Welcome to the December, 2010 Tech Liaison Meeting

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Image Source: NY Public Library Digital Gallery


Dec 14, 2010 and Dec 15, 2010
8:45 - 9:45 – ePals
9:45 - 10:45 - CDW/Epson – John McCabe & Dave Partridge
10:45 – 11:45 – ARC GIS - John Hall
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch on your own
1:00 – 3:00 - Creating a Graphic Novel

Protraxx Codes

12/14/10 - Protraxx # 051-11-035-106
12/15/10 - Protraxx #015-11-035-107

Reso A Information - including Sample Requests, Implementation Procedures and Awards

NYSCATE - Free membership - www.nyscate.org

ePals.jpg ePals Website - Connecting Your Classroom with the World --World_Map.png

  • The Leading Safe Email and Virtual Workspace Solution for Schools (free)
  • Awarded the NYCDoE contract
  • Developing Learning Communities - Learning Groups as well as School Groups (fee based)


ePals Learning Space
Pricing $2,875 per school
One-time set up fee ($250)
One-time Webinar Training ($375)

FAMIS Vendor # 432093680DOE

CDW-G - Epson - Pick a Wall - Light it Up and Make It an i-Wall!


John McCabe @ john_mccabe@ea.epson.com - 732-892-4628

Dave Patridge @davipar@cdwg.com- 914-471-2118

  • Reclaim valuable real estate by projecting on any wall and make it interactive!
  • Interactive Projector + Pen + Wall = Interactive area
  • Can use SMARTBoard Notebook, Promethean and Active Inspire software using this projector, if you have the license from SMART or Promethean.
  • TeamBoard Draw SA - (Epson proprietary basic annotation software) Pen has the ability to change colors, highlight, erase, become picture reveal or shade, spotlight.

FAMIS Vendor # 311542395 - $2,799 includes installation, projector and TeamBoard Draw software (comes on a CD), training
Easiteach Next Generation Site License
Part No. 0016-ETNG-SITEL


Screen_shot_2010-12-14_at_10.56.08_AM.png and Screen_shot_2010-12-14_at_10.59.55_AM.png - A Computer Mapping Tool (click on the image to access the website)

Contact: Jim Hall - jhall@schools.nyc.gov

Data is Everywhere - Turns data into images
  • Allows you to integrate relevant layers to form the larger picture
  • Integrate Data of Various Sources
  • Choose the Scale: Local to Global
  • GIS is a Tool for Thinkers
    • Think about a topic or a place
    • Ask a question about it
    • Make a map
    • Explore the patterns that appear
    • Enhance the data or modify the data
  • Benefits
    • Science, Social Studies, Math content
    • Provides computer experience and vocational skills
    • Develops Critical Thinking skills
    • Solves authentic problems
  • Applications in Education
    • Can be used in the field interactively

ArcGIS (click on the image to access the website)

Japanese_Volcano.png Sample Imagery (Erupting Volcano)

Screen_shot_2010-12-14_at_11.28.41_AM.png Scope of the Oil Spill

To download the software:
Go to https://customers.esn.com
Password: 2010Access
Note: Data size is 4 gigs - be sure to load on an appropriate computer.

Contact Jim Hall - jhall@schools.nyc.gov

What do you do with the software once you get it: Go to http://edcommunity.esri.com
Read about GIS Day - http://www.gisday.com/support/materials3.html

Where do you get Data?
NYC Data Mine: http://www.nyc.gov/html/datamine/html/home/home.shtml
NYC Bytes of the Big Apple (NYC Planning Data): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bytes/applbyte.shtml
NYS GIS Clearning house: http://www.nysgis.state.ny.us

Afternoon Session - Creating a Graphic Novel using Comic Life with Ellen Phillips and Kelly Gallagher, OETQ


Purchasing Information: Comic Life can be purchased through DELL on FAMIS
How can we use graphic novels in the classroom?
  • "We can use graphic novels to capture the dialogue in our Conflict Resolution classes. We already have them create a storyboard of a conflict. Now we can use Comic Life to expand it." - Lauren

Six Basic Parts of a Graphic Novel
  1. Page
  2. Panels
  3. Pictures
  4. Captions (narrator that moves story forward)
  5. Speech Balloons
  6. Comic Text (POW, BAM, SLAP)
  7. Silent Partner - the gutter - the space between the images

  • You should NOT see too much text in a graphic novel. Let the images tell the story.
  • Text has to be succinct - keep it exact. What word has the most punch?
  • Start with a SCRIPT - It's all about the writing!
  • Planning your Piece - How do you Process? Does the text drive the story in your mind? Does the image? What about your students? Give them the option to process their way but make sure they PLAN first!

Getting Started
  • Open the software
  • Notice the tabs on the upper right - Libraries and Details
  • Go to the details drop down menu - click on the drop down arrow and choose the Built-In Graphic Novel template
  • Click and drag the template to the work space on the left
  • Go to the album drop down menu and choose an image that's inside your photo library
  • Click and drag an image from the right box to the box in the template
  • Drop your image in the box

Screen_shot_2010-12-14_at_1.06.31_PM.png The Comic Life Interface

Screen_shot_2010-12-14_at_1.16.15_PM.png Sample Four Panel

For Tutorials on Graphic Novels



Samples of Our Graphic Novels

Screen_shot_2010-12-14_at_1.50.00_PM.png by Mrs. Donadio of PS 117

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