Monday, December 20, 2010

MapWing

MapWing is an awesome site that allows you to create virtual tours of...well...anything!  You can create a virtual tour of your house, your workplace, or even follow the process of a snake eating and then digesting and so much more!  The only thing you need are some pictures of the place or thing you want to create a virtual tour of and a free account from MapWing.  If you are doing a building, it helps if you have a floor plan also but it isn't required.  After you have those materials on your computer, simply log into your MapWing account and start creating your tour by following the detailed instructions the site gives.  Here is a great example that I did of the EHOVE Warehouse Technology Area.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Google Body Browser

Google never ceases to amaze me!  So, by now, you've probably used or at least seen what Google Earth can do in letting you explore the vastness of our earth as well as its oceans.  Perhaps you've also seen the amazing Google Sky lets you explore space.  Well, now Google has taken that technology and put it into our bodies!  That's right! Google now has a new web application that is still in development that explores the human body, called Body Browser.

You can certainly give it a try but make sure you check the requirements that are listed to make sure your browser is capable of viewing this.  Stay tuned as we wait for more advancements and updates to Body Browser. We'll keep you posted!  Enjoy!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Microsoft Office Templates and Lesson Plans [FREE]

Microsoft has put out a lot of free lesson plans, how-to articles, and teacher guides on their website for use with Microsoft Office.  These are not only great resources for teaching your students about a particular area but also for teaching them skills in technology, specifically with Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

The lessons are sorted by subject and grade level.  Here is a quick example of one from the math realm about calculating your carbon footprint:  Calculate your carbon footprint.  There are many more out there and most include handouts and printables as well as teacher guides for each. Check them out and enjoy!



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 [EHOVE Staff][Citrix]

Most of you may be aware of this by now, but Microsoft Office 2010 is now available for use via the Citrix Web Portal.  This means that if you have an older version of Office installed on your computer locally or perhaps you don't have Office installed at all, you can now use Office 2010 through the internet as if it was actually installed on your computer.  You can access the portal at https://portal.ehove.net and log in using your network credentials.  Once you have logged in, if you have not done so already, follow the instructions to install the Citrix plugin for you browser (Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox).  Once you have done those steps you can now start using any of the applications available in your list.  Look for any of the Office programs and go to town!

Microsoft Office 2010 will work with Office 2007 and Office 2003 documents.  Microsoft Office 2007 will also open Office 2010 documents.  If you or someone you work with is still using Microsoft Office 2003, make sure to save your document in that format or direct them to here  to download and install the Office compatibility pack.  If you are an EHOVE employee and would like to be upgraded on your local computer to the latest Office version, please put in a work order and the tech staff will evaluate your computer to make sure it is able to support such an installation.  If your computer is capable, we will update it as soon as we can.  If you have questions please let us know via the comments below or send us an email.  Thanks and Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Taking Notes with Microsoft OneNote

It always amazes me whenever I talk to someone who has been using Microsoft Office for years, but they've never used Microsoft OneNote. "Microsoft what?" you might ask. Microsoft OneNote. Never heard of it? Don't know what it is? Microsoft OneNote (as the name implies) is a handy note-taking program. But, it's more than that. It helps you to organize and search for information very easily. Here's a quick video to cover the basics of Microsoft OneNote...

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Monday, December 6, 2010

8 Great Flashcard Websites

Everyone knows how useful flashcards can be to help drill information into your head.  Well, here are 8 free and extremely helpful flashcard creation websites.  Many of them even let you look for sets of flashcards that others have already made! Image how much time you could save doing that!  Check out each of these sites below explained in their own words:



Headmagnet
"Headmagnet is a learning tool that helps you to memorize new facts quickly and maintain what you have learned. Headmagnet helps you to predict when you will forget things, so that you can review only what you need to.
With Headmagnet, you can create your own lists of things to remember and learn them in a variety of modes which you can easily customize and create.
In your study sessions, you can set the focus on learning new items, or reviewing old items.
Headmagnet shows you a gauge of the memory strength of the topics that you want to keep track of, so that you what's in your head, and what is slipping away."

Flashcard Machine
Flashcard Machine is a free web application that enables users to create interactive web-based study flash cards and share them with others.

Flashcard Exchange
"We have a comprehensive and robust on-line study tool. You can study any flashcard in the system without having to logging in. To get started studying search for flashcards using the search box in the header.

Study features:
  • Track your progress with a detailed study history that will let you restart study sessions.
  • View cards in random order or the order set by the flashcard author.
  • Study either side of the flashcard first, quizzing yourself on the reverse side (i.e. show the answer and guess the question).
  • Change the font face and font size when studying.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to speed up navigation.
  • View hints if the flashcard author added a hint.
  • Study three sided flashcards.
  • After a study session continue by studying only those flashcards answered incorrectly.
  • Use slide show mode to be automatically shown each flashcard at a set interval.
  • Automatically monitor the time spent studying.
  • Full members can also use the advanced Leitner study techniques for long term memory development."
Study Stack

  1. "Find flashcards to study or create your own flashcards.
  2. Study flashcards or use the other activities such as matching, crosswords, hangman, scrambled word, or bug chase.
  3. Study flashcards anytime and anywhere by printing your flashcards or by using them with applications on your cell phone, PDA, or iPod."

VocabFish
"Learn, practice and master vocabulary in a foreign language! Multilingual flashcards for vocabulary building in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Hindi & Arabic.
Our vocabulary flashcards test your ability not only to recognize words, but to recall and pronounce them. Vocabulary is randomly selected, and incorrect responses are retested in order to improve your weak spots. Watch the tutorial video, and then sign up for the free version (limited categories) or full version (all categories). Be prepared to learn vocabulary fast!"

CoboCards

  • "Create flashcards
  • Study with Leitner algorithm
  • iPhone and Android App 
  • Ready-made flashcards in Pool"

ProProfs


Free ESL Flashcards
"Welcome to ESL Flashcards! Download 100's of free flash cards. Every set of flashcards comes in color and 3 different sizes to make teaching easier. The Big set is great for vocabulary presentation, the Medium set is good for teaching small groups of students and playing language learning games. The Small sets of pictures are great for ESL games such as Down-Pass or Go Fish. Use the flashcards for teaching English, Spanish, Chinese or whatever language your students are studying. Best of all, they're all FREE! Currently there are 968 total images and 2904 total flashcards. Enjoy!"


If you have another great site you would like to share, please comment below and let us know!  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Educational Video Library Update [EHOVE Staff]

Some of you have brought it to our attention that you have not been able to log onto the Educational Video Library (EVL).  The EVL is now setup to allow all users to log in using their EHOVE network accounts – the account you use to access any on campus computer and your email.  So when you go to http://moodle.ehove.net/youtube, you can simply click the “Login” link in the top right corner and type your username and password in the box.  Once it logs you in, you can start submit videos again!


For those of you who do not know what the EVL is, this resource allows you to submit and YouTube video address and after the Tech Dept approves the video, you can access it on EHOVE’s campus.   This is the only we currently to view YouTube videos on campus since YouTube itself is blocked.  If you have any questions please contact us or check our EHOVEWire blog post explaining exactly how to do this: http://ehovewire.blogspot.com/2010/09/ehove-educational-video-library-ehove.html.  Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Word Clouds (Part 3)

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Ok, so now that you've figured out what word clouds are, how cool they are, and have been introduced to many of the ways to create them, you may be wondering how you can use them in your classroom.  Well, thanks to a great article I found (http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/58905.aspx), here are 10 suggestions on ways to use word clouds in the classroom.  (The article list below was written for Wordle but is applicable to any of the word cloud sites that have been posted.)

"1. Personal Narratives: Write, or copy and paste, a personal narrative into Wordle. Students will be able to see what is important to their peers from the words that are produced from the Wordle word clouds. Compare the words that are used most often by boys, or girls, by age group, or by class/grade level. These Wordle lessons make great displays outside a classroom.

2. Famous Speeches: Enter the text of a famous historical speech into Wordle. Analyze the results by looking at the most commonly used words, or even the words that are not used. What does this tell us about the orator and their intentions? Go to http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/previous.htm or http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html for a list of historical speeches you may want to get started with.

3. Create a Wordle Gift: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, or even Teacher Appreciation Day, can all be celebrated with Wordle. Input your favorite adjectives for your chosen person, generate the word cloud, and add it to a greeting card, poster, calendar, or whatever else you choose. Remember, Wordle clouds can be downloaded as JPEGS or PNGS if you take a screenshot of your word cloud and save it to your computer, (command+shift+4 on a Mac will give you the option of saving a selected portion of your screen).

4. Classroom Polls: Instead of your traditional bar graph or pictograph, try using Wordle to organize your data. What is the favorite color in your class? Have all students take turns at entering their favorite color in to Wordle and generate the resulting cloud. Bigger words = more popular colors. Repeat with ice cream flavors, pets, family members, etc.

5. Compare and Contrast: Use Wordle as a compare and contrast tool. Compare and contrast the word clouds of two or more students' writing, famous speeches, song lyrics, news reports, book reviews or whatever else you may need to compare in your classroom studies.

6. Student Profiles: I have done this with PowerPoint before, but recently saw someone do the same with Wordle lessons. Have all students in your class write a few positive adjectives about each of their classmates anonymously. Compile all the papers, input the adjectives for each student into Wordle, and generate a student profile word cloud to give back to the student. Children always enjoy this positive feedback exercise, and it can be a great end of year activity to take home from the last day of school.

7. Current Affairs Analysis: Copy and paste a news story into Wordle. What could the story have been about? Can you guess what the headline would have been? Where could have it taken place? These questions and more make this a worthy discussion exercise.

8. Wordle Word Walls: Brighten up your word walls with Wordle lessons. Students can brainstorm synonyms, antonyms, or definitions for their list of vocabulary words. Add your word clouds to your existing word wall work to help stimulate those higher thinking skills in your students. Keep a tally of the targeted vocabulary words that the children use in speech on a daily basis, and them to a Wordle cloud to show which are used most often.

9. Unit Review/Preview Posters: Students can create KWL charts on what they would like to learn and find out about a given topic. Alternatively, create word clouds at the end of a unit to summarize the key learning points or vocabulary from a given topic.

10. Historical Document Analysis: Have you ever wondered what the Magna Carta or Declaration of Independence would look like when pasted into Wordle? Try it and see. There will be lots of talking points from the resulting word cloud. What do you predict you will see? What themes can you identify? How does the word cloud fit in with the historical context of the document?"

Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/58905.aspx#ixzz166yDV5fw

Hopefully you found this series on word clouds helpful and interesting.  It's just one more way to help engage your students in class. Enjoy!