Saturday, July 28, 2007

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storybooks

Use multimedia software to make digital story books. This instructional strategy helps with learner motivation and affect, a constructivist approach, it gives the learner ownership, there is an emotional connection that supports deep learning, and it gives an authentic voice to the learner. It is also a wonderful support for the student electronic portfolio. Learn how to use the computer and a variety of software to create multimedia rich story content.

As usual, here are the links I used in the professional development training for July 20th, 2007. I broke them down by area so they would be useful for you to use. You will find additional resources in the BlackBoard course under External Links. I did not see the need to post them twice. :-)

For online part of course go to

NCLB and Reading:

21st Century Literacy Skills Required to Survive -

A history of Digital Storytelling -

StoryBoards - -
Indiana - The MASS (Math And Science Storybooks) Media Project
 Example of great book:

Other Books:

Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales by Theoni Pappas Â

The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat: The Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas

The Greedy Triangle (Brainy Day Books) by Marilyn Burns, Gordon Silveria

The Grapes of Math: Mind Stretching Math Riddles by Greg Tang, Harry Briggs

Math-Terpieces: The Art of Problem-Solving by Greg Tang, Greg Paprocki

Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland: A Math Adventure

Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: A Math Adventure

Riddle-Iculous Math by Joan Holub, et al

The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, et al

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All by Marilyn Burns, Debbie Tilley

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith

A Remainder of One by Elinor J. Pinczes, Bonnie MacKain

The Man Who Counted by Malba Tahan, Patricia Reid Baquero

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro Anno, Mitsumasa Anno

Mathematickles! by Betsy Franco, Steven Salerno

Amanda Bean's Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander, et al

The Best Of Times by Greg Tang, Harry Briggs

Math Appeal by Greg Tang, Harry Briggs


Blogs on Digital Storybooks:


Samples Rama

Online Tools/Resources:\§ion_id=3 - French - Ultimate in resources - cube


Are they a Scam???

We have all heard of the 100.00 laptops for third world children. However, what about the inequalities in the US regarding technology from district to district, state to state?

Are these a scam?

$150.00 USD laptop from
$175.00 USD laptop from
$200.00 USD laptop from or

Consumer beware - I have not tied any of these, but am interested in hearing from anyone who may have.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Free Audio Tools

Audio Tools:

Audacity -
AudioShell -
BeSweet -
CDex -
dBpowerAMP Music Converter -
Encounter 2003 -
GermaniXEncoder -
K-MP3 -
KraMixer -
MP3 Book Helper -
MP3 Tag -
Mp3 Tag Tools -
mp3DirectCut -
MP3Gain -
mp3Trim -
MusicBrainz -
Rarewares -
SoundEngine Free -
TagScanner -
The GodFather -
TigoTago -

Popular Browsers

Web browsers:

Firefox -
K-Meleon -
Mozilla -
Netscape -
Opera -

Freeware: Anti-Virus and Anti Spyware

Here are some of the items we disucssed in the face-to-face class.

a-squared -
AntiVir -
Avast -
BitDefender -
ClamWin -

Anti Spyware:
Ad-aware -
Bazooka -
Hijackthis -
SpyBot Search & Destroy -
SpywareBlaster -
SpywareGuard -
WinPatrol -

Pop-up Blockers:
Google Toolbar -
NoAds -
PopUp Stopper -
Privoxy -
Proxomitron -


Calorie Calculator

My Notes

To DO List

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Afternoon session of Day Three

Classroom tools to make literacy fun:

Making finding resources easy:

Other Resources:

Integrating Comprehension Strategies and Technology

Okay - today is day three of this professional development class. We will be looking at educational blogs and how to use them in the classroom to assist learning. We will also be looking at web 2.0 resources for the classroom that will support literacy.

Blogs for Copywrite: - A copywriter shares tips, techniques, reviews & cranky commentary - Online Tips for Marketing Success - Daily Writing Tips - A Guide to Writing - Deals with writing for an audience - Dealing on what content writing and search marketing mean for small website owners. Sans unnecessary hype, readers will find lucid, easy-to-understand practical tips and articles, and honest appraisal of issues to make their websites succeed.
- This is a blog about pedagogy and English studies. It is a space to share resources, stories, successes, and failures. - Provocative Resources and (really) Helpful Tips for English Teachers - Welcome to my Blog - Here you can keep up with daily class assignments, check classmates blogs, and find tips for improving your listening! - David Warlick - Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Wesley Fryer
- The belief that teaching is a noble calling
- Musings of a Middle School Teacher. - Medagogy - An internet show for learners of English. - Information Literacy

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Advanced SmartBoard

Advanced SmartBoard

Use the newest version of the SmartBoard software for the PC, and integrate it with other visual learning tools, such as the document camera, digital camera, microscope, Flash files, PowerPoint and the Internet. In addition, learn how to use the wireless slate, SynchronEyes software gives you the power to manage your classroom, guide learning and interact with students – all from your computer, and finally the use of wands to conduct dynamic classroom review sessions. Administer interactive games, review activities, or testing sessions with wireless, infrared remote controls. When students individually transmit their responses via handheld keypads, all students become active participants in the class lesson from their seats.

07/19/07 8:00AM - 1:00PM
07/20/07 8:00AM - 1:00PM

Creative Lesson:

NYU - SmartBoard Use

Interactive WhiteBoards:

Resources: - Networking in your district - Networking in Your District - Newtorking in your District - Networking in your District - 9.5 Booklet National Whiteboard Network (UKonly)

Health and the Interactive WhiteBoards:

IWBs - # 2 - a checklist of good and bad practice!

Are all the IWBs in the school by the same manufacturer?
Do you use the same IWB software throughout the school?
Do you have copies of the software on your machine at home?
Are the IWB-PCs networked to access staff or student files?
Do you use a 'welcome' or 'Bell-Work' screen as the children arrive?
Do you use a standard format for displaying Lesson Objectives?
Do you include a copy of your presentation with your lesson notes?
Can you save or print screens of work generated during the lesson?
Do you use the handwriting recognition facility?
Do you use prepared backgrounds to help organise students' ideas?
Do you use the list-sorting function to help organise layout?
Do you have an ordinary whiteboard alongside for alternative use?
Can you write on the IWB with an ordinary boardmarker?
Do you need special 'electronic' pens to operate the screen?
Can you set the size and colour of the fonts you use?
Does the software allow for special 'scientific' or mathematical symbols?
Is the IWB placed appropriately for all the class to see comfortably?
Is the height of the IWB appropriate for children to work on?
Do you use a remote 'clicker' to change pages from around the classroom?
Do you use a 'freeze screen' facility whilst marking the register on-line?
Is the provision of blinds and lighting appropriate?
Do you remember to switch off the projector at the end of every school day?
Does a technician clean out the dust-filter every half term?

Difference Between England and US and Interactive WHiteBoards:

Grants and Grants Pricing

Interactive WhiteBoard Webquest

Resources: Cost is $19.50 by PayPal only - New,index


Promethean in Nevada

SmartBoard in germany

iBoardf in Spain Part II

Promethian Walton County Florida

The iBoard in Spain

Interactive WhiteBoards in Colorado

InterActive WhiteBoards in North Carolina

Interactive Boards in San Fransisco

SmartBoard and the 21st Century Classroom in the USA (Atlanta, Georgia)

SmartBoard Newspaper in Moscow

SmartBoard in use in Russia

SmartBoardin Use in HK

Next Generation SmartBoard

3D Live Status SmartBoard

Advanced SmartBoard

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Internet Literacy and Student Safety

Internet Literacy and Student Safety

A look at the many websites young students and teens explore to better understand the darker side of the Internet. This workshop will help us establish safer learning enviorments so that students can electronically seeking information and communication.

July 9, July 12, July 13

The following are some of the websites we looked at and discussed on July 12th:

People Trackers

Computer Hoaks or Truth

Checking who a site belongs to:

Search for People:
NOTE: If the person has used their e-mail address purely for private correspondence (no chat rooms, no IM, no comments left in guestbooks, no contact details on their website), it is impossible to find - this could apply to more than half the email addresses out there. Sites that offer reverse email results for a fee - typically they are a rip-off.

Reverse Email Searches

Who does and 800 or 888 Number belong to:

Popular Children's Websites
38.not available

Source: CME Assessment of Data Collection Practices of Children’s Web Sites, Center for Media Education, July 1999. The full report can be accessed from the CME Web site at
Jan 2004 update

Great Sites:
flashtarget=core.html&noflashtarget=noflash.html Robot Constructor Your weight on other workds

Popular Kid Sites: (These are popular with kids - not all are necessarily great for them) MSN Games

Cool Web 2.0 Site - List of Web 2.0 Sites Audio postcards Edit photos online

Other: - Content about i.t realted issues and useful info s for all job seekers and students... - This site houses a slew of online games, presented in Flash, that you can play onsite, or embed in a personal website, social networking page or blog. The site will show you how many times you’ve played a certain game, how many times the game has been played overall and how many people have marked the game as a favorite.

1000tags - Tag cloud based search.
Ajaxwhois - Results while you type.
Alexa - Contribute to ranked search & stats while you surf.
Ambedo - Bookmark, tag & search.
Audioclipping - Search content of audio & video streams.
Bashr - Wikipedia, Flickr & Delicious mash-up.
Blogdigger - Search blogs.
Blogpulse - Search blogs.
Blue - Find & share.
Browster - Search & browse instantly.
Clusty - Cluster results in folders.
Collaborativerank - Search & rank.
Dhoondo - Search all content on the web.
Digitalmediasearch - Search media.
Dipsie - Deep search.
Ditto - Search images.
Domainsbot - Domain searcg & suggestions.
Doubletrust - Google + Yahoo mash-up.
Egosurf - Search yourself, get ranking.
Exalead - Unified search technology.
Factbites - Search results in sensible sentences.
Feedster - Search for feeds.
Filangy - Current search.
Gadabe* - RSS metasearch.
Gahooyoogle - Google + Yahoo mash-up.
Geourl - Location 2 URL directory.
Google* - Search & adwords.
Googleblogsearch - Search blogs.
Gravee - Searches sites & blogs; fair rev share on ads.
Hakia - Meaningful results.
Healthline - Contextual search for health information.
Iamsearched - Are you googled-notification service.
Ibegin - Local search.
Icerocket - Search blogs & web.
Instantdomainsearch - Ajax domain search + suggestions.
Jookster - Search, rank & share.
Kinja - Search blogs.
Kosmix - Verticle search.
Kratia - Search, vote & rank results.
Lexxe - Meaningful search.
Linkput - Results with suer input.
Liveplasma* - Search & find other things to your taste.
Lumrix - Ajax wiki search.
Makidi - Search for people (?).
Musicmap - Search & find other things to your taste.
Mybigriver - Find while you type; Amazon mash-up. -
Nextaris - Social search.
Omgili - Search discussion forums.
OPMLsearch - Dedicated OPML search.
Podzinger - Search podcasts.
Prase us - Page rank based search.
Prefound - Search what people already found.
Previewseek*** - Byebye Google?
Pubsub - Search + profiled alerts.
Qtsaver - Micro content search; Google & Yahoo mash-ups
Qtsearch - Search for content in Yahoo & Google.
Qube - Search engine aggregator (client).
Quintura - Search engine with visualized context terms (client).
Qwerky - Search strange site names.
Qwika - Search wikis.
Releton - Google + Yahoo + maps & routes.
Retrievr* - Search images by sketching.
Riya* - Face recognition based photo search.
Rollyo* - Create search agents.
Seekum - User ranked search results.
Suckingfish - Save, collaborate on & publish search results.
Surfwax - Multisource search.
Swicki - Search with user input.
Tagnautica - Search Flickr.
Talkdigger - Search & discuss results from blogs & web.
Technorati* - Find what people are saying.
Watvindenwijover~ - Find & vote for information.
Who-isit - Whois, ping, check link popularity
Whonu - Discover/search content (more) intuitively.
Wikimatrix - Find & compare your wikis.
Wink - Folksonomied search.
Yellowbook - Yellow pages aggregator.
Yoono - Search, exchange & share information.
Yubnub* - Search & share search commands.
Zigtag - Search, save & share results.

Blogbeat - Blog analytics software.
Crazyegg - Improve effectiveness of your site.
Delineate - Folksonomied visitor stats.
Googleanalytics - Site analytics software.
Mapstats - Map blog traffic.
Mint - Site analytics software.
Mybloglog - Blog analytics.

9Rememberthemilk - Manage tasks, together.
Myticklerfile - Manage your and others' tasks.
Sproutliner - Manage your tasks.
Timetracker - Keep track of time.
Trackslife - Manage & share your to do-lists.

Readspeaker - Text2speech app.
Springdoo - Add your voice to your email.


Monday, July 9, 2007

Internet Literacy and Student Safety

Internet Literacy and Student Safety

A look at the many websites young students and teens explore to better understand the darker side of the Internet. This workshop will help us establish safer learning enviorments so that students can electronically seeking information and communication.

July 9, July 12, July 13

The following are some of the websites we looked at in this class. All of the iSafe Training material can be obtained from iSafe or via the BlackBoard Training Classroom, - i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place. Please join us today in the fight to safeguard our children’s online experience. - The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors. - Educator Materials - NetSmartz411 is parents' and guardians' premier, online resource for answering questions about Internet safety, computers, and the Web. It has many educator and teen resources.

Federal Trade Commission —
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC manages, which provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

GetNetWise —
GetNetWise is a public service sponsored by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be just “one click away” from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their and their family’s use of the Internet.

National Crime Prevention Council —;
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur. Among many crime prevention issues, NCPC addresses Internet Safety with kids and parents through and public service advertising under the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign — symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®.”

National Cyber Security Alliance —
NCSA is a non-profit organization that provides tools and resources to empower home users, small businesses, and schools, colleges, and universities to stay safe online. A public-private partnership, NCSA members include the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Trade Commission, and many private-sector corporations and organizations.

staysafe — is an educational site intended to help consumers understand both the positive aspects of the Internet as well as how to manage a variety of safety and security issues that exist online.

Wired Safety — is an Internet safety and help group. Comprised of unpaid volunteers around the world, provides education, assistance, and awareness on all aspects of cybercrime and abuse, privacy, security, and responsible technology use. It is also the parent group of, FBI-trained teens and preteens who promote Internet safety.

Some common Online IM Acronyms:

143: I love you
ASL: age/sex/location
BF: boyfriend
BRB: be right back
BTW: by the way
F2f: face to face
GF: girlfriend
IDK: I don’t know
IMO: in my opinion
IRL: in real life
JK: just kidding
K: okay
KIT: keep in touch
LDR: long distance relationship
LMIRL: let’s meet in real life
LOL: laughing out loud
M/F: male or female
N/P: no problem
NTK: nice to know
OMG: oh my god
OTP: on the phone
P911: my parents are coming
PAL: parents are listening
PAW: parents are watching
PDA: public display of affection
PIR: parent in room
POS: parent over shoulder
PPL: people
S2R: send to receive
ROFL: rolling on floor laughing
THX: thanks
TTYL: talk to you later
TY: thank you
WT? what the
WTG: way to go
9/99: Parent in room/Parent gone = List of even more common online IM acronyms used by our teens.

Some well-known social networking websites include: - giving myspace competition With over 20 Million daily users, this South Korean social network is emerging as a strong model for the future of social networks. - British - Popular with college Students - XuQa represents the other end of the spectrum in college networking - it is purposefully rac and full of game-like features. - geared towards junior high - High School Target Audience - middle and high school - new created this year, based on myspace philosophy, but this time for artists rather than musicians. - recently acquired by NBC and is aimed at young adults. - college students Kids, tweens, and teens - Kids - uses the cell phone - Teen NEW New - not out yet - kid, tween, teen - kid -kid - kid -kid - tween - teen - teen from England - teen from Sweeden - chat -teen - teen - kid and teen - teen - teen - teen - Kid - kid 4-17 years old - teen - teen - young adult

Mobile Networks:;jsessionid=0499233CB01D631EE4C50D62D0B4D425

Virtual Pets -

Kids and Virtual Worlds:
Virtual World for Kids:
Play Sites Offer Safe Fun -
Are Virtual World the Future of Our Classrooms?
Kids Socialize in Virtual Worlds as Avatars:

Thursday, July 5, 2007

SmartBoard Boot Camp - Intermediate

SmartBoard Boot Camp - Intermediate

July 5, 2007 and July 6, 2007

Intensive exploration of Smartboard use, including differentiated training in Smartboard use (for Intermediate users), sites for every grade and content area, management issues & troubleshooting.

Technology resolurces used in session:


SmartBoard Writing Spark

Smart Tips

Need Ideas on How to Use a SmartBoard?

Smart Board Use Spectrum

Troubleshooting and your SmartBoard

SB Templates:

Great Websites:
Geography Games -
Crazy Libs
Virtual Frog Builder
Architect Studio


Extras you may need:
View Earth from a Satellite
Nite Sky:
Common English errors
Stop Light Timer
Day By Day -
Surf Savvy -
71 OPTICAL Illusions
Create Your Own Bingo Cards
Create Your own Books Marks
How Old Are You -
Measurement converter
Periodic Table of Elements
BMI Calculator
Virtual Fish Tank
Translator -
History Wired -

Interactive Power Point Templates

Contact me if you have any questions or need additional resources.

Karen :-)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Smart Board Intro - Day Two Resources

Day Two - Resources

We looked and many presentations and webpages that people have used. As per your request I have compiled these resources below: School House Rock Adjective Song Weather Cycle Close Activity The Interactive Water Cycle - Droplet and the Watercycle - The Water Cycle Quiz, Word Search and Poem - Interactive Water Cycle for the WhiteBoard

Sunday, July 1, 2007

SmartBoard Boot Camp - Intro

SmartBoard BootCamp – Introduction
Meeting Dates: 7/2, 7/3

This PD course offers an intensive exploration of Smartboard use, including differentiated training in Smartboard use (for Beginning users), sites for every grade and content area, management issues & troubleshooting.

Beginning Resources:

Sites to get you started:

Templates to Get you Started:

Other interactive resources used in the training:

Hope these resources help. Remember this is a beginners class. If you have any question or concerns, contact me for help. I fully encourage you to take SmartBoard Intermediate and Advanced, which are both offered this summer.

Karen :-)

Educational Twitters Feed

Maukie - the virtual cat

Teacher Book Wizard

FEEDJIT Live Traffic Feed

Puzzle for your Webpage

Click to Mix and Solve

Google Chat

blogmyspacedvd to ipod video convertertalkingphoto, dvd to psp convertertalkingphoto, dvd to zunetalking photo album


ip2map - New tool for your blog or webpage. Added 8/9/07

Map IP Address

The New Tool Our Kids are Using on their Social Networking Pages