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Technology tips for educators


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Sample of free tools for teachers with a focus on web 2.0 tools.

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