Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
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If you want to get really technical about it you can read the Navy article on the subject.
Enjoy your extra time off before going back to work!!!
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Now, this example is just something simple. I used the edit page of my blog to give me this question, but do you ever remember something similar coming up on your screen? If so, you more than likely clicked on "yes" and the next time you opened your browser window your home page was different. This could have been the culprit. ALWAYS READ BEFORE YOU CLICK.
Many times a Web page will contain a question that is nothing more than a link connecting you to a page in order to download something. Beware of these kinds of graphics. They may even have the X in the corner where we are used to clicking to close the window. Kids are notorious for falling for this one and clicking on the X. The program could install without you even realizing it. Ever heard of a "drive-by downloading?" I'm serious.
I use a free program called "Spybot Search and Destroy" to look for spyware. It's available here. Allow this program to scan your machine for spyware and allow it to clean the machine. When the program finishes cleaning your machine it may state that some programs were running and do you wish to run Spybot on a restart. This is because some spyware programs run in the memory and can't be uninstalled while they are running. If you run Spybot on a restart they haven't been loaded yet.
Try using this program and see if it helps with your problem. If you still have problems with spyware, you might want to check into Spyware Blaster to help prevent them. It is also free and available at Javacool Software.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
The Teacher Source
Thursday, December 22, 2005
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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Have you ever heard of Moodle? Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. What is it? It is an open-source software package course management system. Simply put, you can use it to create online classes. Being open-source, it is free to distribute and use. It is copyrighted, but under the GNU Public License. This means that you can copy and use the work as long as you provide the source to others; not modify or remove the original license and copyrights, and apply this same license to any derivative work. I took an old Dell computer that was originally a 450 Mhz machine, upgraded it a few years ago with a 1 Ghz processor, recently upgraded the RAM to its max of 384 MB, downloaded easyPHP, which includes Apache web server software, PHP, and MySQL. I was completely amazed as I watched the installation work flawlessly. I basically sat back and watched. I did have to edit the config.php file eventually so it could point to an IP address on my LAN, but once I did that I created a few demo courses and logged in from each computer on my home LAN. And doggoned if it didn't work!!! I was very pleased with how simple this process was. Moodle has been compared to Blackboard and WebCT. You can Google them to see for yourself. It is supported by a variety of online users, many of which are developers themselves. You can host your own Moodle site with your own server and equipment, or you can purchase hosting services through a Moodle partner. Visit the Moodle sites and give the demo a try by clicking on the graphic below.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Open Office is an open source office suite that is free to download and use. It has many of the same features that you may be familiar with in other office software suites. You'll need a pretty fast connection to download it. Click on the image to download.
Picture from wikipedia
Saturday, December 10, 2005
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Cool Math For Kids
Triple A Math has lots of links.
Primary Games has some math games as well as other subjects for young children.
Lots of Links at Cut the Knot!
Image from PrimaryGames.com
View Space Weather's archive to see more photos. These include sunspots and the ISS.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Ocean and so-called greenhouse gas levels are rising faster than they have for thousands of years, according to two reports published on Thursday that are likely to fuel debate on global warming.
One study found the Earth's ocean levels have risen twice as fast in the past 150 years, signaling the impact of human activity on temperatures worldwide, researchers said in the journal Science.
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I found a link to this site originally from Stephen's blog. I thought this company has a interesting concept. I'm not making an endorsement or anything because I don't really know anything about it, but I thought it was interesting. See what you think.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
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At the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis on 11/16, this $100 laptop model was revealed. It's all over the Internet and in blogs. It has a hand crank that helps to provide power. It's called "One Laptop Per Child." Cool.
Read the article at BBC News.
Friday, November 18, 2005
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Thursday, November 17, 2005
Basics of Space Flight
Solar System Exploration
Earthquakes for Kids
Jetstream Weather School
Science News For Kids
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
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Monday, October 31, 2005
I found the following article that was interesting, and I thought you might like it, too.
Extreme weather changes in front of us by ZDNet's Roland Piquepaille -- Researchers from Purdue University have used their supercomputers to run the largest simulation of what could become the weather in the U.S. between 2071 and 2095. And their model, which was validated by using data from last century, predicts more extreme temperatures throughout the country.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
The page is no longer updated, but the archive is still available of all the lessons that were originally posted.
Anyway, I found this really cool math trick that I thought I might pass along, because even I could do it!! I took this from Curious Math and if I can do it anyone can. It was posted by a person named kayer35.
Got 5 minutes to spare? That's all the time you need to learn how to quickly multiply two numbers from 11 to 19 in your head.
With this trick, you will be able to multiply any two numbers from 11 to 19 in your head quickly, without the use of a calculator.
I will assume that you know your multiplication table reasonably well up to 10x10.
Lets try 15 x 13.
1. Always place the larger number of the two on top in your mind.
2. Then draw the shape of Africa mentally so it covers the 15 and the 3 from the 13 below. Those covered numbers are all you need.
3. Now add 15 + 3 = 18
4. Add a zero behind it (i.e., multiply by 10) to get 180.
5. Multiply the covered lower 3 by the single digit above it, in this case the "5" (3 x 5 = 15)
6. Add the products from steps 5 and 6 to get your answer. 180 + 15 = 195.
That's it! Wasn't that easy? Practice it on paper first!
Is the Earth elastic? by ZDNet's Roland Piquepaille -- Scientists from Brazil and the U.S. think so. In a surprising discovery, they've found that a GPS station in Manaus, near the center of the Amazon River basin, showed that the Earth level was going up and down by almost 3 inches (75 mm) every year with the seasonal floods of the big river. In [...]
Monday, October 10, 2005
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Did you know that October 15th is National Grouch Day as well as National Poetry Day? Go here to see a calendar of all kinds of events for the month of October.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
(Photo taken from http://www.cbsnews.com and is credited to AP/NASA.)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
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Well, just as I buy an iPod Apple comes out with a new one. I wish I had known about this one. Thin, small, and color screen. I like my iPod just fine. It sounds great. The ear buds really get on my nerves because my left ear must be deformed or something. The bud just will NOT stay in my left ear! I need to get some different headgear I guess. iTunes is pretty easy to use and has a decent selection. Beware. Not all Internet-downloaded music will play on an iPod. WMA protected files will not work, at least that I know of.
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Sunday, September 04, 2005
(Photo found on Yahoo! and taken by Marc Serota/Reuters)
It is totally unbelievable the destruction that Hurricane Katrina caused. So many people left without anything but the clothes on their backs. If you'd like to help you can donate to the Red Cross.
(Photo by Phil Coale/AP taken from Yahoo!)
So many families displaced. Reports are that one university has canceled classes for the semester. What will happen to the K-12 students? I feel this disaster will cause a lot of organizations including school districts to think about disaster planning.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
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Some ideas could be a nature walk, collecting flowers or rocks, observing the different types of trees, looking for animal habitats, collecting different soil samples as well as leaves, etc. Take a camera with you and allow the students to take pictures of what they see. If you don't have a digital camera a disposable one will work fine. GPS units cost anywhere from $100-$300. You don't need anything elaborate when working with kids. You could also take sketch pads so the kids can draw the different things they see.
If you set up the geocaching adventure with several classes you can leave something in your container for each class to trade out. One item could be a disposable camera so each class can take pictures of themselves and leave it in the container. At the end of the school year take the camera and have the pictures developed and show what the students did during the lesson.
Outlook Web Access Email
Our teachers use Outlook Web Access for e-mail. We have an Exchange 2003 server that offers quite a few add ons to other versions of Outlook. For example, if you'd like to create a signature in your e-mail just click on Options, and choose the button that says Edit Signatures. Here you can compose information that will accompany every e-mail you send. One important note: You must choose Save and Close for your signature to show on your next message!
Sunday, August 14, 2005
I will be updating this blog to offer tips, reviews, how-to's, and just generally information concerning computers and technology for teachers. I will also offer advice for integrating technology in the classroom.
Hope you enjoy!