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Technology in our schools...educating each student for lifelong learning!




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Chuck Hoffman, LCHS

Watch a slideshow of technology being used in classrooms across the county. P.S. I used photostory to create this :)



March Featured Article

~ Liz Goodwin ITRT Jouett Elementary


iGoogle: Organizer and Time Saver for Teachers
Do you wish you could have one central calendar for work, personal, and family events?
Do you ever forget to email yourself school files for planning at home or vice versa? Or do you remember to save files to a memory stick but then leave the memory stick at school when you need to do school planning at home?
Would you like a way to save and recall your bookmarks easily from any computer you are working on?
Would you read more professional blogs if managing them were easier?
Are you overwhelmed with too much data/information and looking for a way to stay organized and save time as a teacher?

iGoogle could be the answer you are looking for.

iGoogle is a tool that can pull or aggregate all of this information and MORE into one web page for you. All you have to do is sign up for a Google account and then pick the applications/gadgets you would like to add to your iGoogle page. iGoogle can hold Google-specific applications (a.k.a. Google Apps) or gadgets like Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Reader. iGoogle can also gather non-Google apps/gadgets like your del.icio.us bookmarks or the weather forecast.
Would you rather just see iGoogle in action than try and digest what you’ve read?
Watch this short video clip titled, “iGoogle: A Mini Product Tour”.


Video URL: http://www.edublogs.tv/play.php?vid=2128


Are you ready to learn how? Watch this tutorial “What is the iGoogle Interface?” to get started.


How to Sign Up for iGoogle -- powered by eHow.com
Video URL: http://www.ehow.com/video_4441945_what-igoogle-interface.html




Integrating Technology Before...During...After Your Lesson
Timeliner XE
http://www.tomsnyder.com/timelinerxe/

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This is a section of a Time line created by TES 4th grade students to sequence important historic documents.



BEFORE
Model a sample timeline for the students that shows the day/period’s lesson.

DURING
As seen in the picture above at TES, students will create a timeline of their own sequencing important events specified by the instructor.

AFTER
Students present their timelines to the class explaining what they know about the topics they included on their timelines. This is a great opportunity for instructors to assess student knowledge, and for students to practice oral language skills (this skill is not paper tested, but still an important SOL) .