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[9 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Poor Man’s DIY Makey-Makey | ]
Poor Man’s DIY Makey-Makey

This post isn’t a guide, as much a proof of concept. I’ve tested it minimally.  Makey-Makey’s are great, and I highly recommend buying some if you can. But if you want to try a project with your kids and see what comes of it, I think it has potential.
Most have now heard of the Makey-Makey, gator-clips and a USB board that turns things into inputs for  computer(i.e., game controller out of bananas). I sat down today to think through a plan for a summer camp that would use a similar …

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[7 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Blending on a Budget of less than $2500 | ]
Blending on a Budget of less than $2500

I’ve spent the better part of the last few years traveling to schools that are doing things a bit different. Much of this has been in the area of blended learning. In terms of innovation, it’s been a struggle. Many of the schools doing great things have either had great funding to implement a 1:1 program, are a charter school that has more wiggle room in how things are done, or just do things in a way that are hard for a school that has 100 years of traditions to …

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[19 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]
Pull Names From Excel Onto your Word Docs.

I was talking to a teacher today that adds their students names to everything they hand out. It sparked my interest enough to delve into the why and how they were doing it. As it turns out, it’s a great way to enforce some accountability. Putting each students name onto each document manually would be a pain though. Solution? One Excel sheet with all of your student names, and merging them automatically onto multiple individualized copies of your document. The process is a simple mail merge, which is usually used …

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[8 Dec 2008 | 5 Comments | ]
Great Royalty-Free Music for Movie Projects… (Silent Films)?

My students and I just finished a unit in which they were producing short commercials using still images and voice overs on Windows Movie Maker. We were in the process of adding audio when a student asked if I had any music they could use, and a quick Google scored this gem. http://incompetech.com/m/c/royalty-free/
Kevin MacLeod over at www.incompetech.com has produced tons of high quality music segments that served as a priceless resource for adding great music to each of the projects. Since scoring films/commercials etc… require fitting music to the …

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[23 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

As I have said before, I rarely write about items that come with a price tag unless it offers exceptional value to the classroom. With that in mind, my eInstruction Classroom Performance System has arrived. For those not aware of these systems, sometimes just referred to as clickers, they are wireless handheld remote controls that allow students to not only give real time feedback to the content being covered, but also gain real time results. This type of assessment allows teachers to know whether what they’re covering is being digested, and whether they need …