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Technology Help Sites

by Alan Haskvitz

Author of Sorry I Am a Teacher

http://teachers.net/gazette/wordpress/alan-haskvitz/im-sorry-i-am-a-teacher/

These sites include everything from tutorials to copyright laws to grants. Each one has its own personality so you may want to take your time with them.

How Teachers Learn Technology Best

http://fno.org/mar01/howlearn.html

Technology Grants

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/grants.html

Important Laws and Ideas about Using Technology in the Classroom

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/classroom-technology.html

Massive Link site

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/tech_day.html

Technology Organizations and Companies

http://www.reacheverychild.com/computers/technology/index.html

Woopid

Free video tutorials

http://www.woopid.com/

Explania

Hundreds of animated explanations, interactive tutorials and instructional videos.

http://www.explania.com/en

Technology Tutorials

Over most najor software

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line2.htm

Top 100 Technology Blogs

http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-100-technology-blogs-for-teachers/

 

A website dedicated to educational technology

http://www.edtechteacher.org/

 

Teacher Technology Resources

http://genoaschools.net/staff/pscline/Teacher%20Technology%20Resources.htm

Free Technology for Teachers

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

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Technology Resources and Grants

by Alan Haskvitz

http://www.reacheverychild.com

With the reduction in available technology funding this might be a good time to take a look at what is out there for free of for very little cost. For example, I found a little company that provides open source computers and servers that are used by many larger institutions and has US based customer service. The company was http://www.eracks.com, and I am sure there as others out there as well. The savings in software cost alone was significant and there wasn’t even any licensing costs.

Here is a list of resources that might be of value to educators and others:

Large link site that includes grants and lessons

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/tech_day.html

General Technology links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/computers/technology/index.html

More for knowledge techies.

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology is more for professionals interested in educational technology and its application to the learning process,

http://www.aect.org/

Ties magazine supports technology education and the integration of math, science and technology curriculum mainly in middle, junior and senior high schools.

http://www.tiesmagazine.org/

Computer Using Educators

Really great conferences.

An active group that promotes hands on technology conferences.

http://www.cue.org/

Education with New Technologies is designed to help educators integrate new technologies. You need to register

http://learnweb.harvard.edu/ent/home/index.cfm

Review of Staff Development topics and resources for technology

http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/mar99/wolinsky.htm

A Practical Guide to MultiMedia

An interesting site that provides a wide array of resources and current events.

http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/MMStocs/mar99toc.htm

Microsoft Educator site

Everything from best practices to help for parents

http://www.microsoft.com/education/

Useful Apple sites:

Applelinks

http://www.applelinks.com/

Macintosh resource with Software and hardware links and the Buyer’s

Guide make this potentially valuable.

EveryMac

http://www.everymac.com/

Questions answered about problems with Macs

http://www.macfixit.com/

Latest information about Macs

http://www.macintouch.com/

Association of Macintosh Trainers

http://www.mactrainers.com/

Federal Department of Education

Technology related articles

http://www.ed.gov/search/searchResList.jsp?st=0&colParam=ED&lk=1&qt=technology

The Center for Democracy and Technology

A site about law and the future of the Internet and other new communications media

http://www.cdt.org/

Technology software and other resources for special education

Large link site.

http://dmoz.org/Computers/Software/Educational/Special_Education/

The International Forum of Educational Technology and Society

http://ifets.ieee.org/

Technical Committee on Learning Technology

http://lttf.ieee.org/

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) works to provide professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership in the field.

http://www.iste.org/

Sites for information on technology funding and other help

Federal list of grants

http://www.ed.gov/Technology/tec-guid.html

A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to computer technology.

http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2comptec.htm

TechCorps

Find out what companies and individuals might be offering free technology help for your school.

http://techcorps.org/

IBM

Grants and other help from IBM

www.ibm.com/IBM/IBMGives/index.html

Directory of Technology Grants.

http://www.technologygrantnews.com

Virginia State Standards for technology

Practice tests for grades five and eight

http://education.jlab.org/solquiz/index.html

National Cristina Foundation (NCF)

Provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives.”

http://www.cristina.org/

Good models of teaching with technology

http://knowledgeloom.org/gmott/index.jsp

World Wide Web for teachers

4Teachers works to help you integrate technology into the classroom by offering online resources.

http://www.4teachers.org/

Technology Tips

http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/tips.html

Acceptable use policy

A handbook and sample from Pennsylavina and Virginia.

http://www.pen.k12.va.us/go/VDOE/Technology/AUP/home.shtml

White Papers on Technology Issues for Educators

http://lrs.ed.uiuc.edu/wp/

456 Search Engines listed by Country

http://members.tripod.com/~cldj33/search.html

Teacher’s Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet

Listed by subject area.

http://www.ed.gov/Technology/guide/international/index.html

Domain & Trademark issues for lawyers, consumers, and others

http://www.iplawus.com/

Twitter in the Classroom

http://www.reacheverychild.com

It is difficult at best to keep up with the latest in technology let alone find an acceptable use for it in the classroom. Add to that school policy on cell phones, Internet blocking software, and the epidemic of text messaging and teachers are doing well to hold their own.

Now comes Twittering. This is essentially text messaging limited to 140 characters and it is can be sent as broadcast messaging and Instant Messaging to one person or several. Twittering can be limited to friends or as a subscription. However, its importance in the classroom, if allowed, is its potential to motivate students to share ideas and to even improve their note taking abilities.

First, you need to register your name. Try http://twitter.com for a video and more information. You can also practice on that site and you can follow others who can provide ideas and guidance. I suggest you make your Twitter stream private, there is no need for it to be on the Internet. This also makes it mush safer for classroom use where you can communicate with your students and answer questions in nearly real time, if you have the time.

Remembering that Twitter is like Post It Notes, quick and to the point, and not email, which is more formal and has many more functions. Twitter is fast, and if you want to get more involved there are hashtags, a Twitter search engine http://search.twitter.com/ and Retweeting.

To start to use Twitter students must sign-up for your Twitter feed and you obviously need to budget time to answer the Twits you receive. After that I recommend you start small and expand as your time and interests permit. Remember to make sure you have administrative and parental approvals.

Here are some ideas I have come up with for the public school classes. First, a quick review of what was covered and what is going to be covered in class that day or the next. Secondly, a few quick review questions and some good websites to add depth to a lesson. Thirdly, privately seeking questions from students who don’t have the moxy to ask in class. Next, the ability to quickly relate what is happening in the news to the class and make teachable moments more meaningful and more personal. http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/teachable-moments.html And, Twitter can also be used to share ideas, help absent students keep up with work, and provide homework assistance.

What may be the greatest use of Twitter is the networking possibilities with students around the world. For example, while your class is studying Japan’s involvement in World War Two students in Japan could be sending messages about their perspective. As the visionary Marshall McLuhan envisioned, Twitter makes possible an immediate Global Village.

The possibilities are vast, but remember that some students may have to pay a fee for such text messages and so check before hand and always make Twittering an elective. Of course, students can set their Twitter so all messages come as emails, which is the only way to really avoid these charges, but this does remove some of the immediacy of the Twitter concept.

There are some ideas posted here that are used by a professor in Texas that might key some ideas for the public school classroom. http://academhack.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/

Obviously, there are down sides and caveats to using Twitter in the classroom and all such ideas need to be supported by the administration. But there are upsides as well. Imagine the students following President Obama’s by subscribing to his Tweets or getting Tweets from students who are under duress around the world.

As a teacher you can also use Twitter search to find other educators and learn about conferences, ideas, and even share lessons and concerns.
Other areas to explore include edmodo. This service enables teachers and students to send files, links, and even assignments to each other. Teachers sign-up for an account and create a class code. Students sign-up and the messages are held to just those in the loop. A great tool for ESL and gifted students and others who need a differentiated curriculum.

http://www.edmodo.com/faq/

Twitter in the Classroom (University)

http://academhack.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/

And

http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/2699/a-professors-tips-for-using-twitter-in-the-classroom

Twitter in the Classroom

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2008/01/twitter-in-the-classroom.html

Some insights into how Twitter can help you as a person.

A little vague, but stretches the reach of Twitter and helps one understand the value of such a program outside the educational realm.

http://blogs.zappos.com/blogs/ceo-and-coo-blog/2009/01/25/how-twitter-can-make-you-a-better-and-happier-person

21 Ways to use Twitter in the Classroom

http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dhn2vcv5_118cfb8msf8

Seven Things You Should Know about Twitter

http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7027.pdf

Huge listing of free technology links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/tech_day.html

Teach with Computer Games

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/computer-games.html

Clean up your computer

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/new-year-cleanup.html

Free virus software

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/virus_protect.html

Free software for Teachers

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/software.html

Protecting your students and yourself on the Internet

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/internet_safety.html

Other technology resources

http://www.reacheverychild.com/computers/index.html

Educational Software

http://www.reacheverychild.com/computers/software/index.html

Computer Games that Teach

By Alan Haskvitz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

There is an abundance of educational games that teach specific skills and provide remediation. Unfortunately, the value of these games varies widely and some are designed more as an end in themselves rather than as a teaching tool. Another caveat is that these games can require a wide bandwidth and can have several advertisements.

As such, I have reviewed several of the ones I felt most appropriate. If you have others to suggest please email me by clicking on my name on the opening page.

Free software of all types for teachers

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/software.html

Interactive Games

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/pcfun.html

Free PowerPoints

Nearly every topic is here and all free to download.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/powerpoint.html

Build a Prairie

http://www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/prairie/build/

Watershed Game

http://www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/watershed/

A large selection of interactive games

Varying quality.

http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/games/

Nutrition Games

http://nourishinteractive.com/

Online Interactive maps

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/online-interactive-maps.htm

Money Games

http://www.moneyinstructor.com/interactive.asp

Music games with several levels

http://www.interactiveclassics.com/features_2007.htm

AND

http://www.ramogames.com/

All printables for elementary

http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/games.html

Large link site to printable games

http://kidscrafts.suite101.com/article.cfm/printable_games_index

Printable Primary Learning Games

http://www.thekidzpage.com/learninggames/learningprintable.htm

Freeware

A diverse collection of games by subject matter.

http://www.freewarehome.com/index.html?http%3A//www.freewarehome.com/Games/Simulation

Travel Games

For primary

http://www.momsminivan.com/printables.html

Printables for young learners and ESL

http://www.mes-english.com/

Games by grade level

Some are very simple and others are simply fill-ins, but there are others that are most challenging for students.

http://www.funbrain.com/

Elementary Games

http://www.homeschoolmath.net/online/math_games_fun.php

Top 100 Games

Take a look for yourself if these are the best. Some are excellent.

http://www.lethsd.ab.ca/mmh/games/top100.htm

Geography Game

Relates well to national standards.

http://www.eduplace.com/geonet/index.html

Primary games that teach Internet Safety

http://hawaii.gov/ag/hicac/main/fun/

Interactive Websites, Games, and Activities

http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic86.htm

Games by grade and subject

http://www.iknowthat.com/com

A very large collection of simple games

By subject area.

http://www.gamequarium.com/

First grade games

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_1st.htm

AND

http://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.php

Interactive math games

http://www.multiplication.com/internet_games.htm

Math link page

http://www.homeschoolmath.net/online/

Huge selection of math printable games

http://www.dr-mikes-math-games-for-kids.com/printable-math-games.html

Free Mac Applications

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

I have a large selection of Mac Application links here as well as some free sites that offer scholarships and grants

http://www.reacheverychild.com

Things to do in the new year: Clean up your computer

By Alan Haskvitz

http://www.reacheverychild.com

Everything from dust bunnies inside your computer to unwanted programs and other data that are slowing your processor can be cleaned easily. Here are some links and suggestions on how to do this quickly. However, remember that every computer has different applications and hardware so read the information carefully as I cannot take responsibility for these sites and procedures.

1. First update your virus detection or download one.

Free virus detection and clean-up sites

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/virus_protect.html

General technology links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/computers/index.html

Technology grants

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/grants.html

Excellent computer links and lessons

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/tech_day.html

Clear your browser cache to keep sites current.

http://kb.iu.edu/data/ahic.html

2. Clear your inbox to zero messages and get it organized

http://www.glennwolsey.com/2006/08/30/6-ways-to-organize-your-mail-application/

3. Clean-up your desktop.

http://www.pdxtc.com/200012-cleanyourdesktop.htm

4. Creating a cleaner desk top

http://www.lccug.com/nsidebar.html

5. For windows users

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/personalize/organize.mspx

For Mac users

http://macapper.com/2007/03/30/how-to-organize-your-desktop-dock-and-bookmarks/

General how to site

http://kinkless.com/article/kinkless_desktop

6. Clean-up your dock with Overflow or AppZapper. Get rid of applications you no longer need.

http://www.glennwolsey.com/2006/10/26/the-key-to-a-simple-dock-is-overflow/

7. Review your contacts

Take a look through your email contacts. Get rid of those that are no longer valid or of no use. There are software programs that can enable you to put these in order by importance such as http://www.adiumx.com/ for Macs and

8. Take a moment for iTune culling

If you download music take the time to organize them by section such as jazz or best of the 1980’s and get rid of the songs you no longer want.

9. RSS improvement for blog users

Blogs take time and need to be kept current. Here is a how to site that will enable you to make the task easier.

http://www.glennwolsey.com/2006/08/22/5-ways-to-organize-your-rss-reader/

10. Backup your data

On a dramatic note, the worst thing that can happen to you is data loss – so backup now! Buy yourself an external hard-drive and archive/backup all your documents, pictures, movies, and sites from the previous year using a tool such as SuperDuper! If you don’t want to fork out for a new HDD, connect your iPod to your computer and drag your most important data onto its icon; this will create a copy of it on your iPod to use as a backup.

Buy a large zip drive/external drive and download everything, including all applications, to it. Try using http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html to help and to recover broken systems as well.

11. Rid your machine of unworthy programs.

Get rid of them carefully. Here is a program that is worth checking out that helps you remove them.

http://lifehacker.com/software/featured-windows-download/completely-remove-programs-with-revo-uninstaller-282337.php

12. Clean up your start-up section as well as dealing with cookies and registry issues. If your computer is slow to boot-up it might be because you have too many programs that are opening.

Here is a how to for start-up issues

http://tweaksforgeeks.com/ModSysStart.html

This is a free program that helps with that.

http://lifehacker.com/photogallery/Top-10-Ways-to-Clean-Up-Your-PC/2465195

and others

http://www.get-in-control.com/msconfig-cleanup/

13. Work on bringing order to your documents

http://lifehacker.com/software/file-storage/geek-to-live-organizing-my-documents-156196.php

14. Every time you use your computer the files are stored for future use whether or not you use them again. These temporary Internet files enable anyone to follow what you have been doing on the computer forever unless they are automatically deleted. Here is how to easily do this:

http://www.winferno.com/help/pcconfidential/delete_windows_temporary_files.aspx

15.Sometimes you forget what you have downloaded such as music or photos. The best way to avoid these and other duplications that you might have on your computer is with WinMerge, It is ease to run and you’re probably going to be surprised as the duplicates you have onboard.

http://winmerge.org/

16. Take the time to map your hard drive. It doesn’t take much time and it reveals where you are using your disc space.

http://windirstat.info/

17. Clean out what you thought you had cleaned out

You may not realize it but when you delete files from your hard drive, the data is still there. You need to run a program such as Eraser to permanently get rid of this information. Make absolutely sure you don’t delete what you need. And, make equally sure that when you donate or junk your old computer you wipe its hard drive clean with a program such as Eraser or formatting.

http://www.download.com/3000-2092_4-10771249.html

18. Five steps to clean your computer files

http://blogs.msdn.com/tiptalk/archive/2005/12/22/5-steps-to-clean-up-your-computer-files.aspx

You need to register to enable this software to look for unneeded material in your hard drive. As usual with downloads, beware.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

19. How to clean-up after someone has broken into your computer http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_clean_up_after_someones_broken_into_my_computer.html

20. How to clean-up a computer registry

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-To-Clean-Up-A-Computer-Registry&id=789081

Six ways to clean up your computer

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1318/is_1998_Dec/ai_53263539

21. Finally, get rid of the dust and hair with this the information from this site:

http://lifehacker.com/software/geek-to-live/geek-to-live-evacuate-pc-dust-bunnies-153409.php

22. After you have done all this to into the systems tools section of your computer and defragment it. This is essential for a better running computer. Other systems features include a disc cleaner which you can use to find unneeded material on your computer, too.

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/defrag.htm

General technology links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/computers/technology/index.html

By Alan Haskvitz

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/tech_day.html

The following is from László Kozma, a grad-student at the Helsinki University of Technology. He has created a most entertaining site. It enables the viewer to see who is editing Wikipedia and from where. Here is the site he created:

http://www.lkozma.net/wpv/index.html

The section below if from his Frequently Asked section.“WikipediaVision is a visualization of edits to the English Wikipedia, almost the same time as they happen. The idea came after seeing flickervision and twittervision, both created by David Troy. WikipediaVision, however, was designed and implemented by me alone.

For each wikipedia edit I display the title of the article, the summary of the edit (if the person who made it gave any summary), link to the changes that were made to the article, geographical location of the wikipedia user and the time the edit happened.

How do you know about who edits what?

There is a public page on wikipedia that is automatically updated and contains all the recent edits, as well as the user name or IP address of anyone who edits a page.

How do you find out the geographical locations?

There are open APIs for translating IP addresses to their corresponding geographical locations. I have used the Google Maps API, hostip.info and GoNew’s IP to country service. A big thanks to all of them.

Are the locations always accurate?

No. They are just as accurate as the services above. Some of the locations can be mistaken, for some addresses only the country name is found, for others the location can not be found at all.

Are all the edits displayed?

No. First of all, edits on wikipedia happen at a faster rate, than what could be comfortably readable, so I have to skip some of them. Second, a good part of the edits are done by registered users. Their IP address is protected by wikipedia, therefore I could only display anonymous edits. Thirdly, those edits, where the IP address could not be located are skipped. Fourth, edits that are similar or identical to recent edits are often skipped. This still leaves more than enough to be visualized.

Is this at least a statistically representative sample of wikipedia edits (whatever that means)?

No. There are many biases introduced. We only see anonymous edits. We only see edits from IP addresses that could be located. If the location found is very generic (such as European Union), then it is not visualized at all. Hopefully WikipediaVision still captures a general sense of what people are thinking about all over the world.

You say that the visualization is almost real-time. So why do you show stuff several minutes old?

From a technical perspective it wouldn’t be too difficult to show data with only a few seconds delay. I have to pre-fetch a few edits at once, however, because I am constrained from several sides: my monthly bandwidth with my hosting provider is very low, so I try to avoid having too frequent page requests from users; I am using online geolocation and I have a limit on the number of IPs I can geolocate every hour; I don’t want to make requests to wikipedia.org too often, not to put unnecessary burden on their servers and risk being banned from the site. In my opinion, introducing a few minutes delay doesn’t hurt the experience too much.

Can you do a similar visualization for my site?

Contact me and maybe we can work out some solution. If your site is comparable to Wikipedia in how important and interesting it is for the general public, I might consider doing it for fun. Otherwise, I might have to say no, unless you make an offer I cannot refuse. Perhaps in the future I’ll make an open API to let people visualize their own stuff or release the whole thing under an open source license. Considering the amount of free time I have, that could take some time.

Who are you, anyway?

László Kozma, I am a grad-student at the Helsinki University of Technology. If you want more info about me, my projects, or want to contact me, check out my page.”

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