Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekly Byte 3.30.09

I had a chance to speak with some teachers about Twitter the other day. I was explaining to them what it was and the fact that I was currently trying to figure out how it could be used for education. One teacher made the statement, "I think that is a problem when people are always trying to figure out how to use new technologies for educational purposes." I didn't make a response because I am not good at quick responses but after thinking about it my response should have been this, every day there is something new in the world of technology. Our students use new technologies all the time for personal uses and some for educational uses. Part of my job as a Technology Coach is to find these resources for teachers and show them how they can make their classrooms more engaging, make their jobs easier and/or make their students educational experience better. So if you ever hear about a new technology and wonder how it can improve your class let me know and I will help you to figure out if it is a good tool and how we can improve you class with it.

Here are some ideas on how Twitter could help you.
Free Tech 4 Teachers

Wednesday we have our last late start to complete our embedded coursework. Please make sure that you can access your class prior to Wednesday morning so if there are any problems I can get them remedied. thanks

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekly Byte 3.23.09

Hello CFFers!

Top 10 Reasons Why using your Promethean Board is better than using your Overhead Projector

10. Can you connect to the internet through your Overhead Projector?
9. Streaming audio and video is difficult to do through your OP.
8. Aren't you tired of green fingers?
7. Keeping a folder full of plastic sheets is a nightmare.
6. Getting student feedback is alot easier on a Prom Board.
5. You can't save all of your work easily and in an editable format with overheads.
4. Flipcharts are engaging, engaging, engaging
3. You can't record an overhead and post it to your wiki, blog or Moodle page.
2. Tina likes technology!
1. You don't have to talk to Hursky!

Embedded Learning courses
April 1st is our last late start to work on your CFF courses. Please make sure that you can log in and your course is working this week so that I can deal with any problems.
Most of you are progressing nicely and many are finished for this year. The coursework needs to be completed by July 31st!
Thanks for all your hard work.

Tech Update
Activstudio, the software that you now use to create flipcharts has been upgraded! The new version is called Activinpire. We will probably look to upgrade next school year but Kristin has already downloaded it and begun to use it. Many new features and its easier to create interactive flipcharts. If you are interested in checking it out before next year let me know.

Check out for all things dealing with your Promethean boards. The site offers training, teacher tips and many teacher created flipcharts that you can download and use in your classes. This site will save you time and effort.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my Teacher Needs Assessment Survey. I will be using your feedback to better serve you.

The first person who emails me the term of the day, Cloud Computing, will receive a prize.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Weekly Byte 3.9.09

The Flip the Switch Event was a rousing success! On Friday February 27th, we had seventeen guests at the Senior High School. Representative Pallone, Representative Markosek, Dr. D'Arcangelo, Frank Muto, several board members, members of the press and technology staff members from the Greater Latrobe School District and the Penn Trafford School District got a chance to witness first hand how our teachers and students are integrating technology. Our teachers and students did a fabulous job demonstrating how we are changing instruction here at the high school. I want to thank everyone for their participation in this event.

Special thanks to Principal Burns, Kristin Giron, Dana Metzgar, Daniel Casebeer, Jeff Traphagen, Barb Koury, Pam Mayo, Mark Wolfgang, Dottie Grego, Lynne Stalnaker, Christa Smith, Beth Hitt, Doug Komandt, Cameron Loutit, Meagan Daldoss, Kaitlyn Green, Jeff Wicklund and his crew for their efforts.

Websites of the Week, have you ever had a website that you wanted to share with students or colleagues but it was extremely long and difficult to share? Tinyurl will allow you to copy a long url and have a short one created for you. This makes it easier to share., this site is a great tool for creating Jeopardy games for use in your classrooms. It is much easier to use than any Jeopardy templates that you may currently be using to create games for reviewing course information. Give it a try.

This week I will be continuing to visit English classrooms to see how I can help our English Department improve instruction.

Next Tuesday, March 17th I will be doing a Tuesdays with Roger session on using wikis in the classroom.

Thanks and have a great week!