I use...

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GPush vs. Pushmail

Yes, I have a Push addiction. But, that's for a later conversation. I just tested GPush for the iPhone, a much anticipated app that gives you push notifications when you receive a new Gmail. Funny thing is, I just couldn't wait anymore for this app, so I plunked down the $4.99 for Pushmail 2 days ago. Well, turns out I may get my money's worth after all. GPush does not send you any part of the email itself, just the sender and the subject line. This makes for a cleaner look than Pushmail, but I like the fact that I can decipher more of the message in Pushmail and this allows me to make a better decision as to whether I need to open my mail app or not. This is one of the main reasons why I want Push for my emails, so it is at this time a dealbreaker for GPush. Still, for $0.99 vs. $4.99, GPush is a good deal. It has a better icon than GPush and it offers a badge icon update. Plus, it seems more intuitive since it doesn't use the email forwarding go-around as d…