Friday Five 2008-09


Each week I will send out eTips to all 21st Century learners on Friday. The Friday Five provides readers with valuable tips, information, links, and inspiration for engaging students using 21st Century skills. I hope you enjoy!

Friday Five for Friday, August 15th

1. There’s no place like home…
Visit our 21st Century group’s wiki to find resources, links, ideas, and other information relating to our professional learning group. http://tcboe21.wikispaces.com. It’s “our” space, so feel free to add your discoveries to this space so everyone can benefit from your efforts!

2. Folders are your friends…
Create a folder in your email inbox for 21st Century information and all other important information that comes your way.

3. The Lowdown from Down Under…
One of the best places on the web to learn about using web tools in your classroom is at http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com. Suzie Vesper, a teacher from New Zealand, created this great site, complete with tutorials and detailed instructions for using many of the web tools available free to educators. Bookmark this site!

4. A Top-Notch Measurement Tool…
“The Top 10 Great Things Technology Leaders,” Do by Frank Rudnesky is a great little tool to use for self-evaluation or goal setting. Print this one and place in your 21st Century notebook for reference. Find the article at techLEARNING.

5. Inspiring Words of Wisdom…
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday Five for Friday, August 22nd

1. An Emerging Vision…
Public School Insights is the web version of their leading voice, Learning First Alliance, representing 18 leading education associations around the nation. On the topic of vision for our profession, read what they say. “A quiet revolution in public education is in full swing. Public schools and their communities are rolling out innovative strategies to give all students every chance to thrive in a challenging new century. These efforts add up to an emerging vision for the future of public schools. They deserve our nation's continued commitment and resources.”
Check out their insights at http://www.publicschoolinsights.org/vision/.
2. Whatever It Takes…
South Bronx is a long way from Alabama. Yet, the issues teachers and school leaders deal with aren’t so different from ours. A documentary about a unique school facing challenges head-on is being produced. It’s due out soon, but the trailers for the film and information about the school are available now. Go to http://www.whateverittakesdoc.com/ to see if you find inspiration to help you deal with your tough-as-nails students.

3. Schrock Rocks!
Kathy Schrock is the Administrator for Technology for Nauset Public Schools in Massachusetts and Discovery Education’s technology guru. She has so many online resources worth a look, but I thought I’d call your attention to her page about web 2.0. Browse her list and see if you can envision using any of these applications in your classroom. Call on your mentor to help make it a reality!
http://kathyschrock.net/web20/

4. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…
Pictures can bring your subject to life for your students. And these two sites can help bring your pictures to life. Try www.befunky.com to get convert your photos to “cartoon-like” artwork. Try www.blabberize.com and have your pictures tell a story (you record it!).


5. Think Pink…
Daniel Pink, a bestselling writer and thinker, has captured the attention of educators around the country with his book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the World. He outlines six senses: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. Then, he includes tips and resources for understanding each sense. Find a review of Pink’s book on Hot Chalk, a great site worth a glance as well!

Have a great weekend!




Friday Five for Friday, August 29th

1. “Screenagers”
Cathleen Richardson takes a look at today’s 21st Century learners with simple clarity. Read her short article about today’s “screenagers” at Hot Chalk.

2. 2016 and Beyond…
Does 2016 sound futuristic to you? Well the folks at the Knowledge Works Foundation & The Institute for the Future having been thinking out it a great deal. They have published a fascinating map (with various short videos as well) that describe the trends and drivers that are likely to affect our future. Go to http://www.kwfdn.org/map/ to explore the interactive map. Be sure to watch the videos – they are wonderful!

3. Paideia – Something to Ponder…
(PAIDEIA (py-dee-a) from the Greek pais, paidos: the upbringing of a child.) The Paideia approach to teaching is very global. all students are involved in a wide range of academic work and social practices needed to achieve the following objectives: to become good citizens, to earn a decent living, and to lead a good life. To learn more visit - http://www.paideia.org/content.php/system/index.htm.

4. Google Docs in the classroom…
There is so much more to Google than the search. Start exploring how you can use their very popular application – Google Docs. It’s a free, Web-based word processing, presentations and spreadsheets program in a collaborative way. Documents are saved safely online and you never have to worry about losing data or a hard drive crash! Go here - http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dcdn7mjg_72nh25vq

5. Not Enough Time?
Captain Kangaroo has advice for you.
“One of the big secrets of finding time is not to watch television.” Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo)

Have a great weekend. (Since the Olympics is over, maybe I can tear away from the TV now.)

Friday Five for Friday, September 5th
Game theme (Encore from Friday Five last April)

1. Map Games
I have compiled lots of map games on my wiki. Feel free to use them and share them. Here’s the link - http://fhswolvesden.wikispaces.com/Maps. These are great games for learning geography for almost any age student.

2. Punctuation Game; War Game
Eats, Shoots & Leaves Punctuation Game - http://eatsshootsandleaves.com/ESLquiz.html Try this great game in your English class! Try the World War II Trench Warfare game in your history class- http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/hq/trenchwarfare_large.shtml

3. Interactive sites (Jeff Co, TN)
OK, so this is another school system’s site, but I see no reason to reinvent the wheel. Find games and interactive activities sorted by subject area http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/interactive.htm. For high school - http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/tools/high-school.html.

4. Quiz Hub
The Fun k-12 Online Interactive Learning Center has some great games here - http://quizhub.com/quiz/quizhub.cfm. There are so many great games on this site it is worth taking some time to find just what you need.

5. ”Students certainly don’t have short attention spans for their games, movies, music, or Internet surfing. More and more, they just don’t tolerate the old ways—and they are enraged we are not doing better by them.” Marc Prensky

Is it just too much for us to let gaming into our classroom? Does it even have a place in the classroom? Try a little experiment with something you have found in the sites listed above. Use your scientific skills to set up a little study by trying gaming with one group, no gaming with another and test them. Then determine for yourself if it works the way that Mark Prensky says it does. Share your results with our group via skype!


Friday Five for Friday, September 12th
Election and National Constitution Day Resources
All of us can encourage our students to become responsible citizens by taking a bit of time to discuss national issues and our coming election with them. Here are some resources to help. Also, don’t forget that National Constitution Day is this coming Wednesday!

1. Teacher Vision
This terrific site has 261 excellent resources for the 2008 Presidential Election!
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/elections/teaching-methods/56372.html

2. Seize the Vote!
Are you looking for a great activity for National Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17th? This is a great game on Voting Rights from National Constitution Center. Go to this site: http://www.constitutioncenter.org/Sieze_the_Vote/. Also, check out www.constitutioncenter.org for other resources for National Constitution Day.

3. Meet the Candidates
This site has a great webquest and other activities for the election. The author of the plan says this plan is a “multiple intelligences project for upper elementary and middle school” but I believe it has plenty of great stuff for any age. Try out: http://eev.liu.edu/KK/election/meetthecandidates/index.htm

4. Where do you stand on the issues?
Lots of students have trouble answering questions about their views on the issues in elections and government. A terrific online interactive quiz has been created to help them sort out their opinions and views. Go to www.glassbooth.org and try it out. It will help you see the candidates with whom you agree very easily. Great resource!

5. Let me share with you….
My history classes at FHS are working on an election project that you can reproduce for your students. Each student has an adult “election partner” with whom they will debate and discuss various issues. To learn more, go to the Election Page for general information about the election and the Project Page to see the specifics of the project and each student’s election page.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Friday Five for Friday, September 19th

1. Tech Help Made Easy
Technology help is here! The Educational Technology Clearinghouse has a great digital resource for schools. This is a must visit! If you have simple questions or complex issues, this page can help you. Visit - http://etc.usf.edu/te/ Be sure to bookmark this page and save it to your delicious account!

2. So, what is a 21st Century Education?
When you are on a mission, it helps to have a clear understanding of exactly what you are trying to do. This wonderful site states our mission so well. Take time to read a bit about what we are working to provide our students. Visit - http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/What_is_21st_Century_Education.htm

3. The Student Perspective
This video is powerful! “A Vision of Students Today” gives us some wonderful insight. This video is hosted on TeacherTube, a site you should explore. Show this to your students and ask them for their thoughts. Visit - http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=e0b93b5f334ffb4e4064

4. Voicethread Help…
This wiki is a great resource and help aide for voicethread. You were introduced to this tool at our first session this year. If you are still exploring ways to use voicethread, be sure to check out this site. Visit - http://voicethread-workshop.wikispaces.com/

5. You Tube’s Good Stuff…
“100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers” (http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/100-best-youtube-videos-for-teachers/) is a fantastic resource for videos to use with your classes. OK, you might ask, “How do we do that? You Tube is blocked.” Download TubeTilla (www.tubetilla.com) and you can copy any You Tube video straight to your computer. Then you can use the material that is appropriate on You Tube. Skype me if you need any help.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Change in the date for our next meeting. We will meet at WHS on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21st (not Tuesday, Nov 25th). Go ahead and get your substitute. You do NOT need to fill out a Professional Leave Form.

Do not hesitate to be in touch with your mentor if you have questions or need help in any way!

Friday Five for Friday, September 26th
One Wiki – Thousands of ideas…http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com – An Educational Technology wiki by Suzie Vespers from New Zealand.

1. The Big List…
Suzie Vesper’s wiki is neatly organized into “Offline” and “Online” tools and software. Her Big List is a great place to start when exploring this goldmine of an instructional wiki. Go here - http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/The+Big+List

2. Text Generators…
Susie gives examples, descriptions, and links for everything she illustrates on her space. I love the examples of text generators. Go here - http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Text+Generators

3. Surveys and Polls…
A great way to get your students to interact with content is to ask them their thoughts about what they are learning. Using surveys and polls makes this quick and painless. Check out Susie Survey Tools page for ideas: http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Survey+Tools

4. Photos and Picture Sharing…
Susie really does a fantastic job explaining why picture sharing is so useful. She shares more than a dozen wonderful sites and examples. http://educationalsoftware.wikispaces.com/Picture+Sharing

5. Much more…
Take time to look at Mindmap and Charts, Video Sharing, Slide Shows, Avatars, and her entire list of “Offline” examples.

I met Suzie Vespers in “cyberspace” this summer. When I told her that I’d recommended her site to other teachers on a number of occasions before, she was genuinely surprised. She told me that she just thought of herself as a “regular classroom teacher who fell in love with the 21st century method for teaching.” When you explore her site, you’ll see that she’s not so regular. I hope her work will inspire you and give you guidance as it has me.

Have a terrific weekend!


Friday Five for Friday, October 3rd
“Crazy for Flickr “


1. Pick Flickr
Flickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications around. Go to www.flickr.com to see what this is all about. To see an amazing example of what students can do on flickr check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/lewiselementary/69461520/ (Jane Goodall’s Camp). Also, to see a cool flickr group for teachers on flickr, go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/classrmdisplays/. This is a terrific site you might find yourself using more than Google images!

2. Using Flickr
Now that you now about flickr, how about a great blog post that gives you a load of ideas for using it? http://jakespeak.blogspot.com/2006/03/classroom-uses-of-flickr.html - This post is full of links, ideas, and specific examples of how flickr can be very instructive.

3. Big Huge Labs
The Big Huge Labs website offers loads of interesting things to do with your flickr photos. Go to http://www.bighugelabs.com/flickr/ to see how you can create puzzles, movie-styled posters, badges, cubes, trading cards, slideshows, photo walls, and much more.

4. One True Media

Use any of your photos to create some amazing products at www.onetruemedia.com. This site is very easy to use and enables you to transform your creations into shareable online videos and DVDs.

5. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln

Thank you for all you are doing to “sharpen your axe.” Have a fantastic long weekend!


Friday Five for Friday, October 10th

1. Making Good Judgments…
Teaching students to evaluate web sites has become extremely important in this digital age. Use the “Five Basic Criteria” made available by Glencoe in a “Teaching Today” newsletter article. Go to http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/evaluating-web-sites-five-basic-criteria and duplicate the printer friendly copy for your students.

2. ABCs of RSS…
OK, you are right. Adding another three letter acronym to our “Educator’s Dictionary” is laughable. But, you might find RSS to be THE MOST USEFUL three letters you know. RSS is a must for any serious techno-geek and something most teachers could find useful for teaching, learning, and connecting to educators, news, and up-to-date information. Take a look at this simple explanation of RSS and the educational benefits, classroom applications, examples, links and more - http://web2tutorial.wikispaces.com/RSS

3. Wiki Woman…
This is a wonderful story about how a wiki revitalized a Pennsylvania teacher’s career. A biology teacher for over twenty years tells her story on Edutopia - http://www.edutopia.org/whats-next-2008-wiki-teacher. Take a moment to see how she embraced a change that kept her in the classroom.

4. Free Games…
Who doesn’t need a bargain these days? Try the Education Games Research site for a listing of 10 great sites for finding free educational games. http://edugamesblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/10-great-sites-for-finding-free-educational-games/ There are loads of good things for all ages here.

5. I Love My Toy! Now, What Do I Do With It?
So many 21st Century folks enjoyed an early Christmas last week. Now, you might wonder what you can do with your new toy. Here’s some help:

Elmo – Try http://www.umesd.k12.or.us/techlinks_100ideas - Love these 100 ideas!
http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00002162.shtml - You will find loads of ideas and uses for your new document camera. http://www.teachersnetwork.org/ntny/nychelp/technology/doccamera.htm - Another great resource!

Interwrite Pad – Need help hooking up your Interwrite pad? Two lessons: Output & Input devices -
http://www.edtech.esc11.net/~jgermany/video/Interwrite.htm http://www.interwritelearning.com/resources/index.html - Try this one for loads of resources.



Have a terrific weekend!


Friday Five for Friday, October 17th

1. Parle vous Francais?
Well, I don’t speak French either, but high school kids in France do. I have a contact that is interested in creating an audio pen pal exchange. Cyrus Farivar would like for his English students in France to hear from native speakers other than him as well as have his students provide you with some things that might interest your students about their country. If you are serious about such an adventure, let me know and I’ll put you in contact with him. He uses skype, so that could be a possibility for you.

2. Seven Habits of Highly Connected People
Check out Stephen Downes article (http://www.downes.ca/post/44261) on the habits of highly connected people. His ideas are very interesting. See what you think and evaluate your habits using his model. Better yet, create your own model!

3. Sharon Shares Something…
Sharon Wright has found a wonderful resource at www.nces.ed.gov. This is a website for making graphs. Access the “kids zone” section to find super easy graph making tools. Thanks for the heads up, Sharon!

4. Ga Ga for Google…
Without a doubt, Google has one of the best online toolboxes. There are so many goodies for teachers and some great help sites to assist you as you sift through to find what you need. Try - http://sites.google.com/site/gtools4teachers/Home to see an embedded presentation and to find links to everything you need. Explanations are provided for each tool.

5. Stop and appreciate the season…
Fall really is a wonderful time of year. Don’t let it pass you by without enjoying it as much as possible! Here’s a little poem for reflection…

"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came -
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band."

Author: George Cooper, "October's Party"


Don’t forget that our next professional development is Friday, November 21st at Winterboro High School. You need to get a sub, but there is no need to worry about filling out any leave forms.
Have a great weekend!


Friday Five for Friday, October 24th

1. Google is Great
Check out Google for Educators here - http://www.google.com/educators/index.html Click on Classroom Activities to find ready-made lesson plans for using Google tools. I really love the presidential election lesson for the primary elections going on right now. Also, the Classroom posters are great!

2. Web Playground
Looking for a great place to play? Try **http://www.go2web20.net/**. This is an amazing place to find web 2.0 resources and tools. Warning: You could play here for many hours, so do this when you have time to play. It is a must-see site!

3. What’s in a byte?
Have you ever wondered what difference between a megabyte and a gigabyte is? Check out the attached sheet on storage capacities. It might just blow your mind! Have you heard of a terabyte? Get ready, it is coming!

4. Free Videos on the Web
If you haven’t already checked out www.unitedstreaming.com, you should. Ask your resource teacher for your username and password, because it’s free for you to use. There are videos on almost every topic imaginable. Great resource!

5. Is it better to give than receive?
Share something that you’ve learned with someone. When you do this you force yourself to know your stuff! By sharing your discoveries, you can become an expert. The more you share the better you become. Ask your principal if you can demonstrate a new skill at a faculty meeting. Don’t be shy – share!

Have a Great Weekend!





Friday Five for Friday, October 31st
Happy Halloween!

1. Trick…
Here’s a very cool resource for teaching students to safely use the internet. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sponsors this great interactive site, geared toward youth. There are great videos, comics, and other resources perfect to use as a bell ringer or a standalone lesson. Go to http://www.nsteens.org/index.html

2. Treat…
Emerging Technologies… Over 15,000 resources organized by topics for teachers, students, and parents can be found at http://www.emtech.net/. Thanks for the heads up on this great site recommended by Christy Shepard at Munford Middle. This resource is a “local” creation by individuals associated with the University of Alabama. You will definitely find some treasure there.

3. Graveyard Videos…
Check out http://youtomb.mit.edu/ . YouTomb is a research project by MIT Free Culture that tracks videos taken down from YouTube for alleged copyright violation. This is a wonderful site to use to teach issues related to copyright laws.

4. Defang the Monster…
Read this article in The New York Times on defanging scary technology.

5. Don’t Forget to “Fall Back”…
Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend and you get an extra hour! If you are like me, you need more than one extra hour. Here’s a great little blog you might like. This post is addresses 10 ways to save 10 minutes every day! Go to Marc and Angel

Hope your Halloween is filled with loads of treats!


Friday Five for Friday, November 7th
Sent Kim’s!!

Friday Five for Friday, November 14th

1. Layered Curriculum
Rusty Reeves at Lincoln High uses a really cool method in his history classes. Check out what he shared with me here - http://www.help4teachers.com/ They explain the layered curriculum like this: Finally, a practical way to DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION for SECONDARY classrooms! (as well as elementary) Confused and frustrated because you have more than one student in your classroom? Is your school needing to differentiate instruction to ensure more students succeed? But you feel like a circus performer juggling inclusion, diversity, learning styles, multiple intelligences and mind styles in your teaching methods! Then you can see the reasons behind the development of Layered Curriculum - the easiest solution for teachers in today's mixed ability classrooms.
2. Ahead of the Curve
If you like to be a bit ahead of the curve and ultra-prepared for our next 21st Century meeting next Friday at Winterboro High AND our system-wide staff development day on November 25th, go to http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/ and study the 21st Century framework. Specifically, you might study the entire framework here.

3. Collection of Wisdom
Don’t miss seeing this exciting collection of the voices of wisdom put together by Andrew Zuckerman. You will be inspired by what they have to say. Go to http://www.wisdombook.org/. Can you see a place to use this with your students? It’s great writing prompt and discussion material for any class!

4. Study Aids for Students
Ashley O’Toole, a middle school Learning Specialist, shares some study and test-taking strategies for students. (These work for all students, not just middle school students!) Check out her embedded PowerPoint and other information. These strategies fit squarely with 21st century methods. Go to Technology in the Middle blog to get the goods.

5. Thanksgiving Thought…
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Expect another email today with details about our next 21st Century meeting on Friday, November 21st at Winterboro High from 8:30 – 3:00.
Have a great weekend!



Friday Five for Friday, November 21st
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Friday Five for Friday, December 5th

1. The Right Tool for the Job…
As you search through your “web 2.0 toolbox” for the right method to teach your content, be sure to take a look at this chart and the other useful information on www.web2thatworks.com for determining when to use what. This site is based on Marzano’s work on Classroom Instruction That Works and is very user friendly. Loads of resources are available.


2. Making Lit and History More Fun…
At www.shmoop.com, you will find loads of help relating literature and history to students of today. This clever and growing site is being put together by professors and masters students at top universities around the nation. They promise more to come. It’s an excellent resource for any lit or history teacher.

3. Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Map…
Andrew Churches published a very interesting revised taxonomy he calls Bloom’s digital taxonomy map in April of this year. Go to techlearning and scroll down to the bottom to see the digital taxonomy. Ask yourself how much you have your students work at the top of this digital taxonomy.

4. 27 Free Must-Have Online Collaboration Tools…
A blogger named crazeegeekchick has put together a very cool list (with links and explanations) for collaborating. Go here to see this amazing list, some old and many new!

5. A Picture is Worth…
If your students are creating any sort of projects and need quality stock photos, recommend this site - http://www.freeimages.co.uk/ - to them. It has more than 2500 original stock photos for free.

Have a great weekend!


Friday Five for Friday, December 12th
“Numbers Theme”

1. 3 Things I Believe About All Students…
This really fascinating blog post started me thinking. Read this blog and think about the 3 things you believe about ALL students. After Christmas we will share these with one another on our tcboe21 wiki. Maybe it can serve as a “school new year’s resolution” to begin the New Year!

2. 7 Stupid Mistakes Teachers Make With Technology…
OK- I agree. The title of this blog post is pretty harsh. But, you will enjoy reading it. The comments on this post are as interesting as the post itself!

3. 55 Great Websites for Free Sound Effects…
If you and your students are creating interesting movies or other products needing sound effects, use this great resource!

4. Your $250 Bailout Check has arrived…
Well, not exactly. But remember when you fill out your tax returns to claim your $250 deduction. Check out this article on the IRS website for more information.

5. 130 Tools in 160 Minutes…
This list is absolutely cool. Go to http://www.librarystuff.net/130tools/ to take a quick tour of the coolest tools on the web.

Have a splendid weekend!


Friday Five for Friday, January 9th
Saving Time and Money!

1. Save time…
Go to Savvy Sugar and find 10 great ways to save time and be more productive! These are great practical, easy tips for everyone!


2. Save more time…
Use Microsoft’s great templates to print 2009 calendars, spreadsheets, presentations, flyers, and even form letters! Go to the Microsoft Template site to see!

3. Save money…
Go to Donors Choose to see a wonderful way to raise money for school projects. Go to this page on the website to see this organization (started by teachers) and a nice offer you might like to explore.

4. Save more money…
When we are stressed, our students feel it as well. Take a few minutes to look at 101 Ways to Save Money to see if you can find a few ideas to help you make it through tough financial times without worry.

5. What do you love?
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.”
Maya Angelou


Friday Five for Friday, January 16th

1. Webquests for Everyone
From this site: “You've arrived at the most complete and current source of information about the Webquest Model. Whether you're an education student new to the topic or an experienced teacher educator looking for materials, you'll find something here to meet your needs.” If you haven’t tried webquests with your students, look at this site and see if something peaks your interest. (www.webquest.org)

2. Sue LeBeau and Her Amazing List
O.K. I don’t know Sue, but she has done some amazing work putting together this list. Visit her Tools for Teachers at her
website. There are more links here than one could possibly use.

3. Will Richardson – Master of Wiki and Blog
Will Richardson is the master of using the wiki and blog in the classroom. Read his blog or check out his suggestions and resources at http://weblogg-ed.com. He has some great stuff for anyone trying to use these tools in the classroom. Also, we have all received a copy of his book, so this site will help you as you read it and share with your colleagues.

4. Item Specs for SAT & AHSGE
If you haven’t already, go to the State Department website and download the item specs for the tests you are looking toward soon. For AHSGE – here For ARMT & SAT go here Then click on publications, move your cursor to the blue chart and use your arrow key to scroll down to find the ARMT and SAT documents. The State Dept web site isn’t so simple to use, but the information is all there. It’s worth taking a good look.

5. Is it better to give than receive?
Share something that you’ve learned with someone. When you do this you force yourself to know your stuff! By sharing your discoveries, you can become an expert. The more you share the better you become. Ask your principal if you can demonstrate a new skill at a faculty meeting. Don’t be shy – share!



Friday Five for Friday, January 23rd
Leadership – How You Can Help Transform Your School Five Minutes at a Time!

Important: You cannot wait until you are an expert to start sharing! Let them know you are learning as you share. You know more right now than someone on your faculty. You are counted upon to share it.

1. Five Minutes at Faculty Meetings
Ask (with emphasis) for five minutes at your next faculty meeting to expose teachers to some 21st century tools. These videos are short and very, very straightforward. Make yourself available after the meeting to answer questions and schedule a time to help your colleagues explore further.
Here are a few videos by Common Craft you might like to use. (Remember, you can embed all of these videos into your site and show them from there.)
Very simple wiki video
Common Craft
Very simple social bookmarking - Teacher Tube
Very simple podcasting video Teacher Tube
Very simple RSS videoTeacher Tube

2. Five Minutes before School
Volunteer to help teachers a few minutes before school. This would be a great time to show them some of your student’s work with these tools. Show them:
Voki – www.voki.com
Quizlet – www.quizlet.com
Voicethread – www.voicethread.com
Mixbook – www.mixbook.com
Your wiki or blog (give them a quick tour and ask them explore more during their planning or other available time)

3. Five Minutes after School
Host a session exploring the wonderful directory of web 2.0 tools at Go 2 Web 2.0. Use a computer lab, library or other area with a handful of computers to allow all interested teachers a few minutes to explore. This site is sure to spark an interest in web tools that can be used in the classroom.
http://www.go2web20.net/

4. Five Minutes during Common Planning
Use one of the best resources on the web to get your colleagues to envision technology integration with their subject. Use this Jefferson County, Tennessee site!
http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/interactive.htm - They will love this!

5. Other Ideas…
Consider some other ways teachers throughout Alabama are finding time to share 21st century tools with colleagues.
· iLunch – Using parent volunteers, an Auburn elementary school has duty-free lunch once every two weeks for their iLunch meetings. This lunch meeting (not in the lunchroom) is a great opportunity to share and exchange lesson ideas, etc.
· Breakfast Meetings – Another friend in Huntsville tells me that their grade group leaders in technology integration host breakfast meetings once a month. They use these 30 minutes to deepen understanding of tools and techniques presented during PD time and faculty meetings.
· “Tool Time” – Set up a piece of equipment (Smart Board/Pad, clickers, or just a computer and projector) in a prominent location after school. Put it in a place that teachers will stop and watch or maybe even practice using a tool. Make it a fun and sociable experience to get teachers to let down their guard and try out something new.
· Create a S.W.A.T. Team – Create a team of Students Willing to Assist with Technology and let them be much like the geek squad and send them out to assist teachers with technical issues during their free period. The Cullman schools have had great results with their SWAT program.
· Ask for help! Your principal, assistant principal, resource teacher, and other team members can serve as the best sources of inspiration for finding ways to share what you are learning with your colleagues.

Friday Five for Friday, January 23rd
Leadership – How You Can Help Transform Your School Five Minutes at a Time!
Important: You cannot wait until you are an expert to start sharing! Let them know you are learning as you share. You know more right now than someone on your faculty. You are counted upon to share it.
1. Five Minutes at Faculty Meetings
Ask (with emphasis) for five minutes at your next faculty meeting to expose teachers to some 21st century tools. These videos are short and very, very straightforward. Make yourself available after the meeting to answer questions and schedule a time to help your colleagues explore further.
Here are a few videos by Common Craft you might like to use. (Remember, you can embed all of these videos into your site and show them from there.)
Very simple wiki video
Common Craft
Very simple social bookmarking - Teacher Tube
Very simple podcasting video Teacher Tube
Very simple RSS videoTeacher Tube
2. Five Minutes before School
Volunteer to help teachers a few minutes before school. This would be a great time to show them some of your student’s work with these tools. Show them:
Voki – www.voki.com
Quizlet –
www.quizlet.com
Voicethread –
www.voicethread.com
Mixbook –
www.mixbook.com
Your wiki or blog (give them a quick tour and ask them explore more during their planning or other available time)
3. Five Minutes after School
Host a session exploring the wonderful directory of web 2.0 tools at Go 2 Web 2.0. Use a computer lab, library or other area with a handful of computers to allow all interested teachers a few minutes to explore. This site is sure to spark an interest in web tools that can be used in the classroom.
http://www.go2web20.net/
4. Five Minutes during Common Planning
Use one of the best resources on the web to get your colleagues to envision technology integration with their subject. Use this Jefferson County, Tennessee site!http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/interactive.htm - They will love this! This would be a great site to explore by grade level or by subject area!
5. Other Ideas…
Consider some other ways teachers throughout Alabama are finding time to share 21st century tools with colleagues.
· iLunch – Using parent volunteers, an Auburn elementary school has duty-free lunch once every two weeks for their iLunch meetings. This lunch meeting (not in the lunchroom) is a great opportunity to share and exchange lesson ideas, etc.
· Breakfast Meetings – Another friend in Huntsville tells me that their grade group leaders in technology integration host breakfast meetings once a month. They use these 30 minutes to deepen understanding of tools and techniques presented during PD time and faculty meetings.
· “Tool Time” – Set up a piece of equipment (Smart Board/Pad, clickers, or just a computer and projector) in a prominent location after school. Put it in a place that teachers will stop and watch or maybe even practice using a tool. Make it a fun and sociable experience to get teachers to let down their guard and try out something new.
· Create a S.W.A.T. Team – Create a team of Students Willing to Assist with Technology and let them be much like the geek squad and send them out during their free period to assist teachers and other students with technical issues. The Cullman schools have had great results with their SWAT program.
· Ask for help! Your principal, assistant principal, resource teacher, and other team members can serve as the best sources of inspiration for finding ways to share what you are learning with your colleagues.


Thank you so much for your willingness to share with your colleagues. It takes all of us to make this happen! Have a great weekend!

Friday Five for Friday, February 6th
Hardware, How to, and Help Wanted Theme
1. How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website…
This article on Digital Inspiration is a must-save! Go here to find instructions on how you embed documents, presentations, video, pictures, spreadsheets, and much more into your site.

2. Connecting your Document Camera/Computer/Projector…
Do you need all three devices connected in your classroom? Print this excellent instruction sheet and follow the simple steps. Now you can move from the web to your document camera with ease!
3. Converting Videos…
If you work with videos using most any digital camera, flip video camera, or digital video camera, you will probably find that you’ll need to convert those videos to another format to be able to edit them and do other cool things with them. There are loads of free converters online (and many for purchase as well). Take a look at this explanation on RiverPast of the process. I’ve been using Prism Video Converter (free) and like it.
4. JPEG, GIFF, TIF, and PNG: What are they anyway?
Do you ever wonder about the difference between all the different file formats in digital photos? Check out this site to understand the basics of the most common file formats.
5. How to Embed a Video into PowerPoint…
Go to this Media Specialist’s blog to learn how to embed videos into your power point presentations. Easy step-by-step instructions are listed.


Friday Five for Friday, February 13th
1. Like Quizlet, but maybe better!
I’ve discovered a fantastic web 2.0 tool that rivals the wonderful vocabulary helper, Quizlet. It’s BrainFlips! Go to Brain Flips to see what I mean. Make a deck of flashcards using pictures, video, and sound to really make those terms stick in your students’ heads. This site is a must-see!
2. Facebook Alert…
Social networking isn’t just for kids. Many adults use Facebook today to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. If you use a social site, read this article. For us to become savvy users and advise our students of appropriate use, we must investigate and study our own use. Pay special attention to “How to Use Friend Lists” in the article. Although I don’t have lots of spare time for it, Facebook is uplifting and fun for me. If you don’t find a need for such social software, you’ve saved yourself loads of time – these things can be addictive.
3. A Great Top Ten List…
Check out the Top Ten Web 2.0 Tools for young learners here. I love this list because you are using most of them! Try out the ones you are not currently using. They are really great tools!
4. Math and the Movies!
I always feel like I slight our math teachers on ideas for using 21st century technology in their classrooms. But, here’s one just for you! Math and the Movies contains a nice resource list and worksheets for certain movie clips to enhance specific math concepts. Other subject area teachers might find some inspiration by looking over this website.
5. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts book study…
Congratulations to everyone for putting together a wonderful book study wiki on the Will Richardson book we are all reading. (The Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Group and the Assistant Principals are also to be commended!) Please share the wiki site - http://tcboebookstudy.wikispaces.com/ - with your colleagues and encourage them to explore. Also, remember that you have a ready-made mini-professional development session available on this wiki for an upcoming faculty meeting or other gatherings at your school. Please use the site in the months and years ahead as you share the world of web tools and how 21st century technology enhances classroom instruction.