You may have heard about the Conficker worm recently. A worm is a type of computer virus that that infects your computer and then worms its way through a network infecting as many computers as possible. Conficker has been in the news because the worm has infected over 9 million computers and on April 1st those infected computers may be used to do more harm to other networks and computers. More...
Blogging in the Classroom
Have you thought about beginning a blogging project? Here’s how you could get started: 1> Start Small Pick a planned unit for a smaller class. You could setup 10-15 blogs using blogger or wordpress. 2> Be Clear Make sure you talk about the purpose and limitations of the blog. Think about assessment - will you be more focused on the customization of the blog or the content on it? ...
Student Video Reviews of Colleges
Are you thinking about your college career and not sure where to go? Want to hear about specific school programs? Check out CollegeClickTV.com to help you make a more informed decision by watching video reviews from actual students. You’ll find authentic, firsthand information that you may not find elsewhere…
Understanding the Networked Student
Here’s a great video on the student perspective of 21st century learning: how they use digital information and networks, and how the role of the teacher can change to encourage new skills.
Safari Montage Surprise!
Microsoft Curriculum on IP
Microsoft has sponsored free curriculum on intellectual property rights to encourage students to be good “digital citizens”. In one unit students explore a scenario where a high school sponsors and school-wide Battle of the Bands, discussing laws and permissions to discover who owns the “rights”.
Mark Twain Listening Map
A listening map is a visual representation of sound, using pictures to focus and communicate what you are listening to. Curriki has featured an interdisciplinary listening map lesson on Mark Twain. The lesson uses The Mark Twain Waltz, which is available from the Library of Congress online. The lesson includes a rubric, and although is intended for grades 6-8 it may be an fun exercise to try...
AP US History: The Great Depression
Curriki is featuring an interesting lesson on the Great Depression. This lesson plan analyzes the causes and discusses New Deal programs, critics, and challenges, contributed by the NROC. Chapter 20 is part of a 6 unit AP US History II course.
Stanford Brain Study Videos
Stanford University has uploaded some video lectures (7 total) on human health research, focussed on the brain. Check out Stanford’s The Future of Human Health!
Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us
Spring Signature Auction
Women's Day: Great Girl Geeks
To help celebrate Women’s Day here at DSHA, here are a few great “geek” women in technology industry/careers: Ada Lovelace - invented first programming language Grace Hopper - invented first compiler and found the first computer bug Frances E. Allen - first women to win the Turing Award Mary Lou Jepsen - founder and CEO of OLPC (One Laptop per Child) Susan Kare - created famous...
Google Earth: Prado Museum Tours
Museo Nacional del Prado (The Prado) in Madrid, Spain has made main works of art available through google earth. You can view 14 of the museum’s important works, including: Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez The Third of May 1808 by Francisco de Goya The Three Graces by Peter Paul Rubens Nobleman with Hand on His Chest by El Greco Self-Portrait by Albrecht Dürer Annunciation by Fra Angelico...
t3: Follow Up
Unfortunately there wasn’t participation in today’s open forum about technology. Three students voiced their opinion to have a dedicated computer lab. One student’s specific comments: Would like a dedicated computer lab with 30 computers, for classwork and multimedia projects, with printing, and open to be used anytime (not reserved like library) Like the idea of email...
Internet Safety Contest
The NCSA, a government group that raises internet security awareness, is sponsoring a contest. You would win $500 by creating a short video/podcast or poster encouraging young people to stay safe online. Some of the suggested topics include security, cyberbullying, and ethics. Submissions must be sent by March 31, 2009!
Ding Bells Have Rung
How awesome is that?! DSHA Senior production posted a youtube video teaser for their presentation on Sunday Mar 29th and Monday Mar 30th. Sneak a peak at the The Story or the Sr Production pages.
t3: Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Next Wed Mar 18th, Mrs. GMueller will be hosting an open tech forum to discuss technology topics here at DSHA. During clubs (10:19am) come to the library and share your ideas about what we’re doing right or what we could do better. Next Wednesday is your chance to let us know! (hope to see you there)
JayCut - Online Video Editing
JayCut.com is an easy and free way to to edit or mix audio and video. The editor is pretty easy to use, and allows you to upload different types of media and mix them together. Your projects can then be shared, or restricted to private groups.
Google Contest: Win a Scholarship
Google is sponsoring a contest for K-12 students to design a Google logo inspired by their theme: “What I Wish for the World”. The final deadline for receiving entries is March 31, 2009, so if you’re interested please contact Mrs. GMueller.
Add a side of bacon to any website using Bacolicio.us! *yum*
TED: Do schools kill creativity?
If you didn’t catch the previous post on the English Conference at DSHA, take a look at the resources. Thanks to Mr. Loucks we’ve embedded an inspiring TED presentation by Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? making the case for an educational system that nurtures creativity.
Word Clouds with Wordle
Have you heard about word clouds? A word cloud is a weighted list of words that describes the content of a document, webpage, or other text in a visual design. You may have seen a word cloud on a webpage and wondered what it is, here’s an example from DSHAtech’s delicious bookmarks... Wordle is a free online resource that helps turn your text into a word cloud. Take a look at this...
Cyberbullying Curriculum Package
CyberSmart! provides resources for educators to foster 21st century skills with free online workshops, professional development, and curriculum. They have just released a Cyberbullying curriculum guide. What is Cyberbullying? In a nutshell, Cyberbullying is intended harm through information or communications technology, that can include: Fraud Hate speech Intentional exclusion Releasing...
Mrs. G Mueller at Catholic Memorial (Part 2/2)
Tomorrow I’ll be presenting facebook safety at Catholic Memorial High School to students at 7:30am. Each session will include 200 students with 40 minutes to discuss topics including: Disclaimer Your definition of friend? Cyberbullying Who’s looking at your profile? Internet Predators Best PracticesAgain, I’m really looking forward to presenting to the community of students at...
Mrs. G Mueller at Catholic Memorial (Part 1/2)
I’ll be presenting facebook safety at Catholic Memorial High School this evening at 7PM. The session will be one hour including questions, with topics including: Disclaimer What is social networking? Who uses social networks? Why students like Facebook? What is a friend? Cyberbullying Best practices for teen use Best practices for adult use Now what do I do? Q/AI’m looking forward...