Learning With Lucie Archive 2006-2013

April 12, 2009

Tweaking Open Source Tools for the Classroom

Filed under: Education — Learning with Lucie @ 3:27 pm

At this years FOSSVT Conference  featuring (Free and Open Source Software in Schools) I presented a session that demonstrated how to tweak three open source tools to make them truly useful classroom tools.

1) Tux Paint: 

  • learn how to modify the Tux Paint Config files for improved classroom management
  • create curricular related templates or starter pages
  • add new collection of stamps that match your curricular units

2)  Type Faster:

  • Replace the lessons and game content with words that are grade level appropriate or relate to your curricular goals (i.e. spelling,  science words, reading vocabulary)
  • Changing the length of lessons and speed of the game drills

3)  Open Office:

  • Adding ClipArt Categories to the Gallery Tool to make adding clipart an easier and more visual process.   Directions from Solveg Haugland
    We used the WP Clipart

I've attached two zip folders from my presentation (Tux Paint Starter Files,  and Open Office Gallery Config Files for WP Clipart)  at http://sites.google.com/site/opensourceineducation/Home

Check out more ideas  about using Open Source in Education at http://k12opened.com/

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April 5, 2009

What I’m teaching this summer.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Learning with Lucie @ 4:27 pm

Along with my workshops at NECC,  I will be be teaching at two Tech Institutes this summer.  And as usual I'll be offering 2 summer camps:  Tech Savvy Kids  and Tech Savvy GIrls Summer Camp.

1)  FLIP into the World of Video for
your Classroom 
July 13 – 16 in Castleton, VT
http://vtmidi.org/summerinstitute09/index.htm

Inexpensive, simple to use, video cameras that fit into your pocket
have expanded the use of video from citizen journalism to student's
classrooms. Although the FLIP
video camera's simple 4 button design has made capturing video a
simple, no fuss process, the possibilities for producing or publishing
the videos  are endless ranging from free programs to online video
editting tools. This session will give you a chance to master different
approaches to producing and publishing videos for your educational
projects, whether they be student projects or teacher projects, such as
creating instructional videos. Join a network of educators who are
discovering the power of video in education. FLIP camera required for
this course and included in the registration fee.

2) Teaching the Google Generation
(where I will be teaching you how to apply a whole suite of free Google Tools in your classroom)

TEACHING THE GOOGLE GENERATION
St. Albans City School w/ Lucie deLaBruere, Google Certified EducatorAugust 10-14
Register: http://cvedc.champlain.edu/event.view.php?vid=1237906525


Learn
how to use the extensive suite of free Google Tools in your Classroom
to support 21st century learning. Gain access to hundreds of resources
and lesson plans from Google Teachers Academy. Tools such as Google
Maps, Google Earth, Google Docs, Google Video, Google Sites, Custom
Search Engine, Google Reader, and more are changing the way today's
students learn. Use them to change the way you teach and the learning
culture in your classroom.

This is part of a 3 strand hands on  Institutes.  Other strands listed below.


All 3 strands of the hands on  institutes start with face to face session on June 1 and an
additional face to face session in the Fall along with 9 hours of
Online Coursework.


Franklin Country Professional Development Offering –
AUTHENTIC TEACHING and LEARNING for the 21st CENTURY  Tech Int Flyer CVEC.pdf

Featuring choice of 3 different hands on Institute
—————————————————————

21ST CENTURY TEACHING
St. Albans Town Ed. Ctr w/ Diane Lemieux –June 22-26
Register: http://cvedc.champlain.edu/event.view.php?vid=1237906037

How will your teaching need to change to include 21st Century skills in your curriculum? What are the tools you’ll need to learn, and how can you manage your classroom to support 21st Century
Learning? How can you engage your students? Are you trying to
understand the new language of wikis, blogs, Ning and Jing, Digg,
Twitter. social websites and tools, Skype and more? Learn about these
tools and websites that will allow you and your students to begin your
journey into 21st Century methods of teaching and learning.


STUDENT 2.0 -21ST CENTURY MULTIMEDIA
Missisquoi Valley Union H.S. w/ Stefanie Blouin & George Raynak July 6-10
Register: http://cvedc.champlain.edu/event.view.php?vid=1237906356

Are
you interested in finding innovative ays to engage your students in
learning? In this strand, teachers will explore and experience many
multimedia tools, such as Voicethread, Animoto,Photostory, Imovie,
Moviemaker, Gimp, and Inspiration. Using the tools and knowledge of the
21st Century teaching and learning
strategies, teachers will create a multimedia project that integrates
technology into their curriculum


TEACHING THE GOOGLE GENERATION
St. Albans City School w/ Lucie deLaBruere, Google Certified EducatorAugust 10-14
Register: http://cvedc.champlain.edu/event.view.php?vid=1237906525


Learn
how to use the extensive suite of free Google Tools in your Classroom
to support 21st century learning. Gain access to hundreds of resources
and lesson plans from Google Teachers Academy. Tools such as Google
Maps, Google Earth, Google Docs, Google Video, Google Sites, Custom
Search Engine, Google Reader, and more are changing the way today's
students learn. Use them to change the way you teach and the learning
culture in your classroom.


All 3 institutes start with face to face session on June 1 and an
additional face to face session in the Fall along with 9 hours of
Online Coursework.


April 4, 2009

Friday Five: Organization and Presentation Tools

Filed under: FridayFive — Learning with Lucie @ 9:35 pm

Sometimes as teachers we are so busy looking for the perfect resource for our students, that we forget to take care of ourselves. By nature, teachers are caretakers and we do often take care of others needs before our own. This week, I was at a face to face meeting with a regional group of tech integrators where we spent some time sharing some tech tools that help us be more successful at our job. I couldn't wait to go home and try some of them and have picked the top 5 I learned about today to share as this week's Friday Five (plus one more cool tool that is coming out of beta this week). And best of all, these tools will not only help you as a teacher, they are great tools for students, too.

1. http://mail.google.com/mail/help/tasks/

If you have not discovered Google Tasks, you should visit the Gmail Lab (under Settings) to turn of TASKS. When you read an email that includes a new item for your to do list, or important information needed to complete that tasks, just click on the Label button to assign this email to a task. Your tasks list will now contain items that are linked to any email related to that tasks. And the most satisfying part is being able to check off the tasks as you complete them. Learn more about how to use the Tasks feature in Gmail or on your mobile device in Google's Help Section.

2. http://www.sticky-notes.net/
 

Whether you use a ToDo list such as Gmail's Tasks or other program to stay organized, there is something about a Sticky Note that helps us with priorities. This little gem is the pefect tool to keep certain items on your radar anytime.

3. http://jingproject.com/

A very helpful program that can be used to make screen captures as still pictures or short 5 minute videos. A picture is worth a thousand words and taking a picture of what is on your computer screen and being able to add lines, arrows, highlights, and additional text really helps increase understanding or provides assessment documentation in digital format. I have know some students who encourage students to take a screenshot of their work on a popular math game as evidence of learning. I use this tool all the time to create tutorials for students and colleagues. I've even seen some educators document a tech error using Jing and attach it to a help ticket. For $14.95 a year you can go pro which allows the movies to be saved in mp4 format and also saves the videos in smaller file format. This comes in handy when using Jing to gather assessment artifacts.

4. http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

If you want a similar tool that does not require you to install a program, try Screencast O matic.

This tool allows you to create a video of your screen (screencast) without requiring you to install anything. The product is in beta right now.

5. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx

Zoom It is a very small utility that you can install on your computer or keep on a flash drive that will allow you to ZOOM in to any part of your screen at the stroke of a key. Those with Apple computers have had this ability for a while; PC users can now enjoy this capability with Zoom It. We have also been providing it to visually impaired students to facilitate their use of computers. There are tools that provide more features for work stations used by visually impaired students, but this handy program on a thumb drive gives them the flexibility of zooming in when using other computers.

6. http://prezi.com/

And for an even more spectacular zooming experience, you need to try Prezi. And starting April 5, you'll get a chance since Prezi goes out of private beta and will be available for you to try the free version of sign up for a Pro account. It allows you to fly around a map of an image, scrreen shot, and even videos. You can click on an image to zoom in on it or use the mouse to fly around to show different perspective (from big picture to minute details).
 
 
Enjoy these tools. Model how to use them effectively for teaching and learning for your peers and students.