September 23, 2011

23 Sep

The last PD day at Vulcan was in my view, a great success.  I say this due to the ‘vast’ number of inquiries regarding the three content providers who were on hand to showcase their products.  We were delighted to see Learn 360 (Mike), Discovery (Austin, Lindsay, Tom) and Access Learning (Bill) could fit in a visit to Vulcan in their busy schedules.  Remember that for Access Learning and Discovery that there is a ‘code’ to provide you with a means of self-registering.  Having said that, from the inquiries from teachers wanting access, I have found a large percent of them ALREADY had an account.  If you are not sure, please don’t hesitate to email me and I’ll check it out for you.  As for Learn 360, everyone should be on their database so that all teachers would (first their first time logging in) use their firstname.lastname for a username.  The password – I’ll get you to email me for that.  Please be sure to utilize the provider’s resources for this school year so that we can continue to have access to them in the future years!

I’m getting more and more requests to provide student access to the Discovery site.  All teachers should be able to create student access.  Simply go to ‘My Classrooms’ when you are in the Discovery site.  You can only create student accounts for a class.  So make sure that if you haven’t yet created a class that you do so by clicking on ‘Create a Classroom’.  Once created, you can then create the student accounts.  To start this process, just click on “Edit Class” within the Actins next to the Classroom.

I’m hoping to share with you in the future, a document that outlines all of the resources each provider has access to as well as the other features that one has over the other.  The idea is that with this knowledge, one would spend less time trying to figure out where to start looking.  Be looking for it!

Just in case some of you were not aware of this, you can access your computer from home.  By using the following secured URL, you can access your school computer just as if you were physically sitting in front of it!  You could do all of your planning on it and then have your handouts printed out and waiting for you when you get to school the next morning.  If you are interested in this, please email me and I’ll provide you with the documentation that outlines for you what needs to be done.

Moodle!!  No, I didn’t say something foul!!  This is going to be our medium for communicating and sharing the work done on our Collaboration Days.  All the facilitators took part in a workshop from which they received instructions on how to use the Forums and Wiki’s.  I’ll provide you with the ‘cheat sheets’ to assist you with accessing the Forums and Wiki’s.  Just email me and I’ll send them to you.  Everyone should have a Moodle account.  If you don’t, please go to the Moodle link on the Palliser page and create an account.  Then proceed to the ‘Collaboration Place’ link and sign in (email me for the ‘key’ to enter this area).

As always, everyone is doing great activities in their classroom.  I’m fortunate in that I’m able to see and assist some of the work that is going on.  Deanna S. from the south end is using the Palliser iTouches to incorporate more technology into her classroom.  Using her iPad and being able to display it (using a docking port to VGA adaptor), she can demonstrate how to use the app to facilitate the lesson.  As always, with TPACK in mind, the technology is the last thing to consider in creating a lesson – and the iTouch should be a great tool to assist Deanna in her endeavor in the classroom.  She has also indicated that she will be journaling her experiences using the iTouches in the classroom.  When she starts doing this (as a wiki or blog), I’ll see if she’ll share the link and pass it along!

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