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Your Presenter - Rushton Hurley
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high school teacher of Japanese language
        my resource page for languages and the iPad
    Director of the MERIT Program at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College
        applications open in early November, close in mid-January
    Founder, Executive Director, and Lead Janitor of NextVista.org
        the story of NextVista.org - told in 20 slides at ITSC 2012 in Portland
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            web version of the January 2013 newsletter
            web version of the December 2012 newsletter
        California K12 Voucher Program - check your district's balance statements
    Google Certified Teacher - info on Google's corps of teachers

Videos and Other Digital Media I Share With You
    Zeitgeist 2011 - Google's view of 2011 in search
    Zeitgeist 2012 - relive the events of last year with this one
    Changing Education Paradigms - Ken Robinson's talk via RSA Animate
    The Village Well - this is the audio piece I did about the African service project
    Ikea Lamp - feeling past your prime?
    Get a Clue - what launched the teacher who launched Rock Our World 
    The Atomic Model - Made on a Mac Contest winner
    Ball Girl Crazy Catch - critically think about this one

    Shorewood Lip Dub - what kids can do when motivated
        the actual footage - everything forwards

    'Unbelievable Sportsmanship' - Central Washington University softball team

    An Unusual Football Game - for those who believe in the power of second chances
    Scouting video - tapping into the talents that are out there
    Neuron Functions - FallCUE Contest winner
    Lab Rules - rules for the lab by Mark Dohn's students
 
    Project Amigo Volunteer - wonderful effort helping poor kiddos in Mexico
    Sonnet 23 - from Jim Sill's video production kids
    The Fun Theory - fun with piano stairs, that is

    Lost Generation - all this will be true, unless we reverse it
    World Order in New York - Japanese pop group and their unusual video
    Porcelain Unicorn - very powerful video, very few words

Video Contests
    student finalists from our contests
    collaboration finalists from our contests
    teacher finalists from our contests

    sample video evaluation form - created using Google Forms

Help with our Projects

Common Core
    the Common Core main site
        standards for math
        standards for ELA 

Help with the Sharing



Search, Research, and Words
    Google Search - language tools, advanced search, and more options
        Research in Google Docs - the support page for this tool
        File Search - not reinventing the wheel -and- developing a critical eye

        Search Curriculum - helping kids search (much) more efficiently
            Dan Russell's blog - this Googler KNOWS search
            Jeff Utecht's search lessons - from his The Thinking Stick blog
        Custom Search Engine - create a search specific to sites you choose
        Safe Search for Kids - Google's effort to limit potential search-disasters
        Shortcut Guide - all sorts of quick ways to use the front page
    Books and Scholar - thinking about what's worth reading
        Librivox - free audio books
        Reading Planet - lots of resources from Reading Is Fundamental
        Storyline Online - famous actors read stories to kids
        CK12.org - free textbooks online
        Twurdy - search results according to reading level
    Merriam-Webster - traditional definitions, Word of the Day
       
Urban Dictionary - interpreting the language of the locals (this one isn't family-friendly)
    History Buff - a collection of old newspapers focusing on various events
    Eduplace - primary sources list for U.S. and world history
    arXiv - over 750,000 "e-prints" of math and science papers (Cornell University)
    Science Buddies - resources for finding and accessing scientific papers
    Music Research - music research journals and resources
    Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics - Stanford papers
    Wordle - popular system for making word clouds
(Declaration of Independence text)
        Projects by Jen - Jen Wagner's creative projects for the K-6 crowd
            this includes the Guess the Wordle project
        WordSift - great tool for academic language by folks at Stanford
    Lessonopoly - lesson plans and resources from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation
    Curriki - open educational resources, free online textbooks, and more

    Activity possibilities: using Timeline, find important moments in a nation of your choice
        using Google Books, find a good reading for your class
        using Wordle, analyze a speech or short text for its main ideas


Collaboration Kicked Up a Notch - why paper can hold us back
    Gmail - better than ordinary e-mail, perhaps!
    Google Docs - word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations
        Docs - sharing, revision history, and saving the file
        Presentations - use for prompts, planning, and (of course) presenting
        Spreadsheets - do surveys and online tests using Forms (Know your lyrics?)
            spreadsheet functions - loads of info on this from GCT Bill Bass

    
        self-grading quiz - a guide to how to do this, also from Bill Bass 
            primer on Google Forms - nice guide from Charlene Chausis
                simple sample forms for administrators
    
    tutorials on YouTube for Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Presentations

        Research in Google Docs - the support page for this tool 
    Poll Everywhere - gathering data using cell phones or internet-connected computers

    Sites - building web pages, the Google way
        beginners' guide from Google
        tutorials on Sites on YouTube
    Wikispaces - an especially education-friendly wiki company
    Weebly - very easy, looks great as a web site creator (free and paid versions)
    TodaysMeet - a nice tool for an instant chat room or backchannel
    Collaborize Classroom - impressive system for building online discussions into your courses
        join one of my workshop groups - see how this works 
    Remind101 - great way to do text blasts to students

    Activity possibilities:
using Sites, create a project portfolio
        using Forms or Poll Everywhere, gather data on student confidence on topics you teach
        using Docs, have students gather notes on lessons collaboratively
        using Presentations, combine visuals with main topics as discussion prompts


Geographical Tools Across the Curriculum
    Google Maps
        various views - maps, satellite, traffic, terrain, Earth; photos and writing assignments
        the Gallery - see the Amazon, various university campuses, and other famous places
        World Wonders Project - explore cool places around the world
        see the oceans - Street View underwater
    finding resources - Advanced Search and kml files
        literature - Google Lit Trips

        history - California Missions Map

    creating your own maps
        support
, Maps handout for educators
        tutorials on Maps on YouTube
    Old Maps Online - a collection of all sorts of cool historical maps
    iEARN - global projects and conferences (fee to join)
    ePals - connect with classrooms around the world
    Rock Our World - Carol Anne McGuire's organization - music and global connections
 
Activity possibilities: find and link/upload a kml file on a topic of interest to you
        create a map with colleagues about special places in your community
       
use the photos layer in Maps to examine life in another community
        have students create a Lit Trip for a story they read together
        connect with a classroom in another country using ePals or iEARN 

Chrome (the browser, the Chromebook)
    a tour of Chrome - from the Google Support pages
        find apps, find extensions - things to add to your browser

        nice list of common apps - includes a good set for those getting used to Chrome
        Chrome shortcuts - older list of 46 shortcuts in Chrome
    Customizing Chrome for the Classroom - a presentation by Google Certified Teachers
    Chrome Blog - straight from the Chrome folks at Google
    Chromebook Central - a Google Group for the Chromebook-interested

Other Sites About Which You Might Want to Know - more fantastic freebies
    Free Tech for Teachers - Richard Byrne not only finds good stuff, but explains their possibilities
        Android for Schools - Byrne's blog specific to what Android can do
    File Hippo - great site for downloading freeware
    Contxts - send your contact info by text message
        for example, try texting the message "Rushton" (without quotes) to the number 50500 

    Fresh Brain - a place for teens to be wildly creative (organization died, but site lives on)
    Classroom 2.0 - one of the best sites for collaborating with colleagues
        MiniGeekFest from AzTEA
        TED.com - finest connection of inspiring talks I can name
    EduWin - reminders of our successes (via Twitter)
    VisibleTweets - interesting way of visualizing a search in Twitter
    Geogebra - free mathematics software
    Storyline Online - from the Screen Actors Guild, stories read to you
    Yuckiest Site on the Internet - science stuff from Discovery.com
    Khan Academy - straight-forward tutorials on many levels of math
        questions about the science videos - video summary of some interesting research
    FlipTeaching - Dr. Ramsey Musallam's work to make flipping easy and effective
    EduRealms - Lucas Gillispie's work to explore gaming and learning
    Specs for Student Devices - guidance on BYOD from Doug Johnson at the Blue Skunk Blog

    Activity possibilities: catch a cool tools free-for-all from the AzTEA MiniGeekFest folks
        find a group in Classroom 2.0 to get to know
        using Khan Academy, have students identify what one would need to know to understand the video




Digital Media: Various Fun Tools to Get Going
    Metamark - making the nasty URLs more reasonable
        Tiny URL, Snip URL, Long URL,
Huge URL
    Prezi - "Power Point on steroids"
        Daniel Moix's overview of Google Tools in Prezi
        Quick intro to the Next Vista careers section
    Pete's Power Point Station
        loads of Power Point presentations for all kinds of different topics
    Glogster - multimedia posters
    BigHugeLabs - a variety of multimedia this-and-that

    Library of Congress - for images, sound files, documents, and more

    Activity possibilities: using Glogster, create a multimedia poster about a school club
        using Prezi, prepare a study guide for students, or have them do the same for each other


Audio
    Audacity - powerful audio editor
        Jill Baedke's tutorials on using Audacity
        instructions for using Audacity to create MP3 files
        an example of a simple (but powerful) story done in Audacity: The Village Well   
        The Battle - the (copyright-friendly) James Underberg piece from PodSafeAudio
    Garage Band - the iLife time vacuum for creating music and podcasts
        tutorials on Garage Band on YouTube
    Jamendo - music you can use
    PartnersInRhyme - both royalty-free and free sound effects (note the difference)
    Voice Thread - audio blogs with images
    No-Edit Cloud Editors - a blog post by Wes Fryer on media tools
    Soundation - an online audio editor
    Aviary - the education page has free editing tools
    ujam - create your own songs with an online recording tool
    Rich Internet Applications for Language Learning - tools for recording online from Michigan State University
    Lingt Classroom - more tools for language learning

    National Jukebox - historical recordings from the Library of Congress
    New York Philharmonic Archives - scores, not musical recordings

    Activity possibilities: record commercials where students have to be critical of the info presented
        using Audacity or GarageBand, have students prepare and record summaries of key concepts
        start an audio resource folder using music from Jamendo
        have students create a song using ujam that includes important concepts from the course

Images and Slideshows
    Neuron Functions - contest-winning entry that shows an interesting use of images
   
Creative Commons - copyright, public domain, and 'copyright-friendly'; royalty-free vs. free
        proper citation is always a component - use filenames to keep the info
        Compfight - another Flickr search tool which one can use to filter by license
        Citing Sources, the easy way
            simple Google presentation with copyright-friendly image and citation
        Code of Best Practices in Fair Use - Center for Social Media information
    Flickr and Morguefile - images in quantity and quality
    PechaFlickr - fun way of doing ad lib with images
    Wellcome Collection - "themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science"
    Geek Philosopher - free stock photos (just add link)
    CoolIris - photo walls from search results (plug-in for browsers)
    TagGalaxy - a world of photos from search results

    Animoto - 30-second videos are free
    Mixbook - create online photo books, buy the real ones if you wish
    SumoPaint - it's like Photoshop, but free and in your browser
    Psykopaint - create "paintings" from pictures
    Picnik - online photo editing
    PhotoFunia - add special effects to pictures (thanks to Tricia F. for this one!)
    Irfan View - free graphics editor and converter
    Photo Story 3 - a free program from Microsoft - really.
        pictures for practice - five shots from a trip to Japan with students
        a quick tutorial I put together on Photo Story
        temporary download link for Photo Story
    Google Art Project - great art from around the world, on your computer
        St. Francis in the Desert - thoughts on using art beyond art classes
    Sistine Chapel Tour - visit one of the most famous spots at the Vatican
    Zygote Body - where Google Body has moved (requires very strong browser)

    Activity possibilities: using Tag Galaxy or Cool Iris, create a visual introduction on a topic
        using Photo Story 3, let students tell the story of a club or activity
       
gather copyright-friendly images for presentations
        with Art Project, have students creatively connect a famous painting to your school community

Videos and Video Editing
    Limerick (Ireland) footage for practice
        mov footage:
StreetScene1, StreetScene2
    Windows Live Movie Maker - the download link, if it didn't come with your Windows machine
    Windows Movie Makers - a good place for all sorts-o-things Movie Maker
    Apple's iMovie Tutorials - great starters for iMovie and anything else from iLife

    VideoMaker channel on SchoolTube - great tutorials on the next levels of video
    YouTube - tutorials on anything
        search on the word 'tutorial' and the name of the software

        as with iTunesU, YouTube has an education channel
        other sites for posting/embedding video: Vimeo, Viddler 
        YouTube Options for Chrome - extension for removing distractions
    One True Media - online video editing (not one I've tested)
    Jing - freeware for screencasting
        here's a Jing on using Movie Maker
        on a Mac, use QuickTime Player's screencasting tool
            motocrossjumper07 made a nice tutorial on this on YouTube
    Zamzar - great site for converting files, from documents to audio to videos and more
    DigitalWish.com - site for teachers that allows buying Flips two-for-one

    Activity possibilities: using Movie Maker or iMovie, have students explain concepts they've learned
        full project descriptions and resources for videos are at the bottom of this page


Projects
    Next Vista for Learning
        ask for my help for using or making videos, and you've got it
   
preparing students for any multimedia project
        have students figure out strengths, weaknesses, and alternatives to a variety of videos
        record impressions using a Google form like this one (ask me for a copy)
        share this resource on common mistakes (it won't replace their exploring, though)
    Community Intros (Stavanger, Norway)
        here's instructions for this project from a couple of years ago (ignore the dates)
    Sonnets and Multimedia (Sonnet 23)
         just for you, a step-by-step on the sonnets project
        Jim Sill interview about this project (Elluminate session)
    Career Exploration (Oceanographic Scientist)
        info on how to do career exploration videos with your students

Saving the World From Ignorance - my favorite place for fascinating projects
    NextVista.org - videos to learn, to travel, and to inspire

    Activity possibilities: choose a video to show students to get their thoughts on strengths, weaknesses, changes, etc.



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