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Google’s Cultural Institute Collection: A Powerful Resource Worth Exploring

Google’s Cultural Institute Collection is a powerful resource and features a wealth of virtual museum tours, photos, and more.   The Art Project is a great place to start.  You’ll want to choose the “Museum View Only” filter to explore the extensive … Continue reading

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Videoconferencing from the Diner: Job Embedded Professional Development

Several colleagues and I have an important Google Hangout scheduled for Monday, but the weather will likely result in a snow day. One of our colleagues had not yet used Hangouts, so another colleague decided to teach him how to … Continue reading

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Make Your Rubrics in Google Apps to Save Time and Keep a Running Record

In less that four minutes, you can learn a technique that will save hours of work throughout the year.  Using Google forms to create a rubric can be a game changer for students.  Use this easy to create tool to … Continue reading

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When Students Take Control of Their Learning, Magic Happens: A Timeless Reality!

In the mid-1990’s, the Web became available to the general public and was offered through several commercial ISP’s such as AOL, Prodigy,  and Appe’s eWorld (remember that one!).  Clarkstown North’s website was the district’s first, and one of the pioneering … Continue reading

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Want a New House? Print It!

In yet another technological advance, an Amsterdam-based architectual firm plans to use 3D printing technology to–literally–print a house–before the year’s end. This technology is not new, but printing something of this scale is a fantastic demonstration of how technology can transform … Continue reading

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A Video Interview with Author Nikhil Goyal Right from the Classroom!

Earlier this month the students in Ms. Phalen’s English class at Clarkstown North engaged in an exciting activity.  Using the district-sponsored Google Apps platform, they video-interviewed the author of a relevant book on the subject of education reform.  This is … 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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Mystery Skype!

I was at a table talking with @pattigrayson and she shared a cool geography project she does with her fourth  grade students.  They do a mystery skype with a class in another state, but the students do not know in which state … 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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