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  • Presentation for teachers Note that everything can be downloaded
  • Mention that the presentation can be downloaded and that we will do this together as we explore resources
  • Where to go for help – Google has the answers Need to be able to connect a projector Watch online presentations Use header filter of searching for videos only
  • Search in Google using filetype:
  • Practice
  • Show example of advantage of using Bing and hover feature
  • Often find that you need a different type of filetype, for example have publisher but need word or convert to pdf
  • Show demonstration of Internet Explorer with Cntrl enter Also show Google Chrome and how it acts like google home page where you can type search items directly
  • Mention that this is an excellent and free utility Demonstrate youtube sample
  • Demonstrate Jing Mention Gadwin
  • Mention new search utilities – book Getting Organized in a Google Era Demonstrate use of Desktop search
  • Demonstrate how to use Copernic desktop search
  • How to share large files
  • Mention that this presentation can be downloaded from slideshare
  • I like this site because it includes freely reproducible handouts
  • Free with permission to reproduce guide – Google for Teachers
  • Ask how many people feel that they are using Google search effectively and efficiently
  • For Related Search – mention that it is more than what appears on page 2 Show a regular search for cnn news Demonstrate: Google Search and then demonstrate Mention no spaces in the search title Demonstrate: Wonder Wheel – mention that there are differences between and Go to and type in teaching and then selected wonder wheel – nothing different Go back to google main page and select goto Now type teaching and wonderwheel and see the difference Select Teaching – Lessons – Lesson plans – etc to demonstrate Go back to Type in quotes “Canada Confederation” (ask the difference between two words in quotes and not in quotes” Select timeline and then explain how it shows chronology related to the searched terms (make sure you have gone back to standard view after looking at wonder wheel) Go back to Mention that they have been asked to prepare a presentation on differentiated instruction Demonstrate search advanced – “differentiated instruction” and then select filetype and drop down to ppt for powerpoint Now demonstrate the dropdown for pdf Go back to main page and demonstrate use of filetype:wmv in the main search engine principal filetype:wmv Now provide time to practice these types of searches
  • Go through each example For the ~ (tilda) mention that this uses similar terms, ie. cheap, affordable, inexpensive, etc. For the three … this provides a range, for example find items between $200 and $800 Mention for comparisons, it is the word “in” that tells google to create the comparison Have the group go to the link and look at the many search options available within Google
  • Go to and mention that Google is in the process of digitizing all of the World’s books Mention that Google had scanned more than 12 million books as of last February (Using scanners that scan 1000 pages per hour) Show search with limit to years and title Sign-in using and demonstrate my 21 st Century learning library Go to Enter a search term such as “French Immersion” and then open a selected pdf file Limit the search by selecting 2010 in the date dropdown menu Mention that some are complete articles and some are abstracts Go to Demonstrate side bar with topics/categories of news Demonstrate Images option Demonstrate Headlines option Note the time since updating in the top right corner to show how current the news is Demonstrate the “add a section” feature in the top right corner Go to Demonstrate how to access sample news articles Go to Enter sample search terms and demonstrate use of the + button “ St. Pius” +Ottawa +principal Demonstrate the drop down menus Give time to review
  • Mention that I do not currently use either of these tools but they may find them interesting For custom search mention that they must have a google account For Bookmarks mention that they must have a google account They can review both of these towards the end of the session – after they have created their account and/or with their Board account
  • Mention that this is how they will create their own website home page if they wish This will be done within the google site This can be worked on also at a later time
  • Mention that the Google Calendar can be created once they have created a google account It can then be shared with staff, admin teams, spouse, etc. The advantage is multiple calendars that can be viewed on top of one another or on their own Quickly demonstrate the tech calendars – must be logged in to do this
  • Demonstrate sample creating a form for pizza day
  • Demonstrate shared folder in my account Demonstrate shared document Have everyone sign in and add to the agenda Have everyone log in and create a document and share it with someone in the room Demonstrate use of a form and spreadsheet Create form – choose template background – create title and help questions Copy URL Past in browser Answer questions View Spreadsheet totals
  • Visit Google Labs Demonstrate one of the services Allow time to explore
  • Explain what site does
  • Explain how this poster was created
  • Explain what this site does Read sample article Explain how it can be used by an administrator
  • Link to site Demonstrate address reverse look up – ask for volunteer to give their postal code and enter it online Demonstrate reverse lookup based on someone’s phone number
  • Explain what a Wordle is Explain how text can get entered
  • Demonstrate worlde for Mashable site Explain what Mashable is Explain what RSS is
  • Explain difference with Tag Crowd Explain adv of using a site URL
  • Demonstrate Tag Cloud from our Board website
  • Provide time to work on a wordle and tag cloud
  • Explain some risks of demonstrating from YouTube Ads Links to inappropriate videos Easy to be distracted and move on to other videos demonstrate video captured from You Tube – use live link
  • Provide time to try safeshare
  • Mention how I use Diigo and receive weekly updates
  • If time, link to YouTube video to show explanation of Wikepedia
  • If time, visit howcast to demonstrate a video
  • If time, visit Common Craft and HowCast
  • Explain the use of a docking station Demo the video
  • If time, click link to YouTube video
  • If time, demonstrate uses of iPOD touch Mention that the links are to sites that recommend apps for education
  • Suggest each school join ISTE
  • Explain NETS and provide one page handout of NETS
  • Technology tips for educators

    1. 1. Technology Tips for Teachers
    2. 2. By the end of the day: <ul><li>Narrow my searches </li></ul><ul><li>Google everything </li></ul><ul><li>Capture screen images </li></ul><ul><li>Create Tag Clouds </li></ul><ul><li>Convert YouTube Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Use Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Use Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>And much more… </li></ul>Agenda
    3. 3. Note – Filter selection by selecting Videos Google Search for Videos
    4. 4. Online Search for Help Tip Laptops use different function keys to toggle between the laptop screen and the projector screen
    5. 5. Search Any topic Designate filetype:pdf Designate filetype:wmv Designate filetype:ppt
    6. 6. Bing Search for Videos Note – Hover over Bing Videos to see a preview
    7. 7. Search Hover your mouse over various videos for a preview
    8. 8. Free online Conversion sites such as ZAMZAR will allow you to convert flash video (flv) to other formats such as Windows Media Video (wmv) that will play in PowerPoint.
    9. 9. <ul><li>Visit YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Find a short video of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the URL </li></ul><ul><li>Open zamzar </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the URL into zamzar and convert it to wmv format </li></ul><ul><li>Select to have the converted file emailed to you </li></ul>Tip To quickly enter a .com URL you can enter the name in the Browser and press Ctrl - Enter
    10. 10. Download a Free Video converter Download a free video converter to your computer Ex. Any Video Converter (It’s really called that!)
    11. 11. Download a Free capture utility Download a free capture tool such as: Jing by TechSmith Gadwin Printscreen * Snipping Tool included in Windows 7 … many others
    12. 13. Free at Home desktop search Professional version - $49
    13. 15. How do I transfer my presentation? USB Key eMail Google Docs online storage DropBox online storage Other free services - slideshare Tip USB keys or thumb drives work well… but they can be lost easily and security is a concern. If your presentation includes video files it is important that you keep all of the required files inside the same file folder Remember – USB keys can be misplaced/stolen Be careful with confidential student/teacher data
    14. 16. Recommended Site Free resources on this site with permission to freely copy and distribute!
    15. 17. Extension activity – Explore each of these resources in more detail at a later date. Resources Free download of reproducible Google guides
    16. 18. Do you search effectively?
    17. 19. Google Search – Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Page 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of: Related Search Wonder Wheel Timeline Advanced search and file type (not in this guide) </li></ul><ul><li>Your turn – Try these </li></ul>
    18. 20. Google Search – Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Quotes for exact terms Use of +, -, ~, AND, OR Sample refined searches and use of Google: “St. Pius” +Ottawa Senators -parliament -US -U.S. &quot;Ottawa Catholic School Board&quot; AND &quot;St. Matthew&quot; OR &quot;St. Peter“ “Vancouver Hotel&quot; ~cheap “Dell computer&quot; $200...$800 define:pretentious weather: Kelowna 100 kg in pounds 40 km in miles time: Paris </li></ul>Visit the following site to find quick search tricks within Google:
    19. 21. Google Extras – Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Page 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of: Google Books Google Scholar Google News ( ) Google Fast Flip Google Alerts (not in this guide) </li></ul><ul><li>Your turn – Try them all </li></ul>
    20. 22. Google Extras – Tips and Tricks Page 2 Demonstration of: Custom Search Engine Google Bookmarks http://www. / bookmarks
    21. 23. Google Sites – Tips and Tricks Page 16 Demonstration of: Google Sites
    22. 24. Google Calendar – Tips and Tricks Page 29 Demonstration of: Google Calendar
    23. 25. Google Apps Last year we had a successful pilot of Google Apps This year all staff and all students will have a Google Apps account for optional use. You need an account before you can take advantage of the Google Apps features such as online forms and document collaboration.
    24. 26. Google Docs – Tips and Tricks <ul><li>Demonstration: Create a document Share a document Create a survey </li></ul><ul><li>Your turn </li></ul>
    25. 27. Google Labs These people never sleep! Check out the many “cool” Google tools available for free! <ul><li>Look at some of these Google tools in the lab! </li></ul><ul><li>Image Swirl </li></ul><ul><li>Google Squared </li></ul><ul><li>Google News Timeline </li></ul>
    26. 28. Recommended Site Create your own motivational posters for staff and students Upload your own photos and add your own caption to make motivational posters (free download) or to order merchandise. /
    27. 29. Sample Poster Created in under 30 seconds – for free! /
    28. 30. Recommended Site Generate newspaper clips for staff meetings and other discussion topics
    29. 31. Recommended Site Use reverse lookup to find name and address of someone who called but did not leave a message Use reverse address to find the names/numbers of everyone living on a particular street
    30. 32. Cloud Creators Wordle Create graphic “Clouds” in less than 30 seconds – for free! Easily create clouds for free download from this site using text you upload, or text you paste, or from a website URL /
    31. 33. This sample was generated from Mashable RSS
    32. 34. Cloud Creators Tag Crowd Create graphic “Clouds” in less than 30 seconds – for free! Easily create clouds for free download from this site using text you upload, or text you paste, or from the URL of any website /
    33. 35. This sample was generated from our Board website URL
    34. 36. Your Turn… <ul><li>Visit TagCrowd </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Cloud of your school website </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Wordle </li></ul><ul><li>Select and copy text from any site or from any document and paste it into Wordle </li></ul>
    35. 37. Capture YouTube Videos Free site that will allow you to indicate how much of a YouTube video to capture
    36. 38. Your Turn… <ul><li>Visit YouTube and search for a Nightmare Boss video </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the video URL </li></ul><ul><li>Visit </li></ul><ul><li>Create a URL link to the YouTube Video </li></ul><ul><li>Copy and paste the new URL into a web browser to view the video outside of YouTube </li></ul>
    37. 39. Diigo Social Bookmarking – group resources and networks Optional educator accounts allow for the creation of secure class/student accounts as well. Search groups such as Web 2.0, SmartBoards, etc.
    38. 40. Recommended Site Common Craft provides quick simple explanations on most topics <ul><li>Watch video tutorials for topics including: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media in plain English </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting in plain English </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud computing in plain English </li></ul><ul><li>RSS in plain English </li></ul>Wikipedia in plain English
    39. 41. Recommended Site Howcast provides quick explanations on most topics <ul><li>Watch video tutorials for topics including: </li></ul><ul><li>Popular software applications </li></ul><ul><li>Hardware questions </li></ul><ul><li>Computer tips and tricks </li></ul><ul><li>Converting files, Skype, and much more </li></ul>How to connect a USB device
    40. 42. Your Turn… <ul><li>Visit either CommonCraft or HowCast </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the video URL </li></ul><ul><li>Visit </li></ul><ul><li>Create a URL link to the YouTube Video </li></ul><ul><li>Copy and paste the new URL into a web browser to view the video outside of YouTube </li></ul>
    41. 43. Consider purchasing a docking station, wireless keyboard and wireless mouse to use with your laptop With a docking station and a wireless mouse and keyboard your laptop can function like a desktop at the office and a laptop when you need portability. A docking station eliminates the need to reconnect power, printer cables, network cables, etc. Docking station
    42. 44. Dual Display with your laptop With a dual display you can have one image on your laptop and an extended image or different program running on your monitor. Above I have my calendar open on one screen, and the presentation on another. Extended desktop display
    43. 45. iPods in School Will your school embrace Smart Phones?
    44. 46. Consider a school membership in ISTE
    45. 47. Download or order copies of the National Educational Technology Standards
    46. 48. Questions ? T. D’Amico
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