Meeting Topics/Handouts


What is a wiki? How can I use a wiki in my class? Let's find out, and check out some examples on the Wiki links page.
Goals for ...
Wiki Wednesday #1:
  • Start your wiki - click on the button at the bottom of the Wiki links page to be directed to the educator's wikispaces page.
    • Of course you can use pbworks, wetpaint, or any other wiki site instead of wikispaces.
  • Choose a theme / change your logo.
  • Decide on your audience.
  • Create at least one page besides the home page.
  • Examine basic tools like text formatting (discuss "heading" and tables of contents!), bullets and numbering, and the horizontal line tool.
  • Insert at least one link.

Wiki Wednesday #2:
  • Insert at least one file (image, document, etc.).
  • Insert a table.
  • Insert different widgets.
  • Use for independent development time.
Wiki Wednesday #3:

Discovery Education:

High School: Lunch'n'Learn 2/9/2010
Junior High: After School 2/8/2010

We went over how to search for videos, images, mathcasts, etc. We also looked at setting up classes so you can send your students videos. You can even create writing promptsw or quizzes in Discovery Education, and of course download the videos to insert into your presentations.

The handout we used is here:

May 12, 2010

For the May meetings, the use this handout:

May 19, 2010

Today's handout on creating classes:
Here are instructions on how to build an assignment:
Still need more ideas? Here's 50 of them:


High School: Lunch'n'Learn 3/1/2010
Junior High: After School 3/4/2010

Diigo is a social bookmarking site. It is, at its most basic level, a tool you can use to bookmark sites, and access them from any computer. On a higher level, you can use it for so much more ! You can share bookmarks with friends and colleagues, join groups to help you find sites that interest you, highlight and annotate your sites, and create groups for your classes to share resources with students.

Here are video tutorials from Diigo:

Diigo V4: Research ~ annotate, archive, organize from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

Diigo V4 Sharing ~ build a personal learning network from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

This is a short video, with no sound, on how to use the Diigolet. This is what you will need to do on your school computer if you do not have administrative rights to install the Diigo toolbar. At home, be sure to install the toolbar!

How to use diigolet from diigobuzz on Vimeo.

Handout for Diigo:


High School: Lunch'n'Learn 3/11/2010

Handout for iGoogle:

Google Advanced Searches:

High School: Lunch'n'Learn 3/19/2010

Handout for Google Tips:

Google Docs:

First, let's see what Google Docs is for ...

Practice for collaborating: Click here to edit a presentation together.

Want your kids to work on something together? Some of them don't have emails? No worries ... just follow these instructions:

Handout for today on how to make a form to embed in a website:

Google Custom Search Engine:

Did you ever want to have your students search for something, but they come up with inappropriate results? Do you know some of the most reliable sites for the kids but don’t have an easy way to share them?
Make your own Custom Search Engine to refine your students’ searches to the sites you want!
Start by going to , fill in the form, copy and paste the sites into the list, and voila! You have your own custom search engine. Just get the embed code, and put it into your website!

Handout with this link, and helpful information from Google:


To see what it is, watch the video below. (Make sure your volume is up!) =)
To make your own or view thousands of others, visit


Here are a few examples of screencasts:
1. As a lesson for students: click here
2. As a tech tutorial: click here
3. As a review, from student to student: click here

Don't know what to record? How about your powerpoint?
Here's one you can use for practice if you need one:

If you have a wiki, you can embed your screencast there!
Just see the handout for tips:


Want an example? Here's one I made last year...

To sign up for an educator account, visit the Animoto for Educator's link. Please be aware that to verify you are an educator will take up to several weeks, so says their website.

What makes Animoto different from any other slide show set to music?
  • It's SO easy. Just bring in your pictures, choose your music, and let Animoto do all the work!
  • The free music ... yeah, it's right there for you to browse through! No more searching through site after site of copyright free music.
  • Don't like the first "render"? That's okay - let them do it again! (...and again, and again...)
  • Running out of disk space to store videos? So what?! =) Just use the embed code to share your video on your website, and let Animoto store it for you!
And with your educator account, you don't have to limit your free videos to just 30 seconds. Animoto realizes what an asset this is for our kids, and they give it to us for free.

Thanks Animoto!

Student Laptops:

Meeting Agenda and Important laptop information:
Teacher Guidelines for Laptop Carts:
Student Guidelines for Laptop Carts:
Problems Log Sheet:
Laptop Assignment Sheet:

Promethean Board:

Meeting Agenda and Notes: Promethean Board Basics:

Google Earth:

Google Earth (you can click there to download it - it is already on the school computers) is such a fun way to spice up your class with projects or activities. We could spend days learning how to use everything in Google Earth and how to create tours, but one of the best things to do is use what others have created!! =)

How can I use Google Earth in my class? Check out ideas in this slideshow:

In this handout, you will find links to sites with great activities, grouped by subject:

Here are many more new Google Earth (and Google maps) resources, put together at Free Technology for Teachers! (...which if you don't subscribe to, you should!!!)
Also, you will find files in s:\cffteachers\googleearth. Please feel free to add files there too that you feel are worth sharing!

What are the different tools at the top for? How do I use them??

Google Earth Across the Curriculum

Blogs & Wikis:

Blogs and wikis


Meeting Agenda and Notes on Inspiration:
Tutorials can be found on the Tutorials Page.


Meeting agenda for using VoiceThread:
Sign up for an account on voicethread, and check out some examples there.
Leave a comment for mine:
Here's a great presentation on what VoiceThread is:

Promethean Board 2:

Promethean Board Advanced - Creating your own flipcharts
The training flipchart I created:
Remember to try the online course at Promethean Learning when you get time.
Meeting Agenda:


Webquests and Jog the Web
In the survey many of you filled out a couple of weeks ago, the most requested topic was webquests.
Jog-the-web activities are similar, so I included that site as well.
Since they are VERY easy to use, I just made a short screencast to show you how to search for ones that will suit your needs.
If you want any help later on finding something in particular, or just want someone to bounce ideas off of, come to room 210 at the end of the day.

Websites used: Zunal Webquest, Jog-the-Web
You don't need to create an account at any of these sites unless you plan to create and submit your own webquest or jog-the-web.

Here's your screencast:

Adobe 9 Pro:

Adobe 9 Pro
Open this file for locations of samples and for directions:


Meeting Handout:
Glogster - an online, interactive poster
This would be a great project for your kids to design - it can include graphics, audio, and video files.
This first screencast guides you through registering you and all of your students:

Here's a slide share to help you get started:

Here are a few samples:
Explaining Glogster
Harriet Tubman
Space Shuttle
How to create your own Glogster:

BVIU Computer Fair: