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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: 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.

(image credit: Dominic’s Pics via Flickr)

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.  🙂

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.

Tuesday Tip: Infographics

Tip duty falls to me today . . . Infrographics! I have come across two articles on this topic recently. This one from Fast Company was the shortest, but has 5 great ways you can create or consume infographics. Some of you may be familiar with my fondness for flowcharts and diagrams.

Infographics
Whether you want to create or consume infographics, the article above has 5 great options. Some, like Wordle, may be old favorites. Others like Hohli (an online chart builder) may be new. If you want to take a look at data created by others, check out the Google Public Data Explorer or Many Eyes. You’ll find interactive datasets on everything from population and unemployment to Doctor Who villains and royal wedding search term popularity.

Tuesday Tech Tip: Japan/Earthquake Resources

I want to share two timely tools with you today.

I imagine students and teachers in most classrooms, in some way, are talking about Japan.  It’s a teachable moment–earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear reactors, relief organizations, engineering, the stock market, charity, satellite imagery, and more.  Here are two resources for understanding the scope of what’s happened.

Drawing: To be entered this week, please send an example of student work you’d like to showcase on the LISD blog.  You’re doing great things in the classroom–please share!

And just a reminder:  What do teachers make? A difference. Thank you for all you do.

Tuesday Tech Tip: Filter Overrides & YouTube Videos

Today’s tip will allow you to make your away through the tools Lightspeed provides to get access to web content you need.Access Denied

  • Have you ever been suddenly blocked from viewing sites you usually have access to (like YouTube)?
    Have you ever wanted to check out a site for possible student use or research?
  • Are you interested in being able to open a site for multiple computers in order to meet your instructional goals?

Here’s the full story on how to navigate Lightspeed.Educational Video Library

  • Do you want to allow students to see a specific YouTube video without seeing the comments and having full access to YouTube?

Here’s how to create a library of videos for students to view.

***If you’re interested in Moodle training on March 10, please let Christine know!***