Integrating Technology

Better Explained

January 13, 2011 · No Comments

BetterExplained.com is a site devoted to ‘better’ explaining hard topics.  Right now, the site is sparsely populated by with explanations on Mathematics, Business and Computer programming.  If you’re looking for a site that might give you another way to explain those hard won insights in certain subjects, take a look at Better Explained.  At the very least, it might give you a different perspective to give to your students about a tough subject.

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Four Places to Start with Royalty Free Media

January 11, 2011 · No Comments

Note: Some of the links take you to sites where only part of the site is free to use.  Please check that before ‘borrowing’ a clip.  Remember to site your sources.

iStockPhoto : Only some are royalty free. Video and still.

Creative Commons: Most things marked as creative commons can be used freely.

Flickr : Photos mostly, but you have to search under ‘advanced’ to get to the creative commons stuf.

Incompetech : A ton of royalty free music sorted by genre or mood.

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Adding a Server (Video and Instructions)

December 1, 2010 · No Comments

Okay, here is how you get to the “All Staff” folder conveniently and easily.

  1. Click on Finder
  2. Go >> Connect to Server
  3. Enter in Smb://alpha.rsu1.org
  4. Enter your username and password.
  5. Select VOL1, then Teachers
  6. Locate the “All Staff” Folder, then holding down Control + Option + Command, drag the “All Staff” Folder to the desktop.

That’s it!  Now, anytime you want to get back to “All Staff” just double click on that alias.

A video showing the process for your viewing pleasure:

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New Tools Tuesday: Ultimate Reference Suite

November 30, 2010 · No Comments

New Tool Tuesday is another weekly series designed to highlight new, useful tools that might lurk unused.  If you ever want to see the entire series, just click the "New Tools" category tag.

The Ultimate Reference Suite is exactly what salesmen used to lug around in boxes from door to door, trying to sell you the complete set.  Yes, the Encyclopedia Britanica, in a easy to access, searchable form.  It isn’t just a print book turned into a computer program but includes an easy way to leave bookmarks on interesting pages, and interactive homework helpers.   The timelines can be divided by subject and hit key events from prehistory to 2009.

Britannica

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New Tools Tuesday: Quicktime Screen Recording

November 23, 2010 · No Comments

New Tool Tuesday is another weekly series designed to highlight new, useful tools that might lurk unused.  If you ever want to see the entire series, just click the "New Tools" category tag.

Quicktime is no longer just for playing media files.  Now it lets you create screen recordings – perfect for tutorial videos, complete with voice over.  If your students are working on a digital project, they can use it to document their steps progress.  Just launch Quicktime, then File >> New Screen Recording to capture everything that happens on the screen.  It can be a perfect way to lead students to new tasks, or allow them to share their new knowledge.

New Screen Capture Menu

Screen Recording

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New Tools Tuesday: Dropbox

November 16, 2010 · No Comments

New Tool Tuesday is another weekly series designed to highlight new, useful tools that might lurk unused.  If you ever want to see the entire series, just click the "New Tools" category tag.

Dropbox is a seriously cool  tool for teachers and for students.  Downloaded and installed locally (you’ll need admin rights to make it work – ask me) it creates a folder that stays in sync everywhere.  Drop something in the special Dropbox folder and it gets sucked into secure online storage, plus downloaded to any other computer that is tied to your Dropbox account.  It simplifies backup, and it makes your files available anywhere – your iPhone, your Mac, your PC, your Blackberry, your web browser.  Easily one of the coolest and most useful tools you’ll ever install.

Dropbox

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New Tools Tuesday: WriteRoom

November 2, 2010 · No Comments

New Tool Tuesday is another weekly series designed to highlight new, useful tools that might lurk unused.  If you ever want to see the entire series, just click the “New Tools” category tag.

WriteRoom is about moving the cookies out of arm’s reach so to speak.  It is a minimalistic word processor that blocks out all other applications, taking complete control of the screen and presenting you with little more than a blinking cursor.  It is the perfect antidote to the constant bombardment of incoming information and distraction, and a great writing environment for those who think any blinking window or bouncing icon is a productivity trap.

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New Tool Tuesday: Text to Audio

October 26, 2010 · No Comments

New Tool Tuesday is another weekly series designed to highlight new, useful tools that might lurk unused.  If you ever want to see the entire series, just click the "New Tools" category tag.

Were you one of those kids who loved being read to?  Your MacBook has the same capability, though the default voice Alex quite as sonorous as your grandfather.  Setting it up is as easy as typing "Speech" into spotlight and then checking "Speak selected text when key is pressed."  I recommend something like Control+Command+S.  Then just select some text, turn up your volume, hit Control+Command+S and lean back as Alex reads to you.  Perfect no?  But just right for a self directed student read along.

Speech Pane

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Accessing Online (PDF) Textbooks

October 14, 2010 · No Comments

Students Be Warned!  The Digital Textbooks are coming.  However, if you’re having problems accessing them, follow these simple steps before trying to open them.

1)  Close Safari
2)  Open Applications
3)  Option-Click On Safari and select “Get Info”
4) Under the “General” tab, click “Open in 32-bit mode”
5) Close Safari and Open Adobe Reader
6)  Under Help >> “Repair Adobe Reader Installation”.  You’ll need a friendly admin password at this point.

You should be ready to rock after this.

Check out the video below if you need some additional help:  (it covers steps 1-4)

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Visual and Pictorial NWEA Walkthrough

September 24, 2010 · No Comments

Pictorial Instructions:
visual-nwea-walkthrough.pdf

Visual Instructions:

Written Instructions:

1)  Have students turn on and open their laptops.  Have all check that they have at least 90 minutes of battery life.  If they don’t, have them plug their laptop in.

2)  There is a “Launch NWEA” icon on each student’s desktop.  Use that to start the test.

3)  On the resulting screen,the username is MHS.Proctor.  The password is the same.  (It is case sensitive.)

4)  Select the appropriate test. (Math or Reading).  Regardless you want the one that finishes “survey w/Goals.”  Add that test and click next.

5)  Have the student enter their name.  Usually they can get away with just the first 3 letters of their last name.

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