From the Shelly’s blog : http://blogbyshelly.edublogs.org/2008/11/13/web-applications/
We appreciate the deep perceptions about usefullness of ThinkFree !
Try as they may, many students are not able to complete all of their assignments while at school. In the old days of textbooks and worksheets, this was not a problem. They would simply stuff their backpacks with the needed books and paper and complete their work at home. In the current world of education, with the advent of technology and the software needed to complete their assignments, some students have run into a problem. Their computers don’t necessarily have software compatible to the software used at school. A project initiated at school cannot be finished at home, and vice versa. This is where ThinkFree Office Online comes to the rescue. ThinkFree is, for the most part, compatible with the Microsoft Word software used at school. Their word processing software has the capability to save files as PDFs, includes a web based editor that can be used to edit documents and post to blogs, and includes work space capability and file sharing. Their presentation software is also compatible with Power Point. This software can enable students to work on project at home or at school, and be assured that the project can be completed, even though their software may not be identical to that of the school’s.
I have been teaching high school since 1992. I began my teaching career as a special education teacher and work experience coordinator in Howard Lake, MN. I taught there until 1998, when I accepted a position at an alternative high school in Buffalo, MN. It turned out to be the best career decision I have ever made. It’s my dream job and I love working with my students and colleagues.
Our school is project based and we rarely use textbooks. I currently teach social studies but I have taught other subjects here as well, including science, English and art. We enjoy working with local historians and have completed several projects with the Wright County Historical Society, including the project that gained national acclaim when we were selected as one of 15 finalists in the National Save Our History Classroom Award. The History Channel awarded two students and two teachers with all expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the awards banquet and two days of sightseeing. It was a wonderful experience for all of us.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato and my Master of Science in Education from St. Mary’s University. I am excited about the new advancements in technology and their applications in the classroom. I look forward to continuing my teaching career throughout the next decade or so, and meeting the new challenges that may entail.