Archive for May, 2006

iStudent Browser (Beta)

Thursday, May 4th, 2006


The iStudent Browser is a tool to allow teachers to specify what Internet Web resources they want their students to view. Essentially this is a custom web browser without the ability of the students to enter a web address. The student only is allowed to select from a list of web resources that the teacher has created. The teacher does this one time from the Teacher Client application, and then the students can access those resources from any computer connected to the Internet that has a copy of the iStudent Browser client application.

This is the first version of the application. It appears to be working on Windows XP computers fine. A Apple Macintosh version will be released shortly.

Remember, this is a beta release, and the final version will appear much more polished…hopefully :-)

In order to use the iStudent Browser, you will need to email me,, so that I can create an account for you.

Let me know if you have any problems or need some help.

Windows XP Version

Teacher Client – Please email me,, so that I can create your account and email you the teacher client.

Student ClientiStudent Browser

Mini-Teacher Client Tutorial – Using The Teacher Client to Create Student Resource Lists

Macintosh OSX Version Student Client- iStudent Browser 



Thursday, May 4th, 2006


Skypecasts enable people to discuss shared interests — anything from classic cars and cooking, to home design and computer support. Skypecasts are moderated by the ‘host’ who is able to mute, eject or pass the virtual microphone to participants when they wish to speak. Hosting or participating in a Skypecast is completely free.


Atomic Learning

Thursday, May 4th, 2006


The county office of education has cut a deal with Atomic Learning to provide their online professional development resources at a considerable discount.

The Technology Department will take the first 100 teachers that complete and submit a registration form.

 They have created many different online courses including an introduction to using Moodle.

Technology Counts – 2006 Report

Thursday, May 4th, 2006


EdWeek has publised their Technology Counts Report for 2006. This report grades states on their use of technology in education.

Californian Section

 National Section


Summer 2006 Technology Festival

Thursday, May 4th, 2006


(I’ll send the first 5 teachers interested and turn in their registration forms to me.)




Download the Summer 2006 Technology Festival registration form. You’ll need Adobe Reader to view the file.Where: Stanislaus County Office of EducationWhen: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 to Friday, June 23, 2006
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day
Cost: $325/participant or $300/CUE member  (option to earn 2 units of university credit)

For more information, contact the CTAP 6 office at (209) 525-6969, or by email at




Thursday, May 4th, 2006


Getting organized couldn’t be easier…Gather your ideas, to-dos, notes, photos, and files online. Set email and mobile reminders so you don’t forget the little things. Easily collaborate with others.

SketchUp Available Free!

Thursday, May 4th, 2006


Google recently purchased the software company that created SketchUp. Developed for the conceptual stages of design, SketchUp is powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software. We think of it as the pencil of digital design. This award-winning software combines a simple, yet robust tool-set that streamlines and simplifies 3D design inside your computer.


Ellen’s Computer Security Document

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

The attachment is a document Ellen has shared with the teachers at CF Brown. It is very useful in terms of sharing easy to understand best practices related to user names and passwords.

Thanks for Sharing Ellen!

 Computer Security.doc


Thursday, May 4th, 2006


blummy is a free tool for quick access to your favorite web services via your bookmark toolbar. 


Thursday, May 4th, 2006 will test your current network connection speeds.


Platial – “The Peoples Atlas”

Thursday, May 4th, 2006


The Peoples Atlas


A mapping tool that allows you to create your own custom, online maps using Google maps.

Scrapblog – Online Scrapbooks

Thursday, May 4th, 2006


Online tool for creating digital scrapbooks.


Check out the new school construction scrapblog here: