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Tuesday Tech Tip: Browser Basics

What is a browser?

Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome are browsers.  They’re windows through which we look at content on the internet–content like Google Mail, Docs, Skyward, and other web pages.  Each browser is a little different and each has its unique quirks.

Here’s the skinny on browsers, tabbed browsing, and bookmarks.

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Tuesday Tech Tip: Search Tools

While “Google” is now a noun and a verb, most people don’t regularly use Google Search to its fullest potential.   Here are a few tips on how to use Advanced Search to sort your results by reading level and by copyright license.

Here’s a quick video overview of Google Search

A Google A Day:  It’s a daily search task to sharpen skills… give it a try!

A well-recommended kid-friendly search engine: Duck Duck Go

WolframAlpha is also an excellent reference and computational search engine.  Here’s a few ideas for using it.

One more… If you’re a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, you’ve got to try this.

Tuesday Tech Tip: Quietube

Today’s Tip comes from Ashley Nowak at EPES.  She shared a nice tool for watching YouTube videos:  Quietube.  It’s a tool to remove all the distractions like comments, related videos, etc., and especially nice for projecting videos in the classroom.  Here’s an example.

The thing I like best is that there’s a Chrome extension for it.  Just install it in your Chrome browser and whenever you’re on a page with a video (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) you’ll see a circle in the address bar.  Click it and viola!  You can even link to this page instead of the original video if you’re sharing the video with others.

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Tuesday Tip: TED


Yesterday, the TED-Ed YouTube channel was launched.  Here’s the scoop.

Not only can you consume TED content, you can create it.  TED-Ed is an invitation to educators, including you!

The biannual TED conference was held a few weeks ago in Long Beach, CA.  TED was created in 1984 as a place for “Ideas Worth Spreading” in the areas of Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  It has since broadened its scope to include science, education, innovation, creativity, culture, and more.

Speakers are invited to give “the talk of their lives” in 18 minutes or less.  There are over 900 TEDtalks available for free and include speakers from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Al Gore to 12-year-old app developer Thomas Suarez and 10-year-old Adora Svitak talking about what adults can learn from kids.  Ken Robinson’s legendary talk about creativity in schools has been viewed 11 million times, with 10,000 views added each day.

TED Wish: Each year, $1,000,000 is granted to someone with “a wish to change the world” Watch Jamie Oliver and Dave Eggers’ talks about their wishes for kids.

It goes without saying, there’s a few TED apps out there as well.

Why not share some of these fascinating talks with students?  What sort of discussion might they have about these big ideas?

Why not share some of these fascinating talks with colleagues?  Add a comment here with a favorite TED talk of your own.  It’ll also enter you in this week’s prize drawing… you know the drill.  🙂

It’s Digital Learning Day!

Digital Learning Day is being celebrated all over the country today!  To peek in on the celebration, search Twitter for #DLDay and #WiDigitalLearning.  You can even tweet your own Digital Learning question or comment with #dldefo

In honor of the event, you’ve been adding to our Digital Learning Day Showcase.  Check it out to see what’s been happening and add your own!  You’ll see images of students and staff learning with technology, student work, a few suggestions, and even an award announcement!

Click the image below to find some online digital learning tools.
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Updated CMS Web Guidelines

The CMS Web Guidelines have been updated…

Revised Web Page Manual, Oct 11

Tuesday Tech Tip– Links by Staff

Today I’d like to share with you the work of others.

Fifteen of your colleagues recently finished the Viterbo course, “Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works” and have cultivated over 200 resources for a wide variety of uses in the classroom.  They are all available from our district website.

Here’s how to get there:

Need some ideas for collaboration? science? notetaking?  Click on the tag and you’ll see a multitude of resources.

I haven’t offered a drawing lately, so here’s today’s… How many resources are tagged “Assessment”?  Find one you’d like to add to your toolbox.  Send me an email with the number and the name of a resource before Friday to be entered in the drawing.