Where Can I Find This?

Oftentimes, the first place a person searches for information is on the Internet, and while the Internet offers more information than you’ll ever need, sometimes that’s the problem. More streamlined and more narrowly focused resources many help you find what you need more quickly. Listed below are some local resources you may want to peruse.

Online Catalog for Library Books

  • Concourse

You may access the catalog for our physical holdings (hardbound books) from your ZenWorks window on any PC in our school building.

Encyclopedia

  • World Book Online

You may access www.worldbookonline.com at school simply by going to that website where you will automatically be logged in; however, if you access it outside of school, you will need to log in. The username is paolirams and the password is orange.

Online Book Collection

  • Overdrive.com

Using Overdrive

You may read these books on your phone, on a tablet, or on your Chromebook/computer. I do have a few tablets that may be checked out to use for Overdrive reading. If you have questions or trouble using Overdrive, let me know, and I’ll do my best to help you.

To Check Out eBooks

  • Go to paoli.lib.overdrive.com
  • Sign in using your Novell login (this is how you login to a desktop computer or Lightspeed here at school)
  • Browse the books
  • When you see one you want to check out, click on the open book icon in the upper right-hand corner of the book and then click Borrow
  • Click Go to Checkouts
  • Choose to either download or read in the browser
  • Read the book

To return the book

Just click Return Title (if you don’t return it within 14 days, it will expire whether you’ve returned it or not)

Read offline

Once you’ve opened an OverDrive Read eBook, you can cache (save) it in your browser so you can read it offline (without an internet connection).Note: Some eBooks (especially those with a lot of pictures) can be too large to completely cache in your browser. In those cases, you’ll only be able to save a portion of the book for offline reading. Narration for read-along eBooks always requires an internet connection.

Demo Video (no audio)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0BQc8iWiRtXVUx4X05zZ0JhOEE/view

Online Database

  • INSPIRE

Go to www.inspire.net to search for magazine articles.

  • Library of Congress

This is a great resource to search for historical primary source material. Go to www.loc.gov

Let’s Get Engaged

We don’t necessarily want you to entertain us, but we do want you to engage us. “We” meaning students; “you” meaning teachers.

Just like a book or a movie, there has to be something there to draw us in; otherwise, we’ll either get bored or distracted or do the bare minimum. One website several teachers use to engage us is Kahoot. We like Kahoot, but……we like Quizalize too.

First, Quizalize is easy for the teacher to use. Enter a question, enter the correct answer in the “Correct Answer” box, enter incorrect answers in the “Incorrect Answer” boxes. In Kahoot, all answers are incorrect by default, so you have to remember (which Mrs. Eubank wasn’t so great at) to change one to “correct.”

Second, students are divided into two teams, and the teacher’s view shows every time a student answers a question. Points are awarded based not only on correctness but also on how quickly you answer.

Finally, a simple scroll down the teacher’s view shows how the class did overall, which questions were troubling for students, and how each student performed. There are some free quizzes as well that we played around with so we could see the different question and answer types used (not a fan of the answers you have to spell out when using the Chromebook–takes too much time which in turn means fewer points ;(

To give it a try, go to http://www.quizalize.com (here’s a good demo video that’s well worth watching).

What we like about Quizalize – feedback, question and answer choices are on the same screen, go at own pace

We were split on which is more competitive; while Quizalize places students on teams, students work at their own pace but other students’ names/scores don’t appear on student screen as they do on Kahoot. The sense of urgency with Quizalize comes from wanting to answer quickly to get the most points possible whereas with Kahoot the urgency comes from wanting to be the first to answer.

Using Kahoot, the teacher has the opportunity to discuss questions as they appear, but this option isn’t available with Quizalize.

 

Here are reviews found on the Quizalize homepage.

“It’s like Kahoot! but better! I’m gonna switch from Kahoot to Quizalize right away.”

“I really appreciate how simple it was to use and create a quizalize. My students loved it.”

“I’m a fan of Kahoot, but your program seems to offer so much more information for the teacher!”

“I love the feature that every student gets a summary at the end of the answers they gave (including the right answer)”

 

 

More Searching than Rescuing

Well, our goal of posting regularly on here kind of fell by the wayside. We’re still here though and actually have a new team member this semester. Meet Tim: “My name is Timothy Leone. I’m a junior and PHS Integrator. I’m looking forward to assisting people with technology and solving any problems associated with computers.” T. Leone

During our blogosphere absence, we’ve been looking at several things. Before Christmas, we spent some time on code.org to practice a little coding. Even if you have no interest in coding, this site is fun and educational. Did you know that to code effectively you need to be organized and sequence your commands in a logical order? Does this sound like a good lesson using technology to practice these skills that can then be carried over into classwork? If you like solving puzzles/problems, this is a fun site as well. We challenge you to: 

  • Go to code.org 
  • Sign in (either as a teacher or as a student) with your Google account
  • Scroll down to The Hour of Code for All Ages
  • Select one of the games (Star Wars is a good one to start with for the basics and then advance from there (in Artist you use angles and looping and nesting…gets a little complicated, but hey, that’s the challenge)) and work proceed through each step.

 

Have you used Slides Carnival? Several students are using this website to enhance their Google Slides presentations.

  • Go to www.slidescarnival.com
  • Select a template (categories are listed across the top)
  • Click Use this presentation template
  • You are now in Google Slides
  • Make a copy (in some cases you may have to download rather than make a copy)
  • Edit the slides as desired (delete unnecessary ones)
  • Ta da!!!! Now doesn’t that look nice?

 

We’re currently previewing/evaluating/playing with Seesaw (find it in Chrome Webstore) which is a digital portfolio website. Students are able to blog and share entries (nothing is shared until teacher approved); student entries may also be shared with parents. That’s about as far as we’ve gone with it so far. Have you used Seesaw? Do you have any tips, tricks, comments about it that you would like to share? If so, please comment in the Comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you’ve met us, let’s get back to business….

(This blog entry was also lost in the shuffle and has been waiting patiently in Draft status for five months ;(

 

Apps

Movenote for Education – This is a presentation app that allows you to show documents while you discuss them all while recording the presentation (you can choose whether to show yourself on the screen or not). The app is very easy to use. Take a look at these two brief videos. Note: the app has been updated since the second video was created, so though the presenter says you can cover the camera with a piece of paper or such, all you have to do is click the button to disable the camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYGMdEEjuJE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjOdO3m9JUQ

Add-ins

Flubaroo – this is an add-in in Google Sheets. Several teachers used this last year, but if you haven’t, you really should take a look at it. Chase and Michael have created a step-by-step video to show you just how easy it is. You can use it for quizzes, assignments, tests…….I would say the sky’s the limit, but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. What is true is that it will cut your grading time astronomically. Just try it.

Ever got lost in the shuffle?

Not a great title but this blog post got lost in the shuffle and was in Draft status for four months (thus the fall pics). This info is too good not to share, so as they say, “Better late than never.” Enjoy.

This was a busy week for the PHS Integrators as we are working through Google for Education Training. We’re able to skip over the stuff we already know, but there’s a lot of information in these training lessons! You can do the training too if you like; just go to https://edutrainingcenter.withgoogle.com/training and see what’s  available.

We also showed a few students how to go offline and decided maybe we should make a short video demonstrating how to do so.

 

Tools that may be of interest to you are:

Read&Write for Google Chrome – This extension works with Google Docs and pdf files (it works with some others too, but these are the ones that pertain to us). The description for this app states that it, “Boost[s] reading and writing confidence. Offer support for Google Docs/web to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.” One teacher plans to use it for students to hear their writing read back to them so they can hear the changes they need to make.

 

CloudConvert – This app claims to “convert anything to anything,” which is pretty terrific when you have a pdf file you would like for students to be able to type in. The process is very simple: open the app, select the file you want to convert, select the format you want to convert it to (for example, Google doc (docx), click to convert it. Those of you who use Google Classroom could share the file with students through there, the students would make a copy and complete the assignment then submit it.

Google Drawings – Much like Canva which we mentioned in an earlier post, Google Drawings is a creativity tool that can be used for presentations. Very simple to use. Look at what we made in just a few minutes and imagine how you could use this tool in your classroom.

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Extracting and Creating

Our topics generally follow the questions we’ve been asked throughout the week, so this week we took at look Flubaroo (we’re working on making tutorial videos for this but haven’t got them finished yet, but if you haven’t used Flubaroo yet, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is and how much time it will save you) as well as  extracting individual pages of PDF files.

Once upon a time, you would’ve needed to purchase software that allowed you to do anything other than view a pdf file, but now there are apps and websites that allow extraction and editing free of charge (mostly). The site we like for extracting the pages is http://www.splitpdf.com. It’s very simple to use (go to the site, select your file, pick the page(s) you want to extract, click Extract, save the file to your drive or computer). There are also apps that will let you do this in addition to allowing edits (so those pdf forms that get sent to you but don’t allow you to type on them can now be edited (for example, simply add a text box in which to type your response)); the problem with some of the apps is there are limits to the number of files you can edit unless you subscribe to a paid plan. A couple of apps we’ve looked at are PDF Buddy and PDFEscape.

We also played around with Canva this week and LOVE it! There’s a very brief tutorial that’s good to go through, but really, the app is very simple to use. Canva would be a perfect tool for any assignment in which you have students glue pictures/text on posterboard. Text and images can be layered, multiple pages can be created, an image library is available or you can find your own picture. These creations could then be shared with you/presented to the class as opposed to printed (the color ink is EXPENSIVE). Take a look below at some of our creations.

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We also explored NBC Learn and think it will be a great classroom resource.

Our plan for the next few weeks is to complete the Google Education training in hopes of finding more ideas to help you integrate technology in your classroom. Remember…. if you need our help, please fill out the form (link provided below).

http://goo.gl/forms/UR6tIgVMph

Meet the Integrators

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Brenda Eubank,

English-teacher-turned-media specialist-turned-student tech team supervisor

If you’re a teacher who has taught here long enough, you probably remember me teaching you how to use the Internet to find resources to use in your class or how to use Microsoft Word, Publisher, or Excel (the newbies probably never had to create their own electronic gradebook using Excel 😉 See? You’ve been integrating technology for years; it’s just time to add some new things. When I was first asked to supervise this team, I was super excited…. then thought about it….and wasn’t too excited; this roller coaster ride continued until I finally got a little structure added and saw what kinds of things the team could do. While this team will evolve, I’ve so enjoyed these first few weeks. I love helping teachers and love teaching others how to help 😉 These students are eager to help you, but when they’re not helping, they’re learning (learning how to teach someone to use an app as opposed to showing; this means you will be the one sitting at the computer with the tech team member sitting beside you instructing you), finding and reviewing apps, and creating how-to videos. Aside from their tech skills, I think having the student perspective will help us as we search for what works best for the students sitting in the classrooms.

It’s time to meet the PHS Integrators.

 

IMG_0017My name is Michael Lowe, but I’m sure you already know that, at least, I would hope. Now, there have been some rumors floating around that I like computers. I wish to squash these rumors; I LOVE computers. I can figure out most problems people may have about technology related items, including Chromebooks. I’m also a “gamer” as so many people like to call it. I prefer the title Technological Genius. And yes, Chase is not the only one on student Tech Team. If you need any help please contact the nearest PHS Integrator (AKA Student Tech Team).

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Hello, my name is Chase Meehan. I’m a junior here at PHS. To me, technology has always seemed like an excellent avenue for doing various tasks. Therefore, I have been interested in using it in every practical way possible, which constitutes my great interest in the tech team. My love of helping people is another big factor. It brings me great pride and pleasure to assist teachers and students with any problems that they face. 🙂

aylissaHi, my name is Aylissa Bush! I am a senior at PHS. I am the producer of PHS News Today. I am planning on majoring in telecommunications after graduation. I decided to become an Integrator  so I could better understand the technology in our school.  As the year goes on I hope to help any of you with your Chromebook needs!

 

 

IMG_7225Hi, my name is Noah Weiss. I am a PHS Integrators at Paoli High School. Some of my interests are photography and doing design projects for the yearbook and newspaper. I am also in drama and choir. As PHS Integrators we look at apps that we think the students at Paoli High School should be able to access and apps that will help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. We also look at websites and find information that would help the student body and teachers become better with their Chromebooks. If you ever have any questions, ask the PHS Integrators, and we will be more than happy to help!

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Gage Mansfield, gamer and computer guy

I spend all my time either playing a game or watching stuff about games or looking at parts to upgrade my computer at home. I became an Integrator because I wanted to dissect the workings of the Chromebook system and learn how it works. I came into the class also knowing that I would be going to different people and classes to help with Chromebooks. I think I can do a pretty good job helping everyone through the different things that the Chromebook has to offer.

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My name is Mark Bridgewater, and I am a PHS Integrator. I am a big tech enthusiast who is always trying to hone in on his skills to figure out how to make his PC better. I love everything computers and even when it comes to making boring spreadsheets. I joined this team to get an opportunity to learn more about Chrome OS and further my communication skills.  I hope to use my tech team experience to help myself in getting a degree in computer science.

Hello, my name is Dylan dylanTerrell. I’m a sophomore, and I’m a PHS Integrator. I’ve just recently gotten into technology and became an Integrator to better understand the parts of a computer. Furthermore, I would like to help people who are having problems with their Chromebooks.

 

 

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