2012-11-07 Weekly IT Update

This Week:

Projector Remotes – Teeny Tiny Remotes

Software Needs – Anyone? Anyone?

App Training – Haiku Deck vs. Skitch vs. ScreenChomp

4D Storytelling – Meograph for Education (Beta)

3 Free Presentation Tools – Boost those PowerPoints!

Lesson Plans – Google Has Them

Professional Pride – Celebrate

 

Projector Remotes – Some of you have received projectors in your rooms to replace hardware that goes back to the construction of Pine Creek. As a kind reminder, where the remotes to the old projectors were nice and big, the new ones are pretty thin and tiny. The biggest problem with this is that they are much easier to lose. What does this mean to you? If the remote is lost it will be a matter of having to start the projector by pushing the start button on the projector…on your ceiling! So far we haven’t found a source to replace these so keep an eye on them unless you like a little cardio when turning on your projector. Thank you for your help in this.

Software Needs – As we get closer to the end of the semester, specialized software requests begin to rise. If you have a piece of software that needs to be installed please let me know as I might need to get District approval (if it hasn’t already been approved). The process is that the software requests go to me, I check to see if they have already been approved, if not it goes to the CIO for approval, then it comes back to me and, depending on how much software needs to be installed it may go back to District to get a software push. If not we can install it right away with no problem. But let us know what you need and if you need us to check to see if any software is already installed on machines you need to use. Thank you for your assistance in this.

App Training – Training for this week will be on Thursday at the regularly scheduled times (see below). The apps this week will focus on presentation software including Haiku Deck, Skitch, and ScreenChomp. HaikuDeck = http://www.haikudeck.com/      Skitch = http://skitch.com/    ScreenChomp = http://www.techsmith.com/labs.html#screenchomp   Each have some unique features which may benefit the iPad users out there. And yes, this week requires an iPad. So drop on by the LMC at:

Session 1 – 11:40 – 11:55AM

Session 2 – 12:20 – 12:35PM

Session 3 – 2:45 – 3:00PM

4D Storytelling – Taking digital storytelling one step further, Meograph for Education (currently in beta) has a pretty neat site to create interactive projects. From what I can tell it uses a combination of Google Maps, Google Images, YouTube, and a timeline, to produce storylines about what happened where, when, and with the use of video, why. Take a look at: http://www.meograph.com/education (I am going to dig deeper into this one as it would be an interesting way to tell a life story).

3 Free Presentation Tools – Looking for a way to add a little pep to your PowerPoints? How about adding synced video to start at a specific point of a slide? Do you want to add yourself talking about a particular point? Check out: http://edudemic.com/2012/11/presentation-tools-for-teachers/  and take a look at Animoto, Knovio, and Zentation!

Lesson Plans – I don’t know how I wasn’t aware of this, but Google has thousands of lesson plans for all age groups, all types of subject, and all types of ways to limit searches to resources. So, if you were looking for a last minute activity for your students and needed a good site check out: http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/lesson-plan-search.html

An example would be – Social Studies (History) à Westward Expansion à Ages 13 – 18. There is a very detailed lesson plan for this all ready to go.

Professional Pride – Blogger Paul Barnwell gives five reasons as to the pluses of being an educator. His goal is to remind us why we teach and how small victories can refresh and rejuvenate our spirit throughout the school year. This one is for those that might be getting into a slump as finals are rapidly approaching and need a boost… Check it out at: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/10/30/tln_barnwell_5reasons.html?tkn=TTCFkOb43h5HiP9tqUz90H56nV7UDROXB0nX&cmp=clp-sb-ascd

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