TGIF ~ October 23, 2009

Technology Gems, Ideas, and Facts

Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

Gem ~ a website or application that might work well for you or your students

Tech-Ease is a website produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. It features “just-in-time” answers to many classroom technology questions. Topics range from hardware and software to managing technology in your classroom. There are also Classroom Practice Videos, featuring real teachers in real classrooms. This is a great place to find answers or to look for ideas. (

Idea ~ a way to enhance your LFS lessons with technology

I know many of you have used Google Earth, and I’ve mentioned it here before, but have you tried a Google Earth Tour? Google Earth allows you to easily create a virtual trip from place to place, making as many stops along the way as you wish. At each stop you can include information about the location, including pictures and links to sites for more information. You can even create an audio narration of the tour. This is a great way to allow students to learn about historical journeys or the path of a book character. Create a tour to use as an activator or have students create one as a unit’s culminating activity.  Click here for a quick tutorial on creating Google Earth tours, created by a friend of mine in a neighboring district. Thanks, Karen!

Oh…and if you got a new computer this fall and need to install Google Earth, we have it on the network for you. Go to: \mech15ExtrasGoogleEarth. As always, let me know if you need any help.  (

Fact ~ just a bit of information

Once in a while I decide that the “F” should stand for “fun” instead of “fact”….this is one of those times. Have fun carving a virtual pumpkin! No smell, no mess. But no seeds to roast, either. (

Have a great weekend, everyone!



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