MONDAY MORNING MEMO
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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 email@example.com MERLIN installed
new Exchange Server software and it no longer requires a BES account or a licensing fee.
Septembe Wild Sanctuary http://earth.wildsanctuary.com/ 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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/01/google-earth-across-
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/03/free-33-page-
Using Maps in an Elementary School Math Lesson http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/02/using-
Septembe SAG – Details regarding sessions and registration for ManACE sessions at
r 20 http://www.eventbrite.com/org/83303068?s=2022768
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 http://smartboardrevolution.ning.com/ 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 http://www.edheads.org/ 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 http://byteconference.ca/ 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 http://plus.maths.org/content/ 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
http://plus.maths.org/content/Puzzle 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
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/131-tips-for-new-teachers.html 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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/five-
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 http://jeopardylabs.com/ (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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/06/jeopardy-
Parade of Games in PowerPoint http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/04/parade-of-games-in-
Top 10 sites for Creating Digital Magazines and Newspapers http://techlearning.com/article/32866
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.
http://www.brandonsd.mb.ca/byte2011/call_for_presentations.asp More information about the BYTE
CONFERENCE is available at http://www.byteconference.ca/ The deadline for proposals is October
Mapeas http://mapeas.com/ 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 http://k12onlineconference.org/ 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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/47-
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 http://rome.adobe.com/education/index.html 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. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/10/adobes-project-rome-looks-
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,
How to do 11 Techy Things in the New School Year
http://issuu.com/richardbyrne/docs/how_to_do_11_techy_things/1 FREE ebook for teachers with
links to more (20 pages.)
Novembe Tech & Learning is hosting a Virtual Tech Forum on November 17th
r8 http://techlearning.com/section/VirtualTechForum.aspx 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 http://www.tenmarks.com/tmother/teacher-index 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 http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/ 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.
Novembe FREE ONLINE GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE http://www.globaleducationconference.com/ The
r 15 2010 Global Education Conference is being held November 15 - 19, 2010, online and free. Sessions
http://www.globaleducationconference.com/all-sessions.html 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 http://www.historvius.com/ 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 http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/34396 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 – http://memoov.com Very user-friendly site for
digital storytelling that allows users to record their voice for narration.
Novembe MANACE SOCIAL JUSTICE GRANT http://www.manace.ca/ 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 http://blurredimages.wikispaces.com/ 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 http://blogs.skype.com/classroom-pre-register/ 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 http://edudemic.com/ 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.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2010/nov/23/korea-incidents-map 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 http://freetech4teachers.pbworks.com/w/page/14904896/Science
Mathematics Resources http://freetech4teachers.pbworks.com/w/page/14904895/Mathematics
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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/12/17-free-
6 ebooks-for-teachers-and-parents.html Example: Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/digital-storytelling-tools-for-educators/6257307 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
http://www.microsoft.com/education/teachers/guides/digital_storytelling.aspx 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 http://www.ictineducation.org/free-stuff/ 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 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=87583728-ef14-
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
http://myfrencheasel.blogspot.com/p/creative-exercises-for-artists.html 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. http://calibre-ebook.com/download 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 http://comfortabletech.blogspot.com/ “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 http://www.mrkeenan.com/ 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 http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/challenges/ 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 http://edublogawards.com/announcing-the-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 http://tedxmanitoba.com/ 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 twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED 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 http://www.paperfile.net/ 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. http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2010/12/12-useful-image-search-tools/
Top 100 School Administrator Blogs http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-100-school-administrator-
BYTE 2011 http://byte.merlin.mb.ca/ 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 - http://rpc.elm4you.org/ 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 –
http://www.helpwithpcs.com/maintenance/mouse_problem_maintenance.htm 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 http://byte.merlin.mb.ca/index2011.htm. Payment method is Paid By
Portage la Prairie SD.
80 Excellent Podcasts for Every Kind of Classroom - http://www.onlineclasses.org/2011/01/25/80-
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,
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
http://inkscape.org/ The instructions I followed to use Inkscape to convert a graphic to a vector type
can be found at http://www.ehow.com/how_4421430_convert-jpeg-vector-image.html .
February BYTE - http://byte.merlin.mb.ca/index2011.htm REGISTRATION DEADLINE Friday, February 11
The Whiteboard Blog – highly rated educational blog concentrates on tips for teachers utilizing
interactive whiteboards http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/
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 http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/resource_center.html
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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/12/amazon-introduces-kindle-book-
lending.html Kindle Lending Club http://www.kindlelendingclub.com/ Lend Ink
http://www.lendink.com/ Find FREE books for your Kindle
February TEDxManitoba, (Tuesday, February 15th 8am CST) where x = independently organized TED event.
14 http://tedxmanitoba.com/ 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 http://tedxmanitoba.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/tedx-
Great Alternatives to YouTube
Plagiarism Checker http://plagiarisma.net/
DNA Tube http://www.dnatube.com/ 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 http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/36702 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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/p/creating-
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 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/age-of-man/face-interactive . 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 http://www.slideshare.net/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 http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/where 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 http://sites.google.com/site/digitalstorytellingwiththeipad/home
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 http://www.mrnussbaum.com/index.html MrNussbaum.com 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. MrNussbaum.com, 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 http://edtechideas.com/2011/03/10/3-cool-tools-for-
math-practice/ Fraction Monkeys, Speed Grid, Practice Fish
Google Art Project http://www.googleartproject.com/ 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 http://encompassingkids.ning.com/ 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
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 http://helpdeskgeek.com/help-
April 4 The Periodic Table of Videos http://www.periodicvideos.com/ 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 http://transformingassessment.com/wordpress/ 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 http://edtechideas.com/2011/03/18/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 - http://www.spellingcity.com/ 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
http://schoolcio.com/showarticle/37824 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 http://www.mathsmaster.org/MathsMaster.Org/Home.html 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 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/04/7-good-sources-of-
AT&T's Safety Land http://www.att.com/Common/images/safety/game.html 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
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 http://www.wordle.net/ and Spelling City
Google Docs Notifier http://code.google.com/p/googledocsnotifier/ 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 http://www.thebestapplications.com/ 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.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheRoyalChannel 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
http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishmonarchy/with/5631939420/ leading up to the wedding, and
expand its coverage on the Official Royal Wedding website http://www.officialroyalwedding2011.org/
which has seen more than 8 million page views since its launch. Facebook
Gapminder World http://www.gapminder.org/ 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.)
http://portableapps.com/apps This application directory lists FREE open source software and
freeware portable apps.
BONUS: FREE McGraw Hill Apps for Kindergarten During the month of April, Kindergarten.com 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
http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/file/view/bloom%27s+Digital+taxonomy+v3.01.pdf 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
http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s+Digital+Taxonomy 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 http://www.kwiksurveys.com/ 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) http://www.twurdy.com/index.php 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 http://activity.mytexasace.org/ 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
http://madlat2011.wikispaces.com/ 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 http://www.teachgennow.com.au/2011/05/36-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 http://collaborizeclassroom.com/
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 http://jaycut.com/ edit video, anywhere, with any mobile device,
using any media on the web and finally publish the result to any device or website.
did-you-knows.com http://www.did-you-knows.com/ Over 1,030 Did you know facts!!
Discovery Education http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/ Discovery Education offers a
broad range of FREE classroom resources.
Study: It's not teacher, but method that matters From The Detroit News:
TECH TALK TUESDAYS: WITHIN, ACROSS, BEYOND : USING TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT KIDS AND
REALISE A VISION http://www.learncentral.org/event/156583 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
ABCya.com http://www.abcya.com/ 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 http://learninginhand.com/blog/four-student-response-systems.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Evernote http://www.evernote.com/about/download/ 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,
SimpleSpark http://simplespark.com/ 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 http://www.readwritethink.org/ 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
http://livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=108522 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 http://www.fuuni.com/fusion-library/smart 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 http://www.smarttech.com/us/Resources/Training/Training+Search
Learning in Hand http://learninginhand.com/ 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 http://nextvista.org/contests/madeinthecloud/index.phtml
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 -
http://www.plpsd.mb.ca/division/payroll_deduction_plan.htm 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 email@example.com if you have any questions.
Top 10 Myths About the Brain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Top-Ten-Myths-
100 Helpful Sites for New Teachers http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/21/100-helpful-
Canadian Citizenship Challenge 2011-2012 for Grades 7 – 12
http://www.canadiancitizenshipchallenge.ca/index.php You can register your class as soon as you’re
ready, deadline December 31, 2011.
Go Go News http://www.gogonews.com/ 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.”
June 20 FAKE ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE TARGETS FIREFOX USERS
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
http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/productivity/computerclean.aspx 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 http://drscavanaugh.org/ebooks/
FREE E-books http://www.free-ebooks.net/ FREE E-books
Manybooks.Net http://www.manybooks.net/ FREE E-books
Get Free Books http://www.getfreeebooks.com/ FREE E-books
Bookyards http://www.bookyards.com/index.html FREE E-books
Online Books Page http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/ FREE E-books
Oodles of E-books http://eisdworkshops.wikispaces.com/Oodles+of+E-books
The Metropolitan Museum of Art http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/classroom.asp 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
http://www.isteconference.org/2011/ Check out the sessions online.
Teaching Math Through Exercise http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/18296/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 http://www.showmeapp.com/browse/
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 http://www.lessonplanet.com/article/writing/five-
Relax, unwind, and enjoy your summer!