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Newsletter October 07

  1. 1. Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Technology Integration Made Easy & Simple Danita Russell – ITF Lee County Schools Volume 2, Issue 2 October 2007 [email_address] As the weather cools, Fall has finally made it’s way into our lives. The drought continues, but hopefully relief will come soon. Now that we are getting ready for the 8 th grade computer test, I’ll use this month’s newsletter to focus on preparing our students. We have to join together in order for all our students to be successful on this important test. I hope you find ways to integrate the ideas I give you into your daily lessons. Technology isn’t something you fit in; it should be used to enhance what you are already doing in your classes. Workshops are being held every Tuesday and Thursday this year. Make sure you try to come to some. We’re learning some great tools! West Lee will be holding their PASS night November 8 th. Again, I will be presenting Internet Safety tips. We had great participation last year and look for even more this year. If you would like for me to help you plan a lesson, model a lesson for you, or anything else to assist you in integrating technology into your classroom – email me: Happy Halloween! [email_address] Technology Opportunities <ul><li>United Streaming </li></ul><ul><li>East 10/16 West 10/18 </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint/ Online Games </li></ul><ul><li>East 10/23 West 10/25 </li></ul><ul><li>SAS in schools </li></ul><ul><li>East 10/30 West 11/1 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>East 11/6 West 11/8 </li></ul><ul><li>Intro to Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>East 12/4 West 12/6 </li></ul><ul><li>Blog integration </li></ul><ul><li>East 12/11 West 12/13 </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>East 2/19 West 2/21 </li></ul><ul><li>Online Learning </li></ul><ul><li>LearnNC/ Kaleidoscope </li></ul><ul><li>East 2/26 West 2/28 </li></ul><ul><li>More as requested. </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops will be in the computer labs at East and West. The workshops will be from 3:15 – 4:15. </li></ul>Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 2 Issue 2 October 2007 <ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>East 1/8 West 1/10 </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Maker </li></ul><ul><li>East 1/15 West 1/17 </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Intro </li></ul><ul><li>East 1/29 West 1/31 </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Advanced </li></ul><ul><li>East 2/5 West 2/7 </li></ul><ul><li>Google Programs </li></ul><ul><li>East 2/12 West 2/14 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Curriculum Spotlight Math For all my math links, go to: Techno Mumble Jumble Ever been around techno-geeks that use their own language? I’ve been known to do this and I apologize. Sometimes we get into our own little world and forget what the ‘real’ world is like. This section will hopefully shed some light onto the dark side and teach you some of the vocabulary. BLOG: an online journal that allows other people to leave comments. WIKI: collaborative webpage, means quick, quick in Hawaiian HYPERLINK: link to the Internet, normally underlined in blue PAGE 2 Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 2 Issue 2 October 2007 WYSIWYG: text editor that stands for what you see is what you get HTML: computer language that adds visuals RSS: stands for really simple syndication, is a service that goes out onto the Internet and finds articles & blogs for you Equation Sheet Math Playground Math Literacy Middle School Math Wiki Math Videos Math for grades 7-12 Chart All Grade 5-8 Resources Middle School Math Wiki Oodles of Googles <ul><li>Ever wonder what Google had to offer? Here are a few examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Docs, spreadsheets, and presentation – word processor, spreadsheet, and PowerPoint-like application. Can be shared in real time with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Picasa – very powerful image program </li></ul><ul><li>Sketch Up – create 3D models of anything </li></ul><ul><li>Translate- translate blogs from other languages </li></ul><ul><li>Notebook – these are shareable and you can copy links quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Calendar – perfect for creating class calendar - you can even subscribe to Google calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger – great for teacher blogs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Page 3 Gaggle is more than a group of geese…. More Gaggle ideas for you to use in your classroom and computer lab: Coffee Break Corner We all need a little down time to compose ourselves for the next adventure. The Coffee Break Corner will be just the place for you to regroup and recharge your batteries. If you have an idea for the CBC, send them to me and I’ll share with others so that we can all benefit. You might want to check out some of these resources from Amazon to help you relax and laugh. Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 2 Issue 2 October 2007 What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker You Know You're a Teacher if . . . by Char Forsten, Jim Grant, and Betty Hollas Tales from the Teachers' Lounge: An Irreverent View of What It Really Means To Be a Teacher Today by Robert Wilder If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students: Guide to Success for Administrators and Teachers (Kids' Stuff) by Neila A. Connors <ul><li>Curriculum Integration using Email: </li></ul><ul><li>Keyboarding skills – use email as a means of allowing students to work on and improve their keyboarding skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabulary and Letter Writing – Email can be used to help students improve their letter writing and grammar skills, and it can also help increase their vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>Email a Congressman – </li></ul><ul><li>Use this as part of a Social Studies class and have the students compose an email to their congressman about a political issue discussed in class. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Pals – this is an experience to learn about another person one email at a time. With over 12,000 schools in 20 countries on the Gaggle network, connecting with other schools is just a point and click away. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Page 4 PowerPoint Tips <ul><li>Record Narration </li></ul><ul><li>To record narration, you must have a microphone attached to the computer. The sound input at the computer’s control panel should be set to microphone. You may also need to adjust the record volume. </li></ul><ul><li>To add narration, open a presentation. Go to the Slide Show menu and choose Record Narration. </li></ul><ul><li>At the Record Narration window adjust the recording settings. When the settings are adjusted correctly, click the OK button. </li></ul><ul><li>Click the Current Slide button to begin recording narration at the current slide. Click the First Slide button to begin recording narration at the first slide. </li></ul>4. PowerPoint will run the presentation. Record the narration for the first slide. When you are finished, click the mouse button to advance to the next slide. Record narration for this slide and click the mouse button to advance t the next slide. Repeat this process until you have recorded all the narration you want to add to the presentation. 5. When you are finished, a window will appear asking if you want to save slide timings as well. Click the YES button to set an automatic advance on each slide according to the speed you navigated through the project when recording narration. Click the NO button to keep the original slide advance settings. To test the narration, go to Slide Show menu and choose View Show. From: “November 2007 Connected Newsletter” Keyboard Shortcuts Insert a new slide CTRL+M Switch to the next pane (clockwise) F6 Switch to the previous pane (counterclockwise) SHIFT+F6 Make a duplicate of the current slide CTRL+D Start a slide show F5 Promote a paragraph ALT+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW Demote a paragraph ALT+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW Apply subscript formatting CTRL+EQUAL SIGN (=) Apply superscript formatting CTRL+PLUS SIGN (+) Open the Font dialog box CTRL+T Repeat your last action F4 or CTRL+Y Find CTRL+F View guides CTRL+G Delete a word CTRL+BACKSPACE Capitalize SHIFT+F3 Bold CTRL+B Italicize CTRL+I Insert a hyperlink CTRL+K Select all CTRL+A Copy CTRL+C Paste CTRL+V Undo CTRL+Z Save CTRL+S Print CTRL+P Open CTRL+O Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 2 Issue 2 October 2007
  5. 5. Page 5 Are you interested in technology? Why not join educators from around the world in a free online conference? Here are the details: The K-12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2007 conference theme is “Playing with Boundaries”. This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote David Warlick the week of October 8, 2007. The following two weeks, October 15-19 and October 22-26, forty presentations will be posted online to the conference blog for participants to download and view. Live Events in the form of three “Fireside Chats” and a culminating “When Night Falls” event will be announced. Everyone is encouraged to participate in both live events during the conference as well as asynchronous conversations. For more information: Friday, October 19: Dean Shareski “Design Matters” Wendy Wolfe “If All My Classes Did This” Anne Davis Learn to Blog : Blog to Learn” Frank Pirrone “Collaborative Concept Mapping - Breaking the Bounds of Location and Time... for $0.00 per Seat” Monday, October 22 Derek Wenmoth &quot;The Promise of ICT ” Kevin Hodgson and Bonnie Kaplan “The Collaborative ABC Project: Using Technology To Tell Stories” Brian Crosby &quot;Obstacles To Opportunities - The Why's And The Wherefores“ Sylvia Martinez “Challenging Assumptions About Technology Professional Development” Tuesday, October 23 Brandi Caldwell “Creating PLE's with TLC” Lee Baber, Paul Allison, Susan Ettenheim and Thomas Locke “Building Online Communities for Youth” Karen Richardson“ Crossing the Copyright Boundary in the Digital Age” Patrick Ledesma “The Technology Specialist as Teacher Leader: Strategies to Ensure Successful Technology Integration and Student Learning in Schools” Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 2 Issue 2 October 2007
  6. 6. Wednesday, October 24 Jen Wagner, Cheryl Oakes, Vicki Davis, Sharon Peters “Webcasting for Educators: Expanding the Conversation” Sharon Peters, Vincent Jansen “Building a Yardstick for PD Success: Establishing Key Performance Indicators for Web 2.0 Personal Optimized Learning Environments” Lisa Durff “Pushing the Envelope or How to Integrate Web 2.0 Tools on a Shoestring” John Pearce ”Me blog? No Way!!!” Thursday, October 25 James Folkestad “Changing a System: Network Centric Learning Communities” Vinnie Vrotny “Expanding Horizons - Engaging the Adult Members of your Community (Teachers, Administrators, and Parents) through the Use of Personal/Professional Learning Networks” Sylvia Martinez “Web 2.0 Share the Adventure” Joseph Bires “Acceptable Use and the Web 2.0” Friday, October 26 Jeff Utecht “Online Professional Development” Alex Ragone and Arvind Grover “EdTechTalk: A Network of Homegrown Webcasters” Ben Wilkoff “Starting From Scratch: Framing Change for All Stakeholders” Shawn  Nutting “Creating a Paradigm Shift in Technology” Page 6 Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 2 Issue 2 October 2007
  7. 7. Page 7 Parting Words Teacher's ABC (Tricia Stoddard) A is for the Abundance of questions and yearning B is for the Beauty I C in your learning D is for Doing it over til it's right E is for the Effort you pour into learning each night F is for watching how Far you can go G is for watching you blossom and Grow H is for reaching for that star so high I is for Imagination, for the courage to try J is for Joy in touching a child's life in a meaningful way K is for the Kindness children bring to each day L is for the Love of teaching we see M is for the &quot;Me&quot; you're helping me to be N is for Never being too weary to stay O is for Overcoming the desire to stray P is for the Positives you bring to each Q is for showing the Quintessential way to teach R is for the ability to power and Reason S is for teaching to appreciate each Season T is for Touching those that sit before you U is for Understanding their fear of what's new V is for the Vitality you bring to every day W is for every Wonderment you bring their way X is for the Xtra Special Teacher that You've become Z is not for the Zoo! - but the wonderful job that you've done. Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 2 Issue 2 October 2007