And a VERY Happy Holidays to you all. See you next year.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
And a VERY Happy Holidays to you all. See you next year.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Yes, it's that time again. Time to give you the link to John Henry' Faulk's telling of his wonderful Christmas story. I've been sending this link to you for what, 6 years? Longer? But, some of you are new, and others may still enjoy hearing it again. It requires Real Player. If you've NOT heard it before, treat yourself and give a listen. Why not play this for your class and ask them to write about the little boy in the story?
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Don't want to hear it again? Then maybe this one is for you. http://www.swarmsketch.com/
What is it? Well, what if you could go to a website where there was a virtual sketchpad on which you were allowed to add a couple lines. You just draw a couple lines. But, when you're done you're given the opportunity to adjust the opaqueness of some other lines. By making some lighter and others darker, you - and the masses who visit this site - suddenly find yourselves drawing something. Suddenly an image emerges. Granted, it's nothing you'd want to frame, but it's an interesting study, if nothing else. Oh, and you can also click a button and watch a replay of how this thing was made over time. Very cool idea. Non-productive, you say? But of course.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
It's a VERY unpleasant tale, but one that we need to be aware of.
Monday, December 19, 2005
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Thursday, December 15, 2005
Don't teach French? Then here's one for you: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/ It's the BBC's Science and Nature site. Very well done.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Getting going is as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Register for your free account.
2. Enter values into spreadsheet - nothing to download, no plugins required.
3. Share the URL with colleagues and friends.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
When you check out the gallery be sure to watch for the Video button under the pictures. Watch cells divide, or the immune system fight off a virus, etc. Fascinating.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Alice v2.0 is the next major version of the Alice 3D Authoring system, from the Stage3 Research Group at Carnegie Mellon University. It has been completely rewritten from scratch over the past few years.
The focus of the Alice project is now to provide the best possible first exposure to programming for students ranging from middle schoolers to college students.
Still not sure what it is? CHeck out the movies found here: http://www.alice.org/Alice_movies/
Thursday, December 08, 2005
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Hear scales and chords, construct intervals, see mathmatical relationships, and much more. And, if you become a member for $20 you can actually download the entire site onto your computer.
Monday, November 21, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
The four Web Books described below are based on titles in the "You Wouldn't Want To Be.." series, which is published in the UK as "Danger Zone".
Thursday, November 17, 2005
eHow.com is the world's most widely read how to manual. Every month over 4 million people visit eHow to learn how to do something. With hundreds of thousands of pages of advice, eHow offers staff-written, reviewed and edited step-by-step solutions. Every eHow is clear, concise, and accurate. So whether you are learning how to tie a tie, build a deck, kiss on a date, train your dog to heel, ollie on a skateboard, lose weight, negotiate a raise, or even throw a curveball - eHow can help you.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
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Do you already use services like del.icio.us, flickr, blogger, typepad, etc? SuprGlu is a new way to gather all your content from those sites. In a nutshell, SuprGlu:
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Want to learn to touch type or perhaps just to learn to type a bit faster? This site has many lessons to try, or you can paste in your own text and practice on that. Straight forward easy.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
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Friday, November 04, 2005
Thanks to Kurt for sharing this one. Here's what he said....
This may be of interest to some of your readers, maybe not.
A FREE talking web browser for students with vision impairments... fun to see if your district or teacher web site is ADA or Section 504 compliant.
<snip>IBM Home Page Reader brings the world of the Internet to users who are blind or have low vision. It is an award-winning, talking Web browser that uses the power of speech to aid users in exploring the World Wide Web.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Remember last year when I shared with you the nist site (http://www.nist.time.gov/ ) that showed the sun/dark lines on the planet and I encouraged you to folllow it weekly? Those of you who did (I *KNOW*) were glad you did, as it provided a great lesson for the kids.
This site is similar, but with a LOT more things to do. Don't want to wait until March to see the equinox? Enter the date into the field and see it now. LOTS more to do with the moon, as well.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
This website lists and explains every idea generation method I've encountered during the past 15 years. It is the result of extensive research; my many sources include books, management journals, websites, academics, consultants and colleagues.
The methods have been drawn not just from the worlds of creative problem solving and innovation, but also from other worlds such as organizational change, strategic planning, psychotherapy, the new sciences and the creative arts.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Monday, October 31, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
1. I thought you might be interested in spreading the word on
http://www.webenglishteacher.com/ It's a great site for English teachers.
2. I actually found the following website on webenglishteacher.com
The Memory Project essentially connects high school students in the U.S. with
children from an impoverished country (currently Uganda). What this
organization does is send a photograph of one of these children to the U.S.
students who then create an artistic representation of the child which is
returned to the child. The artwork is to serve as a happy memory for these
children who are forced to live the most tragic of lives.
If you look at the website, you will see that the artwork is of a very high
quality and must be because of its significance to the children. I was hoping
that you might pass this website on to other schools and educators to see if
they are interested. I know that we have a few art students who would be
willing to participate, but I thought it would be much more effective if we
could increase the number of pictures sent by inviting art students from
across the IU to contribute. (Maybe we could even display them at the IU for
I currently serve as the Peer Helpers advisor at West Perry High School. The
students in this group agreed to pay for the shipping of these works of art
which can be expensive.
Could you please get the word out to other districts and have them funnel it
to their art teachers or other appropriate personnel? Anyone who is
interested could contact me at email@example.com
or by calling 717-789-3931. Please check out the site. I would really like
to see this take off!
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Click on the front gate and have fun!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
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Sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society, this site covers the history, bios and info on justices and more. It also has two feature stories, narrated and animated in parts using Macromedia Flash 6, illustrating key Supreme Court cases and issues, including the FDR court-packing controversy.
Very topical, considering recent developments in the Court.
Friday, October 14, 2005
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Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Got paper plates? This site will tell you LOTS of things to do with them. You can choose from making an addition/multiplication aid, to an altitude measurer, to a constellation projector and many more. Looks like too much fun to me.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Friday, September 30, 2005
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Wednesday, September 28, 2005
I lost over 2 years worth of tips when I had this machine upgraded(?) to XP. I failed to backup my archive. :-( So, this tip MAY be a repeat from a while back.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
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Friday, September 23, 2005
From the site:
Thursday, September 22, 2005
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Monday, September 19, 2005
James Gates <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I was considering not sending this and then picking from the list throughout the year, but that would be selfish. So, check out this person's list of the top 101 sites for teachers, arranged by subject.
Friday, September 16, 2005
Carnegie Learning is offering 500 free trials of the company's Cognitive Tutor middle and high school math software as part of the second annual Carnegie Learning Challenge. The Challenge begins October 3 and runs through November 4, 2005. Participants will receive the software (good for one curriculum for up to 30 students per school), plus full customer support and access to Carnegie Learning staff throughout the trial. Visit the Challenge site to register online.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
From the spaceweather.com mailing list....-
TONS of things to learn and do in this site. You can explore fun facts about animals or inventions or Presidents, and even space. Or, in the Fun and Games area you can play games, take fun quizzes, and even enter a classroom contest.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
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Wednesday, September 07, 2005
GREAT QUESTIONS OF HISTORY - An Explanation
There has long been a need for a web site dedicated to determining what Americans think about important issues in their history. The Great Questions of History site addresses this need and makes history come alive by allowing people to vote on these key questions. It provides up to the minute vote results and bar graphs showing vote percentages. Although the numbers are not scientific, they do illustrate how Americans feel about matters that were (and are) crucial to their country and the world.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Next time your favorite math teacher is about to begin the fractions unit, show him/her this site: http://visualfractions.com/ Look on the left of the home page for the Main Categories (Adding Fractions, Multiplying Fractions, etc) Once in that selected area you'll note that you have hyperlinks under the graphics area that will let you represent the fractions by either lines or circles. Very nice.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
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Tuesday, August 16, 2005
A new tool from Blogger adds a toolbar to Word that allows you to write your blog post and publish it to your blog without the fuss of logging in anywhere. Very cool!
Get it here: http://buzz.blogger.com/bloggerforword.html
Monday, August 01, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
- Commonwealth Libraries Constitution Day (September 17) Web Sources Available
- Constitution Day -- The Bill of Rights Institute ---
- Constitution Resources -- Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
- Independence Day Activities
- NARA The National Archives Experience
- National Constitution Center - Centuries of Citizenship
- National Constitution Center Interactive Constitution
- Search Results, Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
- United States Constitution Primary Documents of American History (Virtual Programs & Services, Library of Congress)
- Constitution Day -- The Bill of Rights Institute ---
Sunday, June 26, 2005
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Thursday, June 09, 2005
ArtRage is a painting package designed to provide a realistic and fun simulation of using paint on a canvas, along with pens, pencils, crayons, and other tools. ArtRage is available for both Windows and Mac OS X. It can be used with a mouse, but works better if you have a graphics tablet, or even better on a Tablet PC where ArtRage takes advantage of the unique interaction of pen and screen to produce a realistic painting feel.
ArtRage is all about playing with paint without the mess, and having fun in the process. You can paint your own image from a blank canvas to completed work, or load in a picture to trace and have the tools pick their colours for you as you paint over it.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
>>> James Gates 09/19/02 2:47 PM >>>
Can you doggedly ferret out the answers to these verbs? Fun activity for kids.
See how well you do on these first few questions. Each answer is an animal (bird or fish, too)The number at the end refers to the number of letters in the answer.
1. to score two under-par on a golf hole 
2. to outwit by cunning 
3. complain 
4. to defraud by cheating or swindling 
5. to strike with great force; move quickly 
Friday, May 27, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
From the site:
Millions of Americans have become the victims of identity theft since the beginning of the year. Renee Montagne talks with former FBI agent Kevin Barrows about where that information goes and how it's abused. Barrows led the bust of one of the country's largest identity theft operations in 2002.
Be sure to check out the related links, too, especially "Fighting Identity Theft."
Identity theft is VERY costly to the victims. Don't become one because of your own ignorance or neglect.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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Thursday, May 19, 2005
This link, http://18.104.22.168/gates2/megajr.avi points to a windows media player file of a movie I created in Picasa2 from the images I took during my visit to SHSD this morning to watch them participate. Check it out. Oh, and allow it ample time for it to download, as it's a 65mb file. (That's right, 65mb, so dialup users shouldn't wait up for it. :-) ) And another thing (a bonus TIP, if you will), when the movie starts, if you press Alt-Enter it will toggle to a full screen.
Congratulations again to Steelton Highspire for their successful foray into the video conferencing world. I'd sure LOVE to see more of our local districts participating next year. It was quite painless and the kids were blown away by it.
Let's say you're in Word or Powerpoint and you want to insert a picture from a folder of pictures you collected from online, but you're not sure of what it was called. You click the browse button and navigate to the correct folder but all you see is a list of odd-looking picture names. Which one is the one you want?
Change the view of this browse window to show THUMBNAILS of the images right there in the browse window simply by clicking the word Tools up in the right corner of the Open dialog window and choose Thumbnails. Presto! You can now easily tell which picture you're after. (See image below. Groupwise users must be in HTML view to see the image. Click the HTML icon along the top right corner of your Groupwise message window.)
P.S. I'm anxious to see what this looks like when it gets posted to the blog (http://tipline.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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I plan to post my tips to this blog when I send them out each day. (This site will allow you to email a blog post. Cool, eh?) THis way you can always come back here to look for old ones or comment on them or even post your own. Think about it - this COULD be a VERY helpful resource if we use it.
So, to get thing started here's today's tip:
This is a reminder of a stie I sent out three years ago: http://ferryhalim.com/orisinal/What is it? The front page is a matrix of little images. Each image links to a small game designed for the younger ones. Some come with direcitons. Others don't and you have to figure out the object of the game. Flash based. Very nice. Network friendly, too.