Monday, October 15, 2007 

Baseball Trip 2001

Quick Animoto show created in a couple of minutes in a digital photography class.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 

Effective PowerPoint

This presentation has been updated.

Today's workshop will begin with this PowerPoint (go figure)

These are the links I mention in the presentation.

Nick Dvoracek

Presentation Zen

Beyond Bullets

Dick Hardt's Presentation on Identity 2.0

My Presentation on Social Software



Fun stuff:

Sign Generators

Newspaper headline

Message Generator

Sunday, February 26, 2006 

Introduction to the Internet

A 6 hour course over 3 days on the basics of the internet. A community association course.

Getting Started



Web Browsers
  • Customization
    • Text size
    • Homepage
    • Bookmarks
    • Toolbar


Keeping it Clean

Best sites

Create your own space

  • Banking
Bonus Stuff:

Friday, February 17, 2006 

Digital Storytelling

This session will be presented at the Prairie South Teachers' Convention on February 22/06.
Download the PPT.

What is Digital Storytelling?

Short version is that it the use of multimedia (images, video, audio and text) to tell meaningful stories that illicit an emotional response beyond the fact based presentation of ideas. Some stricter definitions stress the use of all these media, however, I'm a bit more loose in my definition to include any stories that include 2 forms.

Why we would use Digital Storytelling?

This is the way we best communicate. Purpose and Audience are essential ingredients for storytelling. Web publishing is an intergal part of digital storytelling. Sharing with the world beyond your classroom and including personal connection brings motivation and meaning to student work.


  • Stop Animation....created by a grade 9 student in Moose Jaw. Maybe our next Spielberg or Tim Burton.
  • Identity 2.0...Dick Hardt's presentation using PowerPoint in a way you may not have seen before.


  • trial...low educational pricing
  • PowerPoint...part of Microsoft Office

Friday, February 10, 2006 



What is RSS?
  • Real Simple Syndication
  • uses xml code to create and subsribe to content
Why do I care?
  • Helps manage information...
    • Allows you to utilize a news reader to subscribe to weblogs, news media, searches, and other rss enable web content
    • Makes your web experience more focused and richer
  • Saves time...
    • Instead of visiting all your favourite sources, you go to one place
    • News readers summarize content to make it easy to decide if you want to read it or discard it
How do I use it?
  • Find a news reader
  • Add or import feeds
  • Create folders to organize sources
  • Save particulary important post to clippings folder
  • Email pertinent articles from within bloglines
Other Resources
Update: Here's a link to my RSS talk at SACE 2005

Sunday, December 18, 2005 


This workshop has been modified since its original posting.

This morning's agenda:
  1. Review
  2. Read
  3. Construct
  4. Customize
  5. Share
*We may be joined by some special guests throughout the morning.

What is a blog?

  • A blog or weblog is a website that is:
    • updated regularly
    • places content in reverse chronological order
    • subscribeable
    • requires no knowledge of html
    • one click publishing
    • comments provide for interaction
Why should I care?
  • Opportunity to build relationship and connection with:
    • students, parents, other teachers, etc...
  • Archived entries make permanent record of content
  • Perfect way to model writing and communication
How do I start?
  • Determine your purpose:
    • information only
    • collection of links
    • reflective practice
    • extension of the classroom
  • Post regularly. Not only for your readers benefit but for yours.
  • Let others know about your blog.
  • Services:
    • Blogger is the most popular service
    • Edublogs is a service designed for educator

Types of Educational Weblogs

Other resources:

Monday, November 14, 2005 

Social bookmarking

This is part 3 of our Social Software workshop.

What is Social Bookmarking?
  • The ability to store sites and content online
  • Involves tagging to sort and organize content
Why should I care?
  • Keeps bookmarks with you wherever you go
  • Share sites with students and peers
  • Learn about new sites from others looking for the same stuff
  • Export to bibliography
  • Create a group account to store content
  • Subscribe to what others are reading
  • Saves a copy of any page you save
How do I start?
  • Create an account in Furl
  • Drag bookmarklet to your links bar



Other Social Software tools

This is part 4 of our Social Software workshop.

Here are some small pieces that will support and add to the creation of your online world.