Kialo – Debate Tool

kialo

With all the hot topics in the news lately, here’s a platform to create a debate. Issues are discussed with reason and backed by data (internet links). All student voices can be “heard.”

Create your own debate topic, even if it’s already been done or join an existing one. The discussion threads are easy to create and easy to follow. Students can sign up with their school Google accounts.

Here’s a 2 minute video explanation: https://www.kialo.com/tour/

Explore existing debates: https://www.kialo.com/explore

Potential Uses:
Debate a topic in Spanish
Create a book talk – Pros/Cons of certain characters, topics, themes
Political debates
Local issues/concerns
School issues/concerns

Features:
To view an existing debate, click the topic and scroll down to the bottom. Click on the blue box that says, “Enter discussion”.
Participants can vote on a claim (statement).
You can see how many comments are made per claim.
You can mark the claim as “seen” so you can keep track of where you’ve been.
You can see if a claim appears to be a duplicate claim.

Disable “Clutter” in Office 365 Mail (Outlook 2013)

To totally disable the “Clutter” folder in Office 365 Mail (Outlook 2013) do the following:

Open a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer). This can only be done from your browser and not within Outlook.

From the browser, open your email account in Office 365

Go to: MOC-FV homepage >> Resources >> Teacher >> Office 365Clutter 2

Login to your Office 365 account and go to your email. (Click on the waffle-looking app launcher at the top and select “Mail”.)

 

Clutter 1

While in the Mail app, open preferences by pulling down the gear icon in the top right corner and selecting “Options”.

 

 

 

 

In the options menu, click the drop-down arrow beside “Mail” to get more options. Still on the left side, select “Clutter”. In the box on the right UNCHECK both boxes (“Separate items identified as clutter” and “Send me notifications about messages that are separated as clutter.”)

Click “Save”.

Clutter 3

 

Save Word Doc as PDF

pdf  Any document you post online or email to parents should be in the form of a PDF. A PDF allows a document to be seen exactly as you intend. It won’t show up all whacked out on another person’s computer because they don’t have the right font or paragraph settings, etc. PDFs are universal in that everyone has the ability to open it. (Adobe Reader or similar pdf readers are free and usually installed on computers.) So, how do you create a PDF from a Word document?

Save your finished Word document as you normally would so you can edit it if necessary. Then create the PDF by clicking on “File”. Choose “Export” from the column on the left. Then click the “Create PDF/XPS” button. (See below.)

export as pdf

 

When prompted to save, click the “Desktop” on the left, name your document in the “File Name” field, and choose “Publish”. (See below.)

export as pdf 2

Use the PDF to upload to your website or email to parents.

If you need to modify the document you will modify the Word doc and then save a new PDF. You will need to replace the previous PDF. You are not able to edit the PDF you created.

Easy peasy! Go eat a cookie.

Edshelf – The Last Tool You’ll Ever Need … Kinda

edshelf-logo-on-green If you’re looking for a technology tool but you don’t really know what you want, Edshelf is the place to start. (https://edshelf.com) It’s basically a search engine for technology tools. There’s no need to login (although you can make it more of a social experience if you do) and you can really narrow your search. The beauty doesn’t stop there. When you choose a tool to review you’re presented with a short video, written description, pricing (and any restrictions) and user reviews. It’s definitely a major tool in my tech arsenal! It’s pretty self explanatory but here are some screen shots for those of you who are curious.

This is what you’ll see when you get to the Edshelf website. There’s no need to create an account if you just want fast searching. Simply click the search button.

edshelf-1-intro

When you click the search button you’re presented with options. At a minimum, you’ll want to select “Tools”, “Platform” and type in one or several key words. You can edshelf-2-searchnarrow your search by selecting any of the other filters. When you do this your choices will narrow down. If your selections don’t return any results you’ll want to broaden the search a bit by de-selecting some of the options.

One thing I noticed was that it took some time to generate search results after I selected multiple filters. The wait was certainly worth it, though.

Try Edshelf the next time you want a spiffy (“awesome” is so overused) new tech tool to use with a lesson.

 

Mashups and Fair Use

mashup logo

Many times people create music or videos by compiling bits and pieces from multiple artists, songs or videos to create a presentation/video. This is okay to do BUT….there are conditions. Here are some of the things to consider when creating or having students create mashups.

Mashup: “Slang. a creative combination or mixing of content from different sources” (songs, videos, websites, etc.) (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mashup?&o=100074&s=t)

Fair Use:  brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder. (http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html)

“I ain’t no lawyer.” Please note that the following is written without legal advice or review.

You may:

— use music, video, scanned print materials, images and more to create a mashup
— upload it publicly (YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, etc.)

Conditions:

— your copy is legal (not pirated)
— you’re not using a purchased copy that restricts you from using the item in a mashup (iTunes, iStock Photo, etc.)
— your copy is not encoded (DVD encoded to prevent copying)
— cite the material (source and author/performer)
— you are not selling or using your mashup for promotion
— the work is transformative (very different from the original)
— your mashup doesn’t impact an artist’s sale (you didn’t use the whole song, album or video)
— you may NOT use logos or trademarks (you could use photos that include them, however)

 

This information was taken from http://facultycopyright.wordpress.com/mash-ups/

Per the website’s request: “This information alignes with Seneca College’s Copyright Policy and Fair Dealing Policy and may not apply if you are from another institution. Please note this site was developed by library staff and is not reviewed by legal counsel.”

 

PowerPoint GAMES

To copy the files to your desktop so you can modify them for your needs do the following:

1. Copy the path (highlight the path and press Ctrl/c) shown below:

\\fileserver\Staff\Shared Files\District\Technology Integration

2. Click the start button. StartButton

3.Click in the “Search programs and files” bar.  SearchBar    Paste in the link you copied from above (Ctrl/v) and press the “Enter” key . This will take you to the Technology Integration folder.

4. Drag the folder to your desktop. A copy will be placed there.

 

(Copyright note: All files are royalty and copyright free and were taken from websites that encourage sharing.)

 

Current Inventory (machines only)

High School

  • 2 Stationary Labs
    • (26) Business Lab – scheduled to be replaced summer 2014
    • (15) CAD Lab Thin Clients in year 5 of use
  • 2 Mobile Carts
    • (24) E5520 in year 2
    • (24) D630 in year 6 of use, salvaged from teacher replacements, due for replacement
  • 1 Special Ed Cart
    • (24) E5510 in year 4

Middle School

  • 2 Stationary Labs
    • (28) Tiered Lab Dell Optiplex 760 in year 4 of use
    • (24) Flat Lab Dell Dimension E521, salvaged from Unity, in year 6+ of use, scheduled for replacement in Summer of 2014
  • 1 Mobile Cart
    • (24) E3330 in year 1
  • 1 Special Ed Cart
    • (24) E5510 in year 4

OC Elementary School

  • 2 Stationary Labs
    • (26) 2nd Floor Dell Optiplex 3010 in year 1 of use
    • (26) Thin Client Lab in year 5 of use
  • 1 Mobile Cart
    • (25)  in year 3 of use
  • 1 Special Ed Cart
    • (24) E5510 in year 4

 

Hospers Elementary School

  • 1 Stationary Labs
    • (24) Thin Client Lab in year 5 of use
  • 1 Mobile Cart
    • (25) Latitude E5520 in year 3 of use
  • 1 Special Ed Cart
    • (15) E5510 in year 4 of use
  • ipads (16)

 

JMC – New Quarter

Now that we have completed a quarter, it is likely that you will soon be adding scores for the second quarter.  In order to do so, you will need to direct JMC to use a different quarter as the default quarter.  Please follow the steps below each time you need to complete this task.

  1. Log into JMC
  2. File > Preferences
  3. Default Term: ← set to the quarter you wish to view

That should do it.

Track & Field Meet Registration

The technology department at MOC-Floyd Valley has developed an online system to manage meet registration and meet administration.

  • Meet Registration: All teams entered in an online system.  Each team has a username and password.  Entries must be completed online by a set cut-off time.
  • Meet Administration
    • Schools with HyTek software are provided with a file for meet management.
    • Schools without HyTek will be provided with
      • pdf files containing all heat sheets and lane assignments
      • A Microsoft Access database to manage all results and team scores.
Cost:
  • $50 for schools with HyTek
  • $85 for school needing the heat sheets and Access database

To arrange meet registration contact Jason Vore at jvore@moc-fv.k12.ia.us.