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Technology Toolbox For Educators


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Giving Teachers Technology They can Use!

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  • 1. Technology Toolbox for Educators Wesley R. McCammon, MSNS Pisgah High School 2008
  • 2. Student Information Sheet
  • 3. About me
    • Originally from Bruce, MS
    • Moved to Cleveland
    • Attended Delta State University
    • Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences
    • 2006-2007 3 rd Congressional District Teacher of the Year, Rankin County Teacher of the Year, Pisgah High School Teacher of the Year
  • 4. About me
    • Pisgah High School (5 years) – Biology I, Science Skills and Reasoning, Human Anatomy and Physiology, AP Biology
    • Holmes Community College (3 years) – Adjunct instructor in the Biology Department; 2008 – Hybrid pilot program instructor
    • Mississippi Virtual Public School (2 years) – Earth Science Facilitator
    • Velma Jackson High School (3 years) – Field Botany, Field Zoology, Environmental Science, Genetics, AP Biology, Marine and Aquatic Science
    • Eastwood Junior High School (3 years) – 7 th and 8 th grade science
  • 5. #1 Rule!!!
    • LIE
    • LIE
    • LIE
    • Make the students believe they will be successful no matter what you really think.
  • 6. Imagine….
  • 7. Why?
    • When I Grow Up
  • 8. Why is Technology Important?
    • Technology is this generation’s “paper and pencil”
    • Every generation is different.
    • Essays = collaborative wikis and maintaining websites and databases
  • 9. Who Uses the Internet?
    • Did You Know?
  • 10. Who Uses the Internet?
    • MySpace is the third most popular website in the United States and sixth most popular in the entire world
    • In 2007, MySpace had over 200 million accounts
    • According to the census in 1984 about 8% of the population had a computer.
    • 62% in 2003
  • 11. Who?
    • In 1997 only 18% of households had access to the internet.
    • The figure in 2003 is 54%.
    • At this rate by 2009, there will 90% of households with access to the internet.
    • I would estimate that 90% of my students have access to the internet!
  • 12. Who?
    • Pisgah High School
    • 333 students
    • Sandhill, MS
    • Title I school
    • Very rural and poor farming community
  • 13. Our competition
  • 14. Who?
    • We have to be able to design meaningful activities where technology is the most attractive option to complete an assignment rather than the pencil and paper method.
  • 15. Who?
    • My Science Fair Problem
      • forms to fill out
      • kids who don’t want to do a project
      • students who can’t afford a display board
      • parents who hate doing the student’s project for them
  • 16. Who?
    • My Science Fair Solution
      • Students can do a blog instead of a log book
      • Students can create a website, a flash animation, or an interactive flipchart instead of a display board
  • 17. What?
      • Tons of free activities and games
    • http://
      • GREAT site for Biology and AP Biology (as well as others)
  • 18. What?
      • MIT open courses. Free MIT lectures and printables.
      • David Warlicks site on technology
  • 19. What?
    • http://
      • Create your own broadcast for your students
      • Online Photo Editor
  • 20. What?
    • Exam Pro
      • Testmaker program that lets you make internet tests
    • Mindpoint Quiz show
      • Test review software that kids can play and be interactive!
  • 21. What?
      • Upload your powerpoints and record video or audio to go with them. Then embed them on your site!
      • Upload your powerpoints and share them and embed them
  • 22. What?
      • Testing website for SATP
      • Testing website for MCT2
      • The teacher’s version of YouTube!
  • 23. What?
      • Make your own comic strip!
  • 24. What?
      • More free stuff for you online class!
      • Best-ever Freeware Utilities List
  • 25. What?
      • Technology Radio Show. Lots of links and downloads.
      • Great tools from Google!
  • 26. What?
      • Convert various types of media to flash
      • Lots of Google tools
  • 27. What?
      • Online Gradebook Software
      • Another good gradebook program
  • 28. What?
      • Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds
      • ***I use this free recorder to record audio tutorials and more.  It's really easy to use and free.
      • TONS of subject specific links
  • 29. What?
      • Tons of free animated gifs
      • Very cool website to make cool tools and stuff for your webpage.
      • You can do stuff like this!
  • 30. What?
      • You can add daily quotes and stuff to your site. Lots of cool stuff.
      • Download lots of PowerPoint games!
  • 31. What?
    • Microsoft Producer
      • for Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 makes it easy to capture and synchronize audio, video, slides and images—creating engaging rich media presentations. Capture, synchronize, and publish audio, video, slides, and images to create rich media presentations viewable in a browser.  Tutorials can also be found on this page.
  • 32. What?
      • Powerful File Converter for lots of various file types and its free.
      • Free Webpage Counter for your website
  • 33. What?
    • Moodle
    • Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles , to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts), yet it can scale from a single-teacher site to a 50,000-student University.
    • ***Ever used Blackboard before?  This is a free open source program that is very much like Blackboard.  We just installed this this year!  My classes are going hybrid.  Students will have online assignments to complete as well as face-to-face assignments.  See our Moodle Site.
  • 34. What?
      • Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
      • Glencoe
      • McGraw-Hill
    • http://
      • Pearson
  • 35. What?
      • In2Books is an exciting eMentoring program for grades 3-5 that fosters students' reading, writing and critical-thinking skills across the content areas. Free carefully-screened adult pen pals, books for students, and books for teachers to Title 1 schools! Learn more or sign up today!
      • Welcome to the Internet's largest global community of connected classrooms!
      • Safely connect, collaborate and learn using our leading protected email and blog solutions for schools and districts
  • 36. What?
      • Edublogs hosts hundreds of thousands of blogs for teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education.
      • Edublogs are completely free, without any advertising, and come with 100MB of free upload space (easily extended to 3 Gig) and a heap of great features
      • We also cater for schools and universities looking to create, manage and control blogs at their own domain, with all the features of Edublogs.
  • 37. What?
    • My Personal Website Service
  • 38. Day #2
  • 39. When?
    • A Day in Biology I
      • Students are divided into groups. Students complete each station in the time allowed and rotate to the next section until all stations are complete.
      • Keeps students moving and out of their seats.
      • Takes planning and supervision, but you are not lecturing. Very student centered.
  • 40. When?
    • Science Station #1 – Students would complete their Moodle Assignments (These are online assignments)
    • Science Station #2 – Student could put together model atoms or draw food chains
    • Science Station #3 – Students could test various foods for starch
    • Science Station #4 – Students would look up vocabulary words, not with a dictionary, but with Latin root words.
    • Science Station #5 – Students would read articles on the topic.
    • Science Station #6 – Students would play Mind Point Quiz Show
  • 41. When
    • I devote one entire class period to working online per unit I teach.
    • This frees my liability for students who do not have access to the internet at home.
    • I also make it a point to stay after school at least one day per week with the laptop carts for those students also.
  • 42. Short Cut Keys that are very handy
    • Control+K= hyperlink
    • Control+C = copy
    • Control+V=paste
    • F5=reload
    • F6=highlight address bar
    • F7=spell check
    • Control+prt Sc (print Screen)=copies screen image to clip board so you can paste it elsewhere.
  • 43. How?
    • Creating a Website Using Powerpoint
    • Creating a Website Using Word
    • Create a Website Using Frontpage (or any other WYSIWYG)
  • 44. How?
    • Using Internet Explorer passive FTP
  • 45. Make a Difference
  • 46. My E-mail Address
    • [email_address]
    • [email_address]