Saturday, November 29, 2008


Hopefully everyone has realized that Internet Explorer is pretty much defunct. Here is a cool trick I learned at a NYSCATE session: Firefox has a wide variety of cool add-ons. Quicknote allows you to highlight text within a webpage and send it to a little side bar in a word processor format. Along with the highlighter add-on, students can sort through text online and save relevant text for constructed-response tasks.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Let me know what you think. Changes? Suggestions? Should some courses become more than one course?

I'll send them off to Shannon early next week.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

NYSCATE Conference

WOW! Paul, Chad and I just returned from the NYSCATE Conference in Rochester. What a great conference. We had the opportunity to attend a lot of sessions that will help us move along in our technology quest. We got some great information on Google and all that it offers as well as information on other web 2.0 tools that will help us integrate more technology into the classroom. We also had a chance to visit the exhibition area and create a dream list of new technology that would be great to have in Groton. We even got to chat with Andy several times over the course of the 3 days. I can't wait until we get together again, so we can share with all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 21, 2008

LiveWeb Add-in for PowerPoint

Today I found this great add-in for use with PowerPoint and have include the description of how it works below. I have installed it and found having the ability to skip hyperlinks is a great tool. Here is the quote from the page.
"Use LiveWeb to insert web pages into a PowerPoint slide and refresh the pages real-time during slide show. Display web pages without ever leaving the confines of your PowerPoint slide show. No coding required. LiveWeb works with documents off your local drive too. You can specify relative paths. LiveWeb will also look for files in the presentation folder if the files have local drive information and cannot be located at the location specified by the user during slideshow. LiveWeb encapsulates the need to insert a web browser control manually and write code to update the web pages within the control during the slide show."

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Langwitches Blog

Found this awesome blog called Langwitche's, The Magic of Learning through Technology. Silvia Tolisano, the person responsible for the blog, is using much of the technology we are as well as a bunch of new stuff we have not explored yet. She has entries listing the 50 ways to use a projector in the classroom as well as podcasting, Twitter and a ton of other useful information. Check it out. Also I did have great success stitching photos together thanks to David.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Technology Tool Series

Hello all. I've been a little swamped lately with grad school, but I'm almost done formulating the course proposals for our Teacher Center Series. We'll call it the Technology Tool Series. Logo is forthcoming. Anywho, I'll share the document with you when its finsihed, so you can change/comment/critique it before I send it to Shannon. We'll have to decide who'd be interested in teaching which course, as well.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Photo Stiching

It escapes me at the moment, but someone on our last TTL day (who may or may not have been actually talking to me) mentioned photo stitching. I tried out that option on the software that came with our cameras, and it was actually very easy and worked pretty well. Just open the software, go to the "tools" menu, then select "stitch photos." I'll put one up here as soon as I can.