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Please visit My Classroom for information on the following topics: History, Writing, Reading and English.  I am teaching only I.T courses at the moment so those pages may not be updated.

Saturday
Nov072009

Text2MindMap Vocabulary Activity

You can find the directions for this assignment here or in my teacher drive.

Sunday
Nov012009

Quarter 2 - Writing Projects 1

6th Grade:  You will make an electronic poster at Glogster.Edu. Here is the planning handout.   Here are the detailed directions in a .wmv file but you can also get them in a PowerPoint on my teacher drive.

7th Grade:  You will be doing research on Digital Citizenship and writing about it.  Here are the directions in a .wmv file but you can also get them in a PowerPoint on my teacher drive.

8th Grade:  You will do research on Digital Footprints, write in Google Docs, and make a bibliography at NoodleBib.  Here are the directions in a .wmv file but you can also get them in a PowerPoint on my teacher drive.

Wednesday
Sep302009

Autumn Poetry Project

8th Graders will make a VoiceThread, illustrated, narrated and put to music. You will use They will make a bibliography using NoodleTools. 

7th Graders will make a VoiceThread, illustrated, narrated and put to music. 

6th Graders will make an Animoto, illustrated, narrated and put to music.  

You will all be allowed to use http://www.rhymer.com/ and http://rhyme.poetry.com/.  You will comment online on each others' VoiceThread Poetry when they are finished. You will use exclusively Creative Commons images from Flickr and  Google Advanced Search.

Parameters for the poems:

  • 8 Lines
  • Rhyming
  • Any topic relating to Fall or Autumn. For instance: Back-To-School, pumpkins, Jewish New Year, Veteran's Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween, changing seasons, weather, trees, feelings about Fall, sports we play in Fall, etc.
  • Save every URL for every photo you save unless it belongs to you.

More details to follow.

Tuesday
Sep222009

ThinkQuest Web Sites

Instructions for your Home Page:

Post your 3 introductory Haikus on top and post all your writing assignments below them:

  • Write 1 - Digital Citizenship
  • Write 2 - Letter to the Future
  • Write 5 - Outbursts RAPP
  • Write 6 - Cell Phone Dangers?

We will post the following as images. See me if you want to scan anything:

  • Write 3 - Digital Footprints Inspiration Graphic
  • Write 4 - Animation Storyboard

Instructions for your Second Page: Set this page up for ISTE Standards 1 and 2. All you need right now is text boxes.

Instructions for your Third Page:  Set this page up for ISTE Standards 3 and 4. All you need right now is text boxes.

Instructions for your Fourth Page:  Set this page up for ISTE Standards 3 and 4. All you need right now is text boxes.

Instructions for your 5 through 25th Pages:  Set these pages up for your personal use. Just remember, keep it educational, follow the Mann 5, and keep it clean. Remember your User Agreement promises.

Saturday
Sep192009

A Cool New Text-to-Voice-To-Animation Tool: Xtranormal

Saturday
Sep192009

A Cool New Text-To-Speech-to-Movie Tool: Xtranormal

Sunday
Sep132009

How Can I Reach Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.

As usual we rushed headlong into a great new year. However, I now realize I have not done enough to let parents know the myriad ways they can connect with me.  My apologies for the delay. Here you are:

 

 

  1. You can email me at school: SHANKLS@d11.org.

  2. Visit and subscribe to our classroom Ed Tech News blog. You can leave a comment there if you wish.

  3. You can call my Google Voice number from any phone: 7122NoFear (712-266-3327). I forward that number to whichever phone I am using so it will ring through to me.  You can also leave a voice mail or text message.  (Follow this link to find out more about Google Voice and get a number for yourself. It's pretty handy.)

  4. You can follow me on Twitter. My classroom teaching username is @MsShanksClass.  My tweets are protected because we are conversing with and about minors.  Just send a request to view my tweets and I'll get the message.  I will try to get in the habit of tweeting news and announcements as soon as I have some followers. You are welcome to Direct Message me  @MsShanksClass if you don't want all my followers to see your tweet(s).  I would like to follow you, too, so I get to know you and your family better!

  5. I hope to get a classroom Facebook page up and running soon.  It will be called Ms. Shanks' Class and we will want all of you to friend us! (If there is anyone with some time to set this up in the near future, I would gladly accept your help.)

  6. This next note will not make much sense on the surface, but perhaps you will sympathize after I explain:  I would encourage you to please try not to rely on calling my classroom phone as it seems it is becoming harder and harder for me to answer it -- especially when I am teaching 6 classes with about 30 students during the day.  I can answer the previous types of communications much faster than a voice mail on the classroom phone.  I am almost always near my cell, my laptop, or my desktop computer but I am rarely near the classroom phone.  I only make this request because I would like to be as responsive to you as quickly as possible.

Hopefully you will find that one or all of these ways to reach me will meet your needs. I'd like to keep you informed, included, and encouraged about Digital Technology classes.

 

Sunday
Sep132009

How Can I Reach Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.

 

As usual we rushed headlong into a great new year. However, I now realize I have not done enough to let parents know the myriad ways they can connect with me.  My apologies for the delay. Here you are:

 

  1. You can email me at school: SHANKLS@d11.org.

  2. Visit and subscribe to our classroom Ed Tech News blog. You can leave a comment there if you wish.

  3. You can call my Google Voice number from any phone: 7122NoFear (712-266-3327). I forward that number to whichever phone I am using so it will ring through to me.  You can also leave a voice mail or text message.  (Follow this link to find out more about Google Voice and get a number for yourself. It's pretty handy.)

  4. You can follow me on Twitter. My classroom teaching username is @MsShanksClass.  My tweets are protected because we are conversing with and about minors.  Just send a request to view my tweets and I'll get the message.  I will try to get in the habit of tweeting news and announcements as soon as I have some followers. You are welcome to Direct Message me  @MsShanksClass if you don't want all my followers to see your tweet(s).  I would like to follow you, too, so I get to know you and your family better!

  5. I hope to get a classroom Facebook page up and running soon.  It will be called Ms. Shanks' Class and we will want all of you to friend us! (If there is anyone with some time to set this up in the near future, I would gladly accept your help.)

  6. This next note will not make much sense on the surface, but perhaps you will sympathize after I explain:  I would encourage you to please try not to rely on calling my classroom phone as it seems it is becoming harder and harder for me to answer it -- especially when I am teaching 6 classes with about 30 students during the day.  I can answer the previous types of communications much faster than a voice mail on the classroom phone.  I am almost always near my cell, my laptop, or my desktop computer but I am rarely near the classroom phone.  I only make this request because I would like to be as responsive to you as quickly as possible.

Hopefully you will find that one or all of these ways to reach me will meet your needs. I'd like to keep you informed, included, and encouraged about Digital Technology classes.

Tuesday
Sep012009

A Little Video Tutorial About Pivot Stickman Software

Sunday
Aug302009

TechByte: Collaborative Online Editing

Greetings! This is a primer on collaborative online editing tools for group documents.  If you already know about these resources, please forward this TechByte to someone you know who might benefit from it. If you want to know more, please ask.

First, would your team ever need to collaborate on documents like these?

-     a spreadsheet of common data;
-     a common calendar of meeting dates or deadlines;
-     a multi-author report;
-     a budget proposal by your department;
-     a training  slide show for your students or teammates;
-     a word processing document like a newsletter; 
-     a curriculum map or lesson plans? 

Second, you already know now to email attachments, carry jump drives to team meetings, and store files on the school server. You already know how to take students to a lab or have them meet after school to work together on a group project. So why would you need to collaborate on a single file, document, spreadsheet, web site, or slide presentation in some new way?

The answer is that there are better, easier solutions. If we share documents on the web:

A. The team gets to pick who can see the document and who cannot.
B. Members can see the progress of the file in real time.
C. Members of the team can work on the file at their own convenience.
D. No one has to keep track of which attachment to which email is the most current.
E. We don't end up with multiple versions.
F. We can review the history of a document and who made which changes.
G. We can even revert to an earlier version when necessary.
H. Team members can work from home, school, mobile devices, or anywhere else they have web access.
I. It doesn't matter if some people are on Macs while others are using PC's.
J. It doesn't require common software or compatible versions of software.

You have lots of options if you have a group working on a common file; these are just three of them. 

1.  GoogleApps for Education.  GoogleApps include a word processor, a spreadsheet maker, a slideshow maker, a web site maker, and more. Most files can be imported/exported to and from other familiar programs or web sites.  GoogleApps works no matter which operating system or software you have. With documents and sites hosted in the cloud (on the web), everyone can edit and view the same document. Features:

   a. Easily import or export traditional file formats into Google Apps:
      - Import a document
      - Export a document
   b. View your documents on the go with your web-enabled mobile device.
   c. Publish files to the web for everywhere access.

   To share a document:

   d. Set privacy levels to restrict who can edit or view documents;
   e. Build internal or external web sites collaboratively, unifying documents from Google Apps; and
   f. Embed your Google documents anywhere on the web with Google Web Elements.


2. Wikis. Wikispaces and PBWorks. A wiki is a web site that anyone can edit, depending on the privacy settings your team chooses. The most famous wiki of all is Wikipedia but anyone can make one. (A wiki differs from a blog in that blogs are online journals generally produced by just one person with others only having commenting privileges.)

Your wiki group is not limited to choosing whether your files must be word processing, spreadsheets or slideshows. With a wiki can have all of them. You can embed charts, tables, multimedia, and more.  Simple instructions:

    a. Open your wiki.
    b. Decide who will be allowed to edit it.
    c. Invite the members of your group to join.
    d. Everyone who is a member can work on the wiki's pages.
    e. Your results are immediately published and available on the web.

3. Microsoft Live Workspaces. (Designed to work with Microsoft Office--not as versatile as the others above.) Live Workspaces gives you a place online where your team can store notes, calendar events, a final report, etc. without having to merge separate documents. It’s easy:

     a. Create your group workspace - Start from scratch, or use the project or study group workspace templates.

     b. Add your files - Install the Office Live Update to save documents to your workspace directly from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

     c. Share the workspace with your group - Let them view and edit the files—so everyone is always working on the latest version. Remember, you can revert to a previous version if necessary.

I hope this introduction is helpful to you and your groups.