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Issue #4 for sadone

4/4/2008 - 11/29/2010

ClassMouse VS Student Link 2 (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 6/2/2008 3:08:00 PM

The Wonderful Word of Wordle! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 12/8/2008 9:01:00 AM

What the heck is a Wordle? Well, I took the explanation from the Wordle website and put it into Wordle and this is what I got! From the look of things above it is about clouds, text and the frequency a word appears. Wordle in the words of Wordle: Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. How will this apply to Educators? The possibilities are limitless. Here is how it works. I asked myself the question: What do you think of when I say "Christmas"? I went to Wordle and typed in my answer: Click on "Go" and this appeared: This is a neat little Word Cloud that can be customized by the user. Click on the RANDOMIZE button and you get something completely different: I asked a colleague to take a look at

the wordle above and tell me what the question it answed. She answered "What Christmas means to me?". If I typed the word Christmas 5 times and the other words just once I produced the Wordle below: Obviously Christmas is the dominant word. Try it out yourself at Wordle. This is what our new Secondary Assessment and Evaluation Document produced: I made my Wordle so now what? The word clouds you create are yours. Feel free to save them and use them later. Use SCREENHUNTER to capture your new Wordle and save it as a graphic. Education Applications: • Wordle is about the love of words. You can give a wordle to your class and ask students to write about what it means to them. Pefect for a thought starter, unit intro, or ice breaker. • Include a number of words that are motivational to you and create your own motivational poster. • Encourage student's to copy and paste an essay previously completed into Wordle. The main idea should be prevalent in the word cloud

Do You Believe? (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 9/2/2008 9:38:00 PM

The reason we are all in this

together... I found this from one of the blogs I like to read. I hope you liked it...

created. If it isn't maybe the writer can explain why? Maybe the word cloud should have been obvious or not but either way a discussion will ensue! • Students can experiment and learn on their own how Wordle works. The greater the frequency a word appears in a document the more prominence the word is given in the cloud. This could be a fantastic literacy/numeracy experiment that could be very enjoyable. • Insert a poem or story to get a visual representation. • An Advanced Wordle site exists where you can build more robust Wordles at Wordle Advanced. • Check out the Wordle Blog for more ideas. If you did find this Blog useful or you came up with some better uses of Wordle please use the COMMENT feature on the Blog and post your thoughts! We can all benefit. http://

WHAT RESOURCE BANK WOULD YOU CHOOSE? Currently our board licenses Student Link 2. Student Link 2 is a simple menu system that gets elementary students to thousands of appropriate, curriculum- based web si tes as quickly as possible. There is a link for Staff in the Staff Portal which contains special resources, links, grading materials, and lessons that are all categorized. For ease of use there is also a student version link to Student Link 2 just for Students which is located in the Student Portal. WECDSB has used this resource for years. Recently a new product to compete with Student Link 2 has come to my attention. There are some similarities and there are some differences but that is where you come in. I would like you to use our board's test login to access ClassMouse and check it out. Post your comments on this blog (anonymous or not is up to you!). Hearing good or bad feedback is just as valuable. I can't see the board paying for both systems so please tell me which one you like the best and I will take the findings to our Administration to consider. Feel free to download as much of the material as you see fit. Be sure to view it as a teacher and as one of your students. The same link will take you to the STAFF and STUDENT login. Content is important but so ease of use. Check it out! FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CLICK HERE LOGIN INFORMATION: How do I check out what ClassMouse is all about?? 1. Goto 2. Enter Username: Windsor 3. Password: Staff Don't forget to post your comments here!


HOMEWORK- Where do we stand? More, Less, Status Quo? (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 4/4/2008 9:38:00 AM

Toronto considers limits to homework BY JANICE TIBBETTS CANWEST NEWS SERVICE The Windsor Star 02 Apr 2008 Canada’s largest school board is considering banning homework during holidays and long weekends, the centrepiece of a proposed policy that is sparking calls for other boards to review their practices and counter a growing backlash against a “culture of... read more... I wanted to put on my A&E hat again and discuss this one. I am sure there are many opinions across the board and hopefully you will voice yours! The Toronto District School Board has decided to tackle the homework question. How much is too much? Apparently Weekends and Holidays could be off limits in Toronto. It seems like students are getting even less oppourtunity with higher expectations, or does it? Maybe homework is not the answer? In 2000 changes were made in the Secondary panel that condensed 5 years of high school for University bound students

into 4. There was a considerable amount of overlap in the curriculum that was removed however, condensing a 5 year program into 4 is still translates into an increase in expectations for students. The Elementary panel was also given a more robust curriculum that demands more from students. None of this is news to a teacher but it is clear we are expecting more than in the past. The Ministry of Education dictated a new assessment and evaluation guideline that was outlined in the Ministry Document "Grades 9 to 12 Program Planning and Assessment Guide". Assessment and evaluation changed significantly for both Elementary and Secondary. The secondary policy reads: "Seventy per cent of the grade will be based on evaluations conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade should reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration should be given to more recent evidence of achievement." This statement actually encourages teachers to evaluate more however, teachers have been told by the Ministry we evaluate too much. They

want teachers to do more assessment and less evaluation. Students need more practice and feedback before they are evaluated. This is probably true but homework is assessment and although differenciated instruction gurus suggest it is only one of many strategies that should be employed it is certainly a popular one. Do we take up all this homework anyway? Do we assign too much or too little? So where do we stand on this issue? Would the world stop if we didn't send home homework on Friday's and before Holidays? Are PD days considered Holidays? We know where the students stand but what about the parents? Talk about a cultural shift! In order to obtain a grade based on the most consistent level of achievement the larger the sample the better. So which is it? Does the Ministry want more or less? I have always found the Ministry to be inconsistent on this issue. Perhaps they will shed some more light on this issue in 2009 when they release their new policy document on Assessment and Evaluation. Until then, what do you think? Join Blogger and post here.

or comments made by the participants. Just search #educhat. The pace is very very fast but you will get used to it. The key is to have some topics you would like to discuss ready so you can through it out there and see what comes back. Why would I do this? This is a great question! I believe you can:

140 characters or less. Essentially it is a micro blog. "Why would anyone care what I have to say?" is a question new twitter users may be asking. The best way to use twitter is to find other users who have the same interests as you. Once you find someone on twitter with the same interests you can "follow" them. There "tweets" or 140 character comments will then show up on your twitter page for you to view. Eventually people will find you and follow your updates. Twitter allows you to form a Personal Learning Network. You can ask questions, answer questions or look for feedback. If you are interested there are links below to help you get started. STEP ONE: Get a TWITTER ACCOUNT! Click the links below to create your own twitter account and then find out when the next #educhat is going to occur. Go ahead get your feet wet! This is all well and good but what is Twitter? Click Here. If you are interested in participating in the #educhat synchronous discussions, please click on this link " The Launch of Educhat". http://

#educhat (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 3/10/2009 8:52:00 PM

What the heck is #Educhat? Basically this is a way for Twitter users to get together and discuss topics based on predetermine themes in real time. One of the major advantages Twitter has is the ability for a quick exchange of information. By adding a code or "#" hash tag such as #educhat to your tweets they can be cataloged in one place which is easy for viewing. This would be similar to one really large CHAT session using Twitter. Rodd Lucier founded the #educhat stream. "Educhat is one example of the potential of twitter-based synchronous events. Modeled after#journchat discussions, which are ongoing conversations among journalists, the educhat format/ context has the potential to create a specific framework within twitter for having education-related discussions and tracking those discussions using the hashtag #educhat." As Stated on the Twitter for Teachers WIKI Users can access the TWEETS or comments related to #educhat by using their browsers to visit a site such as Twitter Search. This site will list all of the TWEETS

• reach may different educators from all over the world and get their input in a relatively short period of time. • make contacts from all over the world • make you voice known on issue concerning others • Get involved with web 2.0 technology! Your students live here... • free, self directed PD! I grabbed all the tweets and filtered all the extra stuff out of there to create this Wordle Word Cloud to show some of the themes of the 1st #educhat Click the Wordle for a bigger view. How do I get Involved? In order to get involved you need to understand what twitter is. This is an online service that allows you let people know what you are doing in

Google Chrome is HERE! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 9/2/2008 2:27:00 PM

What the heck is Google Chrome? Chrome is Google's new browser de signed make your internet experience faster and easier. Google leaked or "accidently" distributed a comic outlining the new product. You can view that here. The comic outlines the reason why Google Chrome was created. Why is this a big deal? This is Google's latest attempt at tapping into the open source software markets where they will acually give code aw ay and not just take it. Google will battle microsoft on yet another front. Competition is good for us, the consumer! Currently there are really only two popular brow sers out there. Interent Explorer holds 74% of the market with Mozilla coming in second with 18%. Should you download Google Chrome?? Downloading Chrome certainly can not hurt as it doesn't update or replace any of your current browsers. Chrome stands alone. So if you are into trying new things then give it a try! Google Chrome was released today around 3:00 pm at the link below. GET G OOGLE CHROME HERE! Internet Explorer has also posted a new beta with exciting new features for it. This is one worth a look also. Download it here Chrome was a small download and easy to install: Choose Download Accept the Usage Agreement You are done! Happy Surfing! SCREENSHOTS: When you open a tab Chrome automatically lists web clip images of your favourite sites to visit! There is only one Box to type into. The box is called the "omnibar" You can type in a search or website in the same box. As you type many suggestions will pop up for you to choose. Main Features: One box for everything Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Shortcuts for your apps Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications. I will post a review of the new GOOGLE CHROME and I.E. 8 in the future so check back soon. Feel free to post any of your comments on this blog about the new browsers. http://


Virus Protection Software for ONTARIO Teachers (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 2/2/2009 3:51:00 PM

For those educators in Ontario here is a great deal on virus protection for you! Eset's Nod32 Provides Effective protection against : Virus Worms Trojan Phising Adwares Spywares NOD32 Antivirus System is a single, highly optimized engine that works as a unified Anti-Threat system to protect against a broad spectrum of malware. Viruses, worms, spyware, and other malicious attacks, which are constantly evolving. Eset NOD32 Antivirus system utilizes patentpending ThreatSense Technology to detect tomorrow's threats in real-time, by analyzing code execution for malicious intent - keeping you ahead of the malware-writers. There are hundreds of malicious software objects released into the 'wild' every day! Are you protected? Eset NOD 32 Antivirus system is a Proactive Real-Time Detection The best security is proactive. Malware protection must be real-time

at the point of impact. Every minute one waits for a virus signature update creates a window of vulnerability that could have devastating consequences. Eset NOD32's Technology closes the window of vulnerability left open by other reactive, signature-based antivirus vendors. Additional Information on NOD32 antivirus system Anti-Virus Reviews Information on all OSAPAC (Ministry Software) can be found HERE! Teacher Home Purchase of NOD 32 Details From SHI Canada: For the price of$19.99 Canadian we will send a copy of NOD32 via email to the any teacher or staff within the Ministry of Ontario's jurisdiction (as per the contract). If the employee sends a request to the following email address with the information below we will process their order within 5 business days and send them a link to download the software as well as a license number to their e-mail address. Attached is information with respect to NOD32 teacher purchase.

The $19.99 includes one year of support for the product. The email address to send orders to is going to be: Patsy Swanson Account Executive Phone: 877-858-2008 Email: What SHI Canada needs to process your order is: Name: Address: City : Postal code: Phone number: What school district you belong to: What School: Your role at the organization: Credit card number (if you do not want to give your CC number, they can call you back to get this information) Exp date: Credit Card ID number (on the back of credit card 3 digits long) E-mail address: http:// - File Storage and Whole Lot More! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 8/9/2008 4:15:00 PM

It has been awhile since I have written. The main reason would be due to the "fun" summer has to offer. However, I am back today to talk about DROP.IO. Dropio is impressive as it is FREE, EASY and POWERFULL way to share files on the web. Each Dropio dropbox offers 100MB of space. You can have as many as you like! This is not an original idea as there are other sites like it such as dropbox and boxnet. The difference is dropio is simple. You don't need to sign up and the interface is very clean. Why use Dropio? The main purpose of dropio is to upload files to share, store, or backup. YuThe really neat part is how you can do this. You could simply go to the website and enter in a name (like Unit 1 pics) on the dropio screen and poof you have 100MB of space to store music, word files, videos, or whatever else. You can create as many as you want. So for each name you enter you get a new site and a fresh 100MB. You can password protect your files so you are the only one to access your

files. WEB: Dropio is not just about you saving files but also others. You could allow students or colleagues save files to your dropio area for quick and effiecient data collection. Widget: Post the dropio widget on your web site, wiki, blog or whatever and visitors can store files to your dropio space! All video and documents can be EMBEDDED on your web site so your material can be accessed without leaving your site. Keep in Touch: Users can use RSS, SMS, and Email alerts to keep tabs on what material is posted on your dropio files space. Advanced / Cool Uses: For those who want to push the limit there are some neat options for you. Phone: Users can call a number given to you with your site and it will record your message and store it in your dropio drop as an mp3 player. This is podcasting at it's easiest and quickest level. Call in messages,

homework assignments, or material which will immediately be available on your drop. Fax: Users can fax the number assigned to there drop and the fax will be posted on the drop. Email: Email a message or an attachment which will be posted for all to access. Use a password to restrict who can access the information and who can't! Twitter: You can have your dropio posts automatically be updated on your twitter account. Piclens: Your dropio dropbox is coded to work with the PICLENS attachment to your browser of choice. This is an add on that will display your pictures in a fantastic montage accross your screen. A must for anyone who views a lot of images on the web! So what is the catch? Your dropbox will expire a year from the day it is last used. So if someone accesses your dropbox at least once a year it will last forever. Contact me with any questions...

Summer Institute -GET CONNECTED (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 6/20/2008 10:05:00 AM

Get Connected with Technology! ICT Summer Institute Presents This workshop is open to out of board participants. Email Will Richardson will discuss how teachers and administrators can use the web to enrich your classroom activities. Learn how to use the web to work more efficiently and create your own network for research and resource sharing. Will is a former teacher and uses his experience to provide practical examples of web 2.0 classroom solutions. In Addition: On August 22nd Doug Sadler will run two hands on workshops where teachers can focus on just a few web 2.0 tools that can be used in class. August 22nd (AM - CEC) The Wonderful World of WIKIS Doug will spend the morning walking teachers through the use of Wikis in the classroom. Wikis are collaborative web sites that can be used for information dissemination or actual interaction with students such as threaded discussions in a controlled environment. In order to build a wiki you will need 7 minutes and access to a browser, that's it! Teachers are using wikis for class web pages, discussion groups, peer editing, homework boards, calendars and access to resources. Come out and build yours! Register at PD Place 1852 August 22nd (PM - CEC) Google Applications, Tools 2 Go for your Students Whether you use them for yourself or apply them in your class Google Applications is a must have for you! Google applications (Google Apps) are free online tools that allow you to create, store, edit, and share Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files online. No more usb drives, no more wordperfect, no more out of disk space. Want to conduct an online quiz /test with no fuss? Sign up and find out how. We offer a student version of Google Apps where your students will have access to the same tools but in a controlled online site. Students can share files, peer edit, and collaborate in one space. Learn how Google Apps can work for you. Register at PD Place 1853

Google Docs Updates! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 6/18/2008 12:49:00 PM

Google Docs had updated again! Big surprise I bet. Users can now upload and share .pdf files but may not edit them at this point. Editing will be a big plus but a great step forward.

• Upload, preview & share PDFs One of our top feature requests is now implemented: upload, preview and share PDFs in Google Docs! Click the Upload button in the Docs list to get started. While you can't yet edit PDFs, you can at least select text

share your regular Google Docs. Learn more. to copy & paste elsewhere. You can also share PDFs just like you can


SnowLeopard Quickview Issue Solved (SADBLOG- The BUZZ)

files from other computers that worked but no luck. • The third option was given to me by our Mac Rep @mwalkinshaw, to install a fresh copy of the Mac OS while maintaining your software and data. This is called a "archive and install"

Submitted at 3/14/2010 11:27:00 PM

Working with my new Macbook Pro has been an adventure but, I don't see myself turning back. I am a career PC user but I can confidently say I use both with relative proficiency. I am a PLN tweet away from any expert help anyway. Time Machine has proved to be batting .500 for me. My first MacBook Pro was adopted from a colleague that was nice enough to let me try it out! The unit was a couple years old but unfortunately for me the hard drive crashed. I had a time machine backup so I was not concerned. However, whatever killed my hard drive scrambled the time machine as well. Thanks to the work of one of Techs the drive was recovered from ruin. I restored the OS on a new drive and I was off and running again. A year later I now have a new Macbook Pro which required an install from the time machine. Everything was fine this time but I lost the use of Quickview. This allows you to preview images, movies and other media as shown in the picture to the left:

I searched the web and found a couple of solutions for this peculiar problem that seems to crop up when restoring from Time Machine. • Reinstall Mac OS X 6.2 http:// method was not going to work as whatever was causing my Quickview to disappear also prohibited the OS upgrade from working. • Suggestion 2 had me erase the quickview library files so they would be recreated and possibly correct the problem: "/library/quicklook and / system/library/quicklook" I spent some time removing files and copy

I was surprised to find there is very little documentation to do this with SnowLeopard. However I did find out SnowLeopard has incorporated this procedure into the Installation Routines. By default if you reinstall Mac 10.6 it will automatically archive your software and install a new version of the OS. I did this and all my problems were solved. The install was easy and even my Parallels 5 OS's were maintained. Thanks to @aforgrave who gave me a link to a couple of ways to back up your Parallels 5 files. The process is not that difficult but a big time saver. I was very pleased with the ease it was to install a fresh copy of the OS. I am now up and running without any p r o b l e m s . h t t p : / /

SnowLeopard Will Will Not Update: continued part 2 (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 5/9/2010 3:40:00 PM

Continued from SnowLeopard Quickview won't work: My move to Mac over a year ago has not been exactly an easy one. I enjoy the challenge of learning a new OS and actually prefer to use the Mac these days although I still use both. I have had my problems though.... My first MacBook Pro had a hard drive crash and my Time Machine backup was also corrupted. Lukily I received help and support from my Twitter PLN and our Board's Mac expert (Trini) who managed to save my Time Machine Backup and all the data contained. The permissions were all mixed up. The reason I mention this is I believe this has caused me problems even to this day. I purchased a new Macbook Pro in June of last year and imported my account over from the old Mac. This Migration tool was tool was incredible. I was impressed when I was able to restore my computer from the Time Machine Backup but, this can easily be done on a PC too.

However, moving an account with all my exact setup, software, and data was incredible! I am not aware of anything that does this so easily on the PC side. The time savings was immense. The MBP worked wonderfully until the OS x v10.6.2 Combo Update came out. My MBP would download and begin installing the update but would fail to install it. The error message suggested I contact Apple. I combed through discussion forums and then I

contacted Apple who I have found are very helpful. Unfortunately they were unable to offer a solution that would solve this problem. Eventually I did get an idea from @mwalkinshaw to transfer my information over to another MBP and then send mine in to get checked out (still have applecare). I decided rather than send my MBP in I would transfer my information over to another MAC and then reinstalled OS 10 with all the latest updates to get it to 10.6.3 on my original MBP. I used the Migration Assistant to bring over my account (and all software and data) to the original MBP and now everything seems to be working fine. The best way to proceed would be to format my drive and install everything from scratch. A reinstall would require ton of time to document and reinstall all my software then move the data. Hopefully this works but somehow I believe their will be another chapter in this post. http://

Small Size, Big Sound, Small Price (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 8/28/2010 5:13:00 PM

From time to time I come across some exciting technology and I am going to star sharing here on my blog. I have been looking for a good ipod doc but just didn't want to fork out the money required for a good one. There are many great ipod docs out there ranging from $50 to $600. However, you want to get a great portable speaker from ANY mp3 player you may want to consider the iHome speaker portable speaker ( iHM60LC - Portable Multimedia Speaker) The speaker is about 2/3 the size of an itouch. The comparison above is close. ( Dimensions: 2.36" W x 2.29" H x 2.12" D) The speaker comes with a built-in liion rechargeable battery. The battery lasts for over 6 six hours and can be recharged by plugging it into the usb port of your computer. Obviously the most important part of any speaker is how it sounds. This speaker can easily fill a class room with excellent quality sound. I was amazed at how good the sound was from such a small portable speaker. The speaker will plug into ANY mp3 player through the headphone jack. For even more impressive sound you can twist the top and bottom of the speaker and it expands to give you a richer sound with added base. ihome describes this as " Vacuum bass design for enhanced low frequency response and sound beyond size" I was able to find this speaker at WalMart for aproximately $18.96 plus HST. The speaker comes with a storage bag and a cord that is used to connect to the mp3 and to charge. If you search iHM60LC on the net you will find it all over the web. You even have a choice in colour (Red, Blue,Grey) If you have any comments about this gadget or another please feel free to comment below.

Google Celebrates Pac Man's Birthday Today (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 5/21/2010 3:26:00 PM

If you visited or today you would have seen this: Google integrated a PacMan game

into their logo to celebrate Pac Man's 30th birthday. The game is playable as you can see here: Apparently there is also a hidden joke included in the game. The app will run on the iphone as well as as Macs and PCs. This could be a subtle shot at Apple

itunes store and was of course not written in the EVIL Flash. For more on this click here. http:// considering the app runs on iphones but was not purchased through the


Google, Not Just A Search Engine! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 11/13/2008 5:39:00 PM

Always Check Your Children's Homework... (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 1/27/2009 9:03:00 AM

I did some checking on this and as far as I can tell the story originated in November 2008. I can 't verify if it actually occured but there is a lesson here and the story is amusing. The following picture was submitted to a teacher that drew some attention! The picture was subject to interpretation and the teacher contacted the parent to be aware of what their child submitted. The Parent Response..... Dear Mrs. Jones, I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer. I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were

fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn't show me dancing around a pole. It's supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot. From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in. Sincerely, Mrs. Smith A crazy story and I can't verify for sure the source but the message is still valuable...

The New York Times reported Google's release of a new website designed to detect regional outbreaks of the flu a week to 10 days before they are reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The website is called Google Flu Trends. The site uses aggregate Google search data to estimate flu activity in each state. They believe they can estimate flu activity up to two weeks faster than goverment flu survellance systems. This is not available for Canada as of yet. The graph below has shows past flu outbreaks from last year. Flu Trends: "Each week, millions of users around the world search for online health information. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches

Do NOT Call Part 2

• Not everything is as it appears • Don't jump to conclusions • and may God help us when our children talk about their parents at school!

(SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 10/2/2008 7:12:00 AM

Free Is Good! Free Music is BEST! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 5/3/2008 5:23:00 PM

Is there a new trend in music releases? Free is good! Free and Legal is Better! Click on the "ViVa" graphic to the left to download your copy of ColdPlay's new single "Violet Hill". Trent Reznor, lead singer of Nine Inch Nails upped the ante and just released their new album in multiple formats for free. Click on NIN below to get yours. The website actually encourages you to share it and even add to it if you wish. The album called "The Slip" is licensed under a creative commons attribution non-commercial share alike license. "we encourage you to remix it

share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc." We all know how important

during flu season, more allergyrelated searches during allergy season, and more sunburn-related searches during the summer. You can explore all of these phenomena using Google Trends. But can search query trends provide an accurate, reliable model of real-world phenomena?" I am sure this will open up a whole new science where Google uses user searches as suggested above but to what end and what accuracy? This site can be used in a number of grade levels in a numeracy or literacy exercise to analyze trends and data. If you can come up with some specific practical uses please share with others and comment here! Don't forget to do your own trend searches at Google Trends!

copyright is. Click HERE to learn how to license your work! It was considered a big deal when Coldplay decided to give away a song on April 29th from their new album but now we are seeing unprecedented generosity or a publicity stunt by artists giving away an entire album. For the longest time we overpaid to listen to the latest and greatest of bands we like but now they are just giving it away. Even if you don't like the music it must make you wonder... These are not artists starving for attention or looking for their start. What is the catch? Is this a new trend? How long will it last? Time will tell.

Registry swamped BY SARAH SCHMIDT CANWEST NEWS SERVICE OTTAWA The Windsor Star 01 Oct 2008 Consumers eager to add their phone numbers to the newly launched national Do Not Call list to block telemarketers ran into trouble on Tuesday when the website crashed on its first day and the telephone sign-up number was not accessible. The online... read more... The website crashed multiple times Tuesday and only allowed for 157,000 people to register. The phone line allowed for 74,445 to register. Don't give up just keep trying. Remember you can add any number to the list and Telemarketers get 31 days to take you off their lists! To Register: Website: Phone: 1-866-580-3625 Registrant rush takes down do-notcall site Tech Tags: The Windsor Star newspaper Canada http://


Stay Current with Newseum! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 11/5/2008 7:41:00 AM

Creative Commons and Copyright (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 5/9/2008 8:55:00 PM

Do you post any content on the web? Use a Creative Commons license to protect your blog, wiki, video, photo, or podcast. The process is very easy and free. Join the web 2.0 revolution and publish some of your own content. Teachers have loads of content so why not share some of it! Choose your method on how to get your information on the web using a BLOG, WIKI, or PODCAST for example. Once you have posted it on the web you can visit the creative commons website to get your free license stipulating how your materials may be used by others. The license for this blog can be found on the right

panel. The registration form is shown below: Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from " All Rights Reserved" to " S ome Rights Reserved." We' r e a nonprofit organization. Everything we do — including the software we create — is free. I believe people will be more apt to respect copyright once they have published their own work and went through the process to protect it. JOIN THE WEB AND PUBLISH!

Today I will be talking about a neat resource for a World Issues topic, literacy exercise, or even just a current events discussion. The big news last night was the Election of a new U.S. president Barack Obama. A neat way to look at the effect of this event or any other current event for that matter is a site called Newseum. Newseum displays daily newspaper front pages from around the world in their original, unedited form. The papers can be sorted according to region, country and more. Take a look at todays Newseum. There is an archive of front pages from past events but the events are major American and world issues.

How "SMART" is your Classroom (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 4/21/2008 11:53:00 AM

Teacher Tube and Smart Technologies have teamed up to offer a contest for Teachers to show off how a SmartBoard is used in their class. If you are lucky enough to use a SmartBoard in your class you may want to enter! All you have to do is produce a 30 second commercial that demonstrates how your class takes advantage of the Smartboard. Creativity and technological wizardry is a plus! Here is an excerpt from their site:

SMART Technologies is teaming up with TeacherTube to offer the Extraordinary Moments Video Contest. We're looking for 30-second commercials that best answer this question: How do SMART products help you create extraordinary moments in your classroom? Creativity counts. So does technological wizardry. But most of

all we'd like to see how you and your students use technology to create a fun, interactive learning environment. If you are a winner you can earn a prize package worth $3500 and a trip to NECC 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. You will premiere your commercial at the conference. For more information click HERE: If you are interested and would like some help don't hesitate to contact Doug Sadler for some help! http://

For example I could not locate the Canadian Election on October 12th, 2008. The front pages are not edited or altered so consider your audience when sharing this site. Each front page will give you a link to the source paper. You can usually find additional information on a topic without logging in. Don't forget the WINDSOR STAR resource located in the board's student portal. Students and teachers have access to 10 Canadian Regional papers. Click Here to visit the student portal. Thanks: This site came to my attention from Rodd Lucier(E-Learning RELC) who picked it up from Will Richardson.

DO NOT CALL!! (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 9/30/2008 3:42:00 PM

I don't know about you, but enjoy being interrupted 4 to 6 times an evening with telemarketers trying to turn my phone into their business! No, not really... The good news is relief is here! According to the Windsor Star article "REGISTER TODAY FOR DO NOT CALL LIST" you can call a number or visit a website and 31 days later you can have your phone back to yourself without telemarketers. Bell Canada won the contr act to NOT page 7


A Few New Tips for Smartboard Notebook 10 (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 5/20/2010 7:53:00 AM

One of our resident DI Specialists ( David Petro) attended the OAME math conference and shared some really interesting Smartboard tips with me so I wanted to pass them on to you. Smartboard Calibration: 1. When calibrating, rather than tapping the targets on the screen, tap anywhere around the target and then drag to the centre of the target. Then only let go when you are dead centre. Do this for each calibration target. This way you get a far more accurate calibration. Transparency Tool: 2. If you have updated to the latest version of Notebook, you now have what is called the transparency tool. It should be on your top toolbar and look like this: What this does is make Notebook disappear with the exception of the tools. In this mode you have all the

Submitted at 5/21/2010 10:34:00 PM

Citing your work is very important. Citing your work properly is even more important. Thanks to my colleague Karen Kasic, I found out about this great website that can assist students to cite properly in either MLA or APA format. The site can be located at the following link: OERB The OERB or Ontario Educational Resource Bank is available to Ministry of Ontario

operate the list for 5 years based on the authority of Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission ( CRTC). This will not stop all of the calls however, charities, political parties, polling companies, newspapers selling subscriptions and organizations with which the consumer has an existing business relationship can still contact you. Here is the contact information:

To register call 1-866-580-3625 or visit HERE. I would guess this is popular because when I visited the website I received this message: The site is down temporarily. My guess is everyone in the country is trying to log on at once, including the telemarketers. I would like to say more but I think the phone is ringing...

Windsor - Essex Gas Prices (SADBLOG- The BUZZ) Submitted at 4/21/2008 9:57:00 AM

Smartboard tools (dynamic and static) which you can now use in any other application. So you could pull up a picture on a web page and then take the dynamic protractor and measure angles. Very cool. Try it out to get a real feel for what it can do! Thanks Dave for these great tips.

A Great Citation Tool For Your Schools (SADBLOG- The BUZZ)

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Students and Teachers. The site will give you the option of wether you would like the details about citing read to you or not. Once the site demonstrates why you should cite materials and how you can build your own citations using MLA and APA for different media: Students can easily fill out the online forms: and then copy and paste the citation into their work.

Gas prices are out of control and are continuing to rise. Use the web to help find lower gas prices. This site is not new but may be new to you! tracks the price of gas at our local Essex-County and Windsor stations. The chart on the left shows how you can sort the stations by price so you can see if a cheaper station is near you or perhaps you should try and fill up tomorrow.

Remember a year ago when you felt a dollar a litre was ridiculous!! Click on the graphics for more information.

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