Friday, November 13, 2009

Weekly Byte 11.13.09

Another busy week in technology!
On Thursday Frank Muto, Kristin Giron and I attended the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference ( Cranberry. Keynote speaker Hall Davidson delivered an engaging opening session with a focus on moving from hard copy books to digital copies and the impact of using video to better engage today's learner. Excellent!
If you want to see or learn about some of the resources we gathered from this conference send me an email and I will get it to you.

Teacher Highlights
This week I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Leopold's English class using Pixton to create comic strips for the Odyssey. Cool stuff! Her students will be using Pixton on Monday and Tuesday periods 3 and 4, stop by and check it out!

Website of the Week, an amazing presentation tool! Check this out! It will make you rethink using PowerPoint in your classrooms.

Blackberry Tip of the Week
Download the player to your Blackberry and you can then listen to audiobooks! Many free audiobooks and many that you have to pay for. I downloaded Hot, Flat and Crowded, the latest book from Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat. I also downloaded Tribe, interesting book about the power of groups of people.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Weekly Byte 11.05.09

Good day!
Sorry for the Weekly Byte becoming the Monthly Byte, busy few weeks. But that is good. Obvisouly my services are becoming more important! Well what have I been doing the last few weeks? I have been working with the Learning Support Department on using Google Calendar to manage their students classroom and home work. We have had some glitches but we are in the process of working that out.
The World Language Department, in particular Val and Jeff graciously invited me to their classrooms to share Glogster with their students. I had the chance to see some of Val's students present yesterday. Muy Bien!
Ms Giron and I spent the last two days entertaining administrators and board members in her classroom. They were invited to observe what Kristin's students have been doing with Literature Circles. Truly Awesome stuff! If you get a chance check out her class. Here is her Ning (
I have also be working with Ms. Metzgar on planning a Heroes of Murrysville Project for her Mythology Unit.

I have been planning a few training opportunities for the FR faculty.
- Professional Development November 6th 7:30-10:30 and 11:30-2:30
- Thinkfinity Training/Senior High November 16th, 2:30-3:30
- Thinkfinity Training/Middle School December 4th, 7:00-8:00
- Math Technology Colaboration Day/@Latrobe November 23rd, 9:00-2:00
- English Technology Collaboration Day/@Valley December 16th, 9:00-2:00
- 21st Century Teaching and Learning Institute/@Hershey December 7-10 (BWesterlund, CRoland, TBurns and my self)

Site of the Week
This wiki offers evaluation of numerous Web 2.0 tools. So if you hear about a tool or read about one somewhere come here and check out their evaluation of the tool before you use it. They give strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This will help protect you and your students.
Create a short term chat room for use in class. This tool is easy to use and will allow you to create a chat room in minutes. Great tool for in class discussions. Engage all of your students with this tool.

As always if you have any educational technology needs please don't hesitate to ask.

thanks and have a great weekend!