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					                      tech PERSPECTIVES
                                                                                                                Issue 23                                     Fall 2006

                 CTAP9Online is a cost-effective staff development tool that provides
            teachers with web-based instruction in topics ranging from basic computer skills and Internet
            use to developing standards-based, technology-integrated lessons.

                 CTAP9Online accounts include a suite of collaboration and curriculum development tools
            that are designed to help teachers understand, apply, and teach technology in their classrooms.

                  CTAP Region 9 offers these online accounts for free to Imperial County educators and are
            valid from July 1 through June 30. Accounts may be ordered any time during the year.

                  CTAP9Online features include:
                          24/7 access to over 35 online technology courses: suitable for teachers,
                           administrators, media specialists, aides and/or other instructional staff members.
                                                                                                                                                           Imperial County
                          Lesson Plan Builder: for creating, organizing, and sharing standards-based lessons.
                                                                                                                                                            K-12 educators
                          Webliography: for locating and sharing useful web resources to accompany standards-based lessons.
                                                                                                                                                           qualify for a free
                          Lesson Plan Database: teacher-created, standards-based, and searchable by grade level, subject, or key word.
                                                                                                                                                               CTAP Online
                          Document Sharing: for locating and sharing just about any type of file, including templates, rubrics, worksheets,
                           graphic organizers, electronic presentations, etc.                                                                                       account
                          Standards Database: academic content standards and technology standards, searchable by grade level, subject, or key word
                          Discussion Forums & Chat Rooms: to facilitate communication to help create an online community of educators.
                          First-time User Tutorial: automatic feature for new accounts; if skipped, may be accessed by clicking on Help, and then General Help
                          HelpDesk: available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (except holidays), via email or live chat.
                                                      :
                           Professional Growth Credit: the vast majority of districts using CTAP Online have approved these hours for professional
                           growth credit towards earning a clear teaching credential.
                          Certificate of Completion: users may opt to request a Certificate of Completion by submitting the course portfolio for
                           review by a certified CTAP Online Mentor.
                          College Credit: users may opt to earn continuing education units through CSU Chico
                           (1 unit per 15 hours of approved coursework) by submitting
                            the course portfolio for approval by a certified CTAP Online
                            Mentor and paying the required tuition ($55 per unit).
                          Local Support: CTAP Region 9 staff will provide program
                           support, as well as provide training for local/district account
                                                                                                              IN THIS ISSUE:
                                                                                                      Funding Alert - Upcoming Grants........................... 2
         A free publication provided to Imperial County Educators by                                  Fall Computer Class & EdTV Schedules .................. 2
                                                                                                       Calisphere .............................................................3
                                                                                                        techPERSPECTIVES Back*Space ...................4
Funding Alert!                                                                                                            Computer
Upcoming Grants                                                                                                               Class
Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities                        There are several new classes to look for this school year
The purpose of this grant program is to: (1) Improve results for children        at Learning Technologies. We tested out a few of them this
with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use           summer and got a great response, so we decided to put them
of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed        into rotation in our regular schedule.
to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with                   Fall and Winter Series: This series of classes is free and
disabilities, and (3) provide support for captioning and video description       open to the community. Each series class is one and a half hour
that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting.                            long and offers an introduction to the topic.
Contact: Tom V. Hanley, (202) 245-7369.                                                 Blogging 101: online journals, great way to get students writing.
If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call                 Podcasting 101: audio and video shows that you can
the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.                                             download and listen to and watch on your computer
                                                                                         or on your portable player.
Web Site:
                                                                                        Digital Photo Editing 101: a brief overview on fixing photos.
                                                                                        Printing Digital Photos 101: how to print your photos at
Deadline: December 4, 2006                                                                the store, at home, or online.
Eligibility: Local educational agencies (LEAs)                                          Digital Photo Storytelling 101: how to turn your
Awards: 12 awards ranging from $100,000-$300,000 each                                    digital pictures into videos, with music and titles.
                                                                                        Virus and Spyware Removal 101: learn the pitfalls of viruses
                                                                                          and spyware and how to remove them from your computer.
Product Donations                                                                       Internet Safety 101: tips for parents and teachers to keep
                                                                                         their children safe on the Internet.
Olympus and Tool Factory Classroom Grant Program
                                                                                        Using Scanners 101: how to scan pictures and documents.
In this grant competition, Olympus and Tool Factory invite educators to
                                                                                        Burning CDs 101: how to create a music or data CD.
use Olympus digital cameras and Tool Factory’s project-building software
                                                                                        Basic Troubleshooting 101: basic skills in computer and
to create class projects. A one-page online application is required.                     printer maintenance.
Contact:, (802) 375-6549
Web Site:
                                                                                        Also make sure to check out our Introduction to
                                                                                 Photo Editing class, a four-hour class using Adobe Photoshop
Deadline: January 5, 2007 (Round 1); June 30, 2007 (Round 2)                     Elements. This class will show you how to do some basic editing
Eligibility: K-12 and special education schools                                  of your digital photos, like fixing red-eye, coloring and contrast,
Awards: Five winning schools in each round will be awarded packages              plus cropping. Then get in to some more advanced editing like
that include three Olympus digital cameras, one Tool Factory site license,       fixing damage from old photos, etc.
and $500 cash (package valued at $3,700)                                               To view our full schedule of classes, to register online or for
                                                                                 more information, please visit:
Awards/Study Tours
Excellence in Tteaching Technology
Sponsored by the Foundation for Technology Company, this grant                                                              Programming
is designed to recognize and encourage the integration of a quality
technology education program within the school curriculum.
Contact:, (703) 860-2100
Web Site:
                                                                                  Education News Parents Can Use
Deadline: December 1, 2006                                                        Succeeding in the Global Economy: The National Security
Eligibility: Applicant must be a teacher (elementary or secondary)                Language Initiative - Tuesday, November 21, 2006
                                                                                  Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Applicant above the elementary school level must be a technology
                                                                                  ICEN Channel 61 and EdTV Channel 76
Awards: $2,000                                                                    View complete programming schedule online at:

                                     Calisphere                            A New Gateway to Primary Source Materials
        In July 2006, the University of California announced the launch of the Calisphere web site :

             From this website, educators, students, and the public          Chicano Moratorium
have access to more than 150,000 digitized primary sources from              Committee to help
the libraries and museums of ten U.C. campuses and cultural                  illustrate the social and
heritage organizations across California. Now you can easily                 political movements of
access an online collection of photographs, historical documents,            the 1960s and 1970s.
an archive of newspapers, political cartoons, works of art,                   Middle or high school
diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique           art teachers can use
cultural artifacts revealing the diverse history and culture of              images of paintings by Japanese-Americans interned during
California and its role in national and world history. The materials         World War II to convey the internment experience to students.
are organized by theme collections, which include 30 topics
                                                                               Library media and elementary teachers can help fourth-grade
organized into six historical eras, from the Gold Rush to the 1970s.
                                                                             students find photographs and drawings of ethnically-diverse
                                                                             miners and everyday people during the Gold Rush to demonstrate
         From the Calisphere website, you will have access to more
                                                                             California’s early multicultural population.
than 300 U.C.-created web sites on a wide variety of subjects. These
sites have been created or maintained by U.C. libraries, museums,
academic departments, and research units. They cover a wide range
                                                                             Images in Historical Context
of topics and provide thousands of additional primary sources and                 Some of Calisphere’s primary source sets also include overviews
other resources for educators and students.                                  for historical context. Explore these special features:
                                                                               Calisphere Themed Collections: Primary source materials
                                                                             organized into historical eras, from the Gold Rush to the 1970s, and
                                                                             aligned with California Content Standards for K-12 use.
                                                                               California Cultures: California’s multicultural heritage is
                                                                             revealed through photographs and documents relating to African,
                                                                             Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans - four historically non-
                                                                             documented ethnic groups. Teacher-created lesson plans are based
                                                                             on primary sources in this collection. California Cultures was funded
                                                                             through an appropriation from the U.S. Congress through the Library
                                                                             of Congress’s American Memory program.
                                                                              Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives: More than
                                                                             10,000 personal and official images and documents bring you inside
Especially for K-12 Educators                                                the story of Japanese-American internment during World War II.
      The new Calisphere online interface makes it easy for                   Browse A-Z: Quickly find primary source sets on subjects ranging
educators to locate images and historical documents aligned to the           from advertising to zoot suits in this list of terms selected from the
K-12 California Content Standards. These primary sources can be              California Content Standards.
used by teachers in a variety of ways. For example:
 High school social studies teachers can now easily locate photos of        For more information, please contact Rosalie Lack, Director, Digital
the Black Panthers, U.C. Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, or the             Special Collections at

techP E R S P E C T I V E S
 "Pocket Cindy"
                                                             Even if you haven’t subscribed to them, created one, or even heard of them,
                                                                       chances are the kids around you are listening to them.

 Podcasting is “the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos, over the Internet for
 playback on mobile devices and personal computers. The distribution format of a podcast uses either the RSS or Atom
 syndication formats.” (From Wikipedia: )

 In simpler terms, a podcast is an audio or video broadcast that is distributed through the Internet and
 that you can play on your computer or a portable device. Think of it like tuning to your favorite radio
 station to listen to a show or your favorite television show to watch some video. Podcasts might be lectures,
 radio shows, commentary, or interviews, and can be audio-only, contain some images, or be a video - a
 vodcast! One big difference, and one of the best things about podcasting, is that you can listen or watch
 your programs when you want, where you want, and how you want. And, no, you do not need an iPod to
 listen to a podcast. Any digital music player will work, like iTunes or Windows Media Player.

 A podcaster (the podcast creator or host) can publish their programs either weekly or occasionally, and provides the user a link to either download
 or stream the episodes. You can even subscribe to your favorites and use your RSS reader or software like Juice to
 automatically download the newest episodes for you.

                                                                         So, how do you get started? One of the easiest, all around user-friendly ways
                                                                         is to use Apple’s iTunes, an audio and video player that you can download for
    THINGS TO REMEMBER:                                                  free from This player provides an easy link to find scores
                                                                         of podcast shows, from educational topics to business, comedy, health, news,
                                                                         technology, sports, and entertainment themes. Featured providers are PBS, the
      1) A podcast is an audio recording, kind of                        BBC, and the Discovery Channel. Download and install the software, start it up
      like a short radio show.                                           and look for the Podcasts link at the Music Store. All podcasts are free!
       2) Look through the links and find some
       podcasts you would like to try out.                               A few other places that you can find some podcasts are:
         3) Listen to the podcasts online or                                   
          download them to your computer.                                      
          4) Subscribe to your favorites!
                                                                         One of word of caution: since podcasts can be easily created by just about anyone,
                                                                         some can be adult in nature, so be aware of what your students are listening to.

          Editor: Cindy Leyvas
Contributors: Cindy Leyvas,Richard Salgado,
       Magali Fraysse, Alameda COE                     J OHN D . A NDERSON
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