Posted in Projects, Salem City Schools, Web 2.0

Scuba Diving ITRT Embarks on Another Adventure

Meg Swecker, an ITRT for Roanoke County, is getting ready to take another scuba diving trip, and she wants to take you with her virtually! Listen to the voice thread below. If your class would like to send her questions for her to answer while she’s there, let me know! I’ll teach you how to use Voicethread![kml_flashembed movie="http://voicethread.com/book.swf?b=78327" width="480" height="360" wmode="transparent" /]

Posted in Links, Salem City Schools, Tech Tools, Web 2.0

del.icio.us (Follow-up Info from In-service)

If you haven’t had a chance to set up a del.icio.us account, I highly suggest you do so! It’s probably my favorite tool!

del.icio.us website

What is del.icio.us? Here’s a video to explain.
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How to Sign up

Delicious Handout (pdf)

(A Video from Liz Davis):[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/NGXElviSRXM" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

Click Here to Install Browser Buttons (Internet Explorer)

Using the Delicious Network (Another video from Liz):
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Whether you sign up or not, you can always look through the bookmarks of other people!

Salem ITRT del.icio.us Accounts

Posted in Blogs and Blogging, Links, RSS, Salem City Schools, Tech Tools, Video, Web 2.0

What is RSS?

This past year I’ve noticed that a bunch of educators in our system have started blogging. One of the easiest ways to keep up with all these new blogs (in one place) is to use RSS. Here’s a simple explanation created by commoncraft:

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I use Google Reader, but there are other feed readers out there like Pageflakes or Netvibes. If you want one already set up for you, check out this one on Pageflakes–it’s all set up for Salem City Schools, complete with RSS feeds for the blogs I know about (let me know if I’ve missed yours), local weather, and local news. You can bookmark it and use it like it is or create your own account so you can add your own things.

SCS Feeds Page on PageFlakes

Download Video: Posted by tcoffey at TeacherTube.com.

Update (1/7/08)

I’ve noticed that Pageflakes sometimes runs really slow at school. If you are having trouble, you can use Netvibes instead. I’ve set up the same feeds there too. Netvibes does take awhile to load initially, but if you login and save the page, the next time you visit, it will load a lot quicker. Click here to try: Add to Netvibes After you click on this button, make sure to choose “yes” to preview the page and “yes” to add it to your page, even if you do not have a Netvibes account yet.

Posted in Projects, Salem City Schools, Web 2.0

View VoiceThreads from Mrs. Swecker

Meg Swecker, an ITRT from Roanoke County, is currently in Cozumel, Mexico. She has been making VoiceThreads for area schools to use in class, and posting them. Five classes from Salem City Schools have had a chance to participate in the project. You can view all the VoiceThreads from the project here. Thanks, Mrs. Swecker! We’ve had so much fun learning about ocean life with you!