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Each week the project leader sends out eTips to all participants on Friday. The Friday Five provides readers with valuable tips, information, links, and inspiration for engaging students using 21st Century skills.
Here's an archive of last year's Friday Five. Feel free to review and use the discussion tab at the top of this page to share thoughts about anything you find that has helped you!
Friday Five for Friday, January 4th
1. Folders Are Your Friends
Create a folder in your Inbox for 21st Century Stuff. If you don't have time to read this now, set it aside in your 21st Century folder and read later when you have some time. Folders are great for organizing papers as well as emails.
2. Stayed Tuned In - to Skype that is
Remember to sign into skype every day, or better yet, stay signed in all the time and just change your status (do not disturb, not available, offline, skype me, etc.) No one can access you if you aren't on.
3. Home is where Your Eyes Are
If you have created a wiki or blog, make it your homepage. (Remember- go to Tools, Internet Options) If you have it as your homepage you will see it more often and be more encouraged to update it.
4. Animoto anyone?
Do you like music videos and such? Try
. Upload your pictures and choose some music and you've created a cool music slide show. You can embed on your wiki/website/blog. Students love to see their pictures or even pictures of you! Animoto is free for the short 30 second shows; it costs to do longer ones. Great tool!
5. Need a Logo?
Do you want your own logo or trademark? It seems everyone wants his or her own "brand" or "logo" so now you can have one too. Go to
and create one for free. After you make one (there are thousands of options) then you save it like a picture file. You can put that on any place you put a graphic or pictures - a test, handout, PowerPoint, website, and more. It's fun to do. Try it out.
"None of us are as good as all of us."
(Quote from tech guru, Sheryl) Talk to each other and share your small successes. You guys are such a positive group and I know every little success will be celebrated with terrific enthusiasm.
Friday Five for Friday, January 11th
1. Google is Great
Check out Google for Educators here -
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
This is an amazing place to find web 2.0 resources and tools.
You could play here for many hours, so do this when you have time to play. It is a
What’s in a byte?
Have you ever wondered what difference between a
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!
Free Videos on the Web
If you haven’t already checked out
, 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.
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 18th
1. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
Do you ever find yourself needing a great certificate, brochure, calendar, presentation, flyer, or the like and have no time to create one?
It’s been done for you!
- this is the template site for Microsoft Office.
Templates for everything you could ever imagine are here.
Now, your documents and presentations will look like you spent hours on them!
Let Me Give You My Card….
Do you have business cards?
Maybe you should consider printing some.
Use a template from the website listed above.
Office supply stores (and Wal-Mart, of course) have business cards you can print yourself for less than $20.
If you print some to have, I guarantee you’ll find dozens of uses for them.
Think of all the people who need to be in touch with you:
Parents, students, former students, coaches, vendors, principals, other teachers, and on and on.
Be sure to include your website!
This is a great promo of your site!
Grammar Games, History Quizzes, and Math & Science Interactives
I know that “grammar games” sounds like an oxymoron, but
is actually fun.
and see if taking a history quiz could actually be fun.
For Math, Science, History, and Language,
with great interactive learning games geared toward 9-12th grades!
You’ll hate it if you don’t bookmark this site!
“Can I Quote You on That?”
Sometimes a quote is a perfect bell ringer or extra credit prompt.
But finding what you’re looking for isn’t always easy.
Take a look at
for some help.
They have loads of ways to search for great quotes here.
Discover what’s up at Discovery Education
School Resources include puzzle maker, lesson plan library, Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators (I highly recommend this), clip art gallery, and much more.
I have found so many great things at Discovery Education; it’s hard to brag enough about this useful site.
Science teachers will especially love this place. (
Friday Five for Friday, January 25th
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.
Did I Ask for Your Opinion?
Students love when we ask for their opinions.
Use the free survey tools at
to create one for them.
Or better yet, have them create them for the entire class.
These tools are easy and fun!
When Talking in Class is O.K.
Use the attached “how to” to get started with Voicethread (
I recommend setting up one email account for your entire class and having each student add their identity to your class thread.
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 -
For ARMT & SAT go to
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.
Something to think about…
ell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.”
How can you create the deepest possible involvement with content for your students?
Can these tech tools really help?
Think about it….
Friday Five for Friday, February 1st
1. Brainstorming in Cyberspace
Create a mind map online at
This could be a wonderful way to introduce a topic to your class and have them continue to add to the map.
It’s so easy to use!
Try one or suggest it to your most eager students for them to try.
If it interests them, it might be worth using with an entire class.
Or better yet, have your eager student lead a brainstorming session on a topic with the class!
2. Reading in Your Spare Time
The popular magazine
is online and has several other very interesting publications.
You might find
to see the trends and advice for K-12 technology leaders.
Most teachers have more stuff than they could ever really use.
But now and then a great thing comes along.
Find rubrics, games, worksheets, lesson plans, and much more. Try
This is a really cool site with loads of tools for you!
Grad Exam Got Your Tongue?
As we approach the AHSGE, it’s time to think about quick review strategies.
If you haven’t tried Quizlet yet, do it.
I absolutely promise that using it will raise their scores.
Take time to learn how it works.
Skype someone for help if you get stuck.
Your students will thank you!
Ignore the Mean Lady
Sometimes overzealous people forget that other people aren’t as enamored with their passions as they are.
Ignore or use what I send along.
Either way, I am happy to work with you on your terms.
Great teachers push themselves
Please know that I am only here to support and lend help to any who need it.
Friday Five for Friday, February 8th
Today’s Friday Five is all about
1. TCBOE Teachers - Wondering about the Web?
Talladega County’s own technology wiki can be found at
Add your wiki or blog to the list.
Most of the resources we use and discuss can be found on this collaborative wiki.
Feel free to join and add your favorites as you discover new treasures.
2. Sue LeBeau and Her Amazing List
I don’t know Sue, but she has done some amazing work putting together this list.
Visit her Tools for Teachers at
There are more links here than one could possibly use.
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
He has some great stuff for anyone trying to use these tools in the classroom.
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach – 21st Century Guru
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is responsible for leading the 21st Century Learners initiative in Alabama put into place by the Alabama Best Practices Center.
Your TCBOE mentors have benefitted from Sheryl’s leadership.
Check these links to see ABPC’s state-wide program and Sheryl’s blog.
- online newsletter;
- best practices wiki;
- best practices website;
- Sheryl’s blog.
Bill Gates – Guru of all Tech Gurus
Bill Gates said, “
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning
Over the years, we have become more and more frustrated with poor customer service in the business world.
offer the kind of customer service for
product that we expect from those selling us theirs?
What can you learn from your most unhappy customer?
Can they really be a great source of learning for you?
Friday Five for Friday, February 15th
Shorthand for Texting and Digital Communication
Go to the netlingo site and see if you know these 50 most commonly used text terms:
This is a fun thing to do with students (but you will definitely want to “edit” this list).
2. Free Cartoons for your Wiki, Blog, or Webpage
Follow the directions for using Andertoons cartoons for free.
Graphics and Clip Art
Try some of these sites to find the perfect stuff for your site:
Printable calendars, awards, certificates, forms
Print calendars, awards, certificates, forms and more.
Find ideas and links as well.
to find all you need.
Have a Laugh…
How Grades are determined by professors at American University:
Each student must figure out his grade by listening to the instructor play the corresponding note (+ and – would be sharp and flat respectively).
Dept of Statistics
All grades are plotted along the normal bell curve
Dept of Computer Science
: Random number generator determines grade.
Dept of Psychology
Students are asked to blot ink in their exam books, close them and turn them in.
The professor opens the books and assigns the first grade that comes to mind.
Dept of History
All students get the same grade they got last year.
Dept of Religion
Grade is determined by God.
Students are asked to defend their position of why they should receive an A.
Dept of Mathematics
Grades are variable.
Dept of Logic
If and only if the student is present for the final and the student has accumulated a passing grade then the student will receive an A, else the student will not receive an A.
Dept of Philosophy
What is a grade?
Dept of Physical Education
Everybody gets an A.
Friday Five for Friday, February 22nd
If you love to create, you’ll love this week’s Friday Five.
1. And the Oscar Goes To…
With Windows XP or Vista, Movie Maker ready and available for you and your students to make academy award winning documentaries!
Use “public domain” video, pictures, or music – or make your own – and use the attached “how to” to help you get started.
This is a perfect project for students.
Keep it in mind for extra credit if the computers at your school aren’t running the Windows program that has Movie Maker.
If your students have new computers of their own, I guarantee, they have it!
Let Your Pictures Do the Talking…
Create a Photo Story with the free download of Photo Story 3.
Here’s how Microsoft describes this great product:
Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.”
Use the attached directions to get you started.
Again, this is a great creative project for your students.
Give the directions to them and see what happens!
Kids and Cartoons – A Combo That Works…
Create an avatar.
What is Voki?
Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.
It’s really fun!
I hear students are creating literary vokis from their novels!
Wow – the possibilities are endless here.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Create an amazing audio recording with audacity!
This is really super – and without a doubt, your students will fall in love with this one.
and download this free audio editing software.
Your students can record anything you’d like – a story, a solution to a complex problem, a speech, a summary of the lesson, etc.
Then they can edit it; add effects, music and much more.
Once again, share this with them and you’ll see some of your eager students jump on it and figure it out fast.
Then, have the “expert” teach the class.
You will love this one!
Again, it’s free!
“Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
Do you believe Shaw’s statement?
If so, do you give your students ample opportunity to create representations of who they are?
How might you find some simple ways to nurture a student’s natural desire to create?
Think about it.
Friday Five for Friday, February 29th
(This and That theme)
1. Graphic Organizers
Find the graphic organizer you need at
2. 4Teachers Family of Tools
to find the tech tools featured on the great website
My Photo Album Becomes Our Photo Album…
Create an online picture file with flickr.
Flickr is one of hundreds of online picture sharing sites.
This makes it so easy to show off your great photos or photography skills.
Google’s Picasa works much the same way. Try
Wes Fryer is a leader in the movement to use technology to enhance student learning.
He writes, speaks, and offers loads of advice to teachers looking to teach 21st Century skills to their students.
Check out his blog here and access the resources he provides to anyone interested.
delicious is delightful
Are you using your delicious bookmarking account?
Make a habit of saving your favorite web sites to your delicious account.
This makes it so simple to access for quick reference.
If you work with high school students on any type of research – show them this tool.
I promise, they will love it and use it!
– go here to sign up if you haven’t already done so.
Friday Five for Friday, March 7th
1. Read All About It!
Educause puts out some wonderful stuff on a variety of educational issues.
I’m attaching two excellent articles on wikis:
Wide Open Spaces –
Wikis Ready or Not
7 Things You Should Know About Wikis
Print these and put them in your notebook.
They are great references for the work you do with a collaborative space – whether it’s a wiki, blog, or social network!
2. Go Wiki Shopping …
Not sure which wiki is for you?
Use this amazing matrix to figure out just what wiki works for every situation.
This site can save you lots of time by using the best wiki service for your needs.
Education World’s Get Wild about Wikis
This article in Education World really gets to the heart of what wikis are all about.
Go here to learn more -
Cool Cat Teacher’s Blog – Using Wikis in Classroom
Vicki Davis, a great 21st Century teacher from Georgia, has a fantastic blog.
She was a “pioneer” in using a wiki in the classroom and has won many awards.
Check out her thoughts on using a wiki in the classroom –
Publishing – How this can help us get better work from students!
What Can You Do with a Wiki?
Go here -
and read this wiki enthusiast’s ideas about the importance of publishing student work and how wikis can make this simple to do!
Friday Five for Friday, March 14th
Spring Break – no email
Friday Five for Friday, March 28th
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 -
These are great games for learning geography for almost any age student.
Punctuation Game; War Game
Eats, Shoots & Leaves Punctuation Game -
Try this great game in your English class! Try the World War II Trench Warfare game in your history class-
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
For high school -
The Fun k-12 Online Interactive Learning Center has some great games here -
There are so many great games on this site it is worth taking some time to find just what you need.
”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.”
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 March Prensky says it does.
Share your results with our group via skype!
Friday Five for Friday, April 4th
(World Theme – well, sort of)
1. What in the world is going on?
Need some readymade current events assignments that focus on reading skills?
You will love this simple wiki!
It says it’s geared for 6th graders, but I would use with any student – middle school and up.
Try it out!
Now this is really cool.
Welcome to the World Café, a global community of people dedicated to awakening and engaging collective intelligence through conversations about questions that matter, to nourish and renew life.
Remember to look into this one over the summer.
It could be a perfect fit for some of you!
World of Knowledge and Resources
HippoCampus has been mentioned to you in training sessions, but I don’t think I’ve put it in a Friday Five.
Go here to find great short videos and ready to use lessons in Algebra, Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, and US History.
You will use these more than the videos with United Streaming.
It’s must-see TV.
Wide World of Songs
Do you like to use music and lyrics to deepen a lesson on a particular topic?
Songfacts is a very interesting site to use to find random facts, trivia, and lyric information about almost any song imaginable.
The Other Side of the World
Suzie Vesper, an amazing elementary teacher in New Zealand, has created a top-notch wiki that I would recommend above all other “help” sites that I have seen.
Once again, this has been mentioned in training, but I wanted to be sure you have this wiki.
Bookmark this to your delicious account.
You will return here often, for she has tutorials, work samples, examples, links, and ideas galore for everything web 2.0.
Don’t ignore this one!
Friday Five for Friday, April 11th
The Little Professor
No joke, really.
Did you know that iTunes has over 30,000 free audio and video files available for you to use?
Go to the iTunes Store page and click on iTunes U at the bottom of the top menu box on the left.
You might find exactly what you need – for free.
2. From the Silver Screen to your Screen
Don’t have time to pick up that perfect video at Movie Gallery?
Rent an iTunes Video for as little as $3.99.
One problem – you have to show it within 24 hours once you begin the movie.
Get Podcasts, Served Fresh Daily
Subscribe to the free podcasts on itunes and listen to them with your students.
Choose from news, sports, comedy, school casts, and much more.
Over 100,000 podcasts are available for your listening pleasure.
A Real Page Turner
Download Audio Books on iTunes in every category imaginable.
Tens of thousands of titles are available at low prices.
I’ve Got the Music in Me
Did you know iTunes has music available for purchase at $.99 each?
Well, of course you did.
But did you know that iTunes has music for almost every occasion?
Download jazz when studying the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, nature music for science lessons, patriotic music for Veteran’s Day, and war protest songs of the 1960s. This list goes on and on.
Friday Five for Friday, April 18th
“Sweet Home Alabama” theme
1. Technology in Motion site
Technology in Motion provides job-embedded professional development for teachers to promote the use of technology in teaching and learning. The program offers services, materials and training that support teachers' professional growth in effective teaching practices, the creation of technology-rich learning environments and project-based learning.
ALEX, a project of the Alabama Department of Education, is designed to index and share many types of educational materials and information through a time-saving, one-stop resource for educators, parents, and students. The majority of these rich resources (lesson plans, Web links, and interactive activities) are located and connected to the Alabama Courses of Study by National Board Certified Teachers. By sharing the wealth of expertise and knowledge now available through ALEX, Alabama's best educators, and the youth of Alabama are poised to benefit from the best of the Web!
Alabama Virtual Library site
The Alabama Virtual Library provides all students, teachers, and citizens of the State of Alabama with online access to essential library and information resources. It is primarily a group of online databases that have magazine, journal, and newspaper articles for research. Through the AVL, equitable cores of information sources are available to every student and citizen in Alabama, raising the level of excellence in schools and communities across the state.
This is the Classroom Improvement, Curriculum & Instruction page on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
You can find courses of study, pathways to learning, item specs for grad exam, AMSTI, Alabama Leadership Academy, Advanced Placement course info, guidance and counseling info, textbook adoption process, and much more.
Take time to look around.
Item Specs for each subject area for the AHSGE:
Trivia, Tuition, and Travel
Facts and Trivia -
Trivia quiz -
Alabama history -
Alabama’s Pre-Paid College tuition program -
Travel and Tourism in Alabama -
Friday Five for Friday, April 25th
1. New Cool Site - Read Write Think
This is, without a doubt, one of my new favorites!
This site has 43 interactive tools.
Click on Student Materials on the site and have fun!
There are so many great, quick activities that will help you deepen your student’s understanding of your content.
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!
This is a neat site sponsored by NBC.
Here’s their promo:
HotChalk is a learning environment for K-12 teachers, students and parents that includes a learning management system (LMS), a rich library of teacher-contributed lesson plans, premium digital content like NBC News video, and professional development for teachers in a Web-based environment. Available through any Internet browser, the HotChalk Learning Environment is an easy to use system and brings teachers, students and parents together to improve education.
Easy to Use…
Noodletools is a great place to find help in documenting sources. It will automatically change your bibliographic information to MLA or APA style for you.
Lots more help is available at
Thanks to Mysti Nichols for the heads up on this great site!
Everything old is new again!
This site is designed for new/future teachers, but everyone can benefit from a refresher on all things Education 101.
and check it out!
Do you have anything left?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friday Five for Friday, May 2nd
Using You Tube, when you can’t use You Tube!
1. BEST VIDEO TIP YET!
OK, I say it every week.
I hear myself saying, “This is the best one yet.”
But if you desperately seek a way to use those truly educational You Tube videos but can’t figure out how to get them so you can show them, let me tell about a tool you must try.
First, I must say that you should NOT download this on a computer at school.
Two reasons –1) It takes up too much space 2) You can’t access You Tube, so it’s pointless to do so.
So, this tip is really for your home computer.
and download this
Paste the URL of the You Tube video you want and click on the globe to download.
Then decide which format you want it to convert to (wmv for windows media player, mp4 for ipod, mp3 for music).
Wait a few seconds and it’s on your hard drive.
You can find it by going to My Computer, click on Local Disk C: then click on TubeTilla and your video will be listed under the type of file you saved it as.
Click on it and play the video on Windows Media Player!
Save these directions.
You might need them if you get stuck.
I’m giving you really detailed instructions.
It’s NOT hard at all.
Skype me if you have questions.
Here are a few things I learned at the ABPC Showcase yesterday!
Great Class Project that makes a difference!
Lisa Duke, a teacher at First Flight High School in North Carolina, worked with her Economics & Civics class to address a pressing local issue.
Go to this page -
and click on REPLACE THE BRIDGE NOW VIDEO.
This video is posted on You Tube.
So, take time to look at it at home.
(And download if you’d like to show your class.)
Someone to Read to You!
How simple is this?
and download this free program (you can get an advanced program for a price).
Then type or paste into the box and choose a voice and it will read to you.
The coolest thing is how this program will let you know when you have mistakes in your writing.
Cool Picture Editors
Have you been looking for something interesting to do with pictures?
A few 4th grade students showed me
They really loved how creative they could be with this application.
I have used
and really like how versatile it is.
Try them for yourself.
cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Friday Five for Friday, May 9th
1. Keeping Students Safe Online
Click here to access a great ebook on student safety.
You can print the pages of this ebook.
Many of the pages would make excellent handouts to parents and to students.
Kids’ Rules for Online Safety
Check out these rules for online safety from the perspective of a child.
Lots of teachers like to use a contract system with students for technology use.
This is a great place to start with creating a contract.
Put this in your files for the start of school next year!
Be On Your “Social” Guard
Teens and Tweens love social networking sites.
But we need to warn them of the dangers and encourage them to take the information in this article to heart.
This article should be in your files for the start of year in the fall!
NetSmartz Workshop – Educate.
The Center for Missing and Exploited Children has put together some powerful resources for internet safety for teachers, parents, and others.
Take a tour of the full range of videos, presentations, and much more.
Can I Take that Back?
I never said most of the things I said.
Do your students realize the permanence of their online postings?
We need to make a point to talk to them frequently about it.
Friday Five for Friday, May 16th
Summer Professional Development – Technology
1. LOYO (Learning On Your Own)
Now that you have that snazzy new laptop, why not go back through some of the previous Friday Fives and check out anything that you have missed?
Feel free to email me anytime.
I’m happy to resend any you need.
Professional Development – Free Online Courses with eLearning
Take an eLearning tech course in summer by Technology in Motion -
I took one last summer on Digital Portfolios and really enjoyed learning from the instructor and other participants.
It’s a great way to get loads of CEU hours! (Free to you!
Sign up through STI-PD.)
Alabama Educational Technology Conference (AETC)
The AETC will be held June 17-20, 2008.
The theme is 21st Century Education:
Going Global & Mobile.
It will be held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex & Arena.
To register and find out more about the sessions offered at the conference, visit the AETC website:
(Costs are involved.)
Regional In-Service Education Center
Check out the workshops that are offered this summer through our local in-service center at the University of Montevallo.
(Free to you!)
Great “Shade Tree” Thought
When you find that perfect shade tree this summer, allow these words to inspire you.
Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Friday Five for Friday, May 23rd
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."
– Emo Philips
2. Have a great summer!
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