2006-2007 AATE Meeting Archives

May 2007 - Wesleyan School

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Many thanks to Carol and all the Wesleyan IT staff for a wonderful meeting. Thanks, also to CDW-G and LeftHand Networks for the delicious luncheon and informative presentation.

Carol Horner will email you the PowerPoint presented at the beginning of the meeting if you email her a request. chorner@wesleyanschool.org

CDW-G - Chuck Chiasson

LeftHand NetworksJohn Easlick - Open. scalable iSCSI SANS to manage and grow your storage network across multiple storage teirs.

Georgia Tech – Tech in the K-12 Classroom
Carolina Gomez
  • Alice – free animation software that you can use to create movies and games in 3D. While creating their movies about their own special world and characters, students learn basic computer science principles and teaches object orientation programming. Topics introduced include classes, instances, methods, loops, etc. You can also see the Java that's behind the video for when you use the program with older students. Download at http://www.alice.org Textbook Info - http://www.alice.org/textbookinfo.htm Workshops - http://www.aliceprogramming.net/workshop2007.html
  • Scratch – developed by lifelong kindergarten at MIT - This free software allows to you to create 2D animations using, drag-drop programming statements (like play drum x times for y seconds) Students learn to use loops, etc.scratch.mit.edu
  • PICO Crickets - Programmable robot that combines arts and crafts with technology. From Lifelong Kindergarter at MIT. Available at http://www.picocricket.com/; For ages 9+ younger if have supervision; Runs on PC or Mac and need USB port; Uses motors, touch sensors; Programming is drop and drag The complete kit is $250.
  • LEGO Mindstorms - Programmable robots that use sensors to take input from its environment, processes data based on programming students have created and downloaded to them, and signals output to motors to turn on and off or to make sounds, or flash lights, etc.. Icon based programming, easy to drag and drop. You can also use lejos (Java) and C-based programming language to program the robots. If makes learning Java a bit easier and much more fun because you can see the results of your programming quickly and concretely. Kit with software is about $300 from LEGO Education. (Personal opinion from Jo Ray –If you're going to buy the kits, I'd recommend buying them from LEGO Education because the Education version comes with a great storage box and super tutorial that kids can easily follow and do mostly on their own in teams of two.) Kristie Brown kbrown@legoeducation.com is the LEGO Education rep for the Southeast.. She is very helpful. http://mindstorms.lego.comor www.legoeducation.com
  • Good news! You can try before you buy. GA Tech has a lending library of PICO crickets, LEGO RIS 2.0 and NXT robots.
    Institute for Computing Education: Coweb.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt . Also has links to free classes at Georgia Tech for educators. Visit Coweb.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/443 to sign up for robots; You can borrow robots for up to 3 weeks; $50 deposit for up to 6 kits $100 for over six kits

Business meeting:

Meeting schedule for next year
Change meeting date to Tuesdays
  • September 18 - Walker
  • November 27 - Marist
  • February 5, 2008 - Sophia Academy
  • April 22, 2008 – Holy Innocents

Members voted that they liked having fewer but longer meetings so we can cover more information.

New officers
President – Connie White
Treasurer – Carol Horner
Communications – Shelley Paul and Lee Conner

Peggy asked for volunteers to be on the Meeting Planning Committee along with the current and past officers. If you are interested, please contact her.

Treasurer's report
We have over $1,000 that would be available if anyone has a special speaker whom they think would provide useful information to the group.

Laptop Institute
Lakeview Academy is hosting a Laptop Sumer Instsitue with tracks for both teachers and administrators. http://www.lakeviewacademy.com/ and look under Important News for the link to the .pdf with complete information; The cost is $295 and you will earn 1 PLU credit

Workshops being offered at Georgia Tech - http://coweb.cc.gatech.edu/ice-gt/10

Shelley presented info about the new http://aategroup.wikispaces.com wiki. Wiki is viewable by anyone, but you have to join the wiki in order to edit pages. Please email Shelley if you want to join the wiki. Shelley.paul@woodward.edu

NECC in June
If you are attending, you can share your information on the NECC page on the wiki.

Music Technology at Wesleyan
Brad Williams (Wesleyan) informed the group about Music technology at Wesleyan
  • New midi lab and ProTools lab between MS and HS band rooms.
  • Pro tools – allows you to record whatever is happening in the band rooms, or practice rooms. Can record one instrument then another and them put them together (same for voices) and then burn to CD
  • They use Finale software and will starting podcasting, using Audacity (free program)
  • USB microphone – high-quality, (studio quality) MXL has a USB microphone – doesn't require an external mixing board. Cost about $100. Much better sound quality.
USB Microphones

United Streaming http://gpb.unitedstreaming.com - Free K-12 video library to stream or download;
Jonathan Buntain is the Unitedstreaming Rep. Call 800-313-9084 x7204 to set up free account.

Smart Boards – Interactive Whiteboards
By fall of 2007 all LS, MS, HS classrooms at Wesleyan will have Smart Boards
  • Training teachers to use/incorporate SMARTBoards
  • Showing them how to use in the classroom curriculum
  • www.smarttech.com is a good source of materials, training/tutorial, lesson plans that can be used as is or saved and altered
  • SMARTBoards have a Memory template for concentration/Jeopardy game

Shawn Parker gave info about SynchronEyes (made by SMART technologies – SMART Board people) No Mac version
A remote desktop application that allows you view and control different computers in the lab. You can also interact with a student and answer questions.
Can also capture their screen if they have an especially good project or are some place they shouldn't be.
The software also has a vote capability so students can respond Yers/No to questions. Has a quiz format so if you use multiple choice or T/F/ you can give quiz and computer scores it. It even has an electronic marker so you can circle on the students screen where a tool, etc. is.

Lower School Video Studio
Michael Mann Lower School Video Studio is being built this summer
  • Design, Create, Inspire - This will not be the daily broadcast.
  • Instead, they plan less frequent, but longer programs that will be burned to DVD on topics like Core Virtue and Chapel Curriculum (weekly or biweekly program)
  • Also, they plan to interconnect with classroom projects take a completed project like states project, video yearbooks, science, story narrations/plays, etc. and convert them to video. The process incorporates hands-on, creative and critical thinking
  • Visual Communicator 3.0 – Adobe/ TT-02 vector-keying instead of chromo keying (was developed by Serious Magic but has been purchased by Adobe) takes graphics, green screen, video graphic, teleprompter, etc, are in the software
  • Costs about $450

ELMO TT02 – digital scanner/microscope connector comes with software ($625). SBC has them http://www.elmousa.com/presentation/TT02/index.htm

Curriculum K-12 - Deborah
  • K-4 – meet once a week 45 min for 1-4
  • 5th and 6th – semester class that is mandatory
  • 7th and 8th no formal technology class. Include tech skills and activities in course assignments. Students take a tech test at end of 8th grade to make sure they have the basic skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) if they don't pass, they are encouraged to take the summer tech course. They also have to pass a typing test (20 WPM at 90% accuracy)
  • 9th-12th grade Elective Classes
    • Office - moving to Office 2007 in the fall
    • Web Design - using Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash
    • Fundamentals of Programming - using LEGOS and Alice
    • Intro to Java - mulitmedia based course - edit sounds, pictures, and movies using Java
    • AP Computer science

We have a Scope and Sequence of student skills K - 12 on a Spreadsheet. We will share this information with anyone who wants to see it. Just email Carol Horner. chorner@wesleyanschool.org At each level, course is marked if skill is: Introduced / Explored / Mastered / Maintain mastery

Technology Directors discussed several subscription based tools that the Wesleyan IT staff uses.

February 2007: Woodward Academy

The February 2007 AATE meeting was held at Woodward Academy. The meeting theme was Web 2.0.

Stephen Rahn, an instructional technology specialist from the Kessesaw State ETTC, gave a presentation on RSS for Educators.
To view his presentation, go to: http://www.thinkfree.com/ Click the Doc Exchange button. Search for Rahn. The file is named rss2.ppt

Amy Marler from HIES has shared these RSS notes:
  • RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary
  • Web feed formats for publishing frequently updated digital content, such as blogs, news feeds or podcasts.
  • RSS formats are specified in XML and are called an "RSS feed," "webfeed," "RSS stream," or "RSS channel."
  • Users of RSS content use programs called feed 'readers' or 'aggregators' to share new/updated content.
  • The reader/aggregator can then check the user's subscribed feeds to retrieve new content.

Shelley Paul from Woodward Academy provided an overview of several Web 2.0 tools for schools.
The links for Shelley Paul's presentation on Cool Web 2.0 Tools for Schools:

Additional resources mentioned in the meeting:

December 2006 - The Galloway School

The December 2006 meeting was hosted by the Galloway School in McKerrow Conference Room in the Chaddick Fine Arts Building.

The agenda was as follows.

11:00 - 11:15: Welcome and AATE business - Peggy Pullen

11:15 - 12:15: Session One (Choose one)

Option #1 - Galloway's IT Infrastructure Past and Present & First Class as a Communications Platform
Josh Weeman, Director of Technology (Adv. Tech Lab)
  1. Intro and Brief History of IT Infrastructure at Galloway: What platforms we use, what software we run, what services we subscribe to, how we operate.
  2. The fundamentals of our FC setup...how we have parents and students online, how they are internal accounts only and segmented from the outside world, how we do not allow email forwarding, etc. How we are using the system as a "virtual classroom" and how the students are designing web pages within it.

Option #2 - Galloway's Evolving Experience with Robotics - Sharen Kilpatrick (EL), Mark Gerl, and Henry DeGrazia (UL) (McKerrow)
The use of robotics at Galloway is evolving from its beginning in Upper Learning to the addition of this dynamic equipment in current offerings for students in both Middle Learning and Early Learning. Nine and ten-year-old students will share one of their projects using the Lego Mindstorms NXT equipment.

12:15 - 1:00: Lunch and Discussion - Peggy Pullen (McKerrow)

1:00 - 2:00: Session Two

Option #1 - Upper Learning Multimedia Curriculum and Adv. Tech. Lab Showcase - Jeanne Anne and Josh (Adv. Tech Lab)
Examples of student films using FinalCutPro, Motion, LiveType, and Soundtrack Pro will be shared. There will also be examples of music by students who used SoundtrackPro and Garage Band as well as graphic design work completed in Photoshop and Illustrator.

Option #2 - Middle Learning Multimedia Curriculum and FC as a classroom web platform - Peter (ML Lab)
An overview of how we at Galloway have incorporated features of the First Class communications system into the middle school curriculum including webpage building, book talk conferences and podcasts.

September 2006 - Epstein School

Peggy thanked Epstein for hosting us. Carol gave the treasurer’s report and noted that we have sufficient funds in the treasury to pay for a special speaker if any school has one they wish to recommend.

Sam Little, Cottage School, volunteered to cover for Jo Ray and take minutes if she can't attend a meeting.

Peggy talked to members about Nettrekker and handed out information on a free trial that has been set up for AATE members. Please email Peggy or Jo Ray if you’d like the username and password for this free trial. The trial offer expires October 20. Nettrekker has levels for Lower, Middle and Upper schools. You can save all your searches in Nettrekker and access them from home. Each student has his/her own account. Licensing is by site, not user. Contact person is Thomas P. Bain. tbain@nettrekker.com The website is www.netTrekker.com.

OneSearch (through Destiny) is the library and reference subscription database used by Epstein. It incorporates their card catalog and the online resources to which the school subscribes.

BrainPop is good for younger children. BrainPop Jr for K-3 has just been released.

Tour of three different areas at Epstein
Lab - AB Tutor Control – (http://www.abconsulting.com - Andy Bray, British owner) This software has all the functionality of Net OP at a fraction of the price. There is no charge per student station. $280 for one controller station. $150 each for 10 or more. The controller can select one, all, or an assortment of computers to control. You can log on and off all students. You can lock screens and keyboards, monitor multiple computer screens at one time, can display the software that's on your monitor on the computers you're monitoring. You can also display/project work on a students computer (to show a good example of a poem, design, etc. to the class) You can set up chats or messaging with users. You can launch software and web addresses on all the computers. You can set up policies for a class so that they can't access certain websites during class. The software allows you to set up different classrooms/groups. The deployment program (for both the student and controller parts) is only 8MB. The company provides great support.

Server room
The school has approximately 300 desktop , 50 laptops in two COWs (computer on wheels laptop carts) and 10 servers. For ghosting, they use WIN 2003 remote install with Pixie. Most of the computers are Dells. They currently use Blackbaud but are converting to Senior Systems. Their latest machines are Dell GX520 with 1 GB of RAM, dual core, Vista compliant, and 19" flat screen monitors.

Video Studio
Epstein has a video studio from which students in this elective course broadcast a weekly TV school news program. The students only have an hour to prepare for the 5 minute broadcast. The studio has green screen walls that allow the students to project a background setting for their production. The include school video clips (which they've dubbed over) in their production. They use a Tricaster to do video editing, including subtitles. Two students work on this station. Another computer and student handle Photoshop for the production. The teleprompter is run by a third student. There are also two student directors, a reporter, and a sound person.

How do you handle help request? Some schools have an email account called Help Desk.

Epstein showed some of the student projects they have done in the past year.
  • 6th grade Unit on China - learned about proverbs. Student chose a proverb and had to express the proverb in a photos. Used this to learn digital photography and Photoshop. Had to incorporate at least 4 photos (of them acting out proverb with props if they wished) into a collage.
  • 6th grade English - Silent Boy, Holes, Things, Not Seen, etc. Each class created a screen play. In computer class, they learned how to create a video, video editing, add music, titles, filters, etc. Burned a CD with all the projects and gave to the classes.
  • 2nd grade - Sea Creature project done in the classroom – researched and then put into PowerPoints

Matt - They make the online resources page the intranet home page.

Whipple Hill did Epstein’s secure website. It has Push Pages (pages you can push out that has the look and feel of the website.) Lets you know if people have opened the email-push page.

All MS teachers have their own HW page. They can do it in Word and post it and any links they want. Editing is really easy. It can be difficult to import and export student schedules if you use PowerSchool. Great SV capability. Integrates with Blackbaud, Senior Systems. Marist has been using Whipple Hill and Lakeview has just purchased it. You can bring the whole package in house and do your own maintenance if you want. Whipple provides Registrar, Scheduling, adding other modules like Admission (January) and other modules to make a complete enterprise wide modules and functionality. Downside is the calendar. Can only import it in once. Doesn’t do credit card computations yet. Paideia is going to use SilverPoint.

COW – computer on wheels – 25 laptops on cart to be used in classrooms. Epstein has two.

Lakeview uses Moodle. Paideia and Pace use First Class. Epstein uses NiceNet as a discussion board for MS students.
NiceNet is free and has no advertising. Teachers post a questions and kids discuss it. Kids can see everyone’s ideas. Set up is very easy. You provide a key to the students in the group. You can block students out if the do something inappropriate.
Can use it for class schedules, conferencing,. You can post and see replies, add links, upload documents..
Do need to show students where/how to post.

You can create a class that is limited to just one class or a group of students from several classes.

CDW-G - three of their new products Chuck Chiasson is our local rep. New products for schools.
  1. CDW-G is a Riverdeep supplier now
  2. CDW-G offers a website product similar to Whipple Hill. School Fusion (www. SchoolFusion.com) is the company. Their website provides a demo of the functionality of the software. They work only with schools. Pricing based on size of school and begins at around $5,000. Annual cost starts at about $4,000.
  3. Nova 5000 Barry Berman. The company is the leading provider of data loggers in the world. They have combined a datalogger and computer. It’s a "tweener" product (PDA on steroids.”)

    • It runs Windows CE. The advantage of using Windows CE is it's instant on.
    • The OS is burned into ROM so virus can’t write to it.
    • The Windows CE OS is version 5 and can be update it for free as updates hit the market.
    • If students fiddle with setting, it’s easy to reset.
    • The Nova 500 unit is about 7x10 inches and h as USB slots, speaker, Ethernet port, wireless, video port, touch screen, stylus (or you can just use your finger on the touch screen), soft keyboard, and can connect to regular keyboard.
    • It has a handwriting transcriber to convert handwriting to text.
    • It includes Office Suite equivalent software: TextMaker is the WP program that looks and operates like Word. Also includes an Excel-like and compatible spreadsheet program, a presentation software like PowerPoint and Inspiration.
    • It has a graphing calculator program with easy to do plots and graphs. It also has a regular/scientific calculators.
    • It includes a pdf. viewer and it will play video using Windows Media Player.
    • It includes a remote desktop connection that lets you use the 500 as a thin client. Just add IP address of the computer from which you want to run a program.
    • You can use it with Novell and Citrix.
    • The data logger part will read Vernier light, distance, and other probes.
    • Data analysis program is also included.
    • It runs on 4 AA rechargeable batteries and lasts about 4 hours.
    • The cost, including all the software is around $600.
    • Since it's made with football helmet plastic, it's pretty durable.
    • Like a laptop, the weak point is the screen, otherwise will survive the 30ft drop test.