Mr. Winkle Wakes



New and Exciting

1. ICE Conference 2010 - NOT JUST FOR TECHIES!

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Click here or click on the image above to find out more about this fabulous conference.
The Illinois Computing Educators conference has quickly become one of the stand out
state technology conferences in the country. To see a copy of the pre-conference book, see Fred or Leanna.

2. Soundzabound - Royalty Free Music For Schools

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District 67 has just purchased a license for Soundzabound (www.soundzabound.com).
Soundzabound.com is a comprehensive music library that allows us to use any music from the library
without concern for copyright infringement issues.
When you use Soundzabound music you are staying on the right side of the copyright law - and the district likes that...

When you go to Soundzabound from a district computer, you should be logged in automatically (it recognizes the IP address).
But if not, or if you would like to log in from home, Fred will give you the login information (not wise to publish it on this public site).

Soundzabound Attribution Requirement
When crediting Soundzabound in your presentations, please show as:
Royalty Free Music by Soundzabound.com
“Song Title”, Artist Name


Even if we do not sign up for next year's subscription, you can keep any of the MP3 audio files you download for the next year.

3. Pixie 2 - KidPix Taken to Another Level

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The district also purchased 50 copies of Pixie 2 for each primary building. 25 are in the lab and 25 are on the laptops stored in the IRC.

Pixie 2 is a deceptively simple program to use and extremely powerful in the types of projects you can create.

Tech4Learning is the parent company of Pixie 2 which also owns one of the best FREE IMAGE sources: Pics4Learning.
Pics4Learning is easily accessible through Pixie 2.

Leanna and Fred both attended Pixie 2 workshops at last year's ICE Conference (did I mention that this conference is not just for techies?). Leanna raved about Jill Przybylski's workshop, Pixie 2: Integrate Technology Into Your Curriculum. Click here or click on the website image below to go to Jill's website "dedicated to the project ideas, student examples, and lesson resources using Pixie 2."

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Resources

1. Wordle - "Word Cloud" Generator

Have you had a chance to play with Wordle (wordle.net) yet?

From the website: "Wordle is a toy for generating 'word clouds' from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."

Here is one I created. I'm sure you can figure out what it is...

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Oh, and be sure to ask Fred about Guess The Wordle - Level One.

2. StoryBird - Collaborative Storytelling

This website supplies the artwork so all you have to do is to string some images together and write a story using the visuals as your inspiration. I found StoryBird to be fun and the final product looks great. You can also embed your stories on your website. And every time I go back more and more illustrations and artists are included on the site.

Here is Our House, Some Friends, Real Fun - the demo StoryBird project I created:
http://storybird.com/books/our-house-some-friends-real-fun/

I chose the artwork them of Cheshire Tea Party from illustrator, Victoria Usova. Click here to see all of her artwork at StoryBird.com

3. SpellingCity.com

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Students and teachers are giving SpellingCity.com rave reviews! Students like it because it makes the drudgery of memorizing spelling words a lot more fun (imagine that) and teachers appreciate the fact that with SpellingCity they are not spending time correcting papers (imagine that, too).

4. Thinkfinity

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From the website: "Thinkfinity.org makes it easy for educators to enhance their classroom instruction with lesson plans, interactive activities and other online resources. All of Thinkfinity.org's 55,000 standards-based K-12 lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools and reference materials are reviewed by the nation's leading education organizations to ensure that content is accurate, up-to-date, unbiased and appropriate for students."

Thinkfinity's strength and credibility comes from its content partners including Artsedge (created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Illuminations (designed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathmatics), ReadWriteThink (developed by The International Reading Association), Science NetLinks (developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Smithsonian's History Explorer designed and developed by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History), just to name a few.

Thinkfinity has a fabulous and easy-to-use search engine. Here is what it looks like:
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5. Edutopia

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Edutopia is funded by The George Lucas Educational Foundation and is probably best known for its support for Project-Based Learning and Technology Integration strategies. The site is chock full of great videos, articles, cutting edge bloggers and other resources for teachers.



Professional Learning Network

1. Google Reader (google.com/reader)

RSS in Plain English (3:44)



2. Delicious (delicious.com)

Social Bookmarking in Plain English (3:25)


Try browsing through my Delicious bookmarks at http://delicious.com/fredkoch.


3. K12 Online Conference 2009 - Bridging The Divide

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The K12 Online Conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This FREE conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone. The 2009 conference theme is “Bridging the Divide.” This year’s conference begins with a pre-conference keynote by classroom teacher and international educator Kim Cofino the week of November 30, 2009. The following two weeks, December 7-11 and December 14-17, over fifty presentations will be posted online to the K12 Online Conference blog and conference Ning for participants to view, download, and discuss.


Weebly Tips

1. If you must cut and paste text, use the Text Editor application (found in your Applications folder), not Microsoft Word.
Then do the text formatting with Weebly.

2. If you want quicker load times for uploading pictures (Photo Gallery) and quicker load times when your website opens up, consider using DroPic to reduce the size of your images. You can easily shrink the size of the file with DroPic without losing any picture quality. Click here for the FREE DOWNLOAD.

3. Some of you have already found out that Weebly has a 100 MB size limit for video uploads. To check the size of your video file:
(1.) Select the video file
(2.) Use the short cut "command - i" and an information window will open which will display the file's size

4. Has anybody else had an issue when using the "portrait" style layout with the PHOTO GALLERY element? I spent quite a bit of time trying to turn the picture around (in iPhoto, PhotoShop) so that it would render properly on my Weebly website. I had no luck... so, I'm simply recommending that you stick to the "landscape" mode when you are taking photos.
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Portrait
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Landscape

Reminders...

1. Cherokee School Research Sites

I created this Google Custom Search Engine (http://tinyurl.com/67zgy6) as a way for students to conduct research without having access to the entire Internet. The Cherokee School Research Sites search engine browses 18 hand-picked websites including FactMonster.com, NationalGeographic.com, Nasa.gov and HowStuffWorks.com, just to name a few.

Click on the link below to view the complete list of sites.


You will also find the link on the Cherokee School home page under Additional Cherokee Info.

2. Setting up Groups in Entourage

Mr. DuBose created a short screencast on how to set up groups in Entourage.
Click here to view the screencast.

You can view other helpful Entourage tutorials on our District 67 Tech site (http://67tech.weebly.com)
Look for the Entourage page...

3. District Policy Statement about student photos

Click on the link below to view District 67's policy: