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Sharing Promethean Resources

Promethean Resources are now available to all. We have amalgamated various sources into an easily navigable  list of training lessons, flipcharts, and animations.

To access the resources..

0 First choose view>browsers.

By choosing the following, you gain access to…

1 Resource browser. From here you have access to resources.

2 My Resources This is where you would save resources particular to your class that you choose not to share with other teachers.

3 Shared Resources. These resources are open for all teachers to see. (This is the active window that the screenshot shows.)

4 Library. Here you find, sounds, templates, backgrounds, etc.

5 Where you will share your creations This is where you will share created materials with fellow teachers. You are able to save to these folders. This should become the most valuable resource as the contents will be tailored for ISM students.

6 Subjects. A wide range of subject areas can be found here.

7 Training. All materials use in the recent professional development can be found here.

This section also includes to-the-point how-to’s on how to use particular tools.



Week 2 Aug 15-16. Promethean Resources

Laptop Intro Update

Two of eight completed.
Forty minutes gets setup, use of login script, Internet browsing, email activation, sending an email.
Not covered Microsoft Word setup, cleaning up of Dock, personalizing dock, student account cleanup, saving saving solutions.


… are being compiled with hopes of having them shared with all teachers. Presently there is a Staff Resources folder where info is being collected and sorted. Staff>IT Integration>Promethean.

Many of the resources are taken from here.

Grade 5 Promethean training is Friday morning.
Tour of Grade 5 Website

What is it’s purpose?

Who will post to it? How often?

Grades5/6 Start of year Necessities

Nuts and Bolts

1.    Laptop Use Policy
2.    Laptop Orientation Sked
3.    Updating profiles in Grade level blog
4.   Meeting times: Grade 5 after Wednesday meetings  + Checking  calendar

Beginning of the year Quickies

Positive Changes:

Mapping to z Drive
More My Docs space
Quick Launch Toolbar
Website Shortcuts

Hiding old blog posts
Email pop up Elimination

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To consider:

Using Outlook calendar
Upcoming Promethean training
Regular Grade level blog post criteria
Personal DropBox usage
Increasing use of Delicious Bookmarks
Having students contribute to your blog



End of year Grade 6 Teacher Tech Blast

Here are the links to the topics I covered this morning:

Microsoft Photosynth: stitching panorama together easily

Google Search Tips : a reminder of Google’s power

Spike : cut and pasting from multiple documents


Sample eShorts

“Change” Podcast Comments Flowing In

Well over 80 comments posted on the Change podcasts. I am once again impressed with the quality and sincerity of the comments posted. Students love the feedback, so keep it coming!

If you have not had a chance to listen to some of the great work, visit here.
If interested in finding a specific person, topic, class, or how to subscribe on iTunes to have the podcasts on your iPod, see the view this post

One small reminder, for consistency, please have the students only use their first names.


Not a screensaver or desktop background!


It was unfortunate today that we suffered a grave loss. A laptop gave up its screen due to some manageable mistakes.

One student was carrying a laptop improperly in the hallway when another student came running around the corner and crashed into the laptop carrier.

The cost to replace the screen is 700 USD. A new machine costs 1000 USD.

IT will replace the machine as it is more cost effective.


Two major reminders:

  • Do not tolerate running in the hallway.
  • Students need to close the lid and hug the laptops close to the chest when in transport.

Spike! Keeping it simple.

 Tired of jumping between documents to Copy and Paste various bits and pieces of information and text?

Microsoft’s Spike is the answer.   The Spike is a little known  clipboard feature of Microsoft Word.  You are able to selext two or move items (  text, words, paragraphs, graphics)  from various locations in a document or different documents, and then insert the items as a group in a new location or document. They are pasted in the order in which they were selected.

To move items to and from the” Spike”:

  1. Select the text or graphic you want to move, and then press Ctrl-F3 (in Windows) or Command-F3 (on a Mac).
  2. Repeat this step for each additional item you want to move to the Spike.
  3. Click in the document where you want to insert the Spike’s contents.
  4. To insert the Spike’s contents and empty the Spike, press Ctrl-Shift-F3 (in Windows) or Command-Shift-F3 (on a Mac).

The one drawback is that when you select the text it “cuts” rather than copy. Be careful not to save the original document with the missing text unless you intend to.

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Grade Six Tech Survey Results

The results are in. A vast majority of Grade Six students completed a Tech Survey recently. It covered topics as such as studnet abilities, cyber bullying, social networks like Facebook,  and parental involvement. If you haven’t taken it, you can find it here.

Some of the more interesting results can be found below. Is there anything that stands out to you?

If you are a parent, there is a survey for you as well. We often it interesting to compare student perceptions with that of parents.

The parent survey is here.

Modern Language:Ideas for Sharing Oral Speaking

Download this post here.

Modern Languages

Posting of homework, assessments and rubrics very common
Most teachers posting on regular basis

Increasing and Sharing Oral Speaking Opportunities

1. Audio Recording via
GarageBand-nearly all Grade 5/6/7students have experience
Sound recorder-Windows:Start/Programs/Accessories/Sound Recorder
handheld recorders: handy despite software unfriendliness


insert audio files into blog
have any audio files form blog available in iTunes


Audio: grade 5 iTunes:search for ismanila in iTunes store

2. Community Conversations


Multiple story strand
Telling story about a picture
Student feedback on questions
Community discussion on topics
Blank cartoon stories. Students add voices.

Examples: see the Modern language teacher example here

Ideas: each student counts 1-10, Students describe an event, picture, etc.

Follow up: How to set it up so that public users can leave comment via the blog without going to VocieThread”

3. Personal video comments:

PhotoBooth: record face and voice. Why fight it? Students love it. Use it to your advantage.

a)     Place in teacher dropbox
b)     Upload via YouTube  to blog
c)     String together a story and post as video.

Issues: ML not having laptops til next year.

Solution: Use one laptop and have students rotate.
Student commenting

Posting questions for discussion in blog posts. Students respond in the appropriate language.
Sample: jacobs Morgan has many seemingly unsolicited comments on her blog posts.

5. Video stories-Photostory or iMovie or Keynote
A series of stills that can you can record over. Studnets can be given pictures, collect pictures.

Great for storytelling, oral compositions, reading written work.

Photostory: easy to use   iMovie: all students in Gr6 and 7 are familiar

6. Video 2 : Recording spoken work/presentations with camera

Vado cameras available for checkout at IT office.

Great for recording presentations, dialogues, speaking that are already happening in your class.

7. Add students as users to blogs. Let them post. Great ideas to start next year.



  1. 1. hopefully you are better grasp on methods to capture student particpation in your  class.
  2. 2. Hopefully you have some ideas on how to share studnt work in a public forum.
  3. 3. Try to push  the tech hiccups to the end. We are hear to help with that. Focus on what you what to do first.

Technical help available:

uploading to YouTube

embedding audio into blog

help with software: Photostory, iMovie, Garageband, VoiceThread










many teachers using blogs for Homework

many used for assignment descriptions

a few have inserted  YouTube videos


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