Oct 272010

Here’s the files, images, and information that we’ll use today to learn how to create a PowerPoint presentation about how YOU celebrate Halloween. We’ll start off with an empty template file, and work our way up to the completed project, found here:

Jump to the next page for all of the images and information you will need!

Oct 262010

Great perspective and some really valuable information about using the iPad for presentations. To get the most out of it, take a look at the PDF version with his presenters notes.

I’m glad that he highlighted the awesome Prezi, and SlideRocket looks interesting…. a little pricey, but the free version might be enough for students to use effectively.

Oct 192010

Why use iVoted?

  • Realtime Polling
  • Easy to use
  • Multiple Ways to Answer
  • Simple to Manage
  • User Friendly
via ivoted.com

UPDATE: Please take a look at the comments below before you decide whether or not to try iVoted.

This looks very similar to Poll Everywhere, but without any educational pricing or options, is it a viable alternative, or just a carbon copy? I do like the fact that you can use email to vote – and most students will have access to email in a computer lab or on a smart phone if they have that. 

Poll Everywhere does provide a free account for K-12 educators and is, right now, the best system out there for you to at least TRY using Student Response Systems in your instruction. If it works well for you, then upgrade your account or look at trying to get a dedicated system to use for instant formative feedback in your class. SMART, Promethean and other interactive white board providers make available.

Now, if I can only find an alternative to TextMarks

Oct 182010

I will try to refrain from making the obvious joke about there not being any such thing as a 'bad' cookie, but I had a teacher ask me the other day how to get rid of her daughters email login information on her work computer – every time she wanted to check her email, she had to delete the username that the web browser so graciously entered for her convenience.??

When a web browser offers to save your login or other information, it creates what is called a 'cookie' file. The purpose for this??is to make your next visit to the site a little easier, faster or more friendly. It's usually pretty simple to just delete all cookies on your machine for a browser, but that's a heavy handed fix for a seemingly minor issue like this.??

The steps to delete an individual cookie is a little more involved to do, but I've created a screencast that will show you the process.??

I've included the steps for both Safari and Firefox – leave a comment on this article if you'd like the process to be shown for Chrome.

Here we go!

Oct 122010

More and more, the World is going digital. This is especially true with the most 'analog' of technologies – the Book, invented over??500 years ago.??

The Google Books Library Project has been stealing the headlines lately, with a modest approach. "Our ultimate goal is to work with publishers and libraries to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages that helps users discover new books and publishers discover new readers." Most modern books in the project are just searchable snippets, but many books (mostly those that are out of copyright) have the full text available for searching and reading.

Search for a title at Google Books now!

There are many other projects going on that are working hard to make 'eBooks' available for all. Amazon has a Kindle book reader for sale that will store 3,500 books on a very small and portable device, but Amazon is taking eBooks beyond their own device, and making it easy to search through the vast electronic libraries and other eBook projects.??

The Amazon Free eBook Collections page is an amazing jumping off point to search for nearly 2 million electronic book titles – and you don't need to spend a dime on a Kindle to play along if you don't want to. There is a Kindle 'app' for iOS Devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, as well as Android Devices, BlackBerry phones, the Mac and the PC??so that you can download and read these titles whenever, wherever.??

The Free eBook Collections page not only links you to the Kindle Store to buy eBooks, but also to other free eBook projects and collections, such as:
Long story short, if you are looking for a particular title – especially something released in the last 50 years – you may have a hard time finding it for free. However, if you are looking to read classic titles for free, such as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, A Tale of Two Cities, or even Frankenstein to commemorate Halloween which is just around the corner, then the resources in this post will make you a very, very happy reader.

Oct 082010
I came across Donors Choose this morning, a site that is facilitating donations for mini classroom grants. It works on an interesting point system – when you get a grant you ‘spend’ points but then can earn them back by doing some simple follow-up activities so that you can be funded multiple times. Here’s the address:
Check out the quick breakdown of what can be requested, the participating vendors, and description of the point system. 100% for Kids is a similar, local charity, but you can only be awarded once per year.

Just a copule of classroom grant ideas that can supplement or attempted in place of the Qwest Classroom Grants. I’ll share more as I come across them.

Good luck!
Oct 042010
Thanks for inviting me to come to Lake Powell School today to work with you all on GPS and Google Earth. Here’s a few resources we may need, or that you can refer back to after our time together today: