Virtual Desktops with Dexpot: A Cool Tool!

My official “birthday gift to you” post (last year was my most popular post of the year which still draws traffic and remains current 122 for you: Cool Cat Teacher's Favorite Apps and Sites) will have to come a bit later in the week as we have progress reports going out tomorrow. Many thanks to everyone who has sent tweets, Facebook messages, and emails. You are all blessings.

Meanwhile, I've found the coolest tool that I highly recommend called Dexpot which lets you have multiple screens – like virtual monitors to switch between.  So, you can literally have 4 screens configured differently for different tasks (I have 8) and then you can swap between them easily as needed. (Like one screen may be watching an ftp and another for checking email with your Toodledo list up on the other.)

The two tips I have for you is that if you use it and need to install programs, turn it OFF or you may get a Windows blue screen of death (I got one while setting up my virtual encrypted drive for financial records using TrueCrypt a free opensource way to create partitioned encrypted drives – good idea for guidance counselors and those who have super private data on a laptop.)

Second recommendation is that it will make NO sense at all unless you read the short documentation [pdf] – it helped me and although some of the screenshots in the manual are in another language, you can still get the point.

Meanwhile, I've got to grade until 2 am and our air conditioner has decided to go on Spring BREAK!  Hope you all have as delightful of a day as I have had!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Christy April 28, 2010 - 12:09 am

This application is really cool! I just checked it out and I’m using it now. It makes doing research simple because you can see 4 screens on one page! So glad you posted this :)

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