Agenda for February 3, 2010

8:30 - 11:30
Bring your laptop! (and iTouch if you have one)

Part I 8:30 - 9:30

Hands-on break out session - choose from ONE of the following:

Session I: Google Docs, Presentation and Groups

The word processing and presentation components of Google Docs are the focus here. Learn about creating your own documents and presentations. Collaborate with others by utilizing the sharing features. You can even publish your creations to your own web page. Discuss methods of using these Google tools for administrative and classroom purposes.

Help in Using Google Docs:

Examples of Educational Uses:

Session II: Google (online) Spreadsheets and Forms

This session will focus on ideas for using Google collaborative spreadsheets and forms. Google Forms allow users to quickly and easily create an online form that feeds collected data directly into a shared spreadsheet, which can also be accessed by up to 50 simultaneous users. These documents are easily published and accessible to anyone you choose on the Internet.

Forms can be used for polls, surveys, and assessments - or for collecting event registration data, lesson plans, etc. You will have hands-on experience in creating and sharing these tools.

Google Spreadsheets - spreadsheet example and example form to the spreadsheet

Tutorials and help documents for using Google spreadsheets/forms:

Sample school uses for Google spreadsheets and forms:

Session III: Communication Tools for the Digital Age

In this session we will explore a variety of tools schools can use to facilitate 21st Century communication. From Skype to Blogging to Twitter, to name a few, links and demos will be shared as well as ideas for utilization.
To blog or not to blog, that is the question!

"The internet stopped being just a collection of hyper-link s connecting static bits of information a long time ago. Today the internet is not so much about storing information as it is about communicating and sharing knowledge in ever more efficient ways." More about this topic here.

Can you hear me? Skype and OoVoo are basic and easy-to-use service that offers free voice, video calls, conference calls, instant messaging and group instant messaging. Download the software; connect to the Internet and you're good to go.

Blogs: Why blog as an Administrator?

In the 21st Century websites are a major means for communication and resources!

The Classroom Web Page: A Must-Have in 2008

Every American educator needs to build and maintain his or her own teacher Web page.
Before you respond with arguments about how many non-Web-paged educators are among the best teachers you know, understand that I'm sure you're right. In fact, I bet many of those nonwired teachers run wonderfully holistic, project-based classrooms where hands-on activities abound and high expectations for all students are the rule rather than the exception. But I believe they could be doing so much more for their students if they did have a Web page. Read more here....

Mrs. Richau's Classroom English Class
Mrs. Schroeder's 5th Grade
Mrs. Swift's HS English
TechTips4Learning- Deb's Examples

Cell phones for communication and learning in the classroom
Cell phones in Learning
Ideas for using in the classroom

  • Communication
  • Calculator
  • Photos/video
  • Collaboration
  • Learning scavenger hunt
  • Homework/test alerts
  • Voice recorder
  • Student response polling or pop quizzes
  • Find definitions, currency conversion, math equations, translations
  • Use as an Internet browser to access information
  • Research
  • Read news articles and current events
  • Read books
  • Download and use education programs such as Google Maps and use as GPS
  • Use as a digital or video camera to accompany school projects, publishing, etc.
  • Educate students on appropriate and acceptable social use
  • Use the voice technology to share engaging lectures or lessons


100 ways to use Facebook in the Classroom

Session IV - iPod Touch

Bring your ITouch!

iPod Touch Resources in Education (from AEA 11)

WebApp User Guide for use only on iPod Touch:

  • Spread to zoom, pinch to resize
  • Tap the time to skip to the top of the page
  • Double-tap a column or image to zoom in
  • Save an image by tapping and holding, images appear in the Photos app
  • Screen shot by holding the power button and pressing the home button, images appear in the Photos app
  • Add a bookmark icon to the Home screen
  • Turn iPod touch horizontally before entering a web address or search to get a larger keyboard

Text Entry
  • Double-tap Space for a period, space, and capitalization of the next word (for the end of a sentence)
  • Type "im" and "cant" and let iPod touch autocorrect to "I'm" and "can't" in the Notes app
  • Move the cursor by tapping, holding, and dragging
  • Copy / Paste by holding down on the words to see a pop up selection
  • Enter colleague/ student names into Contacts to add them to the auto-correct keyboard dictionary

Home Screen
  • You can have up to 9 pages of apps for a total of 148
  • Tap the bottom right or left corners to move between pages, or swipe
  • Tap and hold one icon until they all jiggle to rearrange them
  • Push the Home button to go to the first page of icons when on any other Home screen page
  • Put commonly used icons on the first page
  • Put most accessed icons in the dock (limit of four)

Apps Store
  • Add Apps from iTunes or from the AppsStore application on your iPod Touch
  • Add the Google Applications (Gmail, Google Calendar, GoogleDocs, Google Search, RSS reader)
  • Other Cool Apps: Battery Magic, Documents 2, LogMe In Ignition.....

Voice Recording
  • Attach a microphone. Record your voice. Email it to yourself or someone else.

Accessories - affordable iPod Touch accessories

Battery Conservation Tips


iTunes 9 Review (MacWorld)
iTunesU Introduction (video)
Lit2Go (free audio book classics)

Minneapolis Schools - iPod Touch Elementary Classroom

50 pages of apps to use in education on your ipod touch ->->

iPod Apps for Special Education

iTouch in the Classroom. Apple presentation Thursday, February 4, 2010, 9 a.m.-- 3 p.m., Keystone AEA, Elkader.
Administrators in the morning; teachers in the afternoon. There will be a fair amount of overlap so you could either session.

State Library of Iowa Online Resources
Getting a State Library Card

Break - 9:30 - 9:45



Part II - 9:45 - 10:45

Paradigms of Teaching and Integrating the Five Characteristics of Effective Instruction

A. Raising the Expectations Bar - The Eight Iowa Teaching Standards

How will these inform your observations?

B. 21st Century Paradigm and the Five Characteristics of Effective of Instruction

  • Please respond to the following reflection questions on the blog.

To access the blog, go here:
Please click the "comments" link at the bottom of this blog entry and then the plus sign on the right to comment. Please include your first name or nickname when posting your response. Thanks!

C. Activity: Lesson Redesign

Two examples of technology integration:

Google form to enter your ideas for redesigning this lesson to take advantage of technology

Shared results of group work

D. Wrap up - sharing

Part III 10:45 - 11:15

Infrastructure Support for the 21st Century

  • Upcoming Technology Support Offerings from Keystone
  • Document Archiving, Increased Filtering flexibility, Off-site server backup
  • Five Star, HP Group Buy and Recommendations for wireless upgrades for 1 to 1

Additional practice time with support available from 12:30 - 2:00 (OPTIONAL)