June 13, 2008 at 2:25 am 1 comment

By Mary Ann Rigopoulos

What is it? What does it do?

· Peepel is a rather new (2007) Web-based office suite that is managed within one browser window.

· It emulates the feel of a desktop workspace.

· It is a platform that can run multiple applications at once within multiple, resizable windows that are all inside of an internet browser window.

· It allows for creativity, information sharing and collaboration among users.

· It is a free online suite, which means that if you have an internet connection, you can access your files from any computer.

· It provides a set of applications on the web and you do not need to install proprietary software.

· You are able to both import and export files from Microsoft Office Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, Open Office Writer documents and Cale spreadsheets when you use Peepel.

· It has a toolbar that stays at the top of the Peepel desktop that enhances depending on the kind of document you are working on.

What are the infrastructure and technical requirements for this tool?

· Minimum system requirements are:

1. Pentium III 800 MHZ or higher

2. 256mb RAM or higher

3. 1024 x 768 display

4. Internet connection

5. Keyboard, mouse, or other pointing device

6. Higher spec-machines are recommended

· Peepel has been tested and can work with the following browsers:

1. Internet Explorer 6 or grater

2. Mozilla Firefox 1.3 or greater

3. Mozilla Seamonkey

· There is a limit of 2Mb per file.

How can you use it effectively in instruction?

· I am not certain that Peepel is the best Web 2.0 tool to be used for direct instruction with students.

· I have some ideas on how educators can use it under the answers to the next question.

What are other education applications for this tool?

· Since the files can be shared, a team of teachers/administrators could create a professional development activity. It could be for example a PowerPoint, or photo story. When people add to it, you know because Peepel let’s you know. Since it is shared you don’t need to worry about which is the most updated project.

· Teachers could create a lesson together by adding to a document that as been created. It could be used in conjunction with lesson studies.

· There is an RSS feature that notifies everyone whenever someone has made a change in the document.

What are the limitations and cautions related to the use of this tool?

· School system may filter out and not allow access to Peepel.

· Although the files are yours, one needs to be careful not to breach other people’s intellectual property rights and to honor the terms and conditions.

· There is a limit to the size of a file.

What are the management considerations for this tool?

· Users would probably need to have sophisticated technology skills to use Peepel.

· There are a lot of windows that could be opened using Peepel. Users would need to learn to stack windows. Others may resist using Peepel.

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  • 1. Diane Richmond  |  June 14, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Peepel is way over my head. I am not sure I really understand the advantages. It seems that most sites are more user friendly in this day and age. I would like to be able to set up a blog or social network with teachers at school for sharing ideas and team building. I think I might use NING. So far, I find it the easiest, most fun, and it is accessible at school.


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