Finally getting around to Flock
It's true. Flock is the best browser I have ever used - for the moment - and has given me some ideas. Chris Messina had shown me a rather unpromising holding page way back in December at Les Blogs, but the way he and Tara had gone on (and on... ;-) about it I knew it would be worth a shot.
There are two things that have made me take a look now, though.
a) I have some time as Mrs Edublogger gets all domesticated and bakes cakes (yes, it's true)
b) I am struggling to get my head around how we are going to let East Lothian teachers do their job and cope with creating and consuming larger amounts of information over the next few years. I've been convinced for a while that central portals are not the way to go, and the current research seems to back this up. But how do you tailor-make a delivery service when the users don't know what a delivery service (RSS) is?
If only we could get everyone on Flock this year then the sting would be taken out the problem. Why?
- RSS: It's a doddle to add pre-defined RSS feeds to your online reader - drag and drop
- Image-sharing: It's a doddle blah, blah, blah - drag and drop
- Blogging: you get the idea - drag, drop and everything from the same page or menu, without every having to go to a blogging application (people always get confused between the front end of a blog (edu.blogs.com, for example) and the backend where all the work goes in. Here, it appears only as if you have a front end - confusion over.
- Bookmark sharing: bookmarks are off and online, a concept that most people can get their heads around. It's amazing how many folk this past year have not liked the idea of having all their bookmarks online, in a place they can't see and feel. Flock gives a compromise.
- Adding other elements (files, pics, audio...) to blog posts or someone else's web pages: drag and drop. I've yet to try this out to see and believe it, but I like the idea that they are listening to what people have to say.
I know that some edubloggers have raved about Flock and already gone back to Firefox. Old habits etc, etc. But I'm going to give a prolonged shot at using this bit of kit to see if it makes my life easier. And gives me more time to cook...
Update: Flock also have the best customer service I've seen from a browser.
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