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Technology Tips for Administrators


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This presentation was prepared for principals and vice-principals in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Technology tips with a focus on web 2.0 tools and free Google tools were the main focus.

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Technology Tips for Administrators

  1. 1. Technology Tips for Administrators<br />T. D’Amico<br />
  2. 2. By the end of the day:<br /><ul><li> Narrow my searches
  3. 3. Google everything
  4. 4. Know where to go for help
  5. 5. Have an updated signature and resume in FirstClass
  6. 6. Login and search the OERB
  7. 7. Create Tag Clouds
  8. 8. Convert YouTube Videos
  9. 9. Use Twitter
  10. 10. Use Social Networking
  11. 11. And much more…</li></ul>Agenda<br />
  12. 12. Recommended Site<br />These resources will soon be moved into the new BlackBoard training area<br /><br />Watch video tutorials for topics including:<br /><ul><li> FirstClass
  13. 13. eSIS
  14. 14. Mark Scan
  15. 15. Blogs and Wikis
  16. 16. OERB</li></ul><br />
  17. 17. Your Turn…<br /><br /><ul><li> Visit the IT tutorial page
  18. 18. Watch the OERB tutorial
  19. 19. Visit the OERB site
  20. 20. Explore the resources Think about how these resources could help a new teacher or a veteran teacher
  21. 21. Do you have a resume and signature line in First Class? If not – watch the video and then create them.</li></li></ul><li>Recommended Site<br />Free resources on this site with permission to freely copy and distribute!<br /><br /><br />
  22. 22. Resources<br />We will use two of these Google guides today<br />Extension activity – Explore each of these<br />resources in more detail at a later date.<br />
  23. 23. Do you search effectively?<br />
  24. 24. Google Search – Tips and Tricks<br /><ul><li>Page 2
  25. 25. Demonstration of:Related SearchWonder WheelTimelineAdvanced search and file type (not in this guide)
  26. 26. Your turn – Try these</li></li></ul><li>Google Search – Tips and Tricks<br /><ul><li>Quotes for exact terms Use of +, -, ~, AND, ORSample refined searches and use of Google: “St. Pius” +OttawaSenators -parliament -US -U.S."Ottawa Catholic School Board" AND "St. Matthew" OR "St. Peter“"Toronto Hotel" ~cheap“Dell computer" $200...$800define:pretentiousweather Ottawa, Ontario100 kg in pounds40 km in milestime Vancouver</li></ul>Visit the following site to find quick search tricks within Google:<br /><br />
  27. 27. Google Extras – Tips and Tricks<br />Page 3<br />Demonstration of:Google BooksGoogle ScholarGoogle News( )Google Fast Flip Google Alerts (not in this guide)<br /><ul><li>Your turn – Try them all</li></li></ul><li>Google Extras – Tips and Tricks<br />Page 2<br />Demonstration of:Custom Search EngineGoogle Bookmarks<br /><br /><br />
  28. 28. Google Sites – Tips and Tricks<br />Page 16<br />Demonstration of:Google Sites<br /><br /><br />
  29. 29. Google Calendar – Tips and Tricks<br />Page 29<br />Demonstration of:Google Calendar<br /><br /><br />
  30. 30. Google Apps<br />Last year we had a successful pilot of Google Apps<br /><br />This year all staff and all students will have a Google Apps account for optional use.<br />You need an account before you can take advantage of the Google Apps features such as online forms and document collaboration.<br /><br />
  31. 31. Google Docs – Tips and Tricks<br />Demonstration:Create a documentShare a documentCreate a survey<br /><ul><li>Your turn</li></li></ul><li>Google Labs<br />These people never sleep!<br />Check out the many “cool” Google tools available for free!<br /><br />Look at some of these Google tools in the lab!<br /><ul><li> Image Swirl
  32. 32. Google Squared
  33. 33. Google News Timeline</li></ul><br />
  34. 34. BlackBoard Implementation<br />Sept. – Jan.<br />Development of content and framework for BlackBoard<br />Principal/VP training by Jan. <br /><br />BlackBoard Learn will become our Board Portal for next year (Sept. 2011).<br />Teachers who have been using BlackBoard for courses will continue this year with the new version<br />Principals/VPs will have a template available for Feb. of this year for initial content development<br />http://sandbox.blackboard.ocsb.local<br />
  35. 35. Using Twitter in a School<br />Start using Twitter with your teachers, parents, and colleagues<br /><br />
  36. 36. Your Turn…<br /><br /><ul><li>Visit the Twitter site
  37. 37. Sign-up for an account
  38. 38. Set-up your profile
  39. 39. Search for people to follow
  40. 40. Send a “tweet”</li></li></ul><li>Recommended Site<br />Create your own motivational posters for staff and students<br /><br />Upload your own photos and add your own caption to make motivational posters (free download) or to order merchandise.<br /><br />
  41. 41. Sample Poster<br />Created in under 30 seconds – for free!<br /><br /><br />
  42. 42. Recommended Site<br />Generate newspaper clips for staff meetings and other discussion topics<br /><br /><br />
  43. 43. Recommended Site<br />Use reverse lookup to find name and address of someone who called but did not leave a message<br />Use reverse address to find the names/numbers of everyone living on a particular street<br /><br /><br />
  44. 44. Cloud Creators<br />Wordle<br />Create graphic “Clouds” in less than 30 seconds – for free!<br />Easily create clouds for free download from this site using text you upload, or text you paste, or from a website URL/<br /><br />
  45. 45.<br />This sample was generated from Mashable RSS<br /><br />
  46. 46. Cloud Creators<br />Tag Crowd<br />Create graphic “Clouds” in less than 30 seconds – for free!<br />Easily create clouds for free download from this site using text you upload, or text you paste, or from the URL of any website/<br /><br />
  47. 47.<br />This sample was generated from our Board website URL<br /><br />
  48. 48. Your Turn…<br /><br /><br /><ul><li>Visit TagCrowd
  49. 49. Create a Cloud of your school website
  50. 50. Visit Wordle
  51. 51. Select and copy text from any site or from any document and paste it into Wordle</li></li></ul><li>Capture YouTube Videos <br />Free site that will allow you to indicate how much of a YouTube video to capture<br /><br /><br /><br />
  52. 52. Your Turn…<br /><br /><ul><li>Visit YouTube and search for a Nightmare Boss video
  53. 53. Copy the video URL
  54. 54. Visit
  55. 55. Create a URL link to the YouTube Video
  56. 56. Copy and paste the new URL into a web browser to view the video outside of YouTube</li></li></ul><li>Evernote<br />Free application to synchronize files and more to all of your devices<br /><br /><br /><br />
  57. 57. Diigo<br />Social Bookmarking – group resources and networks<br /><br />Optional educator accounts allow for the creation of secure class/student accounts as well.<br />Search groups such as Web 2.0, SmartBoards, etc.<br /><br /><br />
  58. 58. Recommended Site<br />Common Craft provides quick simple explanations on most topics<br /><br />Watch video tutorials for topics including:<br /><ul><li> Social Media in plain English
  59. 59. Podcasting in plain English
  60. 60. Cloud computing in plain English
  61. 61. RSS in plain English</li></ul>Wikipedia in plain English<br /><br /><br />
  62. 62. Recommended Site<br />Howcast provides quick explanations on most topics<br /><br />Watch video tutorials for topics including:<br /><ul><li> Popular software applications
  63. 63. Hardware questions
  64. 64. Computer tips and tricks
  65. 65. Converting files, Skype, and much more</li></ul>How to connect a USB device<br /><br /><br />
  66. 66. <br />
  67. 67.<br />ETIs will provide in-service on the Status Sheet<br />Status Sheet for grades K-8<br /> <br />
  68. 68. Principals can see PM benchmarks for classes or grades<br />
  69. 69. <br />
  70. 70. Your Turn…<br /><br /><ul><li>Visit either CommonCraft or HowCast
  71. 71. Copy the video URL
  72. 72. Visit
  73. 73. Create a URL link to the YouTube Video
  74. 74. Copy and paste the new URL into a web browser to view the video outside of YouTube</li></li></ul><li>Consider purchasing a docking station, wireless keyboard and wireless mouse to use with your laptop<br /><br />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. <br />A docking station eliminates the need to reconnect power, printer cables, network cables, etc.<br />Docking station<br /><br />
  75. 75. Dual Display with your laptop<br /><br />Extended desktop display<br />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.<br /><br />
  76. 76. iPods in School<br />Will your school embrace Smart Phones?<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  77. 77.<br />Consider a school membership in ISTE<br />
  78. 78.<br />Download or order copies of the National Educational Technology Standards<br />
  79. 79. T. D’Amico<br />Questions ?<br />