My notes from June 2nd to June 4th

DAY ONE: Tuesday's Notes:

IDEA: Resource "Fact" Finder - assigned fact checker who has access to the computer and can look up answers to questions posed during instruction/classtime. Makes students responsible for finding answers...increase retention of information. Rotate student assigned as the official Resource Finder.

In google docs, create documents that can be shared, either in edit or view form, with others (as in classmates during an assignment, etc.) Also, forms that can be used as quizes can be created here that allow for student assessment of assigned activity/info! In Google, go to "Documents" in the top menu to create a document.
Create search engines that allow students to search specified websites for information. These docs and search engines can be linked to teacher/class/school websites for students to access. To do this, in Google, go to "more" and choose "even more". Then choose "Custom Search". There, you can create a search engine and enter websites to be included in that search engine. GREAT FOR RESEARCH! online networking for educators
video on failure by Honda. free online file conversion,should you need that.
Twitter - social/professional networking
Options of people to follow:
jimwenz - Jim Wenzloff - Instructor
AngelaMaiers - excellent to follow for ELA instructions/websites, stuff

RSS - Really Simple Syndication
think about subscribing to a magazine. You get the card, fill it out, send it in. They subscribe you.
Most info published online have RSS. Look for "RSS" link on sites. (Its usually a small red link that reads RSS.) You can click on the RSS link and subscribe to that particular blog. To be subscribed, you will need to copy and paste the link in to a reader. Google offers Google Reader for free. Look under "more" at top of Google page. Then select "even more" and find Reader link. Once pasted, you can read the blogs in Google Reader, and Reader will continue to receive blogs from that source.

Google News
In Google, choose "more" from the top menu and then select "News".
You can choose a specific search word, then click on the RSS link. RSS will make that search daily and deliver the results to your Google Reader account. Again, read the blogs in Google Reader.

Students have different learning styles/preferences. Find new/different ways to present the same information (not watered down or condensed), so that all students are reached.

Good Book: Daniel Pink - A Whole New Mind - about the availability of information in today's world and that students need to know how to access that information and use that information for success.

DAY TWO: Wednesday's Notes

CILC Audacity Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. Use for podcasts.
Record lectures/instruction and post to website for student review. Students can use for projects/activities.

iTUNES store - go to podcasts section for examples of podcasts - there's an educational section.

Music: - "Free Downloads" section under Review Music (top menu). - notes and agenda for mini-conference green group To get to notes on how to podcast: Blackboard curriculum and instruction staff and instruction? community - HOW TO PODCAST - gives notes on todays

Free download Use jing to capture/record audio and video/pictures of screen. - maps of literature Google Maps
Lots of apps and things to do there. Use to create maps of stories, etc.

Use Jing along with Google Maps to create digital presentations involving visuals (maps) and sound (voice). - put in spelling words and get tests/ practice, etc.

Google Search When talking about online research and search engines, make sure kids know the difference between sponsored links (ads) and search results.
In a search, click Show Options from top menu Click Wonder Wheel - gives other, more specific divisions of the original search. Students can use this to get specifics or navigate to exactly what aspect of the search they need.
Click Time Line - to get a timeline related to search - use to demonstrate the intentional, and unintentional, inaccuracy of online information, and the importance of verifying info with more than one source. "Victorian Robots". Tell students to check url for clues to what kind of website it is, fact or fiction, serious or joke material.
Google Search - Advanced Search - use to add filters to search. - The Way Back Machine - has pictures of what websites used to look like. Internet Safety

DAY THREE: Thursday's Notes

http://www.iTunes.comiTunes U - downloads (free) of lectures, speeches, etc. on many subjects/topics. VERY COOL. - lectures

Resources from Thursday morning:
1. Mathemagic
2. Hannibal
3. 60 second lectures - PENN


During our first English Literature lesson for English II, students will read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. In preparation of reading this novel, students will study the Montgomery Bus Boycott. My great idea for integrating technology into this lesson is this:
1. In class, the teacher will model and instruct students on how to create a Google Doc. Students, in groups of three or four, will create a Google Doc for their group. All members of the group will have access to edit/contribute to the Google Doc.
2. The teacher will explain the importance of fact checking when using the Internet for research. The teacher will explain the importance of documenting and crediting any information they obtain over the Internet.
3. Students, individually, will use the Internet to research the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They will collect and verify information, such as stories, pictures, quotes, notable names, and other information they find relevant. They will post their research results (text and pictures) to their group's Google Doc.
4. In class, student groups will organize their information posted on Google Docs. The result will be a well organized, informative research project of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, using text and pictures, and posted on Google Docs.
5. The teacher will instruct and model PhotoStory.
6. The teacher will explain copyrights and copyright infringement. Students will research the Internet for free music that they feel fits the mood/tone of their Google Doc research project.
7. Using their Montgomery Bus Boycott research project in Google Docs, each group will create a digital "movie" in PhotoStory that tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They will include their free music download found to help define the mood of their story.
8. Presentation: Each group will present their research project to the class, with each group member explaining their individual contribution to the research and where they found their information. Each group presentation will conclude with a class viewing of their PhotoStory movie.