Got Skype, Now What

March 5, 2010

presentation at

Ideas for use

  • Skype other room – pose math puzzle, reading, share video or other files
  • give everybody in the school skype and use for basic communication
  • rainy day recess fun times
  • planning or meeting when resources are in different locations
  • workshops and training across district
  • connect with library, read across library, special events at the library, etc
  • skype with a school in another state, ask each other map based questions and try to figure out where the person on the other side is…
  • partner class and share learning, or ask each other questions to go find out and answer next time
  • festival of lights type traditions, skype with someone there that can talk about the traditions
  • skype an author
  • find people at

other links


Tame the Chaos

March 5, 2010

teach students to see tech as tool, and toy, they all come in knowing tech as toy

Tech Integration (USE) Flow steps

  1. curriculum
  2. does tech to it well, which tech
  3. what tech skills do students need
  4. Organize learning environment
  5. set expectations – process and product
  6. define outcomes – process and product

put most powerful tech in the smallest hands, they need the multimedia, simple interface, headphones

baby wipe headphone cords when you sit down –

use headphone jack, not usb, then just get a cheap splitter.


simplybox – make a page of links using screen shots –

screenhunter from wisdom for screenshots

print screenshots for directions – laminate and circle choices, steps of where to click, etc.

vocaroo to record audio

always pair students on tech – similar students enter url and time, you get to be on the site for that much time

Look at

March 5, 2010

gizmos subscription –

scope on a rope this is the one we get

need to get our installs updated over summer.

Gail Lovely

Book loving technologist

Reading work V Reading pleasure

Roles and tools for tech in reading

myths and legends around the world at

google lit trip – location based retelling in google maps, for download, adds information and context of place, add map and location context. can retell or support and deepen understanding of text

Authoring “cartoon” looking stories, books for myths and legends – online cartooning

retell a story in voicethread –

compare contrast characters in glogster; visual expression of understanding

glogster example –

skype with an author at – – get students interested in author, writing and writing process, read author’s work first and prepare questions.

download audiobooks from

Florida lit to go – with audio, text and teaching materials

storyline – famous actors reading books, well done. /zingertales – storytellers telling stories.

booktalks and book review type podcasts – post and connect to library website or search database.

Clif Mims —

Tools teachers can use to engage students and get toward higher order thinking, with a smattering of interesting lesson ideas. – url shortener with custom url box for you to use to establish pattern.

Posterous – upload most any file to blog using email

safety lesson idea – take a bunch of digital photos and then sort through to see which are OK to post online to public. – individual student accts without student email addresses

Lesson idea – voicethread for character study based on image –

Lesson idea – voicethread for shape hunt on pictures

Lesson idea – math problem solving approach illustrated, explained – block unblock! – nice way to post content, you can also  embed page elsewhere- example of library glogster page– online book maker, book looking format, text and images, upload images, etc. You can have them print, bind the book and mail to you for low cost. – easy podcasting in the browser, 5 minute limit, plus 1 image