Just work your way down the page each week! One thing at a time, do a little each day and it will be much easier. Please use this email for all course questions

1...Your Internet Browser

When you are home using a Windows PC for some assignments, DO NOT use Internet Explorer. Many of the Web 2.0 tools we will be using do not work well with Internet Explorer and also Chrome and sometimes even Safari.
Please use Firefox!
I suggest you download and install Firefox an use as your primary browser for this class.

I will be using Firefox in class!!

2...Social Bookmarking


Join the Kansas Educators Diigo site. Change the Alert Setting to weekly. I will “feed” you resources to add to your own Educational Resources website.

Next decide which social bookmarking tool you would like to use. Right now, Pinterest seems to be leading the popularity contest.

But you may choose, so take a look at all three before you decide which fits your personality and work ethic best.

You may use Pinterest, Delicious or even create your own Diigo group.

  1. Pinterest: Pinterest is an online pinboard. Organize and share things you love. Not sure how effective Pinterest will be, but if you like it you are welcome to try it.

  2. Delicious: Social bookmarking in an organized way

  3. Diigo: Social bookmarking, but best of all a way for your teacher to share resources with you.

Social Bookmarking


Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network

The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest

Pinterest Explained

Here is the Link to Cyndi's Pinterest so you can follow:


Ultimate Guide to Delicious Social Bookmarking

So Delicious: A Must-Use Bookmarking Tool:

Here is a link to Cyndi.s course Delicious:

Delicious Explained:

Diigo.....Join and follow

Diigo Beginner Guide: Install and Use Diigo Toolbar - YouTube

Using Diigo for Collaborative Curation

Diigo Explained:


Here is the Link our Kansas Educators Diigo. You will need to create an account and join this group.

  • I suggest you change the alert setting, from immediately to either daily or weekly.

  • Joining this group will give you an email daily or weekly (depending on your alert setting) with all the resources that have been bookmarked by me and other members of the group, maybe even you!!

  • You should explore the resources in the email each time it comes.

  • Find the resources that interest you and then bookmark those resources in your Pinterest or Delicious.

  • By the end of the semester your should have not less than 250 resources and now it should be a habit and hopefully you have let go of traditional bookmarking in your browser that only saves bookmarks on your computer.

Social Bookmarking

Now that you have spent a little time exploring Pinterest, and Delicious, choose one and create an account so you can use it to save, organize and keep track of resources shared during this course, other classes, as well as, resources you find.

  1. Pinterest requires an invite, so shoot me an email ( and I will send you an invite. Make sure you install the Pin It button on your Firefox browser toolbar. Screen_Shot_2012-05-12_at_4.10.27_PM.png

  2. By the way if you already have a Pinterest account, just use it and add some educational board like Technology, Teaching, Classroom Ideas, etc.
  3. Delicious also will need to have the buttons installed on the Firefox toolbar. Screen_Shot_2012-05-12_at_4.09.40_PM.png

By the end of the semester your should have not less than 250 resources and now it should be a habit. This is an amazing way to keep track of educational resources to use in your teaching and learning.

3....Purchase Your Web Space Immediately

Dynamics DS Web Services

Instructions for purchasing your web space. This needs to be done IMMEDIATELY!!

The Purchase of your web space replaces the purchase of a book.


4. Getting Started with your Website using WordPress

USE THIS WORDPRESS HOW_TO GUIDE - Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Blog

A lengthy list of WordPress tutorials:

for beginning your WP website

1. Choose your Theme, remember you can change your mind later and as many times as you want. But eventually, you need to choose a theme and stick with it.

2. There are a few themes that are a bit funky and don't work properly, I will let you know if if you choose one of those.

3. Add your first post to your WP website on the About Me Page, see PDF below (Getting StartedWP Post) with step-by-step instructions..

4. Your first post will be About You, an introduction to who you are and it will be added to the About Me Page along with an appropriate photo of yourself.

5. The good news is............ once you learn to do this, you will know how to do 75% of what you will be doing over and over. again on your WP website.

Open this Getting Started with WP Post PDF. It will walk you through what to do step-by-step.
Getting StartedWP Post

6. Next you will add a list of Links/Blogroll. Instructions are also in the PDF above (Getting StartedWP Post).

Make sure you take advantage of the tutorials listed above, some are step-by-step written and some are videos. I am sure there is at least one that fits your learning style.


Install the WordPress App on your iPad.


It works great, I actually use it all the time for my Technology Bits, Bytes and Nibbles blog. But, I will tell you, it is easier to do the initial setup for your blog on an computer and then use the app for adding content.

Likely there is an app for the iPad that can mimic and substitute for practically everything we do. Some Free, some not, but there are solutions. I will do my best to make those app suggestions as we go along. And something you do from the web just like you would from a computer.

Information: How Many Points is it Worth?
About Me post and picture: 20 points
8 Links/Blogroll added: 80 points (10 points each)

5...... Fun with Text

The best Resources for learning about Word Clouds

Fun with Text-Word Clouds

  1. Using Wordle create an image that describes you using Wordle! Minimum of 25 words, but the more words the better!, the more words you use, the more interesting your design will be.

  2. Take a screen capture (picture) of your design, this will give you an image that can be added to your blog/website. See instructions on the below under Learn how to for how make a screen capture.

  3. Now make a SECOND Fun with Text project, using Tagexdo, OR Tagul OR WordItOut or one of the tools mentioned in the resources above or from the options listed on the Fun with Text page from the resources on the Technology Keys Wiki.

  4. The topic for this second image should be teaching OR education OR school OR technology OR teachers OR your content area, OR....???? Something/anything related to education.

  5. Take a screen capture of your second design, this will give you another image that will be added to the same post/place on your WP website.

  6. Write a reflection about how you think you could use these types of tools in your classroom, make sure your reflection has at least one specific curriculum idea and show both the images your made.

  7. Title it: Fun with Text-Word Clouds


Word Clouder: .99,

WordFoto: $1.99

If you discover another app, let me know and I will add to the list.

Fun with Text Reflection = 30 points
About Me Wordle = 10 points
Second Fun with Text image = 10 points

Make a Screen Capture

How to make a screen capture

Screen captures on a Mac

  • Command > Shift > 4 for a selected an area (or 3 for the entire screen)

  • You will see a Crosshair, Drag around the area you want.

  • It will snap a picture of that area. T

  • he image will be located on your desktop.

Screen captures on Windows

It is a bit more complicated on a PC (like everything). Below are links to several options.

  1. Snap a picture of your screen using JING, (also works on Mac) JING is a great little program, give it a try. Video Instructions for HOW-to make an image capture using Jing.

  2. Video Demonstration:

  3. How-to-Do-a-Screen-Capture-on-a-PC

  4. Screen Capture Utilities for Windows

  5. How to Take a Screenshot in Microsoft Windows


How to take a screen shot on an iPad

Skitch for iPad, Free:

6.....Edmodo, Social Networks for the Classroom

Social Networks for the Classroom


Edmodo Social Networking for Teacher & Students

  1. We will also be using the educational social networking site just a little bit, Edmodo (Group Code: b8o70g).

  2. Create an account,

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    Click the I’m a Student button.

  4. Your first task is to add an appropriate photo of yourself (should be a close-up/mug shot) to your profile and to introduce yourself to your classmates on our Edmodo site.

  5. Please use your first and last name when creating your student account.

  6. Please tell us about who you are, where are you from, where did you go to High School, what about your family, what do you plan to teach, why, what and who influenced you to become a teacher? etc.etc. We want to get to know you! Be creative!!

  7. the short recording of the Webinar, Introduction to Edmodo. This webinar gives an overview of the core features of Edmodo, focusing on student and teacher use, and participating in Edmodo Communities. It is important you understand how EDMODO could be used in YOUR classroom. It is being used in many of our local schools and likely you will be using it when you gt out into those classrooms.

  8. Click on HELP at the very bottom of the page

  9. In the Help Center, click on Webinars

  10. Choose the Watch this Recording now for Introduction to Edmodo, no need to register for the live event, just watch the recording!

We will be using Edmodo off and on this semester, at least enough to give you a good sense of using it in your own classroom. It is a lot like Facebook, so should be easy!


Edmodo iPad App: Free

7....Weekly Reflections

Weekly Reflections

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  1. Take some time and explore my blog completely. Dig around and dig deep into Technology Bits, Bytes & Nibbles.

  2. Starter questions and ideas to get to started and thinking........What did you learn, what did you discover on my blog, did any stories/resources surprise you? How could a blog like this help you as a classroom teacher, how will it help you as a future teacher? etc, etc.

  3. REFLECT!! Your writing should reflect scholarly thought and writing. This will be the first entry on your website/blog.

  4. Title the Reflection: Week 1: Technology Bits, Bytes & Nibbles

  5. I suggest you Subscribe to my blog via email, we will be using it off and on all semester. Although, it does mean you need to read it when it comes in your email each day. Teachers are life long learners and this will point you in the direction of learning more about technology in the classroom.

  6. You will write 2 reflections each week. There will be a NEW blog to read OR Podcast to listen to OR resources to explore each week, AND you will always write a reflection. Each reflection will be added to your blog with a specific title. Your reflections must use the assigned TITLE as requested in the assignment.

  7. Make sure all your writing is hyperlinked. That means it has live clickable links, like you are finding on this page. Always live links for everything you are talking about.

  8. How to make a Hyperlink in Wordpress:

  9. Additionally, make sure all reflections and text on your WP blog include hyperlinks and at least one image that goes with the story. The easiest way to do this is by making a screen capture/shot. See the tutorials above for instructions on making screen captures.

Your second reflection for Week 1

Title:Week 1: School Technology Solutions, Brad Flickinger

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Explore School Technology Solutions blog completely, especially the story from December 29, Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students as well as the the weekly Podcast. Would you believe the weekly podcasts are only 5 minutes long each week!! It should also be mentioned that Brad has over 60,000 readers a month.Needless to say he is impacting teachers and classrooms with his blog and podcasts.

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Brad Flickinger has been an elementary, middle, and high school teacher, as well as the director of technology which gives him a perspective of teaching all ages of students and what it is like at both the classroom and district levels. He focuses on designing technology curriculum for students from kindergarten to 5th grade. Brad is an educational futurist who specializes in teaching 21st Century Skills to students, teachers and administrators by showing simple and easy tricks to incorporate and integrate technology into everyday lessons. He works with schools to inspire teachers to use these 21st Century Skills to energize and engage students. In addition, he is a consultant and speaker who gives workshops, seminars and conferences to educators on how to do what he does. Brad is the technology teacher at Bethke Elementary School in Timnath, Colorado.

  1. Make sure all your writing is hyperlinked. That means it has live clickable links, like you are finding on this page. Always live links for everything you are talking about.

  2. Additionally make sure all reflections include at least one image that goes with the story. The easiest way to do this is by making a screen capture. See the tutorials page for instruction on making screen captures.

  3. Title: Week 1: School Technology Solutions, Brad Flickinger


WordPress App: Free



Week 1: Technology Bits, Bytes & Nibbles - 20 points
Week 1: School Technology Solutions, Brad Flickinger - 20 points