November, 2009

Today's Agenda

AM - SMARTBoard with Alex Kane

PM -

One More Story - - username: nycoit, password: trial
When used on a school network - $.96/student/year with a minimum of 100 students
When used at home and in school (Universal Access), $4.96/student/year with a minimum of 100 students

Brain Pop Update - Use can use the ESL session/free/one year

RESO A - remember you can't buy laptops using RESO A funds anymore.

NYSCATE 2009 - OETQ team members are presenting at this session, together with teachers from IS 61, IS 77 and MS 226.

Metro NYSCATE 2010 - Will advise when dates available.

Next Tech Liaison Meeting - 12/8/09B R I N G YOUR OWN LAPTOPS!
Agenda will include
  • Creating New Tutorials
  • Google Advanced Tools

SmartBoard Advanced Training with Alex Kane -

New Tools in Notebook 10.0 Lesson Activity Toolkit
Object Animation - allows fade out, revolve, lots of others! Play!
Magic pen - icon has stars around it
  • Circle - turns it into a spotlight
  • Rectangle - becomes a magnifier
  • Disappearing Ink - it disappears! So cool!
Shape Pen - next to the magic pen
  • Allows you to draw freehand and will snap shape into
Handwriting Recognition Tool
  • Print carefully and it will convert to print type. Scribble and you will be surprised by what it converts to!

Linking Object to Pages
- open a new Notebook page
- change background color
- type in a question “What is the square root of 81?”
- You want to link to a page that says correct and one that says incorrect.
- Add a new page and put “correct” on it. Do a search for “clap” and get the animated clapping
hands with sound.
- Add a new page that says “incorrect” on it.
- Go back to your question page and put “9” and “81” on it.
- Highlight the number and choose “insert” from the top menu.
- Choose “link to a page in this file” and choose a page.
- Always link to the object. Repeat with the other number choice.

HINT #1: rename your pages first by going to the slide sorter, click on the page, take the down arrow and choose the “rename”. Type in a new name for your slide so you can find it more easily.

HINT #2: Put your answer pages at the end of your presentation

HINT #3: Put a back button on the answer page so you can go back to the question page.
How to: Choose an arrow, fill with color or put the word back in the arrow, highlight the arrow, choose insert from the menu, link to page, choose the question page, press ok.

Linking to a Website
  • Put text on a page (NYTimes)
  • Go to the nytimes website and copy the banner by clicking and dragging onto your page.
  • Click on the dropdown arrow, link, click the web page box and type in the URL address, then okay.

Linking to any other file on your computer
  • put an image on your page
  • go to the drop down menu on the image, click on link, then link to “file on this computer”, browse for the document, insert as a copy of file (original stays on the desktop), insert as a shortcut to a file if you want to use the latest version of a document, press okay.

HINT: The easiest way to use a video is to link to it. You have the SMART Video Player included in Notebook 10.0. Note that when you pick up your pen while the video is running, it will pause until you put the pen down. You can find the SMART Video Player by clicking on the SMART icon on your lower menu bar and choosing SMART Video Player.

NOTE: Linking to a video is problematic in schools. You should download and embed whenever possible. Use Teacher Tube which isn’t blocked.

Linking an image to a sound
Click on the picture
Go to Link, sound
Browse and choose a sound file
Launch on the object and press okay

ISSUE: Sound file has to be an mp3 file. But if you have iTunes, you can convert a sound file to mp3 and us it. It will automatically convert. You can use and it will convert any sound file. You can use audacity as well.

Lesson Activity Toolkit – Recording Function
Choose the recorder from the bottom menu. Once activated, it will record everything you do.

The Lesson Activity toolkit has interactive and multimedia slides, like:

Key Word Match
Pre-made template that allows you to fill in text and use the slide. Follow the prompts and fill in the word and definition. Press ok to save.

Hot Spots
Choose a map of the world from the drop down menu and label the points. Click a place on the map and you get a cheering sound when they get it right.

You can also do a custom Hot Spot and use any image. Put an image on the slide and then choose the drop down menu and change the order of the objects.

To Download the Software – go to
  • He’s the Queens representative so contact him by email at
  • Go to the Quick Links section – bottom right
  • Choose Windows or Mac
  • If you’re a new customer, obtain a product key – click and enter the hardware serial number
  • Get one product key and use that on everyone who has a SMARTBoard in the building. You can use the product key for many SMARTBoards. (1,000 products per product key)
  • let him know if there’s a problem first, before you go to SMART Tech.

Download Notebook 10.0 from the website to get the most recent version.

Note: You can get the bulbs for the SMARTBoard projector from him. RESO A allows you to get one extra bulb. Note the warranty starts from when you BUY the bulb, so don’t stockpile them. Use should get 2200 hours (+/-) or two school years unless you leave them on all night.

Be sure to check out the Educator Resource Center ( for the newsletters, webinars (free), “P” credit courses (Tuesdays/Thursdays) held in Manhattan and lesson plans which are created by teachers. Search by content, Senteo Templates and Galleries, graphic organizers, (Be sure to get “VARIOUS GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS” download).

Learning Objects (Flash) files – seasonal ones are given away free.

Blog – Be sure to check out the blog, which is linked on the above site.

Alex Kane - 516 - 922 3508 or

Frances O’Neill – Instructional Technology Specialist at OETQ
Global Collaboration using Global School Net (

Global SchoolNet’s mission is to support 21st Century learning and improve academic performance .
  • One of the oldest sites for global collaboration
  • Has reliable partners
  • Free
  • Over 3,000 projects
  • Age range 5-19
  • Searchable by age grade, content area
  • Aligned with standards

  • Use what you already have – blogs, wikis and websites

Trees Around the World
  • Search by Fran’s last name (O’Neill) to see her project
  • She put her project on GSN, described it briefly and received many schools that were interested in
working with her.
  • Contact Fran at if you need a blog
  • She’s working with a school in South Africa and several schools in Queens.
  • She created a calendar and explained the project. She received interest from a teacher in Pennsylvania
who sent her images of the countryside as well as leaves. The students were able to see how different l
life is in different places.
  • She put the images in a photo album using and embedded the images on her blog.
  • Other schools sent her images of students examining the leaves and she’s creating an Excel/google.doc
of the information they’ve received.
  • She did a neighborhood walk with a first class at one of her school and took images of trees around the
school. The students became detectives and wanted to showcase what was around the school. The
students took most of the photos.
  • They collaborated on the blog. She put images of leaves and trees as posts on her blog and questions
that the students responded to.
  • The students commented and she used their responses in a SMARTBoard lesson.
  • Her blog contains a cluster map which reflects who looks at the blog.
  • Everything is hosted on See Collaborative Projects.
  • If you’d like to join her project, email her and she’ll make you an organizer.

Grocery List Project - Six Year Old Students
  • This is a project she found online and is working with PS 7.
  • Scope: Go to the grocery store and see how much specific items cost.
  • She set up a SMARTBoard lesson using specific items and created a flyer to help them find the prices of
these projects.
  • They have to upload their prices to a google.doc.
  • She used illustrations of the items and copied/pasted the images to the google.doc
  • The flyer had images and the word spelled out. The students actually used the flyer by matching the word to the image letter-by-letter.
  • She’s planning to hire a bus and take the students to another store to continue the project.
  • It takes organizing but you can find people around the world who would like to join you in the project.

See David Warlick – Global Grocery List Project – Now In the 16th Year Online
  • Very interesting site for students
*Allows them to compare prices around the world
  • Can be adapted to older grades.
Ellen Phillips – Wikispaces Collaboration Project with PS 111

Types of Wikispaces
Public: Anyone can see and edit – not appropriate for us
Protected: See by anyone but only members can edit
Private: Open only to members
If you’re interested in joining Ellen, please register in GSN first, then join her. - Just Outside Our Window
Scope: The project requires that participating schools take images of the world outside their school window and then comments on their images.

Members: Schools are in Queens, Texas, Ohio as well as an Afghanistan school – Cultural Exchange Program School (17 High Schools)

She organized the wikispace using a table (highly recommended) which allows her to group the images by school. Each participating school receives a page on the wiki that it can use to contain students’ writing.

Remember: The wikispace is monitored by the teacher. No comment is posted until the teacher approves it.

Note: Ellen is looking for more participating from Queens High Schools.

Exploring Wikispaces – Ad-Free Wikis
Set up site:

She’s set up some screencasts that will walk you through how to set up the wiki.

  • Create a wikispace name – keep it short and simple like “PS111Art”
  • Permissions: Set as Private and then click on Educational Use
  • It will ask you to create an account with a username and password.
  • Click Create.
  • Use Firefox and not Safari. Use “Opera” as a browser. It’s faster than Firefox.
  • Once created, it will have a default template. You can change the template easily.
  • The important tools are on the left – New Page, Recent Changes (it saves every version and you can’t
lose it), and Manage Wiki.

  • To Manage Wiki, you can change everything on your wiki.
- Content – Pages (lists every page & last revision) Note: you can lock a page from editing.
- People – Members, Permission, et al
- Settings – Look & Feel (change the template) – Don’t use the Discussion at all. Change in settings.
- Tools

Remember: Students’ don’t need an email address to use the wiki.

Photo Consent: Get parental permission beforehand. Remember you don’t need to use their actual photos at all. You can have them draw their pictures and scan them in or you can create a voki.

Creating User Names
  • Keep track
  • Use what works for you.
  • Her method: first name & last initial (username) and first three letters of first and last name (password)
Adding Users
  • On the User Creator, go to “How would you like to add users?” – use the drop down arrow.
She uses wikis like “nesting dolls”. There’s one big wiki with lots of little wikis. Each grade had a link to a class on a page. Each class had a list of students with links to the students’ wiki page.

Remember: The wikispace was created to encourage collaboration. Set up draconian consequences and they know you’re monitoring it. You should not have a problem. Teach them the appropriate way to use the wikispace, not restrict it.

“Edit Navigation” on the side controls sections within the wiki.
Online Art Museum - Collaborative Project – PS 111
  • Just getting started
  • Student work is posted on the wiki
  • ELA/Connection – Famous Painters and their Lives with links to websites
  • Comments on Student Work (moderated of course)
To contact Ellen Phillips, please email her at:

November Learning Blogs
See: for a sample
  • Having a blog within this community allows us to work more collaboratively.
  • If you want to set up a blog, please email Fran O’Neill at and she’s help you set
one up.
  • The most activity is in the grant blogs – See T4, TELL or ABILITIES blogs

CDW-G – Vendor # CDW043000
Dave Partridge (914) 471-2118 -

Projectors, Document Camera, Interactive Whiteboards, Televisions, Digital Cameras, Video Cameras, Monitors, Keyboards/Mice, Audio, Cables, Headphones, Installation

Demonstrated Products:
Document Camera - has a microphone and flash drive built in. You can put a paper lesson plan in the document camera and same to a flash drive.
CP300 – Flex arm document camera – 3.2 mp – FAMIS 310817005 Price $462.00
300 AF+ - Mechanical arm document camera – 3.2 mp – FAMIS 310816998 Price $462.00
SPB350 – Document Camera – 5 MP – FAMIS 310817013 Price $1,037.00

AVer Pen
  • works with the document camera
  • gives you the ability to write from anywhere including your hand.
  • gives you the tools you need to create you own lesson.
  • four student pens come with the package and allows students to write on their desk which will appear
on the interactive whiteboard. You can split the screen so that each student has his/her own part of the
  • Cost $600 for the set of five (1 teacher and 4 students) has bundle prices as well.
  • The pen functions as a wireless mouse.
  • Runs on both mac and pc platforms.
  • NYSTL approved.

Note: Teacher pen controls everything. The student pen is restricted to where the teacher directs.


John McCabe, Account Manager
(732) 892-4628 –

PowerLite 410W Projector - $952.56 (does not installation)
Wide-Screen Projection Ideal for Interactive Whiteboards with a Wall-Mountable Arm

PowerLite 84 & 85 Projector - $662.04 or $704.00
PowerLite 825 & 826W – 4827.29 or $800.28
Sound System (AP 60) – Ceiling Projector with Classroom Sound Enhancement (microphone & speakers)
PowerLite Presenter – Portable Classroom Presentation Tool


Thomas McCusker
(860) 350-2656 or

Lenovo IdeaPad S10e Netbook – 1GB memory – comes with Windows XP Home - $359.00
Not supported by service providers to keep the price down.
Comes with a six cell battery that gives you a five hour service day.
Memory can be increased easily. Comes with 1 GB but can be upgraded to 2 GB.
Repairs: 1 year mail-in warranty for display, disk, system board; 90 days for other parts.

New version coming out in January that will have 5GB of memory for under $500.