Thursday, February 26, 2009

Web Album

My web album consists of pictures used in my photo story. I wish I would have remembered to upload others before this project. I hope everyone is not tired of seeing my same photos over and over! I used Picasa 3 to make this album. I feel that it is easier and quicker to use than Photoshop. I will have a couple of uses here at school for this technology. First our school has a web site that is in serious need of reconstruction. I am going to offer to show the team how to use this service for all of our pictures. It will be nice to have a universal login for everyone to use so that they can upload different images from school events in one central location. This way everyone has access to them when working on their part of the website. The second option I will be using this for is research. When students are developing power points and such they need somewhere to store their web base photos due to our school having a download blocker. This way they can get past this obstacle.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Photoshop Express

This was a fun little tool to play around with. Several years back my wife purchased some editing software. It was hard to use and didn't have all of the capabilities that Photoshop has. Best of all this is free! A nice feature when using it in a public school setting when buying new technology isn't always possible. I can use this in my classroom when it comes to projects. I take my students out on our on site nature trail from time to time. I have them collect samples for what ever project we may be doing at the time. Sometimes they are unable to physically bring the sample back to school so they take digital photos and incorporate them into their projects. Photoshop will be great for editing these photos. Another handy option to having my album online is processing options. Sometimes I upload photos to various websites, have them printed and I pick them up later. Already having my photos online helps a bunch.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Crappy Graphics

This will be another useful tool within my classroom. I will be easy to reproduce this image to an over head or to a power point. I am like others some material may not be suitable to turn kids loose on in school, but it can provide a useful means of creating resources for the classroom. My graphic covers "Mitosis vs. Meiosis". This is the next section we will be covering in my biology class.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Online Graphics

Using the Kids Zone site to create various graphs was so easy. I was unaware that this was out there. When my students perform labs in my science classes I have them make lab write-ups to explain their procedures. When it comes to creating graphs I have tried Excel with them but usually it is like pulling teeth. The Kid Zone web-site is much easier to use. I will be using this again. To observe my graphs and interpretations of the data click here. I obtained my information from the NAEP and Info Please web sites.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Image Capture

I completed my image capture assignment with a picture I found on google images explaining the process of photosynthesis. I will actually use this image tommorrow in my biology class. The textbook we in in this class did not have any pictures of this proccess that I liked. With my overhead I can project his image on the wall. I used the print screen functions to obtain the image, but feel that in this situation copying and pasting directly to paint was easier. I used the different paint functions to change the background, import my text, and add new labels. After I finished doctoring it up I saved it as a jpg. file an imprted it into a word document in order to veiw it easily through a hyperlink.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Desktop Graphic

Here is my water cycle graphic for the desktop graphic assignment. Basically all I did was search the water cycle on Google images. I will be reviewing the water cycle in my Env. Earth science class soon so I it was easy to decide the topic for this assignment. Two birds with one stone! I looked at power point, word, and paint to do this assignment. I decided on paint because to me it was the easiest to work with. I did however save the image to a word document as a jpg file for ease of posting here. This assignment will work well for me in my classroom because I use an overhead often, and the kids will be able to just fill in the blanks with a dry erase marker. I will use this in my classroom on a regular basis. The textbook transparencies just aren't always what I am looking for.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Dale's Cone of Experience

I found the article to be interesting. I do feel that the cone is a good indicator of how we tend to learn. Not that I agree with the exact numbers because we all learn differently. I do like how it is laid out and is easy to interpret. To see my full interpretation read my response to Reading #1.

Friday, February 6, 2009


I have just completed the FTP assignment. Thank you Erin for the help! This will be a useful option while enrolled at Fairmont. When I don't have my jump drive with me i have to e-mail my self my work, then open it up on my computer. huge pain in the neck! Definitely a time saver! I have linked my resume for this activity. I now realize I could have combined the FTP and resume activities. Oh well I need the practice!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Thankfully I still had my resume from Glenville when I did my student teaching! Otherwise this would have taken a lot longer. I can't believe how easy it was to upload to google and then post the link to my blog. I really thought it was going to be painful! You can view my resume by clicking on the following link: