Resources

Haiku Deck Demo

The Sturgeon – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

A simple and elegant presentation tool. Best of all, it has great Creative Commons photos!

Youtube Suggested Videos Workaround

By default, Youtube suggests videos to viewers once a video has completed. It shows up in checkerboard form at the end of the video.
Example:

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Depending on what the previous viewers of the video have also watched, there may be videos suggested that may not be appropriate.

There is a way to prevent suggested videos from appearing at the end on a video in you blog.

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Now when the video plays, suggested videos will not appear at the conclusion of the video.

Here is a great song that demonstrates the change.


Wevideo

One of the many apps that can connect to Google Drive is WeVideo.

Here is some advice from Mrs. Vergel:

WeVideo feedback notes, not necessarily in order of importance.


  1. Initially, we had some issues with opening the app.

  2. WeVideo files are saved on an individual’s drive (a folder is created for this by the app).  It is possible to share the work in progress with the teacher.  Teacher can edit the video when shared, so best to leave it alone if you are the teacher.

  3. When the shared work in progress is uploaded and published, it is not automatically shared with the original people. It has to be shared with the original people.

  4. Photos that have no permission to be uploaded from the web will not be there.  Make sure to use Creative Commons material or open/free material.

  5. Sometimes the photos seem to get lost in cyberspace and all the work seems to be gone.  Waiting and refreshing usually works.

  6. Setting the work to Timeline (Advanced) allows the user to add transitions, audio and music to the presentation, and allows user to fix the timing of the presentation.

  7. Setting a time limit for the video is a good idea for presentations. (5 min max in our case)

  8. Make sure the music is not louder than the speaker’s voice. This can be adjusted in the Advanced Timeline setting.

  9. Students can work on WeVideo at home.

  10. There were issues of recording audio(voice) which could not be resolved at home.

 

To learn more about Wevideo

Simple Student Portfolio Idea

Interested? Looking for one or two teachers to trial.

Student Led Conferences

Are you interested in having students organize their work for the student led conferences? The idea is to use a simple Google Doc template to organize and encapsulate student work.

Option 1 Having students organize their work from your specific class. Here is an example from an iLearn student. template
Option 2 A more comprehensive idea is to have each student organize all work from all classes in one place- in essence having a Grade 5/6 portfolio. Here is a rough simple template.
FAQ
1. Why do it with a Google Doc?
a. students have permanent digital record of work
b. looks great
c. everything in one place
d. students are familiar with Docs
2. The work in my class is all done on paper! How can this work with Docs?
Have students select “x” pieces of work. a) Have them scanned at the Photocopy office. More to your resources for students. b) take pictures of work and share.
3. I don’t know how to set it up. /It takes too  much time. /I don’t feel confident setting it up. There is little teacher set up involved. The students are the ones compiling and reflecting. The template can be modified for your class. Only one new Google skill involved.
4. I don’t have time. Again, once you finalize the template, the onus is on the student.

Google Apps At ISManila

The use of Google Apps at ISManila has grown organically over the past year. By viewing the charts below, you can get a good idea of its’ growth.

The charts show the growth of collaboration with ISManila and the increase of online storage.

 

*This is an embedded album from Picasa- part of the Google Apps suite.

Scan Master 2013

As a holiday gift  to  myself, I purchased a portable scanner-the Scansnap S1100. This simple looking device is smaller than a traditional skinny three hole punch. While in Canada on the holidays, I dug up all my old newspaper clippings, sports stat sheets, high school memorabilia, and old travel photos. With an early cup of coffee, I often found myself watching the World Junior Hockey Championships on TV while at the same time scanning piles of old time memories.

Scansnap allows you to scan as PDF or JPG. Also you can scan directly to Google Docs, Evernote, a mobile device or a desktop folder.It has OCR recognition if you need your PDFs to be searchable.

Back at school, I have found a few minutes to some of my favorite teacher resources that I have a fondness for- old maps, homebase activities, and short stories. I was able to condense an entire binder of printed short stories in a digital format.

Stop by my room to see it in action!

Cool Teacher Stuff

Check out Mr. Eric’s embedded Homework calendar.

Chunking and popping your text. Here for other ways to make your  blog entries pop. T. Cook

Making your guidelines visible and public. R. O’Regan

Combining science with acting to explain plant cells.

Embedding shared student resources from a Google folder into your blog.

* Are you making you resources available with Google? Much easier thatn uploading Word Docs/PDFs to your blog.

See how teachers are sharing  resources with Students on Google.

See some champions.

 

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Embedding Blog Photos via Picasa

Trying out embedding via Picasa instead of Flickr.


TEST YOURSELF: Google Search Expert

Using time efficiently is crucial when online. When researching online one must be skilled at finding the correct information in a timely fashion. Google recently set up a Power Searching course that is free for all to take. It consists of six major topics and lessons within which consist of videos and short follow up quizzes.

For quick help on google shortcuts or using the searchbar dirctly checkout here.

For simple  quick tips, check this out or this.

When you feel confident, you can try the iLearn Master Searcher Ultra Super Examination. See what great a searcher you really are!

This a a review/challenge that iLearn students completed. Can y9u beat their scores?

For a summary of most the skills needed for the quiz, see this older post.

 

TEST YOURSELF: Google Docs

Get up to speed with the students! Learn the  basics of working in a Google document.
You will work through a tutorial that the iLearn students have completed.

 This exercise will:
a) allow you to become comfortable with the simple commands that Docs uses
b) allow you to be familiar with what the students are using
c) allow you to see the strengths and weaknesses of Docs
d) be able to answer student questions

The exercise is set up as a challenge to encourage everyone to finish
Hints and clues are in the challenge to make sure that you succeed.
Cheating, helping, yelling answers, and copying are all promoted…. provided that you do not touch somebody’s trackpad.

Don’t want to attend the challenge? There is a way out!
Finish the exercise on your own before zzzzz and feel free to skip the challenge.

You can access the document here. It is located in Grade 6 Team   and Grade5  folder . (Don’t have the folder? In Drive, type Grade 5 in searchbar. Hit triangle next to the x inthe searchbar. Choose Search ISManila. Grab older to your Drive.)

Google Search Education

Google Search Education

Google provides video instruction to help students become more proficient when mining the net for resources.

 

 

overview

Teachers will be pleased to find that the lessons plans are comprehensive. They include beginner, intermediate and advanced versions covering five different topics. There are also ten challenges, each of which covers a specific academic topic (such as history, biology and even math).

 

All lessons are Google Docs. you can make and tweak your own copies.

A lesson plan overview.

TED Ed

Ted Ed makes flipping the classroom a great deal easier! Often times teachers mention (and I know what they mean!) that it is time consuming to produce their own video lessons for students  students. Well, Ted Ed makes this a whole lot easier. They offer an increasing number of the inspirational and informative TED videos as engaging interactive lessons for students. Selected videos are animated, cartoonized, or made more visual in some manner.. The video  lesson includes a follow up questionnaire and additional resources.

The best thing about Ted Ed flipping? Well, it has to be the ability to flip ANY YouTube video. Ted Ed allows the user to to apply your own titles, your own questions, your own resources, and provide your  own link to any  YouTube video lesson you customize-not just the ones on their site.

 

Wallwisher.com

 

 

 

How can you use Wallwisher.com?

1. Get feedback on school trips.
2. Gather resources collectively.
3. Student responses to presentations, media,questions, etc.
4. Generate brainstorming ideas.
5. think of your own…


How to set it up?

1. Go to Wallwisher.com
2. Choose build a wall.
3. Choose a URL name.
4. Enter name and email.
5. Choose a picture
6. Choose public or private.
6. Share by giving out address or embed into a blog post.
7. Start adding Sticky notes.

Notes:
notes limited to 160 characters
can embed pics and video links into posts


7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

Three Things

After perusing all the teacher blogs in Middle School, a few things stand out:
1. Teachers have increased the frequency of their posts.
2. The diversity of topics covered has increased

and the focus for this post..
3. many posts lack an engaging look and feel

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Here are…

7 Tips to Add Some Punch and Zing to Your Blog Posts

1. Insert a picture per post. Too many posts are large black blob of text. Using a picture sets the tone for your blog post. Be sure to use and show attribution of the Creative Commons photos you use. Two easy way sot do this are by using Compfight and Google Advanced image search.

2. Chunk it. Draw the eye and create a smooth flow for the reader by chunking your text into short(er) paragraphs.

3. Add scanning points. Utilize the bold and text color options to emphasis key words and ideas to your reader.

4. Make lists. Readers like lists. They …

  • draw attention to the most important step
  • emphasis key ideas
  • make it easy to scan

5. Awesome titles and subtitles. Be a student for a second- would you be more likely to click Meet the FlyGuy! or Class Animation Projects.

6. Crisp links. Link the site name itself or a catchy word rather than linking a long ugly URL.

You can check out Mr. Pasamba’s cool class site is a little freiendlier than http://pasambag.ism-online.org

7. Engage your students. Get the students involved by asking a question, creating a contest, requesting a headline to a funny pictur, etc. and encouraging them to respond.  Here is a good example of a teacher site that encourages dialogue.

 

Science Rebirth

Laying on the couch bored last night.
Clicked my StumbleUpon link to bring up interesting websites.

Came across a site that rocked my earthly world…..       Veritasium.com

Why does the earth spin?
How was the earth formed?

Are just two of the videos that really got me to think.
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Seemingly simple questions that you would think everyone would or should know.
While I was embarrassed that I could not answer some to the proposed questions, I am glad that I spent an hour of my life  watching the fascinating videos. The goal of the videos is not to make you feel like an idiot but to help explain of some of the basic laws of science.

These are not just for students  but for everyone.

Highly recommended. Perhaps they can be used as an intro to a class.

More on the site to blow your mind

What happens when you drop a slinky?

 

Triptico

 

Triptico is a neat little resource pack that works great with an Interactive WhiteBoard but is very useful even if you do not yet have a IWB.

Triptico consists of a set of fourteen simple but effective resources.

The list includes:

Student Picker

Word magnets

Spinner

Student Order

Flip Timer

Student Groupings

 

Please visit Triptico. It will ask that you install Adobe Air on your computer first. Simply follow the prompts and you should be OK.

 

More Promethean Resources

Our Promethean resources have been updated with some interesting resource packs.

BrainPop
Tim and Moby icons. KWL charts,

Classroom Management Activities
activity timers, pulling names from a hat, more

You will also see more icons an graphics to help build your flipcharts: These include: graphic organizers, Technology Icons, Science ClipArt, Bullets and Arrows,

Sounds
number of files has been doubled

If you discover a resource pack at Promethean Planet that you feel would benefit all ISM teachers, please let you respective IT integrator know.

 

 

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.

PROMETHEAN RESOURCES

… 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

 

 

Skype in the Classroom

“Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their classrooms.”

Skype has recently set up Skype in the Classroom– essentially a forum for teachers to contact to one another in order to set up shared projects across communities or across the world. Resources for teachers are also available. Check out more information here regarding Skype in the Classroom. Is anybody presently using Skype in the classroom? Let’s us know.

Teacher Challenges

Weekly Update

Thanks for surprise!

  • Email subscriptions-7 teachers now using
  • Email subscriptions-can do so for integration blog
  • Email subscriptions-investigating a plugin for wordpress-UPDATE: foudn and ready to go
  • 7 people now following the Grade 6 site!

Teacher Challenges

Enter the “Cutting Edge Teacher of the Year”  award by completing one of the following tasks:

  1. adding students as users to your blog for comments and posts *
  2. collaboration-using Google Docs e.g. science lab work, observation manual *
  3. find a time to play with Pages(not iPages)-make your spouse a lovely card/introduce a topic/sell your wares   #
  4. post subject updates to Grade 5/6 sites  #
  5. Subscribe  to the emailss for Grade 5 and/or 6 site or integration  #
  6. Subscribe to the RSS feed form a site at school. #
  7. post exemplary work to your class site. Does it deserve notice on the Grade5 or 6 site?  #
  8. Using the laptops?  Ask me to stop by and hang out.#
  9. Do something cool and let me know so I can brag on your behalf!  #
  10. Find, request, ask for time to do one of the above! #

*= will need some setup help
#= your can do it now or with minimal help

The goal is to make your life easier and not to add on to your workload.

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Three Ways to Capture the Screen

 Three ways to capture  part or the whole of your Desktop
(Using what is already on your school computer)

1. Print Screen button  2. Smart Notebook Screen Capture  3.  Have a Mac :0

Ways to Capture Images on Your Scrren

Recieve Integration Updates in your Email

Never have time to check out how to solve those niggly tech issues at ISM? Well, have solutions come to you!
Click on the ‘Subscribe to Emails” button the the ISM Integration blog and have the latest tech updates delivered in your email.

Photostory Sample

Here is a sample of a Photostory  that I put together for my iDesign class.


DropBox

Check your email for a link to get sup.

To watch the video again…

https://www.dropbox.com/

When at school… It will ask for connections options.

You will need to

a) check manual settings

b) server: proxy   port:80

c) Check “Proxy Server Requires Password” box

4)  input Unsername and Password


Setting Up DropBox

1. Go to Dropbox.com

2. Download Dropbox.

3. Install

4. Connection settings

At school, you need to get around the proxy. Use the settings below.

In Windows XP, the DropBox symbol will show up next to your clock.

Macbook Wheel Set to Change the World

What do you think of this new product?

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What is a Blog?

To help you understand what a blog is……

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A blog is essentially a website that have some special characteristics:

  • A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
  • An archive of older articles.
  • A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”.
  • One or more “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files.”

Toast Your Screen

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Prezi Testing

Here is a presentation I developed for our recent teacher meeting days. Over 100 teachers were shown a ‘Prezi” presentation all about giving good presentations. Check out Prezi and try it for yourself.

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