Monday, July 24, 2006

Authoring Tools Tech. Help

I recently spent a week at my school working on curriculum. As hard as it was getting into the swing of school work when being half way through the summer, there were parts of it that were enjoyable; like being able to work on technology integration. I introduced many of the teachers in my department to Photostory, and even helped an english teacher use it to create a short presentation on Shakespeare. I was also able to assist another english teacher with a powerpoint presentation. He was attempting to download MP3 music into the powerpoint but needed it saved as a WAV file. I introduced him to Audacity; the freeware program that allows a user to integrate all types of sounds, technologically alter them, and then export them as either a WAV or a MP3 file. If you haven't fooled around with it before I highly recommend it. I believe that I already created a post for it several weeks ago! I'm getting so old all the technology runs together!

Friday, July 14, 2006

authoring tool for teachers

I just wanted to share this article from The

it talks about a great software program for teachers - an authoring tools specifically for them - to help them deal with classroom management problems. Grades, seating charts, lesson planner, administration section and also has a section designed to help teachers get the most out of the internet. Check it out!

Monday, July 10, 2006

PowerPoint Presentations

My authoring tools class recently had a project due where we had to present an authoring tool in a powerpoint presentation. After they were all graded we were able to view them. It was interesting to see everyone's presentation, and I learned a lot through them. As one group did dreamweaver and one did FrontPage I was able to compare and contrast the two of them. I have never used either program (I typically just use Geocities when creating a webpage) so both of them were new to me. I was sad to see that FrontPage will no longer be continued.

Another classmate presented Puzzle Maker from I have to say that I absolutely love using It has many great puzzle making tools and they have all been used, mainly in my geometry classes.

A last group did a presentation on using blogs in the classroom, and I really liked that presentation as I have always been interested in introducing blogs in the classroom, but haven't been exactly sure how to go about it. The presentation listed several blogging sites that are secure and only allow "appropriate" material for the classroom.
Overall, a job was well done by all! :)