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NETA Conference 2009

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NETA Conference April 23-24, 2009

The following are notes and resources gathered by the technology department group that attended the NETA Conference (Neil Hokanson, Brian Tegtmeier, Lori Brouillette, Tanya Windham, Dan Smith, Amy Black, Wendy Leach, Steve Van Boening, Tom Coviello, and we have included Laurie Maline's & Mackenzie Green's notes too!).  Scroll down and find great resources and information for your classroom, and if you have any questions or want further details please contact us.


Video highlights from our own NPPSD presenters!



Neil's Notes


April 23, 2009 Thursday  



Thinking Big as the World Gets Small






Cameras in their cell phones make them citizen journalists. The web is their personal library and media center. They communicate in real time with the ends of the earth. But can they convince teachers to let them learn at school with help from such tools? Beyond the "wow", technology provides limitless potential for connectivity and education. See how today's technologies can (and should) engage and teach a new generation of students.



Hall Davidson (Discovery Educator Network)



Windsor VI-X, LaVista



Thursday 4/23 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM



Hall Davidson 


Changes especially in the past 5 years 

Anytime connections Skype 

Media can drive points home YouTube 

Video lesson plans 

World connections 

How to tie to the curriculum? 

2 simultaneous webcams figured circumference of the earth 

Find schools to connect with 

Vicki Davis http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/ 

Unintended consequences:  ability to connect 

Engage students with connections around the world 

Google Earth videos 

Create networks via technology 

Phone a friend 

http://polleverywhere.com text message poll 

We need to create problems for students that are not information based 

Questions not for a calculator but for a community 

Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/ 

VoiceThread http://voicethread.com/ 

Twitter HallDavidson 

Shoutout Voice-to-SMS App for iPhone (coming soon!) 

Cool Iris http://www.cooliris.com/ 

Google translator http://translate.google.com/translate_t?hl=en# 

The world is shrinking




The Revenge of the Digital Immigrants: Teaching with Media Technology






What veteran teachers suspected the research has proved: 21st Century students are different. With different attention spans, higher IQ test scores, and social networks, their sophistication comes earlier and with a different skill set. There is a silver lining: We can teach this "New Brain" more effectively, more efficiently, more engagingly. We have the technology! Media has evolved and education must evolve to match.



Hall Davidson (Discovery Educator Network)



Windsor VI, LaVista



Thursday 4/23 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM




Jing & Google Earth connect 

Placemarks in Google 

To add video “properties”  Get code from Hall's blog http://blog.discovery education.co/media_matters; put videos in folder on hard drive; enter video file name in code 

TV viewing changes brain behavior and thinking 

Maximizing retention time 2 seconds to identify if a site is relevant 

Discovery Education streaming 

QuickTime Pro 

Utilize video!!!

BYU study middle school girls self selected to math after being exposed to video with female science and math models. 

Short bursts of videos 

Responder Technology will put free tvs for free (runs ads) agreement for three years 

We can invade deep in their pockets (Zune, iPod, phone, etc.) 

iTunes University http://www.apple.com/education/mobile-learning/ 

Pod People bilingual class made gains in 1 year as opposed to several 

James Flynn 2007 IQ score study “Flynn Effect” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flynn_effect 

Walk into drawings (adobe premier, imovie 9) 

Presentation Handouts:  http://www.discoveryedspeakersbureau.com/node/119


Web 2.0/Open Source


Using Google Applications to Truly Collaborate



Web 2.0/Open Source



Google Applications is free, web-based, interactive software. It includes, but is not limited to, word processing, slide show presentations, and spreadsheets. Learn how to use Google Apps to truly collaborate on student and work projects. You'll realize that Google Apps is a user-friendly way to streamline your efforts when working with students, their families, and other educators. This session would apply across the curriculum and is designed for beginners to advanced technology users. Presentation can be found at:



Lori Brouillette (North Platte Public Schools)



Windsor VIII, LaVista



Thursday 4/23 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM





One to One


Laptop Initiative Implementation Phases


One to One


Successful laptop initiatives incorporate vision, professional development, support, preparing the network, budgeting, evaluation, and so much more. To learn how to implement a program of this nature, come listen to an example of how Westside began their laptop initiative.


Kent Kingston (Westside High School)


Wingtip, LaVista


Thursday 4/23 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM


Westside Community School District #66:  “Our 1-2-1 Journey”

Located in the center of Omaha


Copies of AUP, tech plan, etc. 

6000+ students; 10 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school

550 staff have notebooks (MacBooks)

1:1 grades 9-12

3 year rotation

8th grade came online Nov. 2008/7th grade uses carts (struggle)

2:1 at elementary schools

Refresh year is the hardest year!

Repurpose machines for additional 3 year cycle

Annual lease $1,341,000 to support 3 year rotation of staff & student machines (full warranties)

Repurpose some machines to the shelf for replacement

Need space to setup, work, image, etc. (secure facility, air conditioned)

Burned by 1st gen machines, try to anticipate manufacture cycles

Price point has pretty much stayed the same

Move away from labs (real estate) portability

Creativity vs. Productivity (What are we trying to accomplish?  Software, hardware, Mac, PC, etc.)

Planning and research 2001-2004 

Share the work!  

Gather data (especially ask students!)  UNL can assist with surveys and data Dr. Granjenette?

Some data:  the more they use the computer at home the better the GPA, and higher test scores (No correlation with use at school)

Tried pilot groups

Use PowerSchool and Blackboard

Critical Thinking Initiative

Did an Apple briefing

Staff involved in planning

Can’t wait for everyone to be ready for 1:1!!!  They will get ready when it is here!

Preparing the community:  Board Meetings, mailings, media, utilizing advocates, parent night=receiving laptop

Laptop is a “library card”


Checked out computers in homerooms (answered questions about home use, Qwest tech support, computer shops, etc. can assist with the home end)

Utilize the browser settings to give access

Every computer is directed to the internet filtered through the school

Use First Class (students can only email within the system)

Vectorworks (CAD Software)  AutoCad was found not to be necessary.  Once you buy Vectorworks you own it!

Each student has a unique id and password

Allow iTunes (allow them to have some of their own stuff so they take ownership)

Parent Resources:  http://westsidecs.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=85668&sessionid=ecd90a955ca6fb9cf8ab9061a18fee86&sessionid=ecd90a955ca6fb9cf8ab9061a18fee86



Student Centered Technology Planning




Technology will not transform the organization of learning in schools until it fundamentally serves the individual learner in the conduct of their everyday learning experience. Technology has yet to make a meaningful, transformative difference in school-based learning environments, but the promise is within our grasp! This session shares this vision, a systematic planning process, and an innovative approach for embedding technology in schools.


Neil Hokanson (North Platte Public Schools)


Sugarloaf II, LaVista


Thursday 4/23 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM


NETA Presentation (PowerPoint 2007) 

NETA Presentation and Notes (.pdf document) 

NPPSD Technology Framework Site (http://tinyurl.com/c3blnj) 

NPPSD Building Level Technology Plan Template (MS Word 2007 document format) 

NPPSD Building Level Technology Plan Template (MS Word 97-2003 document format)

NPPSD Building Level Technology Plan Template (.pdf document) 

NPPSD District Site (http://www.nppsd.org) 

Neil Hokanson Blog (http://www.neilhokanson.com)


April 24, 2009 Friday




Learning in the 21st Century: The World Has Changed




This presentation will discuss how technology, the learner and the world have changed, creating a sense of urgency for education to change and adapt. This presentation will discuss the learning trends and research that indicate a need for change.


Stephanie Hamilton (Apple, Inc.)


Windsor VI-X, LaVista


Friday 4/24 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM


Next Year NETA April 29-30, 2010 

Stephanie Hamilton 

Works for Apple 

Learning in the 21st Century 


Lifelong learning  

In the times of change the learners inherit the earth 

History of tech 

TV-->Telephony-->Computer Input & Interface-->Connectivity-->Content--> 

Today's students are time shifters, but school is the only part of their lives that are totally scheduled for them. 

Require kids to check each other's sources when they use Wikipedia 

Must become teachers of context (no longer teachers of content) 

Raul Midon (TED Talks) 

Context is key! 

Creativity is not welcome in education! 

James Paul Gee http://www.edutopia.org/james-gee-games-learning-video 

No locus of control (By not allowing students to produce) 

Students want to produce but have no where to put these things in a school setting 

Quantas effect (School is like being trapped in an airplane) 


3 key trends 

A learning economy 

Democratization of learning

Volatile Times 

2015 most jobs will be Creative Work

http://www.learningmeter.net/ (Emerging Learning Trends) 

When kids can carry the world in their pocket, what changes? 

Horizon Report (Trends in Tech) http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009/ 

21st Century Requirements and Rewards (Tony Wagner) “The Global Achievement Gap” 

Google (Advice to students:  Major in Learning!)  What you need to work for Google. 

Acot2 Study - Challenging Curriculum (Challenge Based Learning) 



Recommended Books:


The Wisdom of Crowds



Grown up Digital



The Long Tail



Daniel Pink:  A Whole New Mind






The World is Flat





To Moodle or Not to Moodle






Kearney Public Schools solution to web-based classroom management. The hows and the whys with examples on what your school could do.



Adam Jameson (ESU10), Barry Sullivan (ESU 10 ), Barry Sullivan (ESU10)



Windsor VIII, LaVista



Friday 4/24 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM



To MOODLE or not to MOODLE 

Why do you teach and how do you teach? 

What is education? 

What is teaching? 

What is learning? 

When do students learn? 

Why use MOODLE? 

Used Angel and now MOODLE too... 

Data base admin helped build MOODLE account (provided support) 

MOODLE allows for customization much more! 

Allows to check in on who is logging in. 


This is the first year that Kearney has used MOODLE 

Build as you grow


Language Arts


You Ning, I Ning, We All Ning


Language Arts


Sure, your students are doing non-school writing--text messaging, social networking sites, and blogs--outside of school, but they don't consider this writing. Let us show you how to develop a community of readers and writers using Ning.com. We will model for you how to create your own classroom Ning and then safely use it with students to create discussions and share writing and information in way that students find fun and exciting.


Jane Connealy (Pius X High School & Nebraska Writing Project), Cyndi Dwyer (Lincoln Southwest), Kim Ridder (Scott Middle School & Nebraska Writing Project)


Dapper III, LaVista


Friday 4/24 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM





It is private and can be set up only for your students. 

You can customize everything! 

Had students login first time (in public setting) and let them set up accounts and then went back to private. 

To manage new students and old you can “ban” students so they cannot see the other term information 

http://nppsdning.ning.com North Platte Public Schools Ning (I will be working on this; so, it is set to private for now!)


Web 2.0/Open Source


Global Classroom on a Budget


Web 2.0/Open Source


This session will share how we have utilized low cost or free programs that are available on the web to engage our students. Programs we will feature are Skype, gaggle.net, edublogs, spellingcity.com, and video/digital storytelling. We will showcase samples of students' work, and leave you with ideas to take back to your classroom.


Amy Black (North Platte Public Schools), Wendy Leach (North Platte Public Schools)


Wingtip, LaVista


Friday 4/24 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM


Other great resources from the NETA Conference:


Tammy’s Technology Tips:  http://www.tammyworcester.com/Tips/Tammys_Technology_Tips_for_Teachers.html



Lori Brouillette's Notes




Hall Davidson—Thinking Bigger While the World Gets Smaller (Discover Education Network) http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/media_matters/



Cool suggested links:

    • Www.qik.com —upload live video from your cell phone
    • www.polleverywhere.com  —get instant results with your phone.  Up to 30 responses for free.  Fun  & interactive.  Can also respond with text answers or via web.
    • www.voicethread.com—people can comment on a video or pictures w/ voice or text.
    • www.ustream.com—live web streaming broadcast
    • www.cooliris.com—cool way to display pictures, looks like apple iPod
  • Try:
    • Video lesson plans, recorded from a webcam or phone
    • Quicktime Pro ($30) to trim videos
    • iTunes U—see if kids can keep up with college lectures from Harvard, MIT, etc.
  • Hints & Info:
    • Brains are wired different because of early TV watching experiences
    • When searching the ‘net, people analyze the information in 2 seconds or less. Will stop when it’s relevant.
    • IQ’s: Exact information hasn’t changed but kids’ ability to analyze patterns has dramatically increased.  Flynn Effect
      • James Flynn, Scientific American, Nov. ‘07



Rev Up Your Reading & Writing—Tammy Worcester.com

  • www.readwritethink.org
  • www.SpellingCity.com
    • teacher account
    • students go to their week or students can enter list in manually
    • will not let kids enter a misspelled word
    • loads of spelling games
  • www.wordle.net/create
    • Makes word clouds
    • Great for summarizing, main idea, word choice, creativity
    • Try using with resumes, speeches, essays, etc.
  • PowerPoint: use it as a publisher to make tall tales, sticky notes, bookmarks, greeting cards, etc.



Do I Really Need to Take Notes?  Ricardo Varguez


  • Multi-tasking
    • OK for parallel processing.  Not OK if task switching.
  • 6 Rs of Note-Taking
    • Record (word, Sticky Notes, paper, etc.)
    • Reduce (summarize)
    • Retrieve (quickly know where the info is)
    • Recite (remember)
    • Reflect (connect to life)
    • Review




Become a Savvy Web Searcher—Darci Lindgren






Learning in the 21st Century: the World Has Changed—Stephanie Hamilton (Apple)



21st Century Skills Needed

  • Creative—schools kill it by 3rd grade
  • Mobile—can’t sit still?  Must have ADD
  • Collaborative—cheating?
  • Multitasking—not focused?
  • Producers


  • Instant Messaging-
    • Major way that kids gather information.  Why are we taking it away?
  • Sam Saper—10 year old video blog.
    • Good for parents to see what kids can do
    • His purpose: entertain, perform, persuade, teach, etc…
  • School is like being stuck on an airplane on the tarmac
    • Sit down
    • Face forward
    • Strap yourself in
    • Turn off all electronic devises
    • We have 5-6 hours of powering down

Learning Economy

  • Technical implications of school
    • Kids can currently get at whatever information they want. 
    • School needs to be personalized
  • Online games
    • Teaches real workplace skills
  • Democracy of Education
    • Anybody is an expert (10-year old blogs, high school advertising creators for Apple, Journey found new singer on YouTube, etc.) & they’re out there.
    • Teachers need to be master learners not givers-of information
  • Volatile Times ($ Economy)
    • This is the first generation expected to do poorer than their parents



** Education is doing better than the system was designed for but we need to change the system to meet the needs of today. **



Horizon Report—future educational trends (now K-12)

  • Mobile
  • Cloud computing
  • Personal web
  • Smart computing



Google’s educational advice:  Major in Learning.

·         Play it safe ≠ innovation

·         Failures are stepping stones to success

·         Innovation = risk takers



ACOT2 Report—classroom of tomorrow

  • Kids are mentally dropping out of school because it’s boring
    • Need relevant classroom
    • Relationships with teachers
  • Challenge-based learning (like Myth Busters TV Show)



Integrate Technology in 4 steps

1)      Pure substitution

a.      Like keyboard for typewriter

b.      No real functional improvement

c.       Enhances learning

2)      Augmentation

a.      Limited functional improvement

b.      Like taking attendance over the computer.  Can change status easier.

c.       Enhances learning

3)      Modification

a.      Starting to change task with new tool

b.      Creative

c.       Transforms learning

4)      Redefinition

a.      Tech allows creation of new tasks thought previously unconceivable

b.      Creative

c.       Transforms learning



School mistake:  keep the technology separate from the learning.

You want: teachers that say “I can’t do my job if I don’t have this technology.”



Digital Citizenship: Graci Gillming, ESU 10  http://tinyurl.com/cgln4n



What is digital citizenship?

·         Membership in a digital community and carries with it rights to digital participation

·         Includes digital rights of an individual within a society

·         Implies some digital responsibilities and duties



Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship

1)      Etiquette

a.      Proper behaivor

2)      Communication

a.      Email

b.      IM

c.       Text

                                                              i.      Sexting? http://tinyurl.com/cyapbx

d.      Blog

e.      Websites

f.        Pictures

g.      Social networks

h.      Links:

                                                              i.      http://wiredsafety.com

3)      Literacy

4)      Access

a.      For all students & teachers

5)      Commerce

a.      Buying & selling

6)      Law

a.      consequences

7)      Rights & responsibilities

a.      For all & by all

b.      Cyber-bullying

                                                              i.      www.NetSmartz.org

8)      Health & wellness

a.      Ergonomics

b.      Driving & texting?

9)      Security

a.      Passwords, ID thefts, viruses





Integrating Technology Across the Disciplines—Corrine Hoisington

  • www.Toondo.com —make comics, can use your own images
  • www.wordle.net-- cool word clouds.  Good for word choice or summarizing
  • www.cuil.com -- cuil is Gaelic for “knowledge”.  Breaks down the searches into a magazine type layout with definitions and subcategories.  Can safe search.  Started by Google defectors.
  • www.viewzi.com – another search engine
  • www.polleverywhere.com
  • Cha Cha – text questions with quick answers.  242 242 (Cha Cha) they also have an 800 number and website.
  • www.mediaconverter.org-- paste the URL to convert file types (youtube, mov, wmv, etc.)  100 m max.  Allows you to download & save internet videos!
  • www.popfly.com-- mashes up images, music, etc.
  • www.animoto.com-- quick music & photo presentations
  • www.yelp.com-- “real people, real reviews”
  • www.neweum.org-- see front pages of over 700 newspapers from around the world.


Dan Smith's NETA Notes



Thinking Big as the World Gets Small (Hall Davidson, Discovery Educator Network)

·         http://www.cooliris.com/ – faster photo and video browsing in your web browser

·         http://voicethread.com/ – digital storytelling, collaboration, & commenting on a video

·         use http://twitter.com/ for homework/announcements?

·         Quicktime Pro is a $20 program that makes it very easy to clip digital videos shorter

·         Responder Technology (http://www.prosponse.com/) – ?will give free plasma TVs for your school to display messages throughout the school (ad-sponsored)?



The Revenge of the Digital Immigrants (Hall Davidson, Discovery Educator Network)

·         For handouts, go to http://www.discoveryedspeakersbureau.com, click on Hall's face and "Handouts"

·         http://qik.com & http://kyte.tv – share live video from your mobile phone (students are now reporters)

·         http://www.teachertube.com watch and upload educational videos for FREE – similar to Discovery Education MediaShare (http://www.discoveryeducation.com/products/mediaShare/) but without the $500 per building per year cost



Ten Free On-Line Resources Every Teacher Should Know (Neal Topp, Bob Goeman, & Paul Clark, University of Nebraska–Omaha)

For latest updates and link descriptions see http://10teacherresources.blogspot.com/

·         http://www.citt.ufl.edu/toolbox/ – University of Florida’s links to & descriptions of educational technology tools & techniques

·         http://phet.colorado.edu/ – science simulations

·         http://www.edutopia.org/

·         http://animoto.com/ – take photos of student work and make a 30-sec video

·         http://www.wetpaint.com/ – wiki/blog/forum

·         http://www.wordle.net/ – creates a word cloud from a web site or pasted text so you can see the common words/themes/etc.

·         http://bubbl.us/edit.php – FREE online mind-mapping, similar to Inspiration/Kidspiration

·         http://docs.google.com/ – check out Google forms!

·         http://twitter.com/

·         http://ge.ecomagination.com/smartgrid/?c_id=googaugreal#/augmented_reality – digital holograms, still in development



Blueprint for 21st Century Schools (Allan Chilton, Cisco)

·         http://www.cisco.com/go/education

·         http://eduwonk.com – a blog about education and educational technology



Helping Teachers Prepare for a Laptop Initiative: Part One (Nicole Badgley & Jean Bunger, Arnold Public Schools & Wilcox-Hildreth High School)

·         Google Docs slideshow "I have computers in my classroom, now what?" http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=ddzxv7c9_1dg3wjxdn

·         Think in advance about what your consequences will be for students misusing laptops, e.g. close the computer & take it away for the rest of class or the rest of the day

·         Decide in advance whether music/headphones will be allowed or not

·         Watch students’ screens, change room layout to improve your ability to monitor, let kids help each other, move around a LOT

·         Recommendation for lab monitoring software – Apple Remote Desktop (Mac only)

·         When integrating technology, start where you're comfortable and add a piece slowly (1 piece at a time!) – overdoing it causes burnout

·         Kids do need time away from the computers during the day so they don’t get sick of using them – don’t make them live there

·         Recommended that teachers need to be able to install programs to try things out or the initiative will stagnate; the tech department can always restore the computer to a previous state if the teacher messes things up. This allowance gave the teachers tremendous freedom to try things out & move learning forward

·         Talk with students about what they do with computers at home to get a better idea of how to use them at school



Web 2.0 Tools and Resources for Learning (Morrie Reece, Apple Inc.)

·         http://www.diigo.com/ – a collaborative research tool that allows you to highlight and take notes on web pages

·         http://www.classroom20.com/ – social network for teachers working to use Web 2.0 technologies



NETA featured speakers

·         http://www.tammyworcester.com

o   http://www.tammyworcester.com/Tammys_Favorite_Tips,_Tricks,_%26_Tools/Tammys_Favorite.html – use links at left-hand side of page to navigate

o   http://www.tammyworcester.com/TipOfWeek/TammyWTechTipOfWeek/Tech_Tip_of_Week_Tammy_Worcester.html

·         http://www.uwm.edu/~edyburn/index.html

o   http://www.uwm.edu/~edyburn/resources.html

o   http://www.accessibletech4all.org/

·         http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/eric_schmidt_defines_web_30.php



Learning in the 21st Century: The World Has Changed (Stephanie Hamilton, Apple Inc.)

·         http://www.obsoleteskills.com – looks at what skills are now obsolete (e.g. dialing a rotary phone)

·         We can no longer be teachers of content but instead must be teachers of context. For example: teachers should never answer a factual question but should instead teach students how to find the information they want.

·         TED talks (see http://www.ted.com/) can be useful in thinking outside the box.

·         The changes we’re facing: changing technology, changing learners, changing world

·         Questions to ask students: What is the significance? Why does this matter? Why/how does this work?

·         Kids live in a time-shifted world (e.g. TiVo) where they can access content on-demand and take a break whenever they want; school is the most scheduled place in their life.

·         Students need to learn multitasking, working in cooperative groups, creating products

·         Treat behavior in an individual way, not a mass way – just because one kid might abuse a certain technology tool, that doesn’t mean we must ban it.

·         The nature of competition, the nature of the workforce, and the nature of education are changing

·         http://www.dimensionm.com/ – multiplayer online pre-algebra and algebra games

·         Teacher as master learner / emphasize lifelong learning

·         At the start of the year, ask students what their favorite TV shows and computer tools are, and then get to know these and use them to connect to students

·         The Horizon Report (http://www.nmc.org/horizon) gives an annual overview of major trends that are set to impact us over the next few years

·         Google’s advice to students (regarding how to get a job at Google): major in learning – analytical reasoning, communication skills, a willingness to experiment, team players, passion and leadership.

·         Thomas Edison said his “failures” were not failures but stepping stones to success – innovation depends on risk-taking.

·         ACOT2 – Apple Classroom of Tomorrow Today (http://newali.apple.com/acot2/)

·         6 design principles of the 21st Century High School: 21st Century Skills, Relevant and Applied Curriculum, Informative Assignments, Culture of Community and Innovation, Social & Emotional Connection (including teacher/student), 24/7 Access to Resources

·         Apple Challenge-Based Learning (http://newali.apple.com/cbl)

·         Kids need tools to create & distribute, access information, build collaborative environment

·         Recommended books: A Whole New Mind, Grown Up Digital, Disrupting Class



Building Innovative Learning Environments for the 21st Century (Stephanie Hamilton, Apple Inc.)

·         Be open to new learning – focus on what’s possible, not just what is

·         Accountability could be accomplished through IEPs for every student as opposed to standardized testing – are they meeting their individual learning goals?

·         3 most important lessons

o   Understand the adoption cycle:

§  Substitution (just the box): technology acts as direct tool substitute, with no functional improvement

§  Augmentation (the box + internet + productivity): technology acts as direct tool substitute, with functional improvement

§  Modification (the box + internet + productivity + creativity): technology allows for significant task redesign

§  Redefinition (the box + internet + productivity + creativity + professional services + mobility + mobile apps + rich academic content): Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable

o   Create digital learning environments

§  Create, distribute (publish), access, collaborate

§  New modes of inquiry, new rich digital content, new access to content, new learning experiences, new culture of innovation & creativity

§  David Thornberg “Campfires in Cyberspace” – campfire (formal learning and collaboration space to listen & absorb knowledge), watering hole (informal learning spaces to discuss & create meaning), cave (individual learning space to reflect and create meaning), mountain top (present and publish, demonstrate understanding). Me/one-to-many/many-to-many/either one-to-many or many-to-many

§  How do we get student products on the web? They need to create and share/publish – when their audience is the web, their motivation to produce something with high quality increases

§  Apple student gallery for publishing?

o   Build a sandbox (let the end user play & experiment with as much freedom as possible)

§  Technology is often used in the “Business Productivity Model” which is restrictive and functional, seeking to automate and reduce workforce in order to be more productive and cost-efficient

§  In learning, it should promote knowledge creation and dissemination; creative exploration; highly collaborative, interactive, and ad-hoc uses; software solutions that are expressive; user/student centric approach; total opportunity of ownership



Math + Technology = Learning (Tammy Worcester, ESSDACK)

·         PowerPoint ideas: make a pizza with different facts about yourself (e.g. placement of sausage on left or right of pizza indicates handedness & color of sausage indicates hair color), ask a question like “how can 1+1 = something other than 2?” and have students make a PowerPoint slide (e.g. 1 + 1 = 50 for 1 quarter + 1 quarter = 50 cents) that reveals the question, then upon click it reveals a hint, and upon final click it shows the answer.

·         Excel ideas: make a bar graph & change the bars to clip art, copy and paste graph into PowerPoint (use Paste Special) in order to be able to add animation (under Effect Options, the Chart Animation tab allows you to have the bars appear one at a time), tell students if they have put in the right answer by choosing Format à Conditional Formatting in the answer cell and adjusting the properties to indicate the correct answer.

·         Google spreadsheets can be converted to forms using the Form menu item, and when students send their responses to questions they populate the spreadsheet – very much like CPS clickers but using the Web instead of having to buy separate clicker hardware!



Integrating Technology Across All Disciplines (Corinne Hoisington, Central Virginia Community College)

·         http://www.toondoo.com/ – create your own cartoon (may occasionally have questionable cartoons on the front page?)

·         http://www.wordle.net/ – creates a word cloud (one of the fonts is named Sexsmith – may be a potential problem for some kids?)

·         http://www.cuil.com/ – search engine created by some people who left Google, has SafeSearch option, gives a paragraph about each site in the results list, gives related categories & searches

·         http://www.polleverywhere.com/ – poll via text message with results updated instantly in your web browser (does have an option for web voting, and costs to have a survey over 30 votes)

·         http://chacha.com/ – get answers to your Internet search questions from real people (they hire high school students & others to respond to your question by searching for the info…get a response within 2-3 minutes; need to register for free in order to ask questions online instead of by text)

·         http://www.mediaconverter.org/ – copy the web address of almost any video including YouTube, paste it to this site, and it will convert to any of 20 file types (100MB maximum file size for free version)

·         http://www.newseum.org/ – view front pages of approx. 700 newspapers across the world (click on “Today’s Front Pages”)

·         http://www.popfly.com/ – free online games & mashups (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_(web_application_hybrid) for definition of a mashup)



Exploring 1-1 Learning: Success Factors (Morrie Reece, Apple Inc.)

·         Barriers to Ubiquitous Computing: funding, school board buy-in, administration openness, teacher buy-in, research / evidence of effectiveness, need ubiquitous access at home, wireless security, union contracts and tenure, lack of teacher and parent involvement, staff resources, staff development and staffing, teacher trust that district will invest, school construction priority, lack of understanding of impact, conservative community won’t finance technology, need control of content delivery at classroom level, devices that are kid-proof

·         Reasons schools have tried it: enhance learning and achievement in core subjects, develop 21st century skills, provide increased access to technology / eliminate Digital Divide, foster use of wireless technology

·         To move forward stop asking, “Should we do this?” and start asking, “How can we do this?”

·         Seven Key Success Factors: Leadership (vision, expectations, identify and secure needed tools and training), Curriculum (progressive; willing to incorporate Internet and digital content; maintain focus on standards assessment, human interaction, & 21st century skills), Sustainable Financial Plan / Funding (hardware, software, infrastructure, staff development, project management, professional services, digital content – 75% hardware, 25% other stuff), Sustainable Staff Development (digital literacy, technology-infused learning, digital leadership, consulting services), Assessment and Reporting (organizing and reporting school & district data; student, teacher, and parent surveys; classroom walkthrough protocol; learning project portfolio), Technology Infrastructure and Support Plan (hardware, software, tech help), Receptive and Involved Community (make the vision & communication clear).

·         Learn from mistakes, solve problems creatively, learn from others who have implemented 1-1



Other web sites

·         http://mathopenref.com – educational math resources

·         http://www.aleks.com/ – math software for individualizing instruction & assessment

·         http://www.bigdealbook.com/ – newsletter for educational links & resources


Wendy Leach's Web Picks from NETA
































Steve Van Boening's Notes



  • ·         Connect to Google earth.
  • ·         Our GPS units do not have USB connections so products may be limited. 
  • ·         Identify GPS coordinates, and then ask students to identify things of interest at that location.
  • ·         A good idea may be to write a tour of North Platte describing GPS locations and history of each of the area.  Maybe a good idea for AP History.
  • ·         Google literature, history, science or any subject tours.
  • ·         Student’s paths may be tracked using GPS>
  • ·         Do our digital cameras have GPS ability to print lat & long on the picture?
  • ·         Travel bugs may be used to study geography.
  • ·         How does this all fit with GIS????????????? 


Tammy’s Technology Hints

  • ·         Vocoo (I think) may let students develop their own music.  This avoids copy right issues.
  • ·         Vozme-Type or copy text then the software will read the text to the student.
  • ·         Kickyoutube.com
  • ·         Skitch—screen capture for Mac-free
  • ·         Jing-upper right corner of screen.


Google Tricks and Tips

  • ·         Calculator in search window.
  • ·         Conversion tool metric to SAE use the word in.
  • ·         Dictionary—define etc.
  • ·         Advanced search—type in key words.
  • ·         Bottom pull down window-power points.



  • ·         Myelearning.org
  • ·         This seems to be a group of service units that has joined to make the program affordable.
  • ·         The consortium has their own server.  ESU 10 & 3.
  • ·         Similar to black board.
  • ·         160 schools in NE.
  • ·         Clickers will work????
  • ·         Information & documents teachers generate become community property.  Teacher generates a handout as an employee of the district, so the district owns it.
  • ·         Exam view will work.
  • ·         3 years to implement.
  • ·         Students become dependent on it.
  • ·         Works with community colleges for dual credit.
  • ·         Can produce a demo or trial.
  • ·         100 uses $800.00—1500 users $5000.00—Beyond users 5.52 each.
  • ·         User student and teacher—parents are not users
  • ·         Mr. O’Malley indicated that they used Angle in Sutherland.  He said that students could use drop boxes and turn in assignments without having email accounts.


Thursday I spent time walking through vendors, and time in the poster sessions.


Friday morning keynote.

  • ·         Distance equals band width.
  • ·         Information transfer has flattened the world.
  • ·         Connectivity provides jobs to small environments.  Think about how this affects rural NE.
  • ·         Connectivity may help us retain our youth.


Innovative Learning Environments

  • ·         Learning needs to lead technology.
  • ·         Define learning goals then determine the technology that leads to those goals.


Steve editorial:  How do we handle students that put forth effort not to learn?  Can technology motivate these students?  I am not so sure that I am the expert on what I need to teach.  I let standards guide me.  I also depend on the research gone into writing a text guide my methods.


  • ·         Maine 1-1 initiative supported with a staff of 5.
  • ·         Things did not go so well in Australia.
  • ·         1-1 learning not 1-1 technology.
  • ·         Teachers need to feel that they cannot do their job without technology.
  • ·         We use technology today to substitute what we have always done.  Ex: attendance.  Technology needs to redefine what we do.
  • ·         Do more than put in boxes with wires.
  • ·         Do our net books have the ability to handle video?  I just talked to Neil about this. Yes


Social setting

  • ·         This conference allowed for learning in a social setting.  I am able to understand some of the tech depts. issues as we traveled and shared meals.
  • ·         Students need to have some relaxed places to learn.  Ex:  The small rooms at the high school allow this.  As a teacher I need to be careful that these spaces are used for learning vs. socializing.
  • ·         Students work needs to be published:  web, refrigerator, how about the TVs in the commons?  The display boards throughout the building do this.  Pod casts etc.
  • ·         Create a sandbox for students to play in.
  • ·         Students need to generate knowledge then disseminate that knowledge.
  • ·         When we discussed Angel we talked about user groups for email.  User groups change.  Ex:  My earth science class has had about 22 members all year.  About half of these students have been in the course all year.  My chemistry enrolment is much more stable.


Student Centered Leaning

  • ·         I needed to eat lunch and this was not my session of choice, but it had seats and the session I wanted to attend did not have.
  • ·         OPPD does take away technology availability for inappropriate use.  I like what Brian said last evening about not taking away technology as it is additional work for the teacher.


PASCO session

  • ·         We worked with the Spark.  I am sure it would get easier, but I think our investment in net books is correct.  The net books provide more flexibility.
  • ·         I need to learn about GIS.  PASCO did give me a GPS device that will connect with the Explorers that are in room 2109.  We have a DVD that I need to watch.
  • ·         It will be difficult to find people to work in the sciences.
  • ·         I would like an opportunity for the geography, biology, and earth science folks to learn about GIS (Global Information Systems)


Cool Science and Social Studies—Tammy W.

  • ·         Much of this program was directed to elementary teachers.
  • ·         I need to learn more about Google earth and GIS.  I am wondering if Cathy Weaver may be a source of some in-service here.  I can see this is something for some of the sciences and geography.  Maybe the ESU could do something here.  I will email Deb Paulman.
  • ·         Does our school have or need to have a paid account??


Changing professional development for the 21st Century

  • ·         21st Century does not focus on technology, but assumes that it is present.
  • ·         Support systems are necessary.
  • ·         Sometimes people in charge just don’t get it.
  • ·         Technology will accelerate the district vision or mission.
  • ·         Identify curriculum goals first, and then develop the in-service, support and eventually the technology.
  • ·         Name workshops carefully.   Names are motivators.
  • ·         Lessons need to focus on curriculum not technology.
  • ·         Change is difficult.
  • ·         Teachers do not need to know all of a program to use it.  We need to recognize that students can be the experts.  Teachers fear students knowing more than they do.
  • ·         Keep students focused on student learning. 




Laurie Maline's Notes



The Revenge of the Digital Immigrants

This is the link for our keynote speaker from day one.  I have also included the site he showed at NETA.   He did some really cool things with Google earth and Jing.


http://www.discoveryedspeakersbureau.com/davidson/keynotes  (in this one under hand outs he has a lot of notes, as well as PowerPoint’s on the items he showcased. Neta 2009


Tammy’s Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools

www.tammyworcester.com (Tammy’s tech tips) 

Points of interest are:

Web Tools

Google Tools

Training and Handouts (scroll down to NETA 2009). 

Easy blogs is the following link:


Need a Google account for blogger.com.

JamStudio.com  (students can create their own music) use for power points, moviemaker, and Photostory. 

Vocaroo (free voice recorder allow to use computer mic) (you could email voice to friends) you can embed the code to blog or wiki.

Vozme (uses text converts to voice). Cut paste into text for kids who have hard time understanding  the writing process they could use as a proofreading tool!!!!

Kick YouTube type kick in the YouTube address bar then follow the directions on how to download your desired video to your computer or thumb drive to show to your students.

Classtools Random Name/Word Picker (fruit picker, it looks like a slot machine).  You could use this for spelling or randomly pick students for a turn for a classroom game.

Research Is Not a 4 Letter Word (EBSCO )

In this session we learned about EBSCO and how to use it with students for research.  This site offers a way for students to search hundreds of articles for information they may need for research projects of all kinds.  If you get the chance to look at the sight and how it can be applied to students when researching it I would highly recommend it to educators.

Got Angel

Angel notes:   myelearning.org of Nebraska

This is a Learning Management system  Similar to Blackboard or Moodle.

Social Bookmarking

In this session two social bookmarking sites were discussed.  Social bookmarking is a way to surf the internet finding sites that interest you and rather than save them to favorites you can save them to the site so that no matter what computer you are on whether it is the one at school or the one at home you would always have a way to look at for favorites and with their tools share them with colleagues, students, or friends. 

http://delicious.com/     Delicious adds a browser button to you browsers tool bar so that you can options available to you as you surf.  

http://www.diigo.com/index   Is like Delicious however it has a highlight feature to help show others what about a page you found interesting.  It also works with Twitter.  You can also add floating sticky notes to your page.

Student-Centered learning & Technology Modules

This was a very good session  that had lots of useful information on Google Docs,  Web 2.0, Podcasting, Blogging , Wikis, ect.  The different topics are listed to the left on the page.  This is a great resource.


Thinkfinity in Nebraska

If you need ideas for lesson plans, sites for your interactive whiteboards, or a site for students to access in the lab Thinkfinity can help you with customized searches and a calendar at the bottom of the page to help with links to events that occurred on that day.   It is free of charge.




Mackenzie Green's Notes




April 23 and 24, 2009

Quick & Easy Computer Activities for Kids

Tons of Power Point Ideas



go to “training and handouts” tab, and NETA 2009 to get…see her books

Use power point and


Acrostic, different research

-have kids create an acrostic instead of write a report because they just copy and paste

-you can do this on power point to publish here’s how:

-blank slide

-word art tool and choose a vertical word

-type in keyword

-use a textbox and place it beside the large letter, being sure that the beginning letter in the textbox isn’t capitalized

-print 

T-riffic, different research

-blank slide in power point

-choose a vertical page under page setup and choose portrait instead of landscape so it will print well

-use word art and type:

-then type 5-7 reasons why they are t-riffic!

-fold it vertically like a hotdog

-tear page at top like a semi-oval and tear a rectangle out of the bottom, so when it is unfolded it looks like a t-shirt

-hang on yarn on bulletin board

-change who is t-riffic: Nebraska, polar bears, Isaac Newton


-blank slide

-use the straight line tool at the bottom of the toolbar to make a diagonal line across horizontally at 0” line, 2” and 3”

-then make a line from the 0” at the top out to 1 ½” on side, it’ll look like a pyramid

then use word art to type in the subject of their research and place it between the 2 an 3” lines

-then use a textbox, and center it across the page

-center the text, and write their facts, short at first but longer

-delete diagonal lines


-fold/cut top corners behind, and fold bottom lines up to have subject  facing out to make a hat

-post on your bulletin board

“Hats off to Isaac Newton”, polar bears

Fact Flipper

-use 12 slides and arrange them like this:

1 : title topic

2-6: are question slides about your topic

7:header information, name, date

8-12: answers to question slides

-then print the presentation as a handout with 6 slides per page

-cut out the question slides and tape them over the answer slides

OR print and cut out everything and make a mini-book

-use with math facts, vocabulary, research information

ABC Slide Show

-find research (biography on scientist) and organize facts to be placed alphabetically on a slide show

-use your acrostic idea to have 4 letters per page

-organize your facts chronologically too, using A-Z, having 1 cheat slide (usually used for X)

---divide up letters for kids to accommodate learners, give all letters for extension


choose a topic, like happiness, greed

describe it using your senses, 5 slides

Happiness looks like…

Happiness sounds like…

and have a picture for every slide

put everything in black and white

to change colored photos to black and white: right click, format picture, grayscale

Who Am I/What Am I?

create a riddle slide show by giving clues to guess their research topic

every time you have a question, reveal a picture of the person/thing


on power point with 10 blank slides, give 5 clue slides after title slide

put picture on 1st clue

cover up with rectangles for however many clues you want to give

choose rectangle from bottom

choose fill color as white and background color as white, page is blank except for clue

duplicate slide, and each time delete a rectangle for each slide, every time revealing a piece of the picture of your topic


Math + Technology = Learning

More Power Point Ideas

See Tammy’s book: 50 math…

using power point, blank slide

A Pizza Glyph

-put a large circle to cover the page

-boys color pizza circle =                                                girls color yellow

-then put a smaller white circle inside yellow to make crust

-put rectangle “sausage” on right side if right handed, and left side of circle if left, color it like your hair

-put equalataral triangle “pineapple” at top if: age is odd #,  at bottom if: age even # and color as eyes

-add pepperoni pieces to represent age, siblings, number of letters in name, ect, and color differently to show categories

-then put computers together in small groups to compare

-google glyph for other ideas

Prove It on power point

students prove that 1 + 1 = something different than 2

like: 1 + 1 = 12

give clues, like *“think sports”

1 + 1 = 50

*“starts with a q”

1 + 1 = 120

*“what time is it?”

Using Spreadsheet on Excel


-survey kids, come up with data, highlight data cells, go to insert and make your chart

-adding pictures: (“series 1” will change)

-open toolbars under view

-search picture under clipart, select the specific bar you want to use, click only the bar you want highlighted, and insert your picture

-because your picture will be distorted, double click dog, go to “fill effects”, choose “stack and scale” and select 2 units per picture

-by the end your series will show the pictures you use

Excel Comparing Graphs using power point

-use A, B, C areas to make a double bar graph, feel free to change colors under fill effects

-number the graphs by double clicking, click on “data labels”, and click “value”

-to have bars enter one at a time, animate on power point

-copy chart by clicking on chart by right clicking copy, not shortcut

-get a blank presentation, “edit”, “paste special”, select “Microsoft chart ….”

-enlarge to fill slide

-go to “custom animation”, add effect to bar, like “dissolve”

-on right, go to animation options to effect options (arrow down on right)

-“chart animation”, come in “by element in category”

-then the bars should come in on their own whenever you choose to click for the presentation

Algebra Challenge

-under excel

-put information on graph paper or grid, and when you enter the right answer for an equation, the answer box will turn green

-blank excel workbook

-resize the columns and rows to make squares instead of rectangles

-start with cell A2, type question, put answer in cell B2

-under “format”, choose “conditional formatting”

-cell value is equal to (answer)

change format for color by selecting a number and saying if it is right or wrong by color, green if correct answer

-when child answers question, the box will respond with the color you chose under your format

---do this with math, spelling, vocab, quizzes

Google spreadsheet

-under google docs

-you could create a new document, presentation, spreadsheet

-you can use this online with students once it is created

-under name, write 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 in each cell

-save it under your name (?)

-go to “form”

-put multiple choice answers

-find address at bottom of page, click on it

-in address box, go to tinyurl.com (see Neil) and insert your address and change it to a smaller title

-have a power point created and have kids respond on your online spreadsheet, with just numbers, no symbols

-you can use this with estimation

------maybe do this with clickers instead of google and website link

activity idea----on power point, give fun estimation questions and give a hint and picture so kids can respond, examples:

“how many calories is in a big mac”

“how many tall in feet is the eifel tower”

“how many inches tall is this woman”

-put answers on slide to view after kids have chosen answers

-have kids find average of answers, or graph the information

Cool Science and Social Studies Computer Activities

Class Zoo

power point

-overview: have kids choose a zoo animal, and they can make a chart displaying their animal

-search for an animal in clip art and enlarge it

-put bars around animal by adding a long skinny rectangle from top to bottom, change bar by adding a shadow (use #12)

-duplicate (control d) and use up arrow 2 times, and right arrow over until it is spaced out appropriately, then duplicate the new arranged bar

-add a text box to show child’s simple research over animal, along with their name

-make text box white and give it a border, making it look like a sign on the bars


-instead of writing a research report over a topic

-make their research look like a postcard, including a picture on right side, a letter message on the left as a letter containing at least 3 facts of topic, and of course a stamp in the top right corner

-to print postcard: handout, 2 slides per page

-when you print it, put two on a page and you can cut them out

-maybe make a duplicate slide, printing 2 of their postcards, taking one home and keeping one at school to grade and post

Create own flag

-make a flag showing things that represent you, brainstorm ideas before

-file, page set-up, width = 10 inches, height = 6 inches

-slide 1: title slide “mackenzie’s flag”

-slide 2 color page, add a large white (or other color) rectangle horizontally across the page, KEEP IT CLEAN AND SIMPLE

-add a couple of clip art images that represent you in a creative way

-after flag slide is done, go back to first slide and explain why you created the flag as you did

                -I had 3 stripes on my flag because

-print to landscape

-fold flag across middle, cut out flag , and put skewer/chopstick through middle to hold up flag

High Five for Heroes

-use 2 slides, decide who hero is (sports stars, someone from real life, ect)

-page set up to portrait

-add title to middle of 1st slide

-slide 2: make long textbox, about 2 inches wide, and type why this person is their hero, “My dad is my hero, and he deserves a high five because…”

-when you print trace our hand around the title page, over the words

-cut out narrow, long vertical words on slide 2  and glue words under hand to display

Building Healthy Bodies

-brainstorm ways to keep body healthy (no drugs, seat belt, exercise…)

-blank presentation

-slide 1: add large rectangle on left side of page, change rectangle color to white, on right side of page add a smiley face under shapes so it is large on the page

-slide 2: put a large rectangle across bottom of slide, duplicate it on top, then add two shorter rectangles above bottom longer ones, change colors to white

-when print, print as a handout (2 slides per page) if you want smaller people cut out rectangles for arms and legs, and circles for smiley face and larger circle for body

-social studies: make this a historical character with facts on arms and legs

Animated Cycle

-create one slide and put animated clip art all on one side in relevant positions with title and name

-to find animated clip art, select “movie” as a media type for the results when in searching clip art

-duplicate slide 3 times (insert duplicate slide or hover and control d

-on slides, add arrows, one set on each slide

-select a timed transition

-to continue playing: set-up show “loop continuously until escape”

Mouse over Map

-this shows a diagram that you’ve created, and when you hover over part of it, information will show about that piece of the diagram

-use action settings, hyperlink to slide with information that goes with the information page

                -choose option “mouse over” on action

HOW: (kind of confused)

-create 5 slide show

-give title over slide, crust, mantle, inner core, outer core

-make circles and color them to show the layers

-for an invisible button, apply action first, then change the fill color to no fill and no border

-place button over area of choice to show information

-copy buttons over every slide

-add text

-other ideas: midwest region of the US, state information, heart diagram

Google Maps

-enter school address, zoom in to see surrounding area

-click on school icon to pop up menu, click on search nearby (?), and enter “hotel” or “pizza”, “Walgreens”

-to find driving directions, use pop up button and place in other address to get driving directions

-drag blue line directions to a specific town you’d like to visit along the way

-with google account, make customized map

-go to tab at top “my maps”

-create new map, title up

-add markers to map by dragging blue peg tab at top to area on map

-you can add a description for a place, change the marker color/design

-create a google account and give it to your students to use at the same time if you choose

-if you could choose, which state would you live in and why

-kids can use local maps and use markers to highlight important areas

-they can also write a story across the map by adding markers and creating descriptions, maybe one like “The Storm”

-you can use this with google earth by pressing button at top and view it with the world!! 

Rev Up Reading and Writing Classroom with Technology

Read Write Think


Loads of ideas for ideas!!!

click on activity link, and find “visit this activity


use for word choice, copy and paste sample and see fluency

social studies, copy and paste speech, see main idea

Tall Tale

-write tall tale of their own, story or poem

-type it on word

-divide page into 3 columns


-cut apart into strips and tape together to make a TALL tale 

Book Marks

-use this as a book report or author highlight

-use power point, blank slide

-divide page into 4 vertical equal sections  by using the straight line tool at  bottom of page

-add textbox title at top

-go online and find a picture of book cover (go to authors website or to )

-use textbox and type information

-to copy and paste your strip into the other 3, duplicate (control d) and use your arrows to place where you’d like the 2nd strip to be, then duplicate it again, and it will go into the other sections perfectly

-when you print these, have the creator keep 2, I’ll keep one, and give one to the library to hand out

Summary Sleuth

-blank presentation on power point

-choose a topic and find information, copy and paste the text

-paste it into your power point

-when it is too wide for your slide, paste it into a textbox that you’ve made as large as your slide

-to paste in regular text, go to paste special and choose unformatted text

-choose important information

-choose an oval from your bottom tool bar and place it over information, and change color of oval, make it look like a magnifine glass, making circle transparent

-use a textbox to write a summary

Sticky Notes

power point,  blank slide

-change slides page setup and make 7 ½” by 7 ½”

-add pictures, text

-make these for a proofreading checklist, and give to kids to use

-give title as “from the desk of…”

-at bottom say my name

-put a picture over the middle

------to change a pictures color, double click a picture and change its color

-make picture transparent by changing it to “washout”

-to print, make 4 duplicate slides and change printing options to “handout” (4 to a page)

-put sticky notes over squares, and play with a printer to see which way it needs to be fed into the printer (sticky note side down?)


Greeting Card

change page setup to portrait in power point

-slide 1: type message in word art (thank you, get well…)

-stretch it out and turn it upside down

-slide 2: blank

-slide 3: clip art

-slide 4: greeting in large text box

-print as a handout with 4 slides per page, then fold and trim edges 

-have students do reports on animals with facts and pictures inside

Hinky Pinky

word choice fun with a pair of rhyming words that answer a question

“A hairpiece warn by a hog… pig wig”

Choose your own ending

-summarize your book on a few slides

-on last slide, create 3 alternate endings

-use an action button to give the alternate endings

-place action button at bottom of page, and choose it to create a hyperlink to a certain page with your ending choice

Extending Learning Through Technology

find power point with ideas and examples at www.gips.org/westlawn/student-projects

email presenter wastelk@gips.org

look at the wastlawn site for LOTS of good ideas!!


How to integrate with full schedules:

-utilize the people around you, collaborate with others

                -Denise D., middle/high school students taking a course, have them share their knowledge and learning…could it be part of their course?

-work with Allison on a music program and have kids do research, then make project on tuxpaint and display at music program


-make a picture using media blender/tuxpaint, save it to a jpeg document, and have it behind the kids when they present

-use tuxpaint to create projects, like have students create their own version of a story, an alternate ending

-make a patriotic project on media blender/tuxpaint and add music to show families

-use kidspiration to show what they learned, like in science they can show the cycles of a butterfly

-authors purpose, point of view, instead of writing ideas on paper, have kids put work on kidspiration with words and a pic…possibly an extention with HAL

-take pictures of your community and write about the services it provides

-use “keynote” as a way to share writing, it shows the writing sample a child typed, and also have child talk as the pages are on the screen

-podcast more work…have kids

-book talks/reports, write book talk, say it into an ipod, and display the title, put book onto library website so other kids can see if they want to check it out

-use email to ask teacher questions about a question, when a teacher is on maternity leave

-Skype kids when you have a sub just to check in

-comic life allows you to create pictures and add speech bubbles to their pic…focus on using voice, insert picture and add thought bubbles for an “I have a dream” project

-comic life is a program that you need to purchase, but can use a 30 day free trial

-word choice and sentence fluency (in the program called “pages”), use text boxes to show better word choice and sentence fluency, getting longer and more descriptive sentences

-compare/contrast different areas of our earth using google earth, look at vegetation

-a proscope is like a microscope that links up with your computer so the whole class can see samples, it can take pictures too

-link technology standards with grade level standards

Integrating Technology into the Elementary Classroom

------see website for good ideas, Lisa Schultz, third grade, Arapaho Schools

-use google earth more!!!!          ----twitter to collaborate with other teachers

-insert pictures from net shift, control 4?

-kidspiration: graphic organizers, pictures, among other things

                -you can use this program as an assessment tool, you can save it and print work off

-tux paint: use stamps and words to make posters, book covers, illustrate stories, turn them into iMovies where students put their story and pictures together, and read them for their audience (can we do this with movie maker???)

-----cool idea: provide classes in the summer for kids to sign up for (movie maker, power point, ect) -teach kids how to use notebook for smartboard, they can create projects for smartboard and we can go over them

-podcasting ideas: read a poem, story, readers theater, add pictures or video, teach a lesson, chapter review, showcase art, interview someone also extend for HAL to display research or teach other students

-ipods can be used for reading fluency, use as a hotread at the end of the week for 6 minute fluency, also use for readers theater

-iMovies: turning tuxpint into a movie, look at yellow handout for ideas on how to transfer tuxpaint into a movie (“command, shift, 4” changes it into a jpeg file and put into movie)

-utilize contacts with soldiers…incorporate them into projects 

-use notebook software templates to create more specific lessons to our curriculum: vocab, reading charts, scan documents into and use identifying skills, have work set-up with the answers under the shade, then reveal and discuss

-use my remote more so I don’t have to be at board to advance slide

-use smartboard recorder more, especially for subs

-create movie from smartboard project, go to Lisa’s website for ideas and directions for



Sneak a Peek to a Techno Future

Gizmo, math and science program, project based             explorelearning.com

                -subscription based website around $6 per student, cheaper for larger districts, get 30 day trial, pretty reasonable, there is a sale right now for elementary, it is a new site

                -it provides plans, materials, review, worksheets, project guides, pretest, assessment, shows teacher scores, download activities to your account and give kids link to assess, like quia kind of

                ---awesome capabilities with this site!!!!!!!  TRY IT!!!!

-podcast ideas: book talks, use a microphone for better sound quality, create in the classrooms in groups, don’t need everyone there at the same time, you can edit

                -keep it simple, just use audio and have kids give a book review

-iMovies: radio commercials, nursery rhyme renditions, living poems

-webquests: good website to search: www.webquest.org

                -use more in content areas, search by subject or grade level

-photo story: personal narratives, field trips around world, poems, directions for completing a task

-power point ideas: dream house floor plan (use as a draying tool), what am I?, camp pamphlets

-working together in ESU 17…sandhills (can be 108 miles apart)

                -collaborate classrooms, share technology that each school might not have

                -do this with science (weather), think about contacting  Valentine, Ainsworth, maybe write up script to help organize kids

                ------use this to get together with other teachers who are interested skyping with other classrooms across the state, click on Skype in schools under the forum


contact Molly Aschoff in Valentine to skype with (search: mollyaschoff on skype)

sara.olson@kearneypublic.org 2nd grade in Kearney who wants to skype

Beyond Boundaries: Using Social Media to Teach Math to K-6 Girls


-kids use I-pac’s

-write stories and draw pictures using sketchy (needs windows XP) on the i-pac to create their own stories with words and pictures that relate to math

                -I am going to the store with $____

-use also with division, create a process step by step by using a new slide for each step

-also write to show stages of a process by using new frames each time, like showing the cycle of a seed and write simple descriptions on it

-i-pacs also have word and other software to use, can draw a picture and write text by it, and can also connect to the internet

-they have a lot of memory, and add an SD card for more memory

-you can upload student work to view, and can also download your own work onto the handhelds leaving blank slides for students to answer the questions, THIS IS A BETTER FORM OF A QUIZ

-when uploading the files, save the information onto a “gif” file instead of” jpeg”


-Ning is a site that is like a webpage, is possibly more user friendly than google web documents, you can include twitter on it, while also posting pictures

-they use twitter for individual students by creating accounts for each child

-before using the handhelds, go over a set of expectations and sign a contract for the guidelines

--------note to self---------use handhelds that the district has, ask Denise D. when she used them with HAL

--------use handhelds with math, science, and writing next year

-------we want to use more technology to engage kids, hopefully it will make learning less “boring” and give students the motivation to stay in school!!!!

Free Elementary Reading Resources on the Web

go here for all of the websites:  www.ops.org/elementary/king   click on teacher resources

email shannon.foster@ops.org



-eduplace (choose a grade level)

-eword game (good one, I used it in Denver) good for unfamiliar vocab or goes with reading series? make a table to show

                -crossword challenge is a good one too

                -Transport to Reading (good sound) and choose one of 4-5 activities

-Reading Ring (higher level) based on humor if they get a joke, then view comic strip and answer questions based on material, order the frames in the comic

                                -Orson’s Farm (primary) rhyming words

                -Word Sort email Shannon if you’d like 2nd grade unit phonic list

-a game a day: give a new problem every day, fun for wake-up work or as a reading

-visuwords (Caution: type word in yourselves and look at it before you view it)

-if you enter a word, it gives you a web with synonyms, antonyms, and other ways the word is related to something else

-good for word choice or vocabulary

-gamequarium…readquarium, this has a lot of reading skills with fun games

-starfall (primary):  click on “learn to read” it has letters, rhyming, easy sentences…there is an audio component for each activity

-roythezebra (primary): for guided reading

-it gives you prereading questions, then it gives you the story to read, post reading worksheet with comprehension questions, there are several sections so this can be an ongoing lesson

-there are other phonemic activities on this site too

-gamegoo:  funny with a lot of stories to choose from

-tooth fairy: synonyms, antonyms

-monkey business: simple sentence construction, gives sentence parts

-word builder (from eduplace): choose a grade and progress through units, build words using a spelling strategy, kids progress at their own pace

-little fingers (pre-K and primary): colors, phonics, counting, math

-tumblebooks.com reads books to you


-thewritesource.com: 4th grade prompt ideas

The Connection: Math, Intervention, Technology

-connect your math instruction and give it a relationship for students so they have a meaning to relate back to

                ----calculating area by deciding how much money is needed to carpet our hallway, or practice perimeter by rebuilding the walls of our classroom

-have kids make a word problem with every number problem

-discussion is the most important piece, why did you do the problem that way?  how did you solve it?  what would have happened if…

-iSucceed MATH 3-8 grade

-combines technology and print and provides an intervention piece

-can see answers, how many attempts were made to solve, gives answers if it is incorrect several times, if they do not understand completely, it takes the child to a reteach portion

-this is mainly an intervention piece, materials come in kits, 5 kits = 5 contents, it isn’t divided by grade level, so there is a decimals, fractions kit, measurement and geometry kit

-interventions should meet child at level, so maybe not practice multiplication, but look at mastering addition

-there is also a technology piece, vocabulary cards




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