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New Blog...
Sunday, February 18, 2007 6:28 PM -0800By: David Smith
Hello all.  We have upgraded our collaboration server which now has some new features - one of which is blogging.  I have been maintaining a blog for the last year and a half at http://extranet.oakarts.org/~technology/techblog.html but now we have this one moving forward.  Enjoy as we try and integrate these new features into our curriculum.  Bookmark the address below for future entries.


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Daylight Savings Time Update...
Monday, February 19, 2007 6:47 PM -0800By: David Smith
As the government is experimenting with adjusting the daylight savings time we will need to update some software on all computers to ensure they have update their clocks on the appropriate day. I have attached the update for the Faculty/Staff/Studen
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What is a podcast?
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 3:43 PM -0800By: David Smith
A teacher approached me to return the projector and speakers and asked 'What is a podcast?". It occurred to me that while I read many a tech journals, blogs, articles on the latest tech buzz word - not all teachers have such the time to wade th
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How can I forget?
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 4:17 PM -0800By: David Smith
I also have put up a Forums server which we can evaluate on whethr it would enhance our classrooom learning or activities. You can register and post ideas at the following address. Feel free to send this to students as long as you agree to monitor
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Example blog uses
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 3:18 PM -0800By: David Smith
http://extranet.oakarts.org/%7Etechnology/techblog/ http://extranet.oakarts.org/%7Etechnology/Le_blog/ - offline now http://extranet.oakarts.org/%7Etechnology/Musical_Blog/ - offline now Podcast example.. http://extranet.oakarts.org/~dsmith/FOV1-000
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Reaching the artist within...
Thursday, February 22, 2007 12:47 PM -0800By: David Smith
I just watched a video on cnn.com which focused on a woman who has been labelled as autistic. When she is given a computer and a speech synthesizer she seems to be quite similar to those around her. I like to think that the computers/laptops can en
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Student recording and web publishing...
Thursday, February 22, 2007 2:10 PM -0800By: David Smith
Student records a performance at home. A student reported using her laptop to record a vocal performance on her laptop for a Music class. She recorded the vocals and instrumentals separately and then put them together on her laptop for the assignme
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Student using web to study Math
Thursday, February 22, 2007 5:24 PM -0800By: David Smith
In a regular review of student computer activity - I noted a student using an online interactive tool to study mathematical formulas. This is self-motivated learning and the learning resource can adapt to the student's needs. Here is a screenshot:
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Acting Class Podcasts
Friday, February 23, 2007 12:57 PM -0800By: David Smith
I will be working with the Acting class to put together a project using both blogs and podcasts. We will use the built-in capabilities of FirstClass and a little recording utility below. The faculty advisor for the project came by for an overview a
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RIAA is sending out presettlement letters to Universities...
Thursday, March 1, 2007 9:12 AM -0800By: David Smith
The Recording Industry Association of America (http://www.riaa.com/about/default.asp) is sending out letters to Universities informing them that one or more of their students has been determined as a source of illegal downloading copyrighted material
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Spoof article but may not be so far fetched
Friday, March 2, 2007 3:55 PM -0800By: David Smith
The creative writing class had an exercise in which students wrote spoof articles. Here is one with a technology focus - Thanks to Ms. Larkin for forwarding it on and thanks to Christiana Oatman for writing it. Midterms are a very stressful time fo
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Dead scientists forum...
Monday, March 5, 2007 1:50 PM -0800By: David Smith
Our 9th grade science teacher, Ms. Lourie, is going to try out our forums service for her class. The class will be choosing a scientist to impersonate in discussions and create a home page for them. The forums can be viewed here (only available int
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Interesting collection of educational resources...
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 8:25 AM -0800By: David Smith
http://www.initini.com/glenview/
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DST Update seems to have gone well...
Sunday, March 11, 2007 9:23 AM -0700By: David Smith
I have checked Powerschool, FirstClass, laptops and handhelds thus far and all seem to have updated fine. The final test will be to see if I updated the bell system effectively. Fingers crossed.
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Forums are a posting
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 12:32 PM -0700By: David Smith
Our scientist forum is a buzz with conversations. I see students logging into it during lunch.
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Another set of videos about the risks of copying illegal songs
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:02 PM -0700By: David Smith
http://www.cwu.edu/~its/property.html
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At a conference on FirstClass...
Tuesday, March 27, 2007 9:30 AM -0700By: David Smith
Seeing a presentation by one of the founders of FirstClass, Scott Welch. http://www.firstclass.com/FC83/ [Image:firstclassconf_032707.jpg]
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Online discussions about scientific topics...
Monday, April 2, 2007 3:28 PM -0700By: David Smith
I had a lesson today on how to create a website and register with an online discussion forum about scientific concepts. Students are now (independently of classtime) perusing discussion topics and posting replies to topic conversations.
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Assisted with video conversions...
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 10:09 AM -0700By: David Smith
A student is designing a presentation on drinking and wanted to use some video footage in the presentation. Converted three .mp4 files to quicktime .mov format. Sent to student's computer all over the network to allow student to continue working.
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'Are we using the laptops???'
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 1:02 PM -0700By: David Smith
A middle school teacher reported, upon returning some laptops for a three week project, that the students were frequently inquiring as to whether they would be using the laptops that day. Their level of engagement was higher as a result of using the
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Older units...
Monday, April 16, 2007 4:57 PM -0700By: David Smith
Our older units are beginning (have been for a while) to show their age. More and more the oldest units come in for repairs. Take good care of the equipment and it is more likely to treat you to more reliable computing experiences.
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English class is using Flash software
Friday, April 20, 2007 11:48 AM -0700By: David Smith
An english class is using Flash to create scenes from Othello. The faculty member has reported increased enthusiasm as a result of being to learn the material in this way. [Image:Flash_animations.jpg]
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Poetry Class is using podcasts to publish material
Friday, April 27, 2007 1:14 PM -0700By: David Smith
[Image:soundrecorder0.zip] This software can be used to create your audio recordings or you can use firstclass.
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Electronic voting...
Friday, May 18, 2007 11:21 AM -0700By: David Smith
As I type the complete student body is voting for student government or the prosession preferences. It is being handled all through webpages and being tallied immediately. Enjoying technology!
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Middle school video editing projects...
Thursday, May 24, 2007 2:24 PM -0700By: David Smith
The students are creating video projects of interest and editing the footage on the school laptops.
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