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LACUE 2010 Notes

Keynote Speaker

Vickie Davis - Twenty First Century Influencer

Change needs to happen, but where should I start? The only person I can change is me.


Vickie Davis is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Geogria. She co-created four award winning international wiki-centric projects: the Flat Classroom project, the NetGenEd Project, the Eracism Project, the Horizon Project, and Digiteen. These projects have linked more than 3,200 students from both public and private schools from nineteen countries.  Vickie blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher blog, which won the 2008 Edublog Award fro Best Teacher Blog.


Cool Cat Teacher Blog 



Learning must be embedded in our weekly routines. 15 minutes two to three times a week to Embed Learning.

Computers: Be Careful this machine has no brain. Use your own.

Remove the obstacle. Don't be the obstacle.

Connect yourself to a good personal learning network (PLN)

Exercise boosts brain power. (30 minutes 3 x's a week)

We mirror the behavior of people we are around.  If people mirror you, what would it look like?


The Web 2.0 Classroom by Vicki Davis 

My Personal Learning Network



-Use bitly to shorten web addresses for any time but especially on twitter.

Copy and paste the long address in the box on bitly, then click "shorten". Copy and paste the shortened address to your new location.


How do you know who to follow in twitter?

In the search box type #education or # edtech or whatever your area of interest is. You will find a list of people. Take note of those who seem to have the most interesting tweets. You can retweet the information for your followers or you can choose to follow that person.

When you tweet interesting information, add the #education or #edtech after your tweet so that those interested in your topic, can find you.

Read Write Web

EdTech Talk




St. Tammany Parish recommends displaying student Glogs on a sercure password protected site such as PBWiki. Glogster will give a private weblink to a student's glog.

Link to Glogster Here


More information on Glogster Here


Written Directions for Creating Glog


Glog Creation Interface A Glog is created using a very easy to understand, drag and drop interface that is relevant, enjoyable, and scalable for students of all ages and learning styles. A Glog is an interactive visual platform in which users create a “poster or web page” containing multimedia elements including: text, audio, video, images, graphics, drawings, and data.


Create Curriculum Based Projects for Classes, Groups, Teams, or Individuals The teacher can continue working with students through remote instruction, or also in a classic classroom using this multimedia platform – a community system for sharing is prepared where student‘s work is stored and available at any time. The teacher creates projects with templates and instructional guidelines, assigns them to the students, provides feedback throughout the assignment, and assesses their finished work.


Private and Safe Learning Environment for Teachers and Students The teacher easily creates a private virtual classroom with students by registering for a teacher administered account, generating student accounts with safe logins and passwords, and monitoring all activities within the account throughout the learning process. Student accounts can be created without providing email addresses or other contact information of the children. The Teacher’s Dashboard provides direct access to all students, projects, and other activities.


Provide Differentiated Instructional Activities Glogster EDU’s differentiated format promotes a positive balance between acquisition of factual knowledge, the mastery of concepts and skills, and the imaginative use of multi-media and relevant Internet resources



Sample Glog Project with Rubric

glogster.docAssignment: Students will choose a specified health topic to be an expert on. Your assignment is to research and complete a Glogster post on your chosen topic to share with the class. Students will also be responsible for teaching the class about their topic. Students will be expected to talk for (2 to 4 min) on the topic that they chose. 

Total Points Possible= 150          glogster-project-grading-rubric.doc 


A Teacher Webpage with Several Glogster Projects


Sample Lessons Using Online Glogs


iTunes University 



On May 30, 2007, Apple announced the launch of "iTunes U" via its digital content Store iTunes which delivers university lectures through a format called iTunesU. The service was created to manage, distribute, and control access to educational audio and video content for students in a college or university, and the whole Internet. Member institutions have the opportunity to have their own iTunes U site, which facilitates searching for material. The online service is free for uploading or downloading these documents. iTunes U includes lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports, and campus tours provided by many colleges and universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.

Right around the end of 2009/start of 2010, new members institutions no longer have the capability to upload content to Apple's servers. Any member intuitions before that are grandfathered in.

iTunes U has collected materials from a variety of locations around the world, including colleges, universities, museums, libraries and other cultural institutions of educational value. There are currently more than 75,000 files available for download.

In late Auguest 2010, iTunes U surpassed 300 million downloads from 800+ institutions

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/itunes#ixzz19sujY8oV


Download iTunes 10

Some Recommended Educational Apps




ABC Tracer



Text Twit

Sigtwords Free

Match Up

Kids Words

Basic Math

Math Quizzer

Math Snacks

Letters A-Z

Typing Class

Letter Tracer

Match Up

Number Line



1. Can drag movies from your desk top to your iTunes account. Create teacher movies - ex. experiment, tutorials

2. Use iTunes for Read Alouds

3. Kindle is a free App on ipod touch.

4. http://www.gradepad.com/homephp Rubrics for your iTouch

5. kristi.bult.cpsb.org

6. www.learninginhand.com 

7. Apple iTunes in Education 

Other Interesting Websites

Think Quest  A learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects. 
Voice Thread      With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.
    A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.
    Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.
ProTeacher Great resource of ideas and lessons
Math Centers  This is a list of ideas. 
Ed Tech Talk  This is a good site to add to your PLN. 
Free Facts 4 Me     USER ID:  winter          PASSWORD: gift
Teach Parents  This is an online tool by google that allows you to send an email with videos to someone who may need instructional help with computers basics, internet, etc.  
Drop Box  Use this site as your online storage flash drive. Doesn't matter what computer you are on, you can always find your documents and work and save them.  2 GB of free storage.
Jump Scan 

Jump Scan allows you to create a QR Code. A QR code is like a bar code, but is able to contain more information. By Creating your own QR code, you can instantly link to your website, your facebook, twitter, etc. all in one spot without having to remember the web addresses or emails. If anyone has a QR code on a worksheet or facebook page, or whatever, they can connect to you or to something you want them to view. Check out how one high school is using QR code and cell phones http://is.gd/jUlkz . To create your own QR code go to Jump Scan  


To link to me down load the jump scan app on your phone. Open the application and point to the picture. It will lead you to me or whatever link I choose to include on the jump scan.


AT&T also has a download for creating QR codes.

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Top 10 Sites for Images and Clip Art by David Kapuler

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Finding images on the internet for classroom use has been a problem problem for many educators, for reasons such as copyright privileges, inappropriateness, etc.

While there are a number of paid solutions for finding images such as Nettrekker or Discovery Streaming, there are a number of free alternatives that work nicely as well.

However, keep in mind that most of the sites listed below do not have built-in filters for images. These image search engines should be used either by educators (adults assisting students) or go in hand in hand with a school district filtering solution and Acceptable Use Policy.

  1. Pics4Learning - Very popular site to find free, safe-to-use images for teachers and students.
  2. Cyclo.ps - Search engine that searches the most popular free image engines around and provides one-stop shopping.
  3. School Clip Art - Great site for free school clip art.
  4. Ookaboo - Creative commons (free) site for finding great images for class work.
  5. Picsearch - Excellent image search engine, if used with a district's filtering solution.
  6. Veezzle - Wonderful free stock photo search engine.
  7. Google Swirl - Innovative way to search for images and see their relationships with each other (use with Google Safe Search enabled).
  8. Free Photo Bank - Easy way to find creative common images.
  9. Open Clip Art - Great way to find free clip art.
  10. Find Icons -  Nice site for free icons.



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