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NPHS Workshops Spring 2012

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NPHS Technology Workshops with Neil Hokanson (Educational Technology Director)


The following are notes and resources from the Spring 2012 North Platte High School Technology Workshops...


All NPHS staff are invited to stop by, at anytime – no registration required, during the following technology workshop sessions that will be held on the following dates and times in the NPHS Media Center. We will look at various technology resources available for your classroom and discuss topics and issues related to embedding technology in the learning process. Spend a few minutes, or an hour, exploring ways to enhance your teaching skills and your student’s learning potential.

February 6 (Monday) & 9 (Thursday)
Online Technology Resources (What exists that I can use today?)


Technology Online Resources
NPPSD MOODLE Site: http://moodle.nppsd.org/moodle/ (Login with your regular computer username & password or sign in as a guest…)
Secondary Online Resources: http://mail.nppsd.org:8080/~nhokanson/online_resources_hs/index.html
Elementary Online Resources: http://mail.nppsd.org:8080/%7Enhokanson/online_resources/index.html
Technology Help & Tutorials: http://mail.nppsd.org:8080/~training/training/
Nettrekker: http://school.nettrekker.com/authenticate/ipauth/1?np=/home.ftl&pp=/ipauth_error.ftl
RSS in Plain English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU&feature=youtu.be
Twitter in Plain English: http://youtu.be/6WQnD5kcBx8


I created a video tutorial (see link below) showing how to save links in Word and then how to convert that document to pdf and then post in First Class Web Publishing and how to access on the internet.  If you get to where you are ready to do this for students and need assistance let me know.  I will be happy to help you and your students.



Small Engines resources and video tutorials that might work:



Virtual Field Trips

Here are some resources on virtual field trips (different than what is offered via esu), many are generally web based and you can often find some that utilize Skype:

http://www.simplek12.com/virtualfieldtrips (divided by subject area)

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2009/08/11/the-best-resources-for-finding-and-creating-virtual-field-trips/ (great list of where to look sites...)


ESU 16 Virtual Field Trip List:



Here is how I would use VFTs...

I would do virtual field trips ALL school year long.  I would especially have students interview their relatives, aquaintences, authors, the governor, the mayor, my Mom, etc. via Skype...

For instance, here is a student interviewing my Mom via Skype...



Here is a link to the Digital Citizenship/Internet Safety resources I collect and share each year.  These resources are often used by classroom teachers and in the media center for skills:



Common Sense Media Intro Video http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/student-intro-video-our-connected-culture

BrainPop http://www.brainpop.com/technology/computersandinternet/digitaletiquette/

Internet Safety Game http://www.netsmartzkids.org/AdventureGames/TheInternetSafetyGame


Family and Consumer Science Blogs/Online Resources

http://becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com/ (This is not an FACS blog, but it provides some great ideas in that direction)
Family and Consumer Science Resources…
http://www3.uakron.edu/schulze/hlinks.htm Aunt Edna's Kitchen ...a site with cooking measurements and information Consumer Education for Teens ...some interesting essays on current topics of interest written for the 12-18 age group Family and Consumer ...hundreds of family and consumer science links, arranged by grade level Family and Consumer Sciences ...a well-done university-produced page with links of interest to family and consumer science teachers and students Life Skills for Vocational Success ...over 60 lesson plans dealing with basic life skills like balancing a checkbook, etc. Managing Your Checking Account ...online tutorials dealing with check-writing and account maintenance


Mandarin Chinese Resources

I found the following internet link that shares some online games that might help students learn Mandarin.  I thought you might be interested in looking at them and deciding if they might be useful with your students.


February 21 (Tuesday) & 23 (Thursday)
Hardware Basics (ELMO, projector, computer, cameras, iPods, iPads, Kindles, etc.)


Thanks for stopping by and visiting about the iPad.  The following are places to find iPad apps that might be helpful for the students you work with.  I've especially tried to share assistive tech resources for special needs students.  Let me know how I can help you further in any way.

http://www.appitic.com/ APPitic - Is a great site w/ over 1300+ reviews done by Apple Distinguished Educators. ~These apps have been tested in different grade levels w/ different instructional strategies.
http://www.mindleaptech.com/ Mind Leap - Mind Leap is an excellent site w/ reviews built on a 5 star scale. ~Reviews are done on a wide range of subjects and offers a nice breakdown of statistics such as: educational quality, engagement factor, and shelf life.
http://www.bestkidsapps.com/ Best Kids Apps - Is a site w/ great reviews on iPhone, iPad, and Android apps. ~These reviews have a basic age rating and a nice image to go along too.
http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/ Mac App Store - Probably the most comprehensive list of apps around. ~This application from Apple is the ideal place to find and purchase apps. ~FYI, works on Snow Leopard OS and above.
http://www.funeducationalapps.com/ Fun Educational Apps - ~A ideal place to find reviews of apps for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. ~This is one of my favorite sites to find in depth reviews w/ lots of pictures of the app.
http://www.smartappsforkids.com/ Smart Apps for Kids - Is a site designed by a dad on a journey to find the best iPhone & iPad apps. ~These apps are reviewed on a 4 star scale and offer a nice "bottom line" for those who don't want to read the whole review.
http://BestAppsForKids.com/ Best Apps for Kids - A wonderful site that does a great breakdown of an educational app. ~These reviews are done on a scale of 1 - 5, and offers the reader advice on wether they should purchase the app or not.
http://teacherswithapps.com/ Teachers with Apps - A great site w/ reviews of apps that include videos and images. ~Ideal for teachers looking to find that perfect app for the classroom.

http://appsineducation.blogspot.com/ Apps in Education - A nice collection of iPad apps that are reviewed by subject. ~These reviews are brief and to the point.
http://www.iear.org/ I Education Apps Review - Is a site designed as a community effort of reviews posted by a variety of users. ~There are even student reviews to give a unique perspective on the use of an app.
http://teachwithyouripad.wikispaces.com/iPad+Apps Teach with your iPad - Is a wonderful wiki that lists a ton of apps by subject, type, and grade level
http://a4cwsn.com/free-educational-apps/ Apps for Children With Special Needs - A great list of all kinds of assistive tech apps


iPad Resources Quicklist from Steven Anderson...

https://sites.google.com/site/ipadwebinar/ ISTE iPad In Education Webinar Resources-A while back ISTE ran a great webinar with some fabulous educators on using iPads in the classroom. This site has loads of information, a collection of articles, lists of apps and information on Apple's Volume Purchasing Program.

http://www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au/1-to-1-learning-success iPads For Education- While this site comes courtesy of the Department Of Education in Victoria Australia, there is lots of information that can cross the Pacific that you can use in your classroom. Be sure to check out the suggested apps, the case studies and the 21 Steps To iPad Success which has everything you need to know if or when you roll out these devices.

http://sites.google.com/site/ipadined/sample-lessons Sample Lessons-iPads In Education-5 Quick Lessons using various iPad apps. You could use these as an example for lessons you might write.

http://cybraryman.com/ipad.html Cybrary Man's iPad Resources- My friend Jerry of course has a great page with tons of resources related to everything iPad. There is more stuff in here than just iPads in education. There is general info, app reviews and more. (And some good info on iPad 2.)

http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/ipad.htm iPad: Ideas To Inspire- From the widely popular series, there are now 47 ideas how to use the iPad in the classroom. Don't miss this one.

http://learninginhand.com/ipad/ Tony Vincent's iPad Resources- Tony is considered by many the expert when it comes to these devices in the classroom. He has a plethora of resources on everything iPad including a great interactive that shows you Tony's must have apps.

http://www.iear.org/ IEAR- Dedicated to more than just iPads this community of educators reviews devices, apps and more. This is always my first stop when looking for apps to use with kids.

http://ipads4education.ning.com/ iPads4Eduation-This network of over 150 members is a great place to connect with other iPad in education users, post a question on the forum or read the posts to get ideas to see what others are doing.

http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=26195 The iPad Livebinder- My friend Mike has put together a most awesome livebinder with great resources for iPads in education. Lesson plans, apps, and more. There is even a section for administrators which I found very helpful. With over 60,000 hits on Livebinders, Mike must be doing something right!


Cases for the New iPad... (Plus, an example of a Glog from http://edu.glogster.com/)



March 5 (Monday) & 15 (Thursday)
Embedding Technology in the Curriculum (Thinking Skills, Websites, Practice, etc.)


The following link takes you to an excellent article on digital differentiation and I feel fits very well into the instructional practice and PLC work that we have been doing here in the district.



Here is an article that will shed some light on your search for storage...


Sounds like this one has the features you might be looking for:  http://www.4shared.com/


I have had an opportunity to update the lists of online resources I collect for you all.  I know this is a busy time with assessments; so, I hope these sites serve as fresh resources to help enrich and engage your students during the final weeks of the school year.

Elementary Resources http://mail.nppsd.org:8080/~training/online_resources/index.html

Secondary Resources http://mail.nppsd.org:8080/~training/online_resources_hs/index.html

Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship http://mail.nppsd.org:8080/~training/digital_citizenship/


Sites for online discussion...


I will use this one for sure...


March 19 (Monday) & 22 (Thursday)
Project Based Learning and Assessment with Technology (Alternative Assessment, Consumption/Creation Continuum)


It was a pleasure to discuss and explore ways to embed technology into the curriculum.  The following are resources I mentioned I would pass along and more...

Creation Continuum Presentation http://prezi.com/4dxykmcolwa9/the-creation-continuum/

World History site prepared with Nebraska 10th Grade Social Studies standards


Photo Story 3 link (free download) great project based learning tool - most NPHS students already know how to use it (this version DOES work with Windows 7) http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=11132


April 2 (Monday) & 5 (Thursday)
Differentiated Learning with Technology (Accommodations in the regular classroom, IEPs, 504s, HAL, etc.)


Multiple Intelligences & Differentiated learning resources...

What are your strengths link  http://www.ldrc.ca/projects/miinventory/mitest.html

Multiple Intelligences Product Grid http://oxpower.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/product-grid.pdf


The following contains a link to the assistive tech resource that I mentioned where you can access all sorts of technology (for any students to use); plus, a few of the other resources we discussed today.

https://www.at4all.com/welcome.aspx (Assistive Tech Inventory + much more)


Using movie clips in the curriculum...


A site that ties into the very thing you may be hoping for is a math related site that shares clips called Mathematics in Movies http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies/ and I wonder if there isn't something similar for science.


Try these (the first one seems promising).  Obviously a preview is in order before sharing with students to prevent any surprises.

Science in the Movies and more...

Science movies in the classroom https://sites.google.com/site/flickclip/home

Biology video clips http://www.goldiesroom.org/video_archive.htm

50 science movies http://www.onlinedegreeprograms.com/blog/2009/50-great-movies-every-science-geek-needs-to-see/

Science on the Simpsons http://www.lghs.net/ourpages/users/dburns/ScienceOnSimpsons/Clips.html


Periodic Table of Videos http://www.periodicvideos.com/


Language Arts


Words of the World http://www.wordsoftheworld.co.uk/


April 16 (Monday) & 19 (Thursday)
Multi Media Technology (Audio, Video, Digital Storytelling, etc.)


I wanted to pass along this "working with video" resource that sits on the district site. I think it will be helpful in determining what you are hoping to accomplish with your video projects:  http://www.nppsd.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Departments|Technology%20-%20Online%20Training%3E%3EVideo


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