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Sept. 7,   BYTE
2010          •    The BYTE (Build Your Teaching Experience) Conference is Friday, February 25, 2011 and now is
                   your chance to request workshops on specific topics/areas. Please send your requests and any
                   suggestions to Cheryl Robinson,
               •   If you would like to do a workshop for BYTE this year please send me your name and a brief
                   description of the workshop(s) that you would like to present.

           BLACKBERRY If you have a Blackberry and would like to synchronize your phone with your division
           email/calendar/address book please send your request to MERLIN installed
           new Exchange Server software and it no longer requires a BES account or a licensing fee.
Septembe   Wild Sanctuary is a great resource that allows users to listen to the
r 13       "sounds of nature" as recorded around the world. Wild Sanctuary offers Google Earth and Google
           Maps files of placemarks containing audio recordings from around the world. Each placemark features
           a recording of the sounds of nature (birds, waves, rivers, mammals, etc.) made at that location.

           Applications for Education
           Wild Sanctuary's "sounds of nature" maps are great examples of how Google Maps or Google Earth
           can be used in a science class. In the lower grades Wild Sanctuary's maps are good resources for
           students to explore on their own. In the upper grades Wild Sanctuary's maps are a good model for
           students to use in creating their own maps. A fun project that would get students outside of the
           classroom and get them using technology would be to have students make recordings of their local
           environment and include those recordings on placemarks on their own maps.

           Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
           Google Earth Across the Curriculum
           Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
           Using Maps in an Elementary School Math Lesson

Septembe   SAG – Details regarding sessions and registration for ManACE sessions at
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           BYTE (Build Your Teaching Experience) – Friday February 25th – if you have ideas for sessions that you
           would like to attend or sessions that you would like to present please email Cheryl Robinson

           Five Hallmarks of Good Homework by Cathy Vatterott from Educational Leadership
           Good-Homework.aspx Homework shouldn't be about rote learning. The best kind deepens student
           understanding and builds essential skills.

           A Cautionary Note About Using Facebook to Connect with Students and Parents
           Free Technology For Teachers.
Septembe   SMART Board Revolution is a FREE user group where
r 27       educators, unite to share ideas, tips, and lesson files and collaborate to maximize our students'
            learning. Discussions include trouble shooting problems that users have had with the SMART Board or
            using the notebook software.

            Edheads brings you high quality, FREE educational activities for your
            classroom and includes Teacher Guides. You can use these interactive resources on your SMART Board
            or Mimio. Edheads helps students learn through educational games and activities designed to meet
            state and national standards. Interactive activities include Design a Cell Phone, Virtual Hip
            Replacement, Weather, Simple Machines, etc.

            BYTE Link to the BYTE Conference Keynotes and workshop content from
            2009 and 2010 through this website. Many of our workshop presenters uploaded content from their
October 4   Plus Magazine is a free online publication dedicated to introducing
            readers to practical applications of mathematics. Plus Magazine strives to reach that goal through the
            publication of mathematics-related news articles, podcasts, and mathematics puzzles
   designed around "real-life" scenarios. Plus Magazine's
            mathematics puzzles provide students with challenges of varying difficulty. Most of the puzzles include
            some type of real-world scenario as a framework for the challenge.

            131 Tips for New Teachers Free Technology for Teachers
   requested tips for new
            teachers from their readers and compiled all of the tips into a Google presentation. When it was listed,
            they linked to the Twitter account or blog of the person submitting a tip.

            5 Alternatives to Traditional Book Reports
            alternatives-to-traditional-book.html Some ideas for alternatives to traditional book report
            assignments and links to the free software/sites that will allow your students to make use of these
            ideas. Animoto, Memoov, Google Maps, ZooBurst, and Glogster.
October     Jeopardy Labs: Make Your Own Online Jeopardy Game (Not a
12          PowerPoint presentation) Jeopardy Labs provides a good way for teachers to create a review game
            that students can play independently or in the classroom. You could also have students create games
            that they share with each other. Jeopardy Labs is a FREE service you can use to create your own online
            Jeopardy game. Jeopardy Labs provides a blank template on which to build your game. You do not
            need to register in order to build your own game. However, if you want to be able to edit your game at
            a later point you will want to create a password before you create your game. When completed your
            game is given its one unique url.

            Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
            Jeopardy PowerPoint Game Template
            Parade of Games in PowerPoint

            Top 10 sites for Creating Digital Magazines and Newspapers
            While creating digital magazines or newspapers can be done in a word processor, there are dedicated
            sites that elevate this art to a whole new level. Get the links and a brief description of each service.
October     BYTE 2011 - Staff interested in doing presentations at the BYTE Conference in February please go to
18          the Call for proposals for presentations link to complete an online proposal for the 2011 conference.
   More information about the BYTE
            CONFERENCE is available at The deadline for proposals is October
          25, 2010.

          Mapeas is a new service for geographically exploring the news. Mapeas places
          sports, entertainment, business, science, and general news stories on a map. Click any circle on the
          map to zoom-in on a location and select a story. Stories are provided by ABC, NBC, Fox, the
          Associated Press, and AFP. Stories are linked to articles for further reading and or to videos.

          GREAT FREE K-12 ONLINE CONFERENCE Oct 18-29 The
          conference includes a pre-conference keynote by Dean Shareski. Then over Oct 18-29th forty more
          downloadable presentations from educators around the world will go live. The K12 Online Conference
          will cover four strands this year; a week in the classroom, leading the change, kicking it up a notch, and
          student voices. Darren Kuropatwa, the keynote speaker from BYTE 2010, is leading the “kicking it up
          a notch” sessions.
Novembe   47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom
r1        alternatives-to-using-youtube-in.html Find alternative video sources SchoolTube, TeacherTube,
          Academic Earth, CNN Student News, etc.

          Adobe’s Project ROME for Education FREE simple,
          powerful, all-in-one content creation and publishing across the curriculum. Project ROME allows users
          to create multimedia documents and presentations. ROME can also be used to create quizzes and to
          design websites. Users can build documents that include images, videos, and animations. Animations
          can be imported from an existing file or created from scratch within ROME. Watch the video for an
          overview of Project ROME.

          iPhone & iPad Apps for Special Education iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches are increasingly being
          used for academic purposes. Recently, Apple added a new category to the App Store just for special
          education. In the special education section of the App Store you'll find dozens of applications (both
          free and paid) for literacy, organization, emotional development, dictation applications, sign language,
          and more.

          How to do 11 Techy Things in the New School Year
 FREE ebook for teachers with
          links to more (20 pages.)
Novembe   Tech & Learning is hosting a Virtual Tech Forum on November 17th
r8 Registration is FREE. Connect virtually with
          other ed tech leaders across the country. Learn about exciting new products and interact live with
          company representatives in the exhibit hall. Listen to thought-provoking and practical webcasts. Chat
          with peers about hot topics in K-12 education. Win end-of-show prize drawings. Experience the
          benefits of a live event without having to travel. Access all the cutting-edge information and online
          demonstrations all year long!

          A Brief History of the Nobel Peace Prize from CBS

          Ten Marks, an online mathematics tutoring service, recently launched a FREE program for teachers.
          The new Ten Marks for educators is designed to
          be a supplement to classroom instruction, not a replacement for it. Let your students practice what
          you cover, and refresh what they need to - using intelligent questions, hints, and video lessons.

          E-Books Directory contains nearly 1700 titles. The E-Books
          Directory provides FREELY downloadable textbooks, documents, and lecture notes. You can search the
          directory by keyword or browse through hundreds of categories.
r 15      2010 Global Education Conference is being held November 15 - 19, 2010, online and free. Sessions
 will take place in multiple time zones
          and multiple languages over the five days. For those "tweeting," the hashtag is #globaled10. The
          conference is a collaborative and world-wide community effort to significantly increase opportunities
          for globally-connecting education activities.

          Historvius is a new site that is part search engine, part map, and
          part reference source. The purpose of Historvius is to help people locate historically important sites
          associated with people and events from 4000BCE through today. Visitors to Historvius can search for
          places by selecting range of dates, choosing a historic period, selecting a person, or by entering a
          combination of search terms. Search results are displayed on a Google Map. You can then click on a
          placemark on the map to find more information about that historic site.

          TOP 25 SITES OF 2010 David Kapuler, an educational
          consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment, lists his
          favourite educational websites. Example: MeMoov – Very user-friendly site for
          digital storytelling that allows users to record their voice for narration.
Novembe   MANACE SOCIAL JUSTICE GRANT ManACE will fund up to two grants of
r 22      $1,000.00 to each of three levels: K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 if there are sufficient acceptable entries. These
          grants will fund projects created by Manitoba classes who present the best ideas for using the grant
          money to assist a school in a developing area, or to assist any school with a demonstrated level of high
          needs. There are two intake periods you can apply for: January 26, 2011 and April 13, 2011. Your class
          can apply for either intake period or for both.

          BLURRED IMAGES CHALLENGE The Blurred Images Challenges
          was created in partnership with Manitoba Education: LwICT Initiative, MTS, ManACE, and Media
          Awareness Network in celebration of Media Literacy Week 2010.

          SKYPE EDUCATION Skype is rolling out an education-
          centric version of their videoconferencing software. Skype Education is a free directory that connects
          teachers and helps them use Skype to enrich students’ educational experience. There are lots of
          teachers out there doing amazing things with Skype. But many of them say their biggest obstacle is
          finding other teachers and classes to connect with. SKYPE is developing a free online directory to make
          it easy for teachers to connect with other teachers and resources from around the world. The directory
          will launch in December in English only.

          EDUdemic This is a valuable source of information for teachers connecting
          education and social media. Ex. The Ultimate Teacher’s Guide to Social Media, The 35 Best Web 2.0
          Classroom Tools Chosen by You, Every Teacher’s Must-Have Guide to Facebook…
Novembe   The Guardian's Data Blog has created a map of every incidence of diplomatic or armed hostilities
r 29      between North Korea and South Korea over the last sixty years. The map was created using Google
          Fusion Tables and a database of incidents published by the Congressional Research Service.
 If you're planning to
          have students investigate this story in your classroom this week, this map of past incidents could
          help students understand some of the underlying tensions leading up to last week's outbreak of

          History Geography Social Studies Resources

            Science Resources

            Mathematics Resources

            English Language Arts Resources

         6 Ideas for Administrators Who Want to Lead the Way to Texting for Success
December 17 FREE eBooks for Teachers and Parents
6        ebooks-for-teachers-and-parents.html Example: Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators is a 120
         page guide to using digital storytelling tools in your classroom, also provides a good explanation of
         digital storytelling in general and the benefits of u` digital storytelling in your classroom.

            The Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide
   is a free twenty-eight
            page ebook produced by Microsoft. The guide outlines the basics of digital storytelling, offers ideas for
            digital storytelling projects for all grade levels, and provides examples of digital storytelling projects.
            Microsoft's Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide also offers instruction for using Windows Movie Maker
            and Photo Story in the classroom.

            FREE ebook The Amazing Web 2.o Projects Book which is
            comprised of the contributions of 94 people - readers will find 87 web-based projects. Each project in
            the book has defined objectives, defined grade level or age range, links to additional information
            (including how-to's) about the project, and tips for teachers planning to use the project.

            Own Your Space
            4703-a649-0fd34bd19d13 is a FREE, sixteen chapter ebook designed to educate tweens and teens
            about protecting themselves and their stuff online. This ebook isn't a fluffy, general overview book.
            Each chapter goes into great detail explaining the technical threats that students' computers face
            online as well as the personal threats to data that students can face online. For example, in the first
            chapter students learn about different types of malware and the importance of installing security
            patches to prevent malware infections.

         FREE ebook for art teachers titled Creative Exercises for Artists and Everyone Else which contains seventeen
         specific exercises for artists and aspiring artists. The exercises cover a range of drawing and painting
         techniques that almost anyone can do regardless of your current skill level. Included with the
         publication are templates on which you can try the exercises. Philippe also included some background
         information on the history and development of some the techniques and exercises.
December CALIBRE - FREE eBOOK MANAGING TOOL. Calibre can do
13       everything from displaying ebooks in its ebook viewer to converting formats into something more
         compatible for a specific ereader. calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many
         output formats. It can convert every input format in the following list, to every output format. Input
         Formats: CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC (a generic format,
         calibre supports PRC files with TextRead and MOBIBook headers), PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT
         Output Formats: EPUB, FB2, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PML, RB, PDF, SNB, TCR, TXT. The best source
         formats to convert in order of preference are LIT, MOBI, EPUB, HTML, PRC, RTF, PDB, TXT, PDF. With
            Calibre you can organize your entire ebook library any way that you choose, and sync all your content
            with your favorite reading devices. You can easily edit all your ebooks’ metadata and descriptions. And
            Calibre can even search the internet and download metadata and book covers at the click of a button.
            Additionally, you can set up Calibre to fetch RSS news feeds from around the web and automatically
            convert them into an ebook to be sent to your device, no subscription fee required. The news feeds
            are setup for many of the popular news sources like Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, BBC news,
            and 100′s of others—or you can create a new recipe to collect an RSS news feed that’s currently not

            Comfortable Tech for Educators “Helping you get comfortable
            with Educational Technology and more.” Comfortable Tech for Educators by Raman Job (raysadad on
            Twitter) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Canada

            Developing Education Using leadership, professional learning and
            mobile devices to inspire deeper learning… This blogger posts on iPods and iPads in school,
            Educational Leadership and Professional Learning. “ I am a teacher from just north of Calgary,

December TEACHER CHALLENGE Are you interested in
20       getting both yourself and your students using 21st century tools like blogs? Are you interested in
         learning about some new tools you could use in your classes? Are you interested in being a mentor to
         teachers and educators who are just starting their journey with 21st century technology? The Teacher
         Challenge is made up of free 30 day professional development challenges, starting January 10, 2011,
         where participants are guided through weekly tasks that increase their skills while working together as
         part of a global community. This series will be targeted at educators who haven’t blogged before or
         who are looking to improving their blogging skills. Each task will include real examples being used by
         other educators — so you can learn from their experience!

            2010 EDUBLOG AWARDS
            winners/ The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of
            these social media. The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for
            ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners. 2010
            EDUBLOG AWARDS categories are: Best individual blog, Best individual tweeter, Best group blog, Best
            new blog, Best class blog, Best student blog, Best resource sharing blog, Most influential blog post,
            Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion, Best teacher blog, Best librarian /
            library blog, Best school administrator blog, Best educational tech support blog, Best elearning /
            corporate education blog, Best educational use of audio, Best educational use of video / visual, Best
            educational wiki, Best educational podcast, Best educational webinar series, Best educational use of a
            social network, Best educational use of a virtual world, Best use of a PLN, Lifetime achievement

            TEDx Manitoba aims to develop a community of like-minded, highly
            informed and engaged innovators, designers, thinkers, technologists and socially concerned individuals
            in the heart of Canada. By hosting some of the world’s most fascinating speakers, TEDx Manitoba will
            spark discussion and spread ideas in an atmosphere of community, sharing and action. There will be a
            live stream of the event on the TEDxManitoba website starting at 8:00am on February 15. Follow TED
            on Twitter at, or on Facebook at TED2011, “The Rediscovery
            of Wonder,” will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive
            simulcast in Palm Springs, California.
January    How To Clean a Flatscreen (LCD) Monitor - Flat screen monitors, also known as LCD monitors, are a
10, 2011   little different than their CRT cousins when it comes to cleaning. Your standard CRT monitor has a glass
           screen and can be cleaned in pretty much the same way as you would any other glass in your home or
           office. Flat screen monitors, however, require a bit of special care when cleaning. Their displays are
           much more sensitive and are easily scratched and damaged. The same applies to your LCD television.
           Follow these easy steps: 1. Turn off the monitor. If the screen is dark, it will be easier to see the areas
           that are dirty or oily. 2. Use a dry, soft cloth and very gently wipe the screen. A great choice would be
           the microfiber type of cloth used to clean eyeglasses. Avoid using paper towels, tissue paper, or non-
           ultrasoft materials which can scratch the screen. 3. If the dry cloth did not completely remove the dirt
           or oil, do not press harder in an attempt to scrub it off. Pushing directly on the LCD screen can often
           cause pixels to burn out. If necessary, dampen the cloth with distilled water or with an equal ratio of
           distilled water to white vinegar.

           Important Tips: 1. Avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, toluene,
           ethyl acid, or methyl chloride. These chemicals can react with the materials that the LCD screen is
           made of which could yellow the screen or cause other kinds of damage. 2. Never spray liquid directly
           on the LCD screen or it could run inside the monitor and cause damage.

           FreeOCR Is a No-Hassle Scan-to-Text Converter for Windows FreeOCR is
           an slim, efficient app that has just four main buttons, and performs well at converting scanned images
           and PDFs into edit-ready text. FreeOCR supports scanning from most Twain scanners and can also
           open scanned PDF's and multipage Tiff images. FreeOCR is a free download for Windows systems only.
January    The internet is awash with fantastic images. The problem is finding images that are not breaching
17         someone’s copyright, which is often the case. For student projects is also good practice to have them
           attribute the source of their images. Here’s a few ways of getting images that let you find ones you are
           actually allowed to use.

           Top 100 School Administrator Blogs

           BYTE 2011 Check for online registration at approx. 4pm today.

           Monday Morning Memo – Find all the 2010-2011 Technology Department postings for the MMM at
January    Research Project Calculator - The Research Project Calculator offers
24         students a simple and comprehensive five-step model (Question, Gather, Conclude, Communicate,
           Evaluate) for navigating the research process. Templates are provided to produce a writing assignment
           or essay, an oral presentation with electronic slides, or a video assignment. The goal of the teacher
           guide is to: (1) Assist teachers with creating research projects that require learners to analyze
           information in order to draw conclusions or make recommendations. (2) Provide teachers with
           direction in guiding students through the five-step process. The Research Project Calculator is funded
           by Minitex to develop Cool Tools for Minnesota secondary school students and their teachers.
           It is based on the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota Libraries. This is site
           is an excellent resource.

           How to Clean Your Mouse –
  Instructions for
           cleaning both optical and mechanical (has a ball) mice, how they work, and when they need
           Computer Tip: Never Turn-off When You can Shutdown - If you abruptly turn off a computer that is
           hanging, your hard disk could be damaged and your software corrupted. Use the shutdown tab of the
           Task Manager to do so. Hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys and then press the Delete key – this will open
           a pop up window. Choose Task Manager. Click on the Applications tab and then click on the name of
           the application that is frozen. Click on the End Task button at the bottom. If you cannot get your
           computer to quit hanging after doing this you may be able to click on the Start button and choose Shut
           Down. Only turn the power off if every other possibility has failed. If turning off the power button
           does not stop the machine then you may need to unplug the power cord.
January    BYTE 2011 – Friday, February 25, 2011 - Deadline for registration is February 11, 2011. If you still
31         need to register for BYTE go to Payment method is Paid By
           Portage la Prairie SD.

           80 Excellent Podcasts for Every Kind of Classroom -
           excellent-podcasts-for-every-kind-of-classroom/ Podcasts offer a great way to learn and stay on top
           of just about any topic. In the classroom, students can listen to podcasts as a group and add their own
           comments and questions to the program. This site groups Podcasts into the following categories:
           History, Politics & Current Events, Education, Language, Science & Math, Technology, Literature,
           Arts, Miscellaneous.

           Resizing graphics. Most images cannot be made larger without distorting the picture and pixelation
           (big squares of colour instead of smooth resizing.) You need to convert your image from a bitmap
           format type to a vector or raster format type. You can download the FREE Inkscape software from
  The instructions I followed to use Inkscape to convert a graphic to a vector type
           can be found at .
February   BYTE - REGISTRATION DEADLINE Friday, February 11
           The Whiteboard Blog – highly rated educational blog concentrates on tips for teachers utilizing
           interactive whiteboards

           ManACE TIN Consider yourself invited to ManACE's next Technology Information Night. We have an
           exciting evening lined up for February 10th.

           Google APPS for Education
           Apps for communication and collaboration needs – everything from email (with built-in voice and
           video chat), calendar, document creating and sharing, web publishing, private video hosting is built in
           to Google Apps, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video are all included.
           FREE, no ads, training videos, discussion forums, phone and email customer support.

           Create a Self-Grading Quiz using Forms in Google Docs -
           Webinar video created by Google certified trainers and the transcript of Q&A portion of webinar.

           Kindle - In December Kindle announced that they were allowing lending of purchased Kindle books.
           Learn more here
           lending.html Kindle Lending Club Lend Ink
  Find FREE books for your Kindle
February   TEDxManitoba, (Tuesday, February 15th 8am CST) where x = independently organized TED event.
14 At our TEDxManitoba event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will
           combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. Ex. 21st Century Teacher Skills:
           TEDxManitoba Speaker Les Foltos; Finding a Life Beyond the Gang: TEDxManitoba Speaker Terry
           MacLeod (CBC Radio); How Video Games May Transform Education: TEDxManitoba Speaker Rick Van
           Eck. Download the Tedx Program

           Great Alternatives to YouTube

           Plagiarism Checker

           DNA Tube is a nice site for watching and sharing videos about topics in
           science. While most of the videos seem to be about topics related to biology there are also videos
           about chemistry, physics, and computer science. The videos are a mix of animated, narrated
           demonstrations and lecture videos. You can search DNA Tube using keywords or browse the categories
           to find videos.

           Maplewood Monday’s Winter 2011 Training Sessions for Admin Users: TODAY 10:15 CST Course
           Registration – These training sessions have assisted schools with their understanding of Maplewood as
           it relates to milestones in a school year. Each session begins at 11:15 am EST and we use MS Live
           Meeting to conduct forty-five minute sessions for existing and potential clients. The sessions are free-
           of-charge and are full of tips and tricks for both the new and experienced user. Please note, you must
           have audio on your computer in order to hear the sessions. Any technical questions should be
           directed to your school technologist. Join the meeting
February   Engaging the Parent Community: Parent Technology Coffee Mornings
21 Read one educator review their experience with this
           three year project in one elementary school and how it’s being started in a new school.

           Creating Effective Blogs, Wikis, and Websites
           effective-blogs-websites.html The lines between blogging platforms, website platforms, and wiki
           platforms are not always clear. Here's the explanation: websites are good for providing a static
           resource of information, blogs are good for frequent updates and communication, and a wiki is great
           for collaborating on the creation of a reference site. For the teacher who wants to create a website,
           here are ten good platforms to try. This link provides resources related to presentations about
           creating effective blogs, wikis, and websites to complement instruction.

           National Geographic Online, National Geographic has the “Face of Seven Billion” poster in an
           interactive display . The
           Face of Seven Billion uses tiny drawings of people (each represents 1 million people) to create the face
           of one person. Click the tabs to the side of the image to read some data about the characteristics of
           the world's population

           Zipcast is a new service from Slideshare for conducting online
           presentations. Using Zipcast you can share your slides, talk to your audience, respond to your
           audience, and have your audience interact with each other in realtime on one page. The best part is
           you can do all of this without having to download anything.
February   No MMM this week
March 7    Maplewood Monday Training Session for Admin Account Users (11:15am EST) which would be
           10:15am CST March 7, 2011 - Accounts Reports - Join the meeting

           BYTE iPod Touch Winner: Christie Jedele from Flin Flon

           Training Sheets & Help Sheets for Interactive Whiteboards Danny Nicholson writes the Whiteboard
           Blog you can find dozens of video tutorials and printable
           help sheets for learning to use your IWB to develop lessons.

           Digital Storytelling with the iPad
           is a site created by six Apple Distinguished Educators. The site offers a good list and descriptions of free
           and paid apps that you can use to create digital stories on the iPad. You will also find on the site some
           app tutorials and links to general digital storytelling resources.

           Voir QR: The History, Use & Abuse of QR Codes [slideshow]

           Teach Yourself to Teach with Tech: The first 10 Projects
March 14 offers dozens of interactive games
           specifically designed to pinpoint one or several essential concepts taught in elementary years, and
           dozens of research themes designed to make the process of gathering information interactive and
           enjoyable., however, does not just present information, but in addition, provides
           numerous interactive activities to complement the presentation of interactive information.

           3 Cool Tools for Individual Math Practice
           math-practice/ Fraction Monkeys, Speed Grid, Practice Fish

           Google Art Project which uses street-view technology to allow
           users to virtually move around some of the world’s greatest museums and browse famous works of
           art. With the featured artworks, you can zoom in to view the paintings at high resolution, learn about
           the artwork and the artist, find more works from the artists, and watch related YouTube videos
           produced by the museums. Users can also create their own collections of artwork, comment on each
           piece, and share the entire collection with others.

           Encompassing Kids The 2011 MTS Encompassing Kids
           Conference (April 20 & 21 at the Victoria Inn and Conference Centre, Winnipeg) was conceived to
           provide a rich and diverse professional development experience in the area of Inclusive/Appropriate
           Education. This website has been created to make it that much easier for you to make connections
           with other participants, and to share in the ideas, resources, and approaches of the presenters and
           other colleagues.

           Computer Tip: A Browser Helper Object (BHO) is a DLL file designed to extend the functionality of
           Internet Explorer. Many BHOs are benign. For example, many useful toolbars are BHOs. However,
           many BHOs are malicious, containing adware, spyware, viruses and other malware that can
           compromise the security of your computer. A bad BHO or “browser hijacker” may change your
           Internet Explorer home page or your default search engine, add bad links to your desktop or Favorites
           folder, track your Internet browsing and install unwanted toolbars. BHOs can only run in Internet
           Explorer. If a BHO is harmless but you don’t want it installed, you can remove it in Internet Options.
           Start Internet Explorer and click Tools and Internet Options. Click the Programs tab, then click Manage
           Add-Ons. Browse the list to find BHOs that are currently installed. Right-click the entry, then select
           Disable. If a malicious BHO is installed on your computer, it can seem almost impossible to remove.
           Ask your school technologist for help or at home try following the instructions from the following
           website for installing free software and removing the malware
April 4    The Periodic Table of Videos is a site created and maintained by The
           University of Nottingham. Clicking on any of the 118 chemical elements brings you to informational
           videos all about that element Now we're updating all the videos with new stories, better samples and
           bigger experiments. Plus we're making films about other areas of chemistry, latest news and
           occasional adventures away from the lab. We've also started a new series - The Molecular Videos -
           featuring our favourite molecules and compounds.

           eAssessment – Assessment 2.0 This blog is part of
           the Transforming Assessment Program, funded by an Australian Learning and Teaching Council
           National Teaching Fellowship specifically looking at the use of e-assessment within online learning
           environments, particularly those using one or more Web 2.0 or virtual world technologies.

           COOL TOOLS FOR MATH This is part II of a
           series of posts dedicated to free, online math sites to help students learn their basic facts, and to help
           teachers help their students. You can view part I here.

           VOCABULARY and SPELLING CITY in the Classroom - The layout and
           simplicity of Spelling City has greatly improved, and with the additions of FREE teaching resources with
           training videos, lists and lesson plans for teaching high frequency words, compound words, sound-alike
           words (their, there, they're), contractions, possessives, and more, and an online forum. There is a lot
           of help for those who want to turn their students into better spellers. You begin by entering your
           words that you want to work on. You can enter the words individually, in groups of 5 or 10, or you can
           batch import by simply doing a copy/paste from Word. With each word list, students can choose one
           of four options: Spelling Test repeats each spelling word with a live voice and uses it in a sentence;
           Vocab Test gives a definition for each word, along with a choice of six possible words; Teach Me spells
           and displays the word in ways that stimulate memory for visual and verbal learners; Play a Game uses
           your word list in educational games that teach spelling, word meaning, vocabulary, and alphabetical
April 11   Top 8 Technology Resources for School Leaders from COSN 2011
  Recently, COSN (Consortium of School Networking) held
           their 2011 conference. Mastering the Moment was the theme of the COSN conference this year. In
           choosing this theme, COSN's focus was on assisting school and technology leadership on implementing
           the best and newest of technologies into schools.

           Maths Master offers short instructional
           videos for learning basic arithmetic and algebra. Maths Master is also working on developing video
           instruction on probability and geometry. The videos can be viewed on the Maths Master site or
           downloaded via iTunes.

           Seven good sources of Math Videos

           AT&T's Safety Land is a nice game through
           which kids learn and practice recognizing danger on the Internet. The game is set in the city of "Safety
           Land." As students navigate from building to building in Safety Land they are confronted with a series
           of scenarios and questions to respond to. If they respond correctly to each scenario they will capture
           the cyber criminal and send him to the Safety Land jail. Students who send the cyber criminal to Safety
           Land jail receive a certificate that they can print out. The game isn't complete enough to teach
           students on its own, but the game would make a good reinforcement activity after a lesson that you
           have taught.
April 18   What is an App? App is an abbreviation for application (a program.) A Web App is an application that
           is accessed via the internet. Ex. Wordle and Spelling City

           Google Docs Notifier is a new freeware tool for Google
           Docs. This utility lives in your system tray and tells you whenever a new document has been assigned
           to your account. And, if you’re sharing documents with others, the utility will notify you exactly when
           someone else has made a change. Google Docs Notifier does give you the ability to quick-click your
           way to any documents in your account that happen to be unread.

           30 Useful Apps Under 2MB

           "Ultimate Web 2.0 Smackdown" Learn about these educators’ favourite 2.0 tools. From the Tech
           Forum in Boston, April, 2011

           The Best Free Apps for PC and MAC More than 100 Free apps
           and software for Windows and Mac. Download the best freeware for Windows and Mac.
April 25   A Royal Wedding in a Web 2.0 World - LONDON - Palace officials will offer live streaming of the April
           29 royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton on the royal channel on YouTube.
  The four-hour live Internet coverage will include the
           ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the procession to Buckingham Palace, and the newlyweds'
           appearance on the palace balcony for an expected first public kiss. William's press office will also
           provide a live blog providing commentary and historical information as well as additional footage.
           Officials said this will be the first time YouTube has run a live blog alongside a live stream for an event.
           The palace also plans to post additional royal wedding-related photos on Flickr
  leading up to the wedding, and
           expand its coverage on the Official Royal Wedding website
           which has seen more than 8 million page views since its launch. Facebook

           Gapminder World Gapminder World is a web-service displaying time
           series of development statistics for all countries. It unveils the beauty of statistical time series by
           converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics. Gapminder World has
           collected over 400 indicators on global development. Gapminder World is FREE and can be used
           online or downloaded to your desktop. Create your own animated graph

           Portable App Directory – Portable applications are programs which can be run from your USB memory
           stick. (Please be sure that your USB stick has NO viruses before you do this.)
  This application directory lists FREE open source software and
        freeware portable apps.

        BONUS: FREE McGraw Hill Apps for Kindergarten During the month of April, is
        giving away 24 free apps on the iphone/ipod for “kindergarteners" to celebrate Autism Awareness
        month. You can download all of the apps from the iTunes Store at the following address:
May 2   TIP: If you use permanent marker on a whiteboard by accident, just write over it completely with a
        white board marker and then erase. It may take a few tries depending on how long the marks have
        been on the whiteboard. No guarantees if several years have gone by.

        Teachers on Facebook Must Toe a Professional Line

        Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and Collaboration Everything you
        need including explanations, definitions, resources, starter sheets, tutorials, exemplars, rubrics, etc. in
        one 75 page document. Bloom's Digital Taxonomy isn't about the tools or technologies rather it is
        about using these to facilitate learning. Outcomes on rubrics are measured by competence of use and
        most importantly the quality of the process or product. Bloom's Digital Taxonomy lends itself to
        problem and project based learning where the student must work through the entire process of
        development and evaluation. The 21st Century Fluency Projects 6D model for Solution Fluency is an
        excellent example of how to work through the project or problem based learning frame work. The wiki is an excellent resource for Higher
        Order Thinking/Technology Skills and matching the levels (Remembering, Understanding, Applying,
        Analyzing, Evaluation, and Creating) to the digital tools available today. There are pdf documents for
        each level with the definition, key verbs, and suggested digital resources and activities. There are
        many rubrics and resources in pdf format and links to a number of tutorials.

        Kwik Surveys is a FREE survey tool that offers a bunch of excellent
        options. Kwik Surveys gives you the option to mix and match eleven different types of questions. You
        can administer your survey by posting it on a blog, website, or discussion forum. You can also email
        your survey to the people you want to take it. If you choose the email option, you can track who has
        taken your survey and restrict respondents to taking the survey only once. Kwik Surveys could be
        useful for any teacher or school administrator who needs to collect responses from students, staff, or
        parents. Using the email option could be a good way to make sure results aren't skewed by people
        taking your survey multiple times.

        BONUS: TWORDY (Too Wordy) Twurdy uses text analysis
        software to "read" each page before it is displayed in the results. Then Twurdy gives each page a
        readability level. Twurdy then shows the readability level of the page along with a color coded system
        to help users determine how easy the page will be to understand. Twurdy's goal is to provide web
        searchers with information that is most appropriate for them. This will mean that 10 year olds doing
        school assignments don't have to click through difficult material to find something they can use. It will
        also mean that phd students do not have to click through websites designed for kids in order to find
        what they are looking for.
May 9   ACE Afterschool Centers on Education provides a venue to search
        through a collection of activities and lesson plans using a variety of search criteria (e.g. topics,
        objectives, etc.). This database allows users to download activities and lesson plans and modify them to
        meet their specific program needs. All lessons are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and
        Skills (TEKS) standards and include standards for the Partnership for 21 Century Skills, English
         language proficiency and Texas College and Career Readiness.

         Impressed by the iPadsibilities of iPads in Special Ed

         MADLat (Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training) 2011 Conference Wiki Access the conference workshops and materials from this wiki. Ex.
         Session 18 - handouts on Google Forms and Google Surveys , Workshop # 7 - Activating e-learning

         Google Search Hot Tips
         Explains how to use the Wonder Wheel, Timeline, and News Archive Search features.
May 16   Collaborize Classroom – A FREE online learning platform
         Collaborize Classroom is designed to complement classroom instruction and engage students in online
         activities, assignments and discussions that allow for deeper participation inside and outside the

         Jaycut FREE online video editor edit video, anywhere, with any mobile device,
         using any media on the web and finally publish the result to any device or website.
 Over 1,030 Did you know facts!!

         Discovery Education Discovery Education offers a
         broad range of FREE classroom resources.

         Study: It's not teacher, but method that matters From The Detroit News:’s-not-teacher--but-method-

         REALISE A VISION Tue May 17, 2011, 1:00-2:00am
         Canada/Central This presentation will focus on the following: connecting kids within the school using a
         wordpress multi-blog site and buddypress; connecting kids across schools through interschool
         discussions, using videoconferencing; and connecting kids beyond schools to our Virtual Experts, a
         team of online scientists, historians, graphic designers, filmmakers and engineers who help our kids in
         their learning. Come join us and share in this exciting use of technology in the classroom.
May 24   The Monday Morning Memo Technology Department items for 2010-2011can be found here
 is the leader in FREE educational kids computer games and
         activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities
         were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are
         modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
         Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic
         computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to
         enhance understanding. Fun children's Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!

         Four Student Response Systems
         If you've got a class set of computers or mobile devices, then you've got a student response system.
         Response systems sold to schools typically consist of a handheld remote, called a clicker, and software
         for managing students, questions, and answers. Rather than pay over $1,000 for a set of clickers, a
         WiFi-equipped classroom that already has netbooks, iPod touches, iPads, etc. (or invited students to
          bring their own) can turn those devices into a response system for much less.

          BYTE 2012 (February 24, 2012) This will be the last BYTE Conference held in Portage la Prairie. After
          this it will move on to Neepawa. If you have suggestions for workshops, for a Keynote Speaker, or you
          are interested in presenting a workshop(s) or would like to recommend someone to present then
          please send that information to .

          Evernote FREE service to make notes using your
          computer, phone, and the web. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot.
          Evernote will keep it all safe. Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device
          out there. Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable. If you
          like, you can add tags or organize notes into different notebooks. Search for notes by keywords, titles,
          and tags.

          SimpleSpark a directory for web applications, has over 20,000 web apps
          listed. Since web applications don't require a specific operating system, most all of them work
          perfectly fine on ultra-compact and inexpensive netbooks.
June 6    Read Write Think Read Write Think provides educators and students
          access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction for K-12
          and is a good source of interactive writing templates. There are 55 student interactives including and
          when their work is complete students can share them via email or print them. This site has classroom
          resources (lesson plans, student interactives, calendar activities, print outs), professional development,
          and parent and after school resources. Educational games are available in both the Classroom
          Resources and After School Resources areas.

          All About Creative Commons And Copyright For Educators
 Use the tabs along the top to access the
          information that you want. There is a tab for Teach About Copyright and Applying Fair Use with an
          assortment of resources for teachers. Copyright information resources for education from Education

          Fusion Universal has a number of FREE videos on using a
          Smart Board. They begin with opening the Notebook software and turning on the Smartboard and
          continue with the various tools and then creating engaging lesson activities. More Smart Board
          Resources and Tutorials

          Learning in Hand is an educator's resources for mobile learning. It was
          started in 2002 as part of Tony Vincent's classroom website. At first focusing on Palm handhelds,
          Learning in Hand now covers podcasting, iPods, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and netbooks.

          Made in the Cloud 2011 Video Contest
          Each video and the appropriate student entry forms must be submitted by 11:59p on Sunday, August
          14, 2011. There is a small bonus in scoring for those videos submitted by 11:59p on Sunday, July 31,
June 13   Computer Technology Employee Payroll Deduction Plan -
 Please read the information for this
          plan. Purchases can be made directly or from any business which will accept an invoice from PLPSD.
          Employee discounts are available from CDW and Powerland Computers and may be available from
          other businesses as well. If you purchase the item directly submit your receipt when you complete the
          paperwork at Division Office. The paperwork can be prepared in June. The Employee Payroll
          Deduction Plan agreement must be signed at Division Office before the purchase order will go out in
          July; deductions begin in September. If you purchased the item directly you will be reimbursed and
          then payroll deductions will be made. Please contact if you have any questions.

          Top 10 Myths About the Brain

          100 Helpful Sites for New Teachers

          Canadian Citizenship Challenge 2011-2012 for Grades 7 – 12
 You can register your class as soon as you’re
          ready, deadline December 31, 2011.

          Go Go News makes learning about current events around the world
          accessible to students of all ages and reading abilities. “GoGoNews was born out of a desire to inform
          children of the world around them in an educational and non-threatening way. Since its inception in
          2006, GoGoNews has provided children with general knowledge, as well as a consciousness and
          awareness of the world, regardless of geography or culture.”
          page is nearly an exact replica of the real Microsoft Update page with one major exception… It only
          comes up when surfing from Firefox on Windows. The real Microsoft Update requires Internet

          How to Clean Up and Organize Your Computer/Server File Space
 Clear out your old, unnecessary
          files, back up important files, clean out your email, organize and clear out your internet files,

          E-books in Education
          FREE E-books FREE E-books
          Manybooks.Net FREE E-books
          Get Free Books FREE E-books
          Bookyards FREE E-books
          Online Books Page FREE E-books
          Oodles of E-books

          The Metropolitan Museum of Art Online
          features and printable files (PDFs) designed for use in the classroom help educators introduce to their
          students the richness and diversity of works in various collections of the Metropolitan Museum.
          Publications include a variety of illustrations and descriptions of selected works of art, historical and
          cultural background, classroom applications in the form of lesson plans and activities, and other useful
June 27   I.S.T.E. (International Society for Technology in Education) 2011 Conference
 Check out the sessions online.

          Teaching Math Through Exercise

          Show Me is an app for creating and sharing whiteboard-style lessons on your iPad. To support
          teachers, the Show Me website is building a gallery of lessons
          developed and shared by teachers. Each day there is a "Show Me of the Day" that is added to the
gallery of lessons. Click here to download the app from iTunes.

Five Summer Projects to Keep Students Learning

Relax, unwind, and enjoy your summer!

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