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September 27, 2011

27 Sep

Now that Palliser has gone over to Windows 7, we will see some irregularities that we didn’t see before.  At the start of last year, those schools that had Windows 7 found that their SMART boards were not functioning correctly.  Another area of incompatibility was with Movie Maker 2.6.  Many teachers were using this program but with Windows 7, there were issues that arose.  PhotoStory III was another program that proved to be not compatible with Windows 7.  What Micro Soft now offers to replace the older 2.6 Movie Maker and PhotoStory III is “Windows Live Movie Maker.”  I like this version!  It takes a little getting used to but once you take the time, it actually is a lot more intuitive than the older version 2.6.  The only knock against the newer version is one cannot narrate using it.  The work around this is to use Audacity to make the narration and import it into the project.

Last year, the data within ePearl was corrupted.  This resulted in the program being terminated or in this case, it no longer is being hosted on any Palliser servers.  This isn’t to say that we won’t get it back.  The rumbling is that ePearl will be redeployed but the timeline is uncertain for this.

SMART exchange is a great location to find many teachers created notebook documents to use in your classroom.  It has been blocked for a while but it too will be accessible in the near future.

Have you tried to do a Google Advanced Search lately?  You can’t!  For whatever reason, Google decided to take the link that used to be visible and hide it (go figure!!).  I know that I used the Advanced Search a lot when I was looking for a flash component or PowerPoint to use in the classroom.  It is still available using the following link – http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en.

A lot of teachers are looking to give their student’s access to Discovery and Learn 360.  For Discovery, the process is quite easy:

  1. When logged into Discovery (http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm),  go to “Classroom Manager”
  2. Within this area, you will find a tutorial for how to create student access
  3. Basically, you need to create a class.
  4. Once the class is created, you would then create student accounts within this class which will provide them with access to view the resources on Discovery. 
  5. As well, teachers now have the means to assign work to the students which the students can keep track of when they log in using their student access.

I’m working with Learn 360 tomorrow to see what is involved to do the same for the students.  Mike Tieman who presented the 360 session says that ‘we can have generic student’s accounts set up.’  So after I get the rundown on this, I’ll pass along the ‘how-to’ so that you can provide the student access to Learn 360.

Just a note to administrators and teachers – the access codes being shared – they are for teachers only!  Don’t share these with anyone else.  As indicated above, student access is done differently which, as a result, provides them with limited access.  They don’t (and they shouldn’t) get the same access as teachers!

 

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