3 Teaching Tips for
Serenity Prayer V O L U M E 2 , I S S U E 5 J A N U A R Y 2 0 0 8
me…the Serenity to
Teacher Spotlight—Erin Dammen
accept that not every-
thing can be found on
Courage to go to the
Wisdom to evaluate We have been hearing from ad- thinks this is a very fun program able to schedule a face-to-face
the information I do
ministration, the press, the Inter- and plans to keep writing Nay- meeting through web cams; how-
net, and everywhere that global- houn. ever, with the time difference,
from Doug Johnson’s ization is here in our lives. Erin Why is Erin having her students her class would have to contact
website: <http:// Dammen is getting her second them in the middle of the night.
dougjohn- participate in this program? She
graders into that concept early believes it is important to expose Thanks for sharing this experi-
dougwri/schools-and- with the ePals program. her students to students in other ence!
generation.html> parts of the world. The cultural
This is Ben through
Nelson. His email help
ePal in them bet-
Scan with the 2 South Ko- ter under-
Copier rea is Nahy- stand that
oun, a 9- people are
Blogging Tips 2
year-old the same
Teach Chi- 3 third every-
nese? grader. They email 2–3 times a where.
week. Ben was interested to hear
Wikipedia 3 Erin says
that ribs in Korean are called
has com- they would
peition ) ). He
love to be
Virtual class- 3
Where did it 4
and PPT Help for Substitutes
TIES report 5
There is a new folder set up on projector. This will give the sub- Check out how to use it for your
SCRATCH 6 the Shared T: drive, Shared Staff, stitute access to those files. next sub-
Substitute Teacher Files. What is How does it work? When the stitute.
this for? When you have a substi- substitute checks in that day, Leave the
tute, it is nice to be able to share they will be given a substitute files
your files needed for the lesson login and password to use to needed to
presentation, especially for use access your files. When their teach your
with the SMART Board, docu- time is up covering for you, the class.
ment camera, or using the LCD password changes.
Scan with the Copier
Have you used the great feature rather than just mak- share information with col-
feature on our copier to ing a copy of it? leagues in a SharePoint
scan your documents? A PDF document cannot be Document Library.
You can turn your docu- edited, however, you can If you haven’t used this fea-
ment into a PDF copy and paste the text into ture and would like to learn
(portable document for- another document for edit- how, please contact me to
mat), which you can mail ing. This is a great way to meet you in the copy room
to yourself or others. store a digital copy of a file to show you how to use this
Why would you use this or share it with others. This feature.
would also allow you to
One of the great features humility.
“Well-informed about SharePoint is the abil- 3. If you spend a
ity to have your own blog little time searching
people know it is through the Intranet. Blog before you post,
stands for Web Log—an you can probably find your upstream.”
impossible to electronic journal. As teach- idea well articulated else- 8. Warn about “gotchas” —
ers move into the blo- weird formatting, multipage
transmit the voice where already.
gosphere, Jennifer Krines stories, extra-long files, etc.
sent some blogging tips she 4. Being truly yourself is
over wires and always hipper than suppress- Don’t camouflage the main
found on Wired. link among unneeded (or
ing a link just because it’s
that were it The was an article in not trendy enough. Your poorly labeled) auxiliary
WIRED (below) was from readers need to get to know links.
possible to do so, the original blogger himself,
you. 9. Pick some favorite au-
Jorn Barger, whom most thors or celebrities and cre-
it would be of no recognize as the founder of 5. You can always improve
on the author’s own page ate a Google News feed
the term blog. He lists his
practical value.” title, when describing a link. that tracks new mentions of
top 10 tips for novice blog-
(At least make sure your them, so other fans can fol-
Boston Post, 1865 gers, which Jen found very
description is full enough low them via your weblog.
that readers will recognize
any pages they’ve already 10. Re-post your favorite
“1. A true weblog is a log of
visited, without having to links from time to time, for
all the URLs you want to
save or share. (So del.icio.us visit them again.) people who missed them
is actually better for blogging 6. Always include some ad- the first time.”
than blogger.com.) jective describing your own
reaction to the linked page Thanks, Jen, for sharing this
2. You can certainly include with us. Good thoughts as
(great, useful, imaginative,
links to your original
clever, etc.) many of us enter the blo-
thoughts, posted elsewhere
… but if you have more 7. Credit the source that led gosphere.
original posts than links, you you to it, so your readers
probably need to learn some have the option of “moving
TEACHING TIPS FOR TEACHERS
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 5 PAGE 3
Want to teach Chinese?
You have heard it many times this ence in a talk by Susan Patrick from the needs in the 21st
year, “The world is flattening.” Part the North American Council for century demands using
of the process of flattening is mov- Online Learning, that Michigan is 21st century methods
ing from a Eurocentric approach in now offering Chinese and Arabic of delivery!
our curriculums to a more world- to their schools through online Are you ready? Our
wide approach. classes. It enables more schools to students are!
The schools in Maine are moving in offer these languages without hav-
ing to expand their faculties. Follow the link below
this direction by adding Chinese to to read about what
the curriculum in 10 of their secon- How will we at La Crescent face Maine is doing in their
dary schools with plans to add the need to offer more of these schools.
many more. Students are very in- classes? Perhaps the virtual acad-
terested in learning the language emy is the way to go. It broadens
and culture of China. the curriculum we are able to offer
It was reported in the TIES confer- in our small community. Meeting
Wikipedia has competition can be invented has
Google is creating an online ency- They are quick to point out that
clopedia which is expected to give not everything Google attempts is Charles H. Duell,
Wikipedia stiff competition. successful. A lot of what Google
does is a success.
U. S. Commissioner
The new encyclopedia will be called
Knoll, short for unit on knowledge Whatever happens, watch soon for of Patents, 1899
in Google’s terminology. They will the new Google, Knoll. Perhaps it
start by inviting authors to submit Those at Wikipedia do not feel will have a more credible reputa-
articles to be featured in this ven- threatened by the new Googlepe- tion because of inviting the con-
ture but it will eventually expand to dia. They plan to get into the com- tributors.
include a wider variety of authors petition game themselves by offer-
ing their new search engine soon. Read the whole story below.
similar to the current Wikipedia.
Virtual Classrooms on the Horizon
Second Life is a virtual world where (actually server space) will offer have a variety of
people create an avatar (a graphical free instruction to anyone wishing virtual experiences
image) to represent themselves. to learn about this ever-growing such as being in a
This has gotten so popular that part of our society. submarine or in a
educators are looking at the poten- NOAA (National Oceanic and hurricane.
tial of virtual classrooms. Atmospheric Administration) al- How would you
Georgia State has purchased an ready has an island there and even design your avatar
island in Second Life for the purpose presented at the TIES conference to teach there?
of teaching teachers to teach in a on how they plan to expand what Click below to
virtual environment. The island they currently teach there. They visit Second Life.
Have you found it?
probably will encounter some ribbons, each with different
frustration wondering where tools. The Design ribbon al-
those toolbars went you were lows changes in colors and
used to using in Excel 2003, chart type. Next is the Layout
once you are more familiar ribbon where you can add
with the new ribbons, you will chart titles, change the legend,
find a great deal more features add data labels, etc. The third
for your chart. ribbon, Format, (shown below)
After choosing Insert, the gives options not available
Have you created a chart in chart ribbon shows the before. Try out the new ways
Excel 2007? Although the first choices. Once the chart is you can enhance your Excel
time you create one, you inserted, there are three more charts.
A new feature in Excel 2007 is with your visual stu-
the conditional formatting. dents? The first exam-
This is a visual picture of the ple below shows just
numbers in a column. Here is the color bars. The
“640k ought to be how you use it. Select a col- second also puts color
umn of numbers. From the shading behind the
enough computer Home ribbon, click the down column of numbers.
memory for arrow from the Conditional Try this tool with
Formatting icon to find the your classes soon.
anybody.” Bill choices for this visual. Select
the one you think will best
Gaes, founder of represent the numbers to
students. The colored bars
show the smallest to the larg-
est numbers in the column.
How could you use this tools
The new design the animations are just as easy
templates in to find and insert. Having a
PowerPoint are pictures of these also allows
easy to find and you to select by sight rather
use. The visual look than text.
of the designs are The look of PowerPoint has
easy to choose changed a lot but the ease of
from and apply to using the program is greatly
your slides. improved over 2003.
Once the slides are inserted,
TEACHING TIPS FOR TEACHERS
VOLUME 2, ISSUE 5 PAGE 5
Judy Graf and I attended the TIES • Self-directed Learning —What • Problem Solving Skills — Stu-
conference in Minneapolis Decem- better way for students to dents must think analytically
ber 10 and 11. Ron Wilke, Ben learn to direct their own and have good problem-
Barton, and Julie Beddow Schubert learning than in an online solving skills. A virtual school
also attended on Monday. We learning environment? Stu- approaches student work from
came back full of great ideas and dents plan their own time and a demonstration of skills
information to incorporate in the yes, a lot will choose not to model rather than the amount
curriculum here. You will be hear- get their work done and per- of time they spend in a class-
ing from each of us in different haps fail. What Susan pointed room. Also, this is often en-
settings over the next few months. out, however, is that we su- hanced by group/team work in
Susan Patrick presented the topic, pervise our students every the virtual environment—a
“Virtual Schools and 21st Century move for 13 years and then great skill for the world they “I think there
Skills.” Susan works for North expect them to go to college are entering.
would be a
American Council for Online or enter the world of work • Time Management and Per-
Learning. She compared the needed and be successful. This is an- world market
sonal Responsibility. What
21st Century skills to what stu- other tool they need in the
benefit is it to our students if
dents learn being involved in online K12 environment. for maybe five
they can problem solve but
classes. Here is a run-down of the • Information and Communica- cannot meet deadlines? The computers.”
skills. tions Technology (ICT) Liter- responsible virtual student
• Global Awareness—you will acy. With the increase in collaborates with his/her Thomas
probably get tired of hearing knowledge, our students will teacher and classmates, plans
his/her studies, and completes Watson,
about this one but it is critical. need the ability to appropri-
Our students will need to ately handle this information. assignments and projects in a President of
understand different cultures The need to collaborate and timely manner. The student
around the globe. The online communicate globally will be a also is taught to take owner- IBM 1943
environment gives them the critical skill. This is not only a ship of his/her success or fail-
digital communication skills value in online learning but ure.
needed as this first skill of this also in our implementation of These are the skills with which we
century. SharePoint. must prepare our students as they
leave our halls.
Facts to Note
Here are some facts from NACOL: • The number of students taking academically in online learning.
online classes in 2006 was up • Online learning training im-
• 38 states have established e- 25% over 2005—3.2 million. proves teaching. Teachers who
• Michigan, as of April 2006, is teach online reported positive
• There are 26 state-wide or the first state to require online improvements in face-to-face
state-led schools in the US. learning for high school instruction.
• 57% of public secondary graduation. • 87% of students age 12-17 use
schools in the US provide • 80% said the reason they took the Internet and 50% create
access to online learning. a class was “the course was content here.
• Currently, 4% of K12 students otherwise unavailable.” There are many more facts from
are taking online classes and is • Online learning is effective. On NACOL. Go to their website and
expected to grow to 15% by average, students seem to search for Fast Facts.
2011. perform equally well or better
Lois A. Cox, M.Ed.
Scratch is a great, free program developed by MIT. What
is it? An animated, digital storytelling software program for
Technology Integration Specialist
grades 4–8. We saw it demonstrated by a group of young
La Crescent/Hokah District
people at the TIES convention. They use computer pro-
1301 Lancer Blvd.
gramming code blocks to create their story. The final
La Crescent, MN 55947
presentation is stored on the Internet for viewing there.
The students enjoy learning to use this fun and different
Cell Phone: 608-780-2408
E-mail: Lois.Cox@isd300.k12.mn.us way to create stories using sprites who can move across
the screen. Try it.
Click here to download it and see a demonstration.
Teaching technology for the future. http://scratch.mit.edu/
Several SharePoint classes are being Tasks. This class will teach you how your readers. Wikis are editable dis-
developed. The following are the first to create these lists. cussion boards.
ones: Point 4 – My Web Site and Librar- Point 7—Web Parts – When your
ies– Document Libraries can be set Web Site is set up, you can edit the
Point 1 – Introduction and My up for a variety of reasons. A wiki pages in the site by manipulating the
Site. This beginning class will give you library holds editable documents. A web parts on the page. What are
an introduction into what SharePoint Slide Library holds thumbnails of web parts? They are the editable
is and how to navigate around. You PowerPoint Presentations. You will blocks on a Web page. Learning how
will have the opportunity to partici- also learn how to check documents to work with these will give you the
pate in a discussion board, download in and out of the libraries. To work final piece to manage your Web site.
a calendar, and read a blog. You will with SharePoint files offline, you will
also set up your profile, My Site. learn another Microsoft program Point 8 – InfoPath forms. Online
called Groove. forms will be a very valuable piece of
Point 2 – My Web Site and Site SharePoint. The new Office Suite
Settings. In order to manage your Point 5—Document and Meeting program InfoPath 2007 is what you
Web Site, you will need to know Workspaces. Set up a space for a will use to create these forms. They
how to set permissions, navigation, a group to get ready for a meeting or are then placed in a Forms Library
color theme, and much more. This edit a document. for use.
class will lay the groundwork for the
classes to come. Point 6 – My Web Site: Surveys, Point 9 – SharePoint’s integration
Blogs, and Wikis. Surveys allow you with Outlook. SharePoint is de-
Point 3 – My Web Site and Lists. to collect data from the members of signed to integrate with all of Office.
Once your permissions are set, you your site. The results are tabulated This class will help you integrate with
are ready to add to your site with and presented graphically. Blogs allow Outlook. Check the calendar in your
lists that include Calendars, Discus- you to share thoughts and links with e-mail or on SharePoint for dates and
sion Boards, Picture Libraries, and times.