Greg and Bryan’s 12 Days of (teacher and tech) Deals – Day 4

Posted: December 7, 2009 in Instructional Technology, Just Interesting Stuff
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Day 4:

General notes about the deals of the day:

  • Many of these deals are only available for a short time – pay attention to the sale dates.
  • Some of you have asked for computer deals. We’re looking, but it seems like the stores have jacked the prices up for Christmas. We’re seeing prices that are about $50 more than they should be.
  • Free shipping doesn’t mean you’ll get it for Christmas – check shipping dates.

Greg’s Teacher deal of the day – It’s about time – that’s my evaluation of this item. When I fix a computer that is sitting under someone’s desk, I often find a small heater cranking out warm air for someone’s cold tootsies. It seems like such an extravagant waste of power. You don’t need to heat all the air. The computer certainly doesn’t need to be kept warm. You just want a little lovin’ for your feet. Well here it is. A cute and cuddly foot warmer that plugs into a USB port on your computer for a mere $16 and free shipping.

USB Powered Foot Warmer

“But it’s not my feet, it’s my hands that get cold” you say. Fine – the USB powered gloves are an even better deal currently on sale for $4 with free shipping.

USB Powered Gloves

Free download (or website) of the day –  Diigo is my favorite social bookmarking website. Social bookmarking allows you to save links to your favorite websites for easy retrieval on any Internet connected computer. The social part means that you can share your collections of links with other users. Diigo gives teachers a free education account that allows you to create a classroom group so you and your students can share bookmarks specific to an assignment or project.

Link to Diigo website

Bryan’s Tech deal of the day – Storage is so cheap these days. If you’re in the market for storage, look no further than the Western Digital Elements 1.5 TB (that’s terabyte) external hard drive. This thing can hold 655 hours of music, or 1,572,864 pictures. Crazy. The only thing more crazy is the price.

Western Digital Elements 1.5 TB external hard drive – $89.99 (Free shipping) at Newegg.com
Bryan’s download of the day – Evernote is one of the best notebook type software you’ll find. It’s won against many of its competitors in a lot of reviews. With Evernote you can save anything and everything. Pictures, text, audio, video, websites. Anything. There’s a bookmark so you can “clip” stuff from websites, there’s a program for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Palm Pre, Sony Ericsson X1, Windows Mobile and Blackberry. You can also use the website to view and clip stuff. And the best thing: everything you clip is synced to the web and synced with all the rest of your clients. Clip something at work and it syncs at home. Clip something on your laptop offline and the next time you connect it syncs. Here’s the best best thing: unlimited storage! You do, however, have a 40MB monthly upload limit. If you can’t bear the thought of not uploading EVERYTHING, you can pay $45 a year and get, among other things, 500MB of uploading a month.
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