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My (Unexpected) Response to an Online Standardized Test

With all the controversy regarding online standardized testing, I’ve not weighed in with any significant position, largely because I was not overly swayed either way.  That changed this weekend, as I took the CoSN CETL Immersion Course and corresponding test.  The … Continue reading

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Use “Suggested Edits” in Collaborative Google Docs

As teachers start the school year and students begin to collaborate on Google Docs, one valuable technique is to have students use the “Suggested Edits” feature rather than simply commenting or editing the document.  Below is a short video that explains … Continue reading

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A Great Document Camera for $70! Yes, $70!

Every now and then a technology comes along and blows your mind!  The Ipevo Point 2 View camera is just such a device.  At $70, it’s a cost effective replacement for the SMART Document Camera 330 we have purchased in … Continue reading

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Google Adds Research Tool to Docs

Today Google introduced a research tool that is embedded into the Google Docs experience.  Users can select a word or words in a document, right click and choose “Research” to learn more about a topic.  As stated on its information … Continue reading

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Opportunity for Secondary Teachers to Choose Between a Netbook and a Laptop!

In response to teacher feedback, the Department of Instructional Technology would like to offer any teacher at the secondary schools who prefers a laptop to his/her current Netbook the opportunity to switch devices.  The netbook is small and extremely portable.  The laptop … Continue reading

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Google’s Changes Will Impact Individual User Accounts

Recent articles in trade magazines and blogs point out several important things to consider and actions which need to be taken prior to March 1, 2012.  This does not impact the district’s core Google Apps services.  However, if you have a … Continue reading

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There will be No H:/ Drive After July 1, 2012 for Students in Grades 6-12

At the last the technology committee meeting, members agreed that it is important to begin (now) informing grade 6-12 teachers that student work will be saved “in the cloud” next year as opposed to local servers. Specifically, students will be … Continue reading

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A Bit About Netbooks for Teachers (including FAQs)

In late December, many secondary teachers received netbook computers to replace classroom desktops.  This idea was supported by principals, the technology committee, and teachers who were consulted prior to its implementation.  Some teacher users are not as satisfied as we … Continue reading

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Google Apps: What a Difference “The Cloud” Makes!

Students and teachers in our district are fortunate to have Google Applications for Education available as a powerful learning tool.  For the past several years, the district has taken advantage of cloud computing in a variety of ways, not only … Continue reading

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Social Networks Explained!

David Pogue succinctly and humorously explains social networks in fewer than three minutes.  If you are not up to date on these technologies, this is worth three minutes of your time! (Click here to watch!)

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