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December 3rd, 2009 As a BTC, I have always requested e-mail accounts for temporary employees or people who are in our building for extended periods (long-term subs, interns, etc). There has never been an issue, and I have always sought to have accounts deleted when they were no longer needed. I think there may have been a policy change around this, however I do not recall ever hearing about changes or seeing anything in CTS communications. My requests are now being denied. Can someone clarify?  Thanks. Cindy
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 9:13 AM
  
December 16th, 2009 READY OR NOT …. the 21st Century student is here! Just to illustrate this point click (just 1 on “click”) to watch a quick video. Here is a  sampling of some exciting 21st Century teaching and learning tools. Ready to take them on (one at a time …)? Blogger – FREE – 100 Blogs per account. Users can restrict access . . .up to 100 readers can be invited.You can remove the Navigation Bar by adding the code in this link. Google Gadgets use to make a blog attractive and provides additional resources Google Apps: FREE – Save paper, trees AND TIME!! Under 13 not okay to use unless district has domain. Div Share – 5GB of free storage space to upload pictures/files, music and video Create a Comic Use the print screen function to create an image for upload. Animoto – Animoto for Education, ALL Access. Make videos with unlimited full length videos, adjust the timing of the pictures and download MP4 copies of my videos! PODBEAN – Free up to 100MB of storage space for Podcasts. PodBean is a podcast hosting service. It allows users to podcast with minimal technical knowledge. Flickr – Upload and get the URL for your slideshow. Wallwisher – FREE web bulletin board for collaboration. JING – Screencasting!  Snap a picture of your screen. Record video of onscreen action. Share instantly over the web, IM, email. 2 GB of storage for video/images with direct URL. Google Doc – Save, share files for a direct link Shelfari – Free widget – Share an unlimited number of books and add book reviews! Users should be 13 years and older but teacher can manage for the under-13 students. Great addition for classroom blog, school library – kids can write and teacher can post book reviews! Slideshare – Free up to 100MB – Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios on SlideShare. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar. Picasa 3 – A free photo editing software from Google with allows you to create a collage. Wordle – Generates “word clouds” from the text you provide. … and this is just the short list. Check out the Web 2.0 Guru site I subscribe to. Do you use any of these tools? Others in your building? Any great lesson ideas? How about using this blog to share? What do you think?
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 9:12 AM
  
January 1st, 2010 What & how to ask to get to the answer – every search engine has its own method.   “Helping Children Find What They Need on the Internet” by Sefanie Olsen (NYT 12/26/09) On the heels of sending out tips for “getting the search results you want” I came across this article in the New York Times … talk about esp. To sum it up, it’s tough enough for adults to get the search results they are looking for, imagine what kids could produce when they start writing questions in search boxes, long or short. Rather than developing a stand-alone child-proof search product, Google and other companies have decided to enlist kids to make existing search tools more kid-friendly, effective and I hope safer for children AND adults. Bing uses more imagery than other search engines (incl. Google) leading to faster search results – very popular among young people. Bing’s use by Internet searchers age 2 (!) to 17 has increased by 76% since May ‘09. 2-Year olds searching – this just blows my mind! Google’s “Wonder Wheel”, launched in May ‘09, is a graphical search tool designed to make browsing easier. You can find it under “show options” on the search results page. A 13-year old, self-proclaimed power searcher who participated in a children’s web search research project a couple of years ago, has come up with his own idea. “I think there should be a program where Google asks kids questions about what they’re searching for,” he says, “like a Google robot.” Kids with ideas …. our future! Janny
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 9:11 AM
  
Search Engines & Kids: Who “gets it”? What & how to ask to get to the answer – every search engine has its own method.   “Helping Children Find What They Need on the Internet” by Sefanie Olsen (NYT 12/26/09) On the heels of sending out tips for “getting the search results you want” I came across this article in the New York Times … talk about esp. To sum it up, it’s tough enough for adults to get the search results they are looking for, imagine what kids could produce when they start writing questions in search boxes, long or short. Rather than developing a stand-alone child-proof search product, Google and other companies have decided to enlist kids to make existing search tools more kid-friendly, effective and I hope safer for children AND adults. Bing uses more imagery than other search engines (incl. Google) leading to faster search results – very popular among young people. Bing’s use by Internet searchers age 2 (!) to 17 has increased by 76% since May ‘09. 2-Year olds searching – this just blows my mind! Google’s “Wonder Wheel”, launched in May ‘09, is a graphical search tool designed to make browsing easier. You can find it under “show options” on the search results page. A 13-year old, self-proclaimed power searcher who participated in a children’s web search research project a couple of years ago, has come up with his own idea. “I think there should be a program where Google asks kids questions about what they’re searching for,” he says, “like a Google robot.” Kids with ideas …. our future! Janny
Posted by Ian Stadelmann  On Jan 16, 2015 at 9:09 AM