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Links to sites for HPWP ISI

Posted: June 2, 2011 in tech

WordPress blogging tutorials

Vimeo upload tutorial (Look in the sidebar to find links to other tutorials.)

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Embedding video

Posted: April 5, 2009 in tech

In looking for videos to help online students get started in WordPress, I found one that talked about embedding video.  I have never done that before.  But the video made it look easy.  Let’s see if it works!

It’s from clicksharpmarketing.

Well, it worked fine, didn’t it?  I wonder why I never got it to work before.  Oh well…

Timelines

Posted: March 30, 2009 in tech
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Free Technology for Teachers had a post a while back about 3 timeline tools.  I decided to try them out because I want to ahve my students reate timeines in the course I am teaching this summer.

I looked at Timetoast, and liked it because if its simplicity.  However, I didn’t like the fact that I had to put in a month and day for al entries.  That lack of flexibility made me less than happy.  But it still gets high praise for ease of use. Here is my Timetoast timeline.

Mnemograph is now TimeGlider. It was easy to use and let me only show the year of events.  It demands a description for each event, though. And I can’t always figure out how to get to the beginning of the timeline.  Here is my timeline done there.

XTimeline is, I think, my favorite.  It is more linear in the way you work on it.  You can see the events you have added in list form and can even print it out in a list.  Here is my timeline there.

I am not sure that any of these are exactly what I want.  On a couple of occasions, students will be creating timelines based on the reading they have done.  It isn’t going to be a very extensive number of events they have to track, but I wanted them to work with the information in the text, and a timeline seemed the most appropriate first way to do that.

I could be happy with students doing a list, I guess, and then they wouldn’t need a timeline tool.  But I like the idea of using the tool.   Any suggestions?

Changing Education

Posted: March 10, 2007 in education, tech

There was a great post a few days ago on Assorted Stuff about the $100 laptop project. In it, he talks about the money that is spent on technology in schools and the seemingly little effect it has had on education.

This takes me back to the question of how we use these new tchnological tools that we have. Do we just do the same old thing with them? In the post Tim makes the statement that:

in most classrooms computers are still used primarily as expensive reinforcements for standard instructional processes.

He is right, of course. And I don’t want to do that. To do otherwise takes a lot of time and energy and thought, of course.

And it means you have to integrate technology slowly rather than just jumping on the bandwagon. When Jennifer asks how much of the Web 2.0 stuff can really be applied to education, she is calling on us to think before we leap. Good advice.

Any change we make in education must be sustainable. More than anything, I think that involves teacher buy-in. We have to see the value in what we are doing or it just won’t work. That also involves giving teachers the freedom to teach in the way that best suits them and their students. None of this, “It’s 9:15 Wednesday, so you have to be discussing the information on page 36” that I hear K-12 teachers in my area talking about.

When I look around me, it is easy to become discouraged about the state of educaton in this country. But when I look around again I see all these wonderful teachers who are trying to make a real change in education, and I can’t help but feel more optimistic again.

Photo editing

Posted: January 31, 2007 in Photos, tech

Reading a great blog called Solution Watch, I ran across this article. Luscious Online Photo Editing, Let’s Go Picnik! I played a little with it and thought it was really easy to use. I can’t post the photos from here in Flock, so I will have to go in and do it later.

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