Archive for the ‘March 2, 2006’ Category

Web 2.0 Photo Applications

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Here are two web applications for sharing photos and images. Both of them are free!

 Flickr (www.flickr.com)

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 BubbleShare (www.bubbleshare.com)

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This resource is similar to Flickr but also includes the ability to record up to 30 seconds of audio for each image. Remember images do not have to be photographs. They could be PowerPoint slides that have been saved as individual images. Upload the slides and incorporate audio for a web based presentation.

Remember, these resources are open to everyone and even though a slide show you create may be private (meaning only those individuals you send an email to can view them), your slide show may lead a viewer back to the sites (Flicker, BubbleShare) main page, and there may be images not related to what you are teaching on their front page.

Skype 2.0 (Update)

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

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Skype has come out with a new version of their free voice over IP (Internet) software. This version allows for video conferencing with any other Skype user for free. Currently it is only available for Windows users.

Learn more here, www.skype.com

Writely – The Web Word Processor

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

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An example of a Web 2.0 Internet resource. This is a full featured word processor that includes the ability pick excatly who can access your documents, and edit them; documents are always available (provided you are on a networked computer); easy to use; and multiple versions of a document are stored so that you can review earlier versions.

Think there might be a place in schools were this tool might be useful?

 Oh, yea… this one is FREE too!!!

 Check it out here http://www.writely.com

SpringDoo

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

springdoo.jpgSpringdoo is a free service that lets you talk your emails. Anyone can now easily send talking emails in their own voice, without typing. You can Springdoo using your computer and a microphone, or any telephone. Try Springdoo now!

Can you think of ways you could use this with students and parents?

Check it out here!

OpenOffice

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

The district software standard for “office” software is Microsoft Office. However, if you have students that begin work on a classroom project, for example a PowerPoint presentation, and would like to download it from their digital locker (Gaggle) and work on it at home. They need to have Microsoft Office on their home computer. Most home computers do not come with Microsoft Office.

On solution for students at home is to use Sun’s, OpenOffice. OpenOffice is a Microsoft Office look-alike suite of toos that includes a word processor, spreadsheet application, presentation application, and more. The nice thing is it’s free! It can be downloaded from the Internet, or copied and installed off a CDROM.

openOffice.jpgOpenOffice will open Microsoft file types and allow students to work on projects started in class, worked on at home, and then finished back in class.

 For more information, click HERE!

EETT Grant Progress

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Teachers participating in the EETT grant have begun integrating Gaggle and Moodle into their classes. Some exicting results have been seen with students quickly adopting the use of these tools and resources in and out of the classroom to improve learning. We’ve had positive feedback from the teachers, students, and parents!

We’ll be looking at how we can implement these systems and resources in more subject areas and in lower grade levels. Feel free to post comments or questions!

Science and Social Studies Portal (Moodle)

Talking History PodCasts

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Looking to expand your collection of classroom History resources?

Talking History is a thirty-minute weekly radio program produced by the Organization of American Historians that separates fact from fiction and myth from reality through interviews with nationally recognized historians and writers. 

Check them out here!

Wikipedia Research

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

wikipedia.jpgWikipedia is the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Previous versions of the information are always stored, anyone can correct mistakes, and if the information is vandalized, previous versions of the content are always available. This is a fantastic tool that allows students begin a research process, or explore information literacy skills.

A recent study done by the science journal Nature compared both the Encylopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia. The research revealed errors in both. The average Wikipedia entry contained 4 errors, and the average Britannica entry investigated contained 3 errors.

To read the full report, click this link: Internet Encyclopaedias Go Head to Head

Why Are All the Tweens and Teens Talking About MySpace?

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Ask any middle school student if they’ve heard of MySpace.com and they’ll give you the standard “duhhhh” reply. Why are students so attracted to a this particular web site, and what do we need to do in order to lead students through the digital age?

 A PhD student at Berkeley, Danah Boyd, has been doing research in the area of MySpace.com fascination and draws some pretty clear connections between adolesence and their use of this web technology.

 Check out the crib notes from a presentation she did at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace

Free Tools For PodCasting

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

In order to create a nice Podcast you need some way to record audio, and if so desired some way to create background music.

Audicity Sound EditorAudacity is a sound editor that gives you the ability to record and combine prerecorded audio into a slick PodCast. Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

 To download and learn more about the software, click here.

To create background music for your podcast, try ACID XPress 5.0 from Sony. This is a limited version of their professional software.

To download and learn more about the software, click here.

WillowWeb

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

Radio WillowWebHere’s an example of how an elementary school in Omaha, Nebraska, Willowdale Elementary School, is using technology to create student podcasts.

 WillowWeb

District Technology Plan – Budgeting

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

Attached is a PDF document outlineing the costs associated with just maintaining the “stuff” that makes up technology in SUSD. It does not include staffing and it does not include new “stuff.”  Also, it does not actually reflect the expected budget, but is based on industry standards in the real world and was just created for comarison purposes.

Comparative Technology Budget