Two For Tuesday 6-3-08

1. Lulu - Self Publishing: This is a great service. Lulu will take any PDF file, turn it in a book and sell it on their Website. You can sell it at cost, or increase the price to make a profit. I think this has great possibility for kids to publish their work at the end of a course and/or as a fund raiser. People can buy the book right off of their Website, so there is no initial startup cost. Check it out here: http://www.lulu.com/

2. Web 2.0 Award Winning Websites for 2008: Check out this list of great Websites. It is organized by category. Categories include Bookmarking, Collaborative Writing, Music and Health. There is a first, second, third place and honorable mention in each category. You should recognize many of the sites from my previous "Two For Tuesdays." Here is the link: http://www.seomoz.org/web2.0/short

Two For Tuesday 5-20-08

1. Back Up Your Files! All computers will be re-imaged over the summer. You will need to back up all of your files by Friday, June 20th. Any files not backed up will be lost. I have attached directions for how to back up to the school server and/or to a flash drive. You can also find these directions on the WHS Website: http://www.wellesley.mec.edu/whs/pages/WHS%20Library/How%20To/howtoTEACHER.htm

2. Twenty First Century Technology Tools: Tutorials for Teachers: If you are looking for something to do this summer, I have put together a Wiki which includes directions for how to use many of the tools I have told you about this year. I even put all of the directions together in a book (using www.lulu.com) which you can download for free. You can find my tutorials here: http://21ctools.wikispaces.com/

Two For Tuesday 4-29-08

1. Edubloggercon East: Mark your calendars! I am organizing a free technology "unconference" this summer on July 14th at the Newton Marriott. I hope that some of you will be able to join us for this event!
You can learn more about this here: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/2008/04/edubloggercon-east-blc-july-14th-2008.htmlYou can sign up to participate here: http://www.edubloggercon.com/BLC2008

2. Visuwords - Online Graphical Dictionary: This visual dictionary shows how words are related, give definitions and synonyms in a very visual way. Check it out here: http://www.visuwords.com/

Two For Tuesday 4-16-08

1. Google Earth: Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.This is a much richer experience than Google Maps. Google Earth is a free download: http://earth.google.com/

2. Google Sky (new): To help you explore the far reaches of our universe, Google has teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. You do not have to download anything to use Google Sky. Check it out here: http://www.google.com/sky/

Two For Tuesday 4-8-08

1. Education is like a box of Chocolates - Find out why here: http://tekkieteacher.edublogs.org/2008/04/04/teachers-are-like-a-box-of-chocolates/

2. National Archives on Google - The National Archives has partnered with Google to share their video footage. Video includes NASA History of Space Flight Motion Pictures (1962-1981), United Newsreel Motion Pictures (1942-1945), and Department of the Interior Motion Pictures (1916-1970). Find out more here: http://video.google.com/nara.html

Two For Tuesday 4-1-08

1. Diigo - Diigo is a bookmarking application that not only allows you to keep track of your bookmarks on multiple computers, but also allows you to add comments and highlights to the Webpage. You can check out Diigo here: http:www.diigo.com I created a screencast about Diigo that goes over some of the features. You can see it here: http://tinyurl.com/2go3oq

2. Flock - Flock is a browser much like Firefox, but with a lot of extra built in features. I created a screencast showing some of the interesting add-ons of Flock. You can view it here: http://blip.tv/file/780227

Two For Tuesday 3-25-08

1. Tech Training Reminder - I am teaching two technology training classes, one on Wikis and one on Google Docs. Please click here to sign up if you are interested: http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=pM_ZE5BS0SgoWhlF7BuCfVw&email=true

Intro to Wikis, 7:30am - 8:30am, Thursday, April 3rd (Day 3).
Wikis are a great Online way to create your own Website and Online student projects. In this session you will learn how to set up a Wikispace for use as a Webpage or Class project.

Intro to Google Documents, 7:30am - 8:30am, Wednesday, April 9th (Day 7).
Google offers many Online collaborative tools that are similar to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In this session you will learn how to set up a Google Docs account and to create and share a document, a spreadsheet and/or a presentation.

2. The Sandbox - Dispatches from a High School English teacher in Kandahar Afghanistan - Check out this amazing blog written by a teacher, Mr Park, who is writing about his experiences in Afghanistan: http://misterpark.ca/

B.T.W. (By the way), my blog today (http://www.edtechpower.blogspot.com) features a tool called diigo (http://www.diigo.com) - you can check it out there if you are interested.

Two For Tuesday 3-18-08

1. Drop.io: Drop.io is like an electronic in box. Set up a drop and your students can hand in their papers and projects electronically. It is also a great way to share documents and media with a group. Drop.io describes itself this way: "Drop.io enables you to create simple private exchange points called "drops." The service has no email signup and no "accounts." Each drop is private, and only as accessible as you choose to deliberately make it. Create multiple drops, add any type of media, and share or subscribe as you want. To make a drop just click the big red button that says 'drop it'" I've embedded a drop.io box on the right column of my blog. Try it out here: http://drop.io/

2. Blabberize: Animate your pictures to speak for themselves. Check out my blog to see this in action: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/2008/03/two-for-tuesday-3-18-2008.html

Two For Tuesday 3-11-08

1. Looking for some blogs to read? Alltop.com has collected the top blog sites and stories on the Web and grouped them into categories. Their interface lets you mouse over and read a blog post right from their page. They suggest you "think of an Alltop site as a “dashboard,” “table of contents,” or even a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet." They include a wide range of categories including education, sports, politics, fashion and celebrities. This is a great resource for good blogs - crazily, my blog is included on their education page! Check it out here: http://education.alltop.com/

2. Looking for a study group? LetsCram is a "place where high school students can come study and get homework done in a social, laid-back environment." This looks like an interesting resource for high school students. Students can create and share study guides, schedule study sessions, chat, and even procrastinate. I haven't fully explored this yet. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has. Check it out here: http://letscram.com/


Two For Tuesday 3-4-08

1. Power of Podcasting article published in the OnCUE journal: An article I wrote about my podcasting experiences was published in the winter edtiion of the OnCUE journal. My work with Christy Kerr's class inspired this story. You can download a copy of the journal here: http://www.masscue.org/publications/oncue.htm My article is on page 7.

2. Understanding your 21st Century Teenager: John Steere and I are going to be piloting a conversation with parents about "the rapidly changing world of technology and its impact on your adolescent." We will be holding two morning (7:30am) sessions - limited to 20 parents - one in April and one in May. You can read more about the idea here: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/2008/03/understanding-your-21st-century.html I would be willing to run a session for teachers if there is interest. Please email me if you think this would be a good idea.

Two For Tuesday 2-26-08

1. Something Old: In my very first Two For Tuesday, I suggested you try the social bookmarking tool called Delicious. Delicious allows you to save and access bookmarks from any computer and to share your bookmarks with anyone. This is one of my favorite Online tools! I'm happy to help you set up your account. You can see my Delicious links here: http: http://del.icio.us/lizbdavis To learn more about how to get started with Delicious check out these screencasts: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=BF1AC22AF9B109D0

2. Something New: One of the most useful things about Web 2.0 technology is the ability to subscribe to new content, so that when someone updates their blog, or posts a new article, the information comes to you. You can gather all of the information that you are interested in reading in one place using a reader or an aggregator. I use Google Reader. I am happy to help you set up a google reader account. You can learn more about how to set up your own Google Reader page here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=99B2EF26AA097719

Two For Tuesday 2-12-08

1. Please Take my Survey: I have created a VERY QUICK survey, that has essentially 2 questions. I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a minute to fill it out. This will help me to meet your technology needs. Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2f7S93eaTAMMuCRk_2fQiEkRw_3d_3d

2. Wellesley High Social Network: It is not too late to join the The Wellesley High Social Network for faculty and staff. Check out Theresa Green's blog post: top 20...bottom 80...bottom 20? She wrote a very thoughtful and interesting response to the Panel Discussion on Balance at the High School. You can check it out here: http://wellesleyhigh.ning.com If you are not already a member of the space, please request to join and I will approve your membership.

3. It is Not Too Late to go on Vacation: (Thanks to Julie Spilka for this great resource.) Side Step is a robust travel search engine that searches over 200 travel websites for the best airfares, and hotel rates. You can sort your results by, price, airline, airport, time of departure, and time of arrival. It is pretty amazing. Check it out here: http://www.sidestep.com/

Two For Tuesday: 2-5-08

Envisioning Schools of the Future
I continue to think about how schools might/could/should/will change to meet the needs of a 21st century global economy. This week I have come upon two interesting resources that address this question.

1. Tom Friedman on Education in the ‘Flat World’: A discussion with author Daniel Pink on curiosity, passion and the politics of school reform in the global marketplace. In this article from the February 2008 issue of School Administrator Magazine, Tom Friedman, author of The World Is Flat, and Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, discuss the future of schools. You can read the article here: http://tinyurl.com/37y8ny

"In a world where information was scarce, schools operated as kind of a repository of that precious resource. But now information is abundant. A school doesn’t have to harvest and distribute this scarce resource. It has to serve some other kind of function." -Pink

2. Do Schools Kill Creativity? In this video of a talk given by creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson, Sir Ken asks the question: "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" He is an excellent and entertaining speaker. I highly recommend listening to his entire talk. Some things that struck me: "Creativity is as important as literacy," "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." You can watch the video here: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/66

Two For Tuesday 1-29-08

1. Understanding the Difference between Blogs, Wikis, and Discussion Forums: A teacher in Alaska has posted a great graphic that helps explain how differentiate between these great Online tools. You can see it here: http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=1829938057&size=o

2. My thoughts on the future of schools: I attended a very interesting conference this past weekend. It inspired me to write what I am calling My Common Principles for 21st Century Schools. I have posted my ideas on this wiki as a working document. Please join the wiki and contribute your thoughts: https://commonprinciples.wikispaces.com/

Two For Tuesday: 1-22-08

1. Teaching With Technology Series: I want to remind everyone about these Professional Development workshops (I will be teaching the Podcasting class on April 8th). The series is composed of seven, three-hour workshops. Participants do not have to enroll in the entire series. They may pick and choose workshops according to their needs. In order to receive 1 in-service credit you must attend three, three-hour workshops for a total of 9 hours of technology professional development and complete the optional project assignment. Participants receive 1 PDP for each hour of attendance at a workshop.

Teaching with Technology Series - 2008 Workshop Dates on Tuesdays
Word -- Including Universal Access, Rosey McQuillan, February 5
Spreadsheets/Graphs with Excel, Jackie Hoglund, February 26
PowerPoint and Inspiration, Jackie Hoglund, March 11
iMovie/iPhoto (WMS, Lab 300), Sondra Hamilton, March 25
Podcasting with Garage Band, Liz Davis, April 8
Working with Graphics/Photos, Sondra Hamilton, April 29
Internet Research & Safety, online Resources &
Website Evaluation/Copyright (WMS, Lab 300), Sondra Hamilton, May 13

2. Getting Started With Twitter: Twitter is a real time networking Website that has the potential to connect you to educators around the world. I have created a video screencast that explains how to get started with Twitter. You can find it here: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/2008/01/getting-started-with-twitter-screencast.html

Two For Tuesday: 1-15-08

1. Backing Up Your Files: Yes, you know you should do it, but you just haven't had a minute. I'm as guilty as anyone. If my computer were to die today, I would be in trouble (I'm going to back up my files as soon as I finish writing this!). To help preserve my documents, I've been creating and opening files in Google Docs (http://docs.google.com/). This allows me to access my files anywhere because they are saved on the Google server. Using del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/) to tag my bookmarks, also preserves my important links Online.

Finally, there are several free utilities you can use to help you to automate your backup process. Here is a great blog post that summarizes and explains the free backup software that is available on the Web: http://lifehacker.com/software/backup/geek-to-live--complete-free-mac-backup-248943.php

2. MIT OpenCourseWare - Highlights For High School: MIT has made A.P. Bio, Physics and Calculus lecture notes, materials, labs and videos of lectures available for free Online. This site has materials that teachers can use to supplement their lessons. Students can use this Website to get extra help, find resources and/or to help them decide if they want to pursue a subject. Finally, if you always wanted to learn calculus, this is the Website for you: http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/hs/home/home/index.htm

Two For Tuesday: 12-18-07

1. Taking Your Slideshow to the Next Level: Avoid Powerpointlessness! Scott Elias, the assistant principal for Loveland High School in Loveland, CO, has created an amazing slide show with audio that brilliantly explains and demonstrates how to use slideshow software effectively. Check it out here: http://www.slideshare.net/selias22/taking-your-slide-deck-to-the-next-level/

2. Give Credit Where Credit is Due: Students can use this Website to accurately create MLA citations. "Citation Machine is an interactive web tool designed to assist high school, college, and university students, their teachers, and independent researchers in their effort to respect other people's intellectual properties.The primary goal of this tool is to make it so easy for high school, college, and university students and other researchers to credit information sources, there is virtually no reason not to -- because SOMEDAY THE INFORMATION THAT SOMEONE WANTS TO USE, WILL BE YOURS."
Check it out here: http://www.citationmachine.net

Two For Tuesday: 12-11-07

1. Twittory: "The Darkness Inside": Cameron Reilly, a blogger and podcaster in Australia came up with this "Twittory" idea. A Twittory is a story written 140 characters at a time by 140 contributors from around the world submitted through Twitter. I signed up to be one of the contributors and am eagerly waiting for my turn - I'm number 51. We are being slowed down a bit by time zones.

Cameron is using Wikispaces to post the "Twittory" as it develops. You can follow the story here: http://twittories.wikispaces.com/The+Darkness+Inside. I think this could be a great class project without using Twitter. You could use a Wiki and have students contribute in a round to a story.

2. Google Street View: Thanks to Doug Brown for suggesting this link. You can now see photographs of many streets using Google Maps by clicking on Street View. If a street is highlighted in blue, that indicates that a street view photograph is available. This could be a great tool to help you find your way using landmarks. Students could also use the street view to explore different locations around the world. Check it out here: http://maps.google.com/ Enter an address and then click "street view."

Two For Tuesday: 12-03-07

1. Test Your Information Literacy: November Learning - an organization "dedicated toward supporting and challenging teachers and students to expand the boundaries of learning" has a great information literacy quiz. Test your own information literacy skills and/or have your students take the quiz. The quiz is followed by an answer key and follow up activities. Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/2cwk2h

2. Vote for your favorite education blog: Every year people nominate their favorite educational blogs for an edublog award called the Eddies. This is a great resource for finding interesting and useful blogs to add to your list - or to get started reading some educator blogs. Voting concludes on the 6th of December, so there is still time to pick your favorite. Check out the nominees here: http://edublogawards.com/


Two For Tuesday: 11-27-07


Jott and Jing...
1. Think it. Jott it. Do it:
"Jott™ is a revolutionary new service that automatically converts your voice into e-mail and text messages—anytime, anywhere, with any cell phone. Jott™" I've tried it and it really works. Call Jott from your phone, leave yourself (or someone else) a message, Jott transcribes your words into text and does an amazingly good job. You can tell Jott to send you a reminder at a particular time. Students can use Jott to speak their ideas for a paper or answer a homework assignment. I even "jotted" a blog entry this week. This is a really usefull tool and it is free - give it a try: http://www.jott.com/

2. Video capture and share images and video on your computer: "The concept of Jing is the always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video…from your computer to anywhere." You can use this application to record a class presentation and then post it Online so that students can reference it later. I also use it to create "how to" videos to teach people how to use different applications. Check it out here: http://jingproject.com/

Two For Tuesday: 11-20-07


1. Practice your vocabulary and help feed the world: The Free Rice Website features a vocabulary game - for each word you get right, they will donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger. In the spirit of the holidays, give it a try and spread the word: http://www.freerice.com/index.php

2. Define and/or translate any word on any website: Lingro is a multilingual dictionary and language learning site. Plug in a Web address, it opens that page, click on any word on the page and you will see a definition of the word you can also translate the word into French, Spanish, Italian, German or Polish (or the other way around). Check it out here: http://lingro.com/

Two For Tuesday: 11-13-07

You can find more details about all of these links on my blog: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com

1. "The Perils and Promises of Praise" - As report cards are printed, I thought you all might find this article by Carol Dweck, printed in the October issue of Educational Leadership, interesting. I've attached a copy of the article. You can also find it here: http://tinyurl.com/2vhza3
I am a big fan of Carol Dweck and am always interested in a conversation about her work.

2. Satellite Images - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration post real time satellite images of significant environmental events around the world. You can find images of dust storms, fires, floods, storms and volcanos. Check it out here: http://www.osei.noaa.gov/

Two For Tuesday: 11-6-07


1. Evaluating Websites - A quick and dirty way to grade a Website
Thanks to Deeth Ellis, our librarian, for alerting me to this great blogpost and excellent resource for evaluating Websites. You can read about it here: http://nlcommunities.com/communities/wanderings/archive/2007/10/15/148779.aspx
Here is the document:
Check it out, it could be a really useful tool for a research project!

2. Podcasting resources - First I want to let you all know that I will be teaching a Podcasting class here at the high school on Tuesday, November 13th from 3:30 to 6:30pm as part of the Teaching with Technology PD series:
http://www.wellesley.mec.edu/pages/prof_dev/teac_w_tech.htm

All of our Mac computers have GarageBand software which can be easily used for podcasting. Here are some directions on how to get started with GarageBand:
You can also watch my How To Movies here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=64B74AD8472ED7E0

As always, I would love to help you integrate these (or any other) technology tools into your curriculum!
-Liz

Two For Tuesday: 10-30-07

You can find more details about all of these links on my blog: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/

1. Instant Connections: iChat is an instant messaging application, installed on all Mac computers, that allows you to communicate with others in real time. Don't have an IM account - no problem. iChat comes with a feature called Bonjour messaging. Just open the finder, click on Applications, open iChat, and open Bonjour messaging. iChat will find all the people in the building who have also opened up Bonjour messaging. Here are some directions for how to do this: http://www.helponechild.org/help/ichatbonjour.html

This is great tool for asking a quick question of me or others, or just finding out if someone is going to lunch. Give it a try - you will find me there - say hello, ask a question, invite me to lunch....

Two For Tuesday: 10-23-07


You can find more details about both of these links on my blog: http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/

1. Social networking for good rather than evil. I have created a Wellesley High School social network for faculty and staff. I would like to invite you all to join (Andrew is already a member). Go to this link http://wellesleyhigh.ning.com and request membership (this Site is open to WHS faculty and staff only). I am offering a prize to the first 5 people who create a page on our network. I think this has great potential to connect us. I look forward to seeing you all Online.

2. Increasing the text size in Word. Have you ever opened a word document and found the text too small to read? Here is a quick fix. On your Word toolbar there is a zoom drop down menu. The default setting is 100%. To increase your text size, click on the drop down menu and choose 125% or 150%.

As always, I would love to help you integrate these (or any other) technology tools into your curriculum!
-Liz


Two For Tuesday: 10-16-07


First, I want to share my absolute all time favorite Web Tool, the social bookmarking Website called Delicious: http://del.icio.us/ Delicious is a Website that allows you to take your Websites with you wherever you are. You can also share them with others and find out what other people are bookmarking.

Second, check out the Google Docs Presentation Tool: http://tinyurl.com/ynsps8/ This Google application allows multiple users to view and collaborate on a slideshow Online. They can also participate in an Online chat while working together. This tool has the potential to allow students working in groups to work together on a presentation without having to be in the same place at the same time.

Thanks!
-Liz