Thursday, September 30, 2010

Free Lesson Plans - Teacher Experience Exchange by HP

HP has a website specifically for teachers! They provide a communication mechanism for teachers to share ideas and many free lesson ideas as well as ways to use technology in the classroom. This site has even more stuff as well including free technology training! Set up a free account and check it out here. It is an excellent resource and could save you lots of time creating lessons and learning a technology concept. Check it out and Enjoy!


Sheet Videos [TTS]

You may be thinking to yourself, "What the heck are sheet videos?" Well to put it simply, they are videos created by using paper! (and maybe a few hand gestures and highlighting...)

 For example, lets say you are working with your students on a math concept like the Pythagorean theorem. Do you remember a2+b2=c2? Now you would create a simple assignment for your students that tells them to create a video of how to solve a problem using the Pythagorean theorem. The only materials you would need would be paper, maybe some different colored markers and of course a video camera. The students then could create a problem and solve it step by step on the sheets of paper you provided. Maybe have them rehearse a time or two and then instruct them to use the video camera to capture each of the steps used to solve the problem while they narrate and explain the process on paper to the camera. It's as simple as that! No acting is involved -no one can complain about being camera shy! Also, this is a one-take video - absolutely NO editing is needed! You can now take the finished product and put in on your class website, like Moodle or even YouTube or TeacherTube!

If you want to see some amazing and professionally done sheet video examples check out www.commoncraft.com. Also check out the example of a quick video some of our staff did to explain EHOVE's new cell phone policy to students:

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This is a great way to take a concept and make the process of learning or reviewing it fun, interesting, and memorable. Not only that, but when there are multiple groups doing the same concept, you then get many videos from different perspectives and points of view to help ensure that your class covers the concept thoroughly. Lastly, you now have these videos forever which means you can use them over and over!

So just a quick recap...

  1. Pick a topic/concept
  2. Create a script
  3. Paper it!
  4. Rehearse
  5. Record
  6. Upload the finished project to the Internet and share it with the world! 
Enjoy and remember, as Dave Jenkins puts it, you don't need to be the next Spielberg to do this!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

DIY Training [Moodle] [Thursday Technology Session (TTS)]



Did you know that EHOVE has a Moodle Training Course?  Another school has packaged and created a Creative Commons resource that we have been able to install into EHOVE's Moodle site.  This course is video based and walks you through the most common functions in Moodle.  The great thing about this site is that it is applicable to anyone who uses Moodle!  So if you are struggling with learning Moodle, this site is a great place to start learning at your own pace!  For those of you that are EHOVE staff, we frequently have Thursday Technology Sessions (TTS) discussing Moodle and it's uses.  Tonight is your night to join us and start creating your own course!  Moodle users - Learn and Enjoy!

Wireless Connection Trouble?

Now I guarantee that most of you, if not all of you, somewhere along the way have had a problem connecting with a laptop to a wireless network whether it's here on EHOVE's campus, at Panera Bread or McDonald's, or at home.  You may have seen a message like the one below when logging onto your computer or perhaps a wireless network was not available.

While sometimes these issues cannot be helped and occasionally there could be a true problem, the majority of the time the issue is quickly fixable.  Here are some things to check out first to help you out.


The number one reason that a wireless connection issue is experienced may surprise you.  Most laptops/netbooks come with external switches, buttons, or touch-sensitive buttons that can turn the wireless connection on or off.  Generally most computers with wireless capability will also have a small LED light indicating whether or not the connection has been made active. Once the connection has been made active, REBOOT your computer.  Many times, even when you turn on the wireless connection, the hardware or software don't always get reset properly.  Rebooting your computer will do that properly. Check out the pictures below for examples of what these switches and buttons could look like.






Another scenario that may occur is simply becoming disconnected from the wireless network.  This can happen when a laptop is not shutdown properly, when the wireless capability is turned on (as shown above), not enough time has been allowed for the connection to properly sync, or when a previous user has unknowingly disconnected the laptop from the network. One other reason and probably the most common is the fact that the wireless network could require a security password in order for the computer to be allowed access. In public areas this is very common in order to restrict unauthorized access. For home users, this tends to happen when a person will forget that a security password has been set. So, if there is a network you would like to connect to you should be able to find your wireless connection in the bottom right corner of your Windows desktop and select the network you desire.

So, the next time you run into a wireless connection issue, take a minute and think about the things shown above, perform the necessary steps to get reconnected, and REBOOT! You may be able to figure out the problem in a matter of seconds and save yourself time and perhaps an unnecessary headache. Enjoy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Video In Your Classroom [Lunch 'N Learn (LNL)]



Whether you are EHOVE staff or not, you may be looking for ways to use video in your classroom.  Well, here at EHOVE, we hold monthly technology Lunch 'N Learns (LNL).  A LNL is a brief technology presentation where lunch is provided and some of us tech staff wet our staff's appetite for using certain technology or using technology in a certain way.  This month was about video.

Our discussion talked about things such as: reasons to use video in class, the different types of video you or your students can create and find to use, some camera types, and video recording tips.  

The resources and example video discussed can be found on here:


Enjoy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Managing Junk Email for New ehove.net Addresses [EHOVE Staff]

As you use your new ehove.net email address more and more, you're going to find that MailMarshal is blocking messages to you because it thinks it looks like junk email or spam. This video shows you how to add your new ehove.net email address to your current MailMarshal account so that you can manage your junk email from just one location instead of having to look in more than one place for each address.




Basically the steps outlined are:
  1. Log in to MailMarshal with your old email address (ex: yourname@ehove-jvs.k12.oh.us)
  2. Click "Add Alternate Email Address."
  3. In the email address box enter your new ehove.net email address (ex: yourname@ehove.net) and click Add.

The EHOVE Educational Video Library [EHOVE Staff]

Have you longed for YouTube access for you classroom? Did you remember the Educational Video Library (EVL) from previous Technology Tip(s) of the Week?
                                 
Learn how to use this amazing resource by watching the video tutorial below:
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(This video tutorial is also accessible from EHOVE’s Moodle site.  From the Moodle home page, log in and then go to the Staff Professional Development link.  Within that area click Technology Professional Development Resources and the video is located under the YouTube and Video Content section.)





For those of you who haven’t thought of YouTube for educational uses we in the Technology Department encourage you to venture into a new area.  Do a search on YouTube from an off campus computer for something you do in your program or academic area and you may be surprised at what content you find! When you find something beneficial to your program, submit it and give it a try in class!

To watch or submit videos check out EHOVE’s YouTube library at http://moodle.ehove.net/youtube.  Enjoy!



Friday, September 10, 2010

What's a blog and how in the world to I use it?

For some of you, this may be your first blog experience.  That definitely deserves a round of applause! For others of you, blogging may not be new to you at all; perhaps you even have your own blog.  Whatever the case, EHOVEwire will be useful to you!

First things first. For those who may not yet understand what blogging is check out the following link for an amazing video that explains exactly that.
(Just a quick note about Common Craft - These are sheet videos that 
explain a concept in an easy-to-understand way. 
Search for more topics if you are curious!)
So, now that you understand blogging a little better, its time to learn how to read and utilize EHOVEwire to maximize its benefit for you.

As with most blogs, the first thing you see on EHOVEwire is an area, just under the logo, that has some important links which you can explore further.


You may wonder, "How can I stay up to date with EHOVEwire without always needing to remember to check it out?" If you look to the right side of the EHOVEwire page, you'll see a "Subscribe Now" area.  This will allow you to receive EHOVEwire updates via any of the services shown when you click the link.  The other option you have is to type your email address into the "Subscribe via email" box and click the "Subscribe" button.  The last option available is to follow EHOVEwire using your Google account (if you have one), by clicking the "Follow" button.  
The next thing that you'll notice is the section labeled "My Blog List."  This area contains a few links to blogs that are very helpful to educational technology.  Occasionally we will re-post from one of these sites because the information made available by them could also be helpful to you.
The "Labels" section gives you an easy way to search for blog postings by topic.  For example if you are looking for a post about "ed tech" simply click that link and it will show you all the posts that are labeled as such.  The "Blog Archive" section shows you ALL of the past posts by month.  If you missed a post you can always go back through the archive to catch up.

Now to the heart of the matter, how to read a post on EHOVEwire.  If you look at the example below you will see a post that Dave Jenkins did earlier today discussing an awesome tool just put out by Microsoft called, World Wide Telescope.


The first thing you'll see is the date of the post, the title of the post and the author.  The content of the post is after with any links, videos, pictures, or text listed as well.  At the very end of the post is where you as the reader are given the opportunity to interact with the information given.  You can share the post using any of the services listed when you click the "+Share" button.  You also have the option to Comment!  We are always anxious to read your remarks and thoughts about the topic at hand.  Please let us know what you think about not only the post, but also what others have commented as well.

Hopefully this has been helpful for you in understanding how to use EHOVEwire and other blogs as well.  We look forward to using this tool to help enhance your technology life! Enjoy!

Explore the Cosmos from your PC

Are you looking for a new science resource or are you a budding astronomer? Then this is the site for you.

World Wide Telescope

Microsoft and NASA have teamed up to create what they say is the largest seamless, spherical map ever made of the night sky, as well as a true-color, high resolution map of Mars that users can explore in 3D. The site allows for seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data, and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a single immersive experience.