Monday, January 31, 2011

The Oceans via Google Earth

Most of you by now, I'm sure, have used or at least have heard of Google Earth.  Google Earth has so many features such as 3D imagery and much more.  But, one of the lesser known features of Google Earth is a view that allows you to explore the oceans!  It allows you to look at underwater terrain, surf spots, dive spots, and even shipwrecks!  Check out the tour that Google has put together here:

Export Moodle Grades into Progressbook [Moodle][EHOVE Staff]

Did you know that Moodle has a plugin available to allow the exporting of Moodle grades into Progressbook?  If this is applicable to you, speak to your Technology Department about the possbility of implementing this.  For those of you at EHOVE, EHOVE's Moodle server now has this capability. The instructions to use the export feature are below:

"To use the export, go into a course and click on Grades within the Course Administration
block then pick 'NOACSC Progressbook file' in the 'Choose an action' drop-down box. Select the assignment to export and follow the on-screen prompts to download an export file in the format needed by the Progressbook import utility. Go into Progressbook and import the file into the corresponding place in

If you have any questions please let us know! Enjoy :)

(A special thanks to Norwalk City Schools Technology Department for the visual instructions!)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Google Fast Flip

Google Fast Flip has been around a while, however, it's one of Google's lesser know creations.  Fast Flip is a site that allows you to search through thousands of newspapers, magazines, and periodicals for content.  Simply go to Google Fast Flip and type in a topic and voila! You now have access to articles and information on that particular topic.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tired of PowerPoint? Yeah me too... [LNL]

First things first, check out this amazing Prezi presentation below to get a feel for what Prezi is and how how useful and engaging Prezi can be for your students!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Downloading FREE Teacher Resources

Here is a great post by  It shows a couple of great sites for downloading some excellent teaching resources like worksheets, lesson plans and other printables!  There are even resources available that allow you to customize your own!

Read more here:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Tools for Teachers from Microsoft

Microsoft has some pretty neat free tools for teachers. In fact, they highlighed a few in a video on their website:

Photosynth - takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around in.

Windows Live Movie Maker - create movies using video or photos from cameras.

Songsmith - generates musical accompaniment to match a singer's voice.

Microsoft Mathmatics - provides a graphing calculator and useful tools to add mathmatical symbols into Microsoft Word.

Bing (and Bing Translator) - Bing is a search engine similar to Google. Bing also includes a translator that can translate text from one language to another.

Interactive Classroom - add in-class polling questions to Microsoft PowerPoint and students can capture notes in real-time via Microsoft OneNote.

World Wide Telescope - enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope bringing together imagery from the best group and space-based telescopes in the world.

Windows Live SkyDrive - store, access and share files, photos, and documents for free online.

DISCLAIMER: As with anything, be sure to check with your IT staff before installing any of these programs on your own.

Click here to watch the video.

Outlook Web App 2010 for Webmail: Auto Responder

Did you know that you can have Outlook Web App auto-respond to email messages?  This feature is awesomely handy if you are out for a conference or if you are out for vacation - especially summer vacation!  These auto-responses will let the email sender know that you are unavailable for a certain period of time or that you will only be checking your email at certain times so that they know to either contact you a different way in an emergency or just that you will not be responding until you return.  To use this feature, log into your OWA webmail.  Click the "Options" link in the top right corder of the window.  A drop-down box will appear and then click "See all options."    Click "Organize Email" on the left side of the screen.  Select "Automatic Replies" and select the setting you prefer!  There! You now have set up a simple and efficient system to keep people notified!  Enjoy :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Discover[y] Web 2.0

If you are looking for more ideas on how to incorporate useful websites into your teaching, look no further than Discovery Education's Web 2.0 Tools website.  This site has some awesome content! They have put together a number of web 2.0 resources into different categories with direct links to those sites.  Also, they have created some great introductory videos about different web 2.0 resources.  They are very entertaining and creatively put together.  I encourage you to check them out and let me know if they are useful to you as well as how you've used them in your class!  I look forward to your comments!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Windows 7 Features That Make Using a SmartBoard Easier [Windows 7]

Windows 7 has been out for a while now and chances are your computer might be running Windows 7. But have you been using some of the new features included with Windows 7 to your advantage? If you have a SmartBoard or other interactive whiteboard, you are going to want to check this out. Microsoft 7 includes a couple of features that make using a SmartBoard easier:
  • Icons on taskbar are large for clicking on them with your finger.
  • Showing photos has been made easier with a quick and convenient zooming function.
  • A feature called "snap" where you can have two windows shown side by side on the screen.
  • Focus on a single window among several open windows by shaking it.

Click here to watch a short video about these cool features. I'll bet you'll learn something new.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Free E-books: Hurry though only for a limited time!

Check out this great offer from Kaplan!  They are giving away lots of free e-books.  Many are text books too!  Make sure you check it out before January 10th or the offer will expire.  If you don't have an e-reader of some sort, you can download software that will allow these to be read on your computer also! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Research Made Easier with OneNote 2010

Last month we posted a video about Microsoft OneNote and how you can get organized using it. Microsoft OneNote is especially useful when doing research. Microsoft OneNote keeps everything together. You can organize and move notes around and you can even search your notes very quickly. One of the best research tools used nowadays is the Internet. With so much information out there, it can be tough to keep track of all of the information that you collect from the Internet for research. Microsoft OneNote allows you to grab items from the Internet and it automatically provides a direct link back to where you found it by placing the address immediately below the item you pasted. That feature can be a lifesaver for people like me who make bibliography pages an afterthought. The information about the source is kept right with the information so a works cited page is a piece of cake.

To watch a short video about how you can use some of these features for research in Microsoft OneNote, click here.