Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Weekly Byte 11.26.08

Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember that we will be having a late start for technology and DI on December 4th from 6:45-9:45. I have made posts to all of the courses so I look forward to discussing topics on that date.

Web 2.0 Terminology
Ning- is a social networking tool that allows you to create a place to share information, discuss in online forums, share pictures and videos, chat in the built in chat room and really just collaborate with colleagues or with your students. It is really like an academic facebook. Many educational uses. Example:

Wiki- is a simple way to create a webpage for you classes where you can share resources, discuss topics, and collaborate. This is a simple collaboration tool that allows you to really collaborate in your classrooms and extend the learning beyond the school day.
Wiki sites: Wetpaint, Wikispaces, Wiggio

Blog- a great educational tool that allows you to create weblogs for your classes. Students greatly benefit by creating their own blogs to use as journals for your classes. Students also benefit by responding to your blog discussing anything that you are working on in your classes.
Example: this is a blog
Blog sites: Blogger, Edublog

Social Bookmarking: You can bookmark sites on your browser, or put them in your favorites. To share these sites with others, you have to find them in your browser and then send them to people via email or another means. Social Bookmarking allows you to put your bookmarks online. You get an account with a social bookmarking site like, upload your bookmarks, and tag them (see "Social tagging") with keywords. You can only fit so many folders on your browser before it gets too cluttered, so you're always having to choose what you really want to add to them or not. Online, with tagging, things don't get as cluttered, plus you already have everything in a public place where it's easy to share it with others.
Examples: Diigo, Delicious

Podcasting: Like blogging, but with audio clips. You record yourself talking, or an interview or a reading of a book, and put it in a place where others can access the sound file.
Examples: iTunes, Podcast Alley

There are many more but this is enough for now. Please don't hesitate to ask for help with any of these.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Weekly Byte 11.19.08

Good day CFFers!

I am sure everyone is getting ready for their Thanksgiving Break!. I personally cannot wait to have a few days to kick back with Jack and Monica and relax. We have a few things coming up in the next few weeks for CFF.

November 25 (Tuesday) 6:50 or 2:30- Nettrekker training (Don't Miss this One!)
December 2 (Tuesday) 6:50 or 2:30- Google Docs Rocs!
December 4 (Thursday) 6:45-9:45- Late start, Online Coursework time

I will be trying to get into more classrooms over the next few weeks and see the great things that you are doing.

Have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!

Coach Roger

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Weekly Byte 11.11.08

Here is a Wordle that I created from the Franklin Regional Strategic Plan. The words that appear largest are the ones that appear in the document most often. Which words are we using the most?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Weekly Byte 11.4.08

Good day CFFers!

It has been a busy week for all of us with grades being do, dashboard issues, power outages, etc. I have been working on updating the CFF Moodle page to include more resources for you. ( This week, Wednesday-Friday, Promethean will be here upgrading cabling and drivers. This means that people who have bluetooth will now be hardwired, people who have been having board connectivity problems will no longer (hopefully), and teachers who have had no problems will have a more user-friendly board. I am trying to create a schedule so that you know when your room will be completed.

This Friday we have in-service. In the afternoon we will be given 3 hours to work on technology initiatives. I will be available to help you create lessons that integrate technologies, try new tools, check out resources, whatever. Just let me know what you need help with. The last hour of the day 2-3 pm, Tina has approved Promethean Board training for everyone! The Math Dept. will report to 240, LangArts to 225, Science to 101, and Social Studies to 210. Your colleagues will be providing content specific trainings.

As always please ask me for help in your classrooms, planning, team teaching, whatever you need.

Site of the Week: is a free application that we have made available to users to use for their own needs to meet and discuss document in a real time fully synchronized fashion. The platform requires no download and / or installation. This tool is awesome! Students can collaborate on math problems, peer edit, or just create something in small groups. If you need me to show this to you just ask and we will set up a time to plan how to use this in your classroom.