Here is a scan of the introduction to Alan November's Who Owns the Learning?
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I just ran across this site today as I was looking at Scoop.it a curation source that allows you to follow or start a curration of web resources on any topic. The Educational and Technology Mobile Learning site has an unbelievably extensive list of web tools, listed by specific type. It's a great place to get ideas for teaching and student learning!
Kristin Steingreaber has put together video tutorials for many of the online databases. They are posted on GPAEA TV.
They contain great overviews of the databases, highlighting pertinent features for both teachers and students. We are fortunate to have access to many more databases over the past couple of years and it can be difficult to keep up with what sorts of information you will find within each source. Watching Kristin's short videos will put you in the know
This is a really cool application that allows students to layer data on top of Google’s base map and create their own maps. The process is easy since data can be uploaded from a spreadsheet allowing a huge number of markers to be added to a map in a jiffy. Students can choose from a variety of base maps, allowing them to choose the base that best fits the information they want to convey. A couple of enrichment classes at the middle school are currently mapping national parks and monuments. It takes only a few minutes to learn how to use this tool. Let me know if you are interested!
Logging in to the GPAEA Databases is a little more confusing that it once was. Here's the scoop on the different user names and passwords:
Everyone has a personal log in based on their name. If you have forgotten that information, email email@example.com. They will get back to you very quickly. (SNAP is a great place to access digital video!).
For most databases, teachers and students use the generic district username/password (see library staff if you don't know the log in). Students use this same log in for SNAP.
IOWA AEA TEACHER RESOURCES
There are four online databases that have educator resources. GPAEA uses the SNAP login information to create accounts for you. The account works for:
AEA Digital Library--elementary/middle school science with teacher guides
Atomic Learning--tutorials and resources for 1:1 inspired classrooms
Britannica--Create lessons through MY Britannica feature
Learn 360--direct access to the site (SNAP also searches Learn 360)
Teachers user name: Put the number 31 in front of your SNAP user name.
Teacher password: Use your SNAP password. Case sensitive for AEA Digital Library an all lower case fro MY Britannica.
There are three databases that do not have assigned uernames, but allow you to create your own INDIVIDUAL accounts.
Visual Thesaurus--3-12th grade vocabulary
One Click Digital--7-12th grade audiobooks and ebooks --mostly fiction and classics
FollettShelf Secondary--7-12th grade ebooks --mostly teen novels.
Complete directions are at http://bit.ly/gpdirections.
Registration Codes for the individual accounts can be accessed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached is a file that will describe how to back up your files, bookmarks and mail to a flash drive. You can also purchase an external hard drive and use Time Machine, a Mac application found in your applications folder. It is quick and painless! I found a great deal for a 1TB (terabyte) hard drive for around $60. Make sure if you purchase one that it is MAC friendly. The one I have would allow me to partition the drive and use it to back up files on my home Windows computer if I chose to do so. David Gleason is a great resource if you have specific questions about a particular product. Mail backup will not be an issue next year as we migrate to Gmail. I would also suggest that you begin using a social bookmarking tool such as Diigo, Draggo, or Delicious. These sites allow you to pick up your bookmarks from any device with Internet access. You can also join groups of interest or start your own group for professional or personal interests. (Thus the name, social bookmarking). I have used all three of these tools but I tend to gravitate to Diigo because it has enhanced features. One such feature allows you to mark text on webpages with highligting, which will remain until you delete it. If you shared such a page with someone logged into Diigo, they would see your highlights, could add highlights or make comments. I like the organization scheme of Draggo. It is more visual in nature and you can choose to have separate tabs marking personal book marks from those that are professional in nature. You can also easily control privacy, and add notes to your links. Diigo will do these things too, but Draggo is just a little easier to use. They all have a tool bar feature that makes it super simple to grab and save a link. Let me know if would like help getting started with social bookmarking!
What is a Google Lit Trip?
Atomic Learning contains a tutorial on Google Earth. Google™ Earth version 5 lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.