Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Explore the world with maps."

UUorld is an amazingly useful site that will help you explain a group of data in a very visual and understandable way that you may not be able to achieve simply by verbal explanation.  The description below from UUorld's site explains it best:

"UUorld (pronounced "world") provides an immersive mapping environment, high-quality data, and critical analysis tools.

Great explanations are unfortunately scarce, but UUorld makes them easier to achieve through interactive four-dimensional maps. Our solution has three simple parts:
Draw on extensive, organized data.
Explore and grasp complex patterns through intuitive visual analytics.
Deliver new insight with compelling images and video.

We think you'll find four-dimensional mapping delivers results because the medium exposes the spatial and temporal context inherent to nearly all data."

See below for a small example showing population density in Illinois.




UUorld provides a free online resource area for data on thousands of different statistics that you can easily create maps with. UUorld even integrates with Google Earth!

Enjoy!

Ten Ways to Get Beyond PowerPoint







(This was taken from an article in Tech&Learning Magazine by Ron S. Doyle. You can visit their website at www.techlearning.com for more information.)

Tips for Powerpoint [Office Tips]

Have you ever wanted to make your PowerPoint experience easier? Here are some great shortcuts to help you out!

Did you know?

      There are three ways to start a Slide Show:
  • Go to "Slide Show" on the menu bar and select "View Show" .
  • Click the little graphic of a projector screen in the bottom left corner.
  • Just press "F5" on the keyboard

The following shortcuts work when you are running a PowerPoint show (not editing a slide):

      Move Through a PowerPoint:
  • To Go Forward: Space Bar, Right Arrow, Down Arrow, Enter, Left Click, Right Click and select "Next" from the menu
  • To Go Backwards: Left Arrow, Up Arrow, Backspace, Right Click and select "Previous" from the menu
     Two Ways to Blank the Screen:
  • During a presentation your audience will naturally focus on the screen rather than the presenter. To get all eyes back on you - try making the screen blank during the presentation. Here's how to do it:  
    • Type the letter "B" and the screen will go black; Typing “B” again returns it to normal
    • Type the letter "W" and the screen will go white: Typing “W” again returns it to normal
     Draw on the screen:
  • Sometimes it can be valuable to be able to draw or highlight areas on the screen during your presentation to illustrate a particular point or item. Press the Ctrl-P key combination to display a pen on the screen. To erase what you have drawn, press the E key. To use the highlighter function right click on the screen and go to “pointer options” and select “Highlighter”. Hit Control “A” to return it to a Pointer. 

(You can find this full post and more at http://teacherweb.com/MA/Holliston/mrscarey/ap2.stm. Thank you for this great tip!)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Progressbook Lesson Plan Sharing

Recently at EHOVE many people have been requesting help with Lesson Plans and Lesson Plan Sharing within Progressbook. For those of you out there that use Progressbook this may be useful for you as well.  The following is a quick step by step guide to setting up and using Lesson Plan Sharing.




Enjoy!

Google Search Tips

I’m sure many of you or your students have had problems finding information quickly online at some point. I know I have! You may have done a search that has many results but it’s hard to know sometimes how specific or relevant the article or link will be to your particular inquiry. Well guess what? Google has some features that can be used when doing your search that will help to not only narrow your search but enhance both relevancy and preciseness.

On top of that, maybe you have needed to define a word quickly or check
spelling – let Google do it! 



Or maybe you’ve needed to do a conversion from pounds to kilograms or
yen to dollars or kilobytes to bytes? Let Google do it! 



The following is a video that discusses those issues and much more! I encourage you to check it out and even pass it on to your students!



(For EHOVE employees please click this link to watch the video: http://208.108.130.110/SafeVideos/Video.aspx?id=cUuOgJQt4Js)

Check out more great technology tips and videos at Revision 3's Tekzilla site!  (http://revision3.com/tekzilla/)

Enjoy! 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hooking Up a Projector to a Laptop [How To]

Have you ever been asked to give a presentation where you'll need to hook up a projector to a laptop? Did you tremble in fear at the thought of trying to figure out how you were going to set up the equipment on your own? Check out this video tutorial to learn how to do that. Plus, learn a few pointers in case you run into problems.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Format Painter [Office Tips]

You've formatted some text within your document and now you want to apply the same formatting somewhere else. It can be difficult to remember what font, size, color, etc. you used. But wait! You don’t need to! You can just use the Format Painter. 


Instead of having to manually apply the font, font effects, centered paragraph alignment, and other formatting to each new section heading, you can quickly copy all of the formatting attributes by using one toolbar button. You’ll find the Format Painter tool in your standard toolbar The Format Painter tool looks like a paintbrush on your Standard toolbar. Select or highlight the text you want to copy. On the Standard toolbar, click Format Painter . Select the text you want to apply the formatting to. -The text takes on the new formatting.

It's as simple as that! You can save yourself a lot of time and headaches with this awesome tool!

(You can find this full post and more at http://teacherweb.com/MA/Holliston/mrscarey/ap2.stm.  Thank you for this great tip!)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

iTunes University


I know many, if not all of you, have probably used iTunes at some point or at least by now know what iTunes does and what it's all about.  Did you know, however, that iTunes is more than just for loading music onto your iPod?  iTunes has an educational portion called iTunes University TONS of free content.  iTunes University contains high quality video and audio content created and used in actual college and university curriculum from schools like Harvard, MIT and many more. On top of that iTunes U also has K-12 content available for use. All this and more is free and located within the iTunes store!


If you don't have iTunes installed on your computer, it is available for free download at www.itunes.com and works on both Mac and PC.   Once you have installed the program and have found and clicked on the iTunes store link on the left hand side menu, you will notice a link in the top bar of the iTunes Store page that says iTunes U. Here you can do a search to find content or click one of the links in the far right block to find what you are looking for. Ohio’s iTunes U page is located under the Beyond Campus link.


Take some time and look around you might be surprised what you find! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What's a Wiki?

By now I’m sure that most of you have heard the technology buzzword – wiki. My question though is this: How many of you know what a wiki actually is? Further still, how many of you have actually used one? Wel,l whether you have or not, after reading this post and looking at the resources provided, you’ll be able to get started using one! First things first, check out the video about wiki's at the Common Craft website.

Now that you have been introduced to what a wiki is, how can it be useful for teaching? One example would be as follows...  You plan on giving your students a group project to work on. The students take the topic and create all of their resources on a wiki.  These students can now collaborate easily by creating and keeping a single updated draft of a paper or presentation or any other information they decide to utilize, instead of many different drafts that they would eventually need to combine later. This avoids confusion for them and can be done in school as well as outside of school. It can also save you precious teaching time as well as save students from needing to physically meet with each other outside of school. (This is especially helpful if students live far apart.)  


Some wiki sites are available for free educational use for you and your students.  You can get started at the following two sites:  WikiDot and PBWorks.

You can also check out one of the largest wiki's online at www.wikipedia.com.  Who know's maybe this can become a great research resource for you or perhaps you'll even become an editor!

Give it a try and who knows, you and especially your students may wonder what you ever did without this technology!