Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Study on Blogging Educators is Complete!

This is a must look at!!

Jeff Felix has announced that, "The study on teachers in the United States who are using blogging as an instructional practice has finally been completed."

By going to you can rread an overview of the research. The site also has a download to look at the full study in a dissertation format.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

SMARTBoard Recorder and Video Player Overview

Notes from the 1/10/08 professional development course on using the SMATBoard recoder and video player.



Floating Toolbar and Tools:

SMARTBoard Recorder

With SMART Recorder, you can record and then replay an entire lesson, presentation or meeting.
SMART Recorder captures everything that happens on the SMART Board, no matter which software application you're using. Recorder can also record audio through a microphone and then combine the audio and data into one file for playback on any computer. Anyone with Windows Media Player can play the file back and watch it like a movie.
Recorder – How it works overview -
Using the recorder, saving it and posting it on BlackBoard:
Video -

SMARTBoard Player

Write in digital ink over moving or still video, freeze individual frames, and edit your notes – even streaming video feeds. Work in either SMART Video Player (Windows only) or QuickTime Player (Mac OS operating systems

Player – How it works overview -

Video -


How the product is used outside of Education:

Smart Video Player compared to Windows Media Player -

Monday, January 7, 2008

Power Media Plus

Power Media Plus Wokshop

Learn about the enhanced features; this session will give you an overview of Power Media Plus and how to select video, images, audio and podcasts for classroom use to enhance teaching and learning. Below are some highlights from the class.

"At, you gain access to thousands of multimedia components across all media types all created specifically for the classroom. There are 3,200 educational videos, more than 18,000 core concept video clips, 6,000 curriculum-oriented audio files, 25,000 photographs, illustrations, and clip art images, 5,000 print resources, including standards-based learning objectives, and a growing collection of user-created podcasts. What's wonderful is that teachers and students can use the clips, images and other resources without worrying about copyright infringement.

The following resources make up this comprehensive learning tool for teachers, students, and administrators:

* More than 3,300 full-length videos;
* More then 23,000 key concept video clips;
* More than 25,000 high-resolution educational images;
* More than 5,000 teacher handouts and worksheets;
* More than 6,000 digital audio files, including music, sound effects, audio books, poetry readings, foreign language, and more
* A growing collection of user-created podcasts
* Encyclopedia articles; and
* Online training modules will lead you through detailed demonstrations, guided tutorials, and interactive quizzes.

A username and password provides access to this comprehensive video library. All PowerMediaPlus content is aligned with state and national standards and provides support for the Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, Health, Guidance, and Fine Arts curricula." - Detailed user guide

“Teachers who use instructional video report that their students retain more information, understand concepts more rapidly and are more enthusiastic about what they are learning. With video as one component in a thoughtful lesson plan, students often make new connections between curriculum topics, and discover links between these topics and the world outside the classroom.”

Nest Steps:

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

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