Sunday, March 22, 2009

What are you working on this month ? Next Class - Wednesday April 1st

What are you working on this month for your online portion of the class?
Some of the options were to create a jing (screencast), work with google/docs, explore VoiceThread and continue to work on your blog, wiki and other Web 2.0 tools covered in the class.

When we meet next month I would like to have each person present(ten minutes) to the class showing your blog or wiki (any tools proprofs, jing, etc)that you have been working on and any activities integrated with your class. Here is a link to the CLASS WIKI with your names/blog/wiki links. Please view each other's work.


A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or phone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. More about VoiceThread.

Learn more about VoiceThread in Education Ed.VoiceThread is a web-based communications network for K-12 students and educators. Simple, powerful and safe, Ed.VoiceThread is a place for creating and collaborating on digital stories and documentaries, practicing and documenting language skills, exploring geography and culture, solving math problems, or simply finding and honing student voices .. learn more

VoiceThread was covered in Part One of the Web 2.0 course. Here is a link from last summer using VoiceThread as an assessment/reflection for the summer class.

Learning to Change/ Changing to Learn: Student Voices

Learning to Change/ Changing to Learn: Student Voices

Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: Student Voices
Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: Student Voices, a new video public service announcement launched today from the Pearson Foundation and The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), spotlights students as they share their thoughts on the power of technology in their daily lives, from video production equipment to laptops to cell phones.

Watch and post a comment before our next class.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mashups in the Information Technology Classroom

Last week I showed a google docs spreadsheet with a lookup function for presidents and inserted a google map. A professor from Bentely, Mark Frydenberg demonstrated this at Professional Development session last fall. Below is a slideshare with several lookup functions (on slide 29). Some of the examples include cities and townn, chemical compounds, planets, etc. Try creating a few in google spreadsheets following the same technique as the jing demonstrated in class.

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:

Have fun!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Google Docs lesson recorded using Jing

From Class using google docs and jing to record, uploaded to

more steps to follow

Monday, March 2, 2009

The convertible classmate PC

I plan on bringing this device to class this week a great K-8/K-12 device.
The convertible classmate PC is a fully functional laptop that can be converted from clamshell mode to a writing tablet with a variety of education-focused software applications designed to take advantage of this unique design (similar to your tablet pc's). The writing tablet is able to recognize handwriting, so notes are easily converted to digital letters and numbers.
This is just another example of Intel’s long-term commitment to education.

Here is a link with videos to learn more about the Classmate

If would like to learn more about tablets and integration there is a free conference next month, April 2nd in Newton, sponsored by HP/Intel.
Experience the power of cutting-edge education technologies at a unique interactive forum brought to you by HP and Intel Corporation **SMART is a partner in this conference and it relates to material covered in this class!
DATE: Thursday April 2, 2009 TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PLACE: Boston Marriott Newton2345 Commonwealth Avenue Newton, MA 02466
To register, go to:

Moving on ... with screen caputures using Jing

I plan on showing Jing this week. Jing allows you to capture anything you see on your computer screen and share it an image or short movie.

If have a tablet, please download the file prior to class so you can make a screencast.

Please continue to post comments to the class blog and share with with other members of the class. If there are other items you would like presented to help you in the classroom, please post. In class this week we will discuss your project that you will be presenting at the end of the course.

I hope everyone is enjoying yet another snow day!