October 1, 2011
11-12 Issue 1
Inside this Issue
* From the President
* Curriculum Links
* Money Savings
* Tips & Tricks
* Professional Development
* Dates to Remember
President: Stephen Politzer
Vice President: Crystal Jensen
From the President:
Have you ever gone to a conference, attended a speaker session, and said to
yourself, ³I could do that.² Me too! Really, it¹s true. I was one of those
people, the ones saying, ³I could do that.² I felt that I was doing some
interesting things in my classroom with integrating technology, but there
were (are) lots of reasons for being one of those people: not enough
confidence, too scared to get up in front of others, feeling that I wouldn¹t
measure up, not techie enough, no time to put together a presentation,
[UNSERT YOUR REASON HERE]. Does that sound like you? Guess what? You¹re
Some years ago, I realized that normal was.. well.. normal. Back then, the
first Cool Tools had hands-on workshops as well as concurrent sessions. The
concurrent sessions were one-hour times for normal people to share
interesting things they were doing with integrating technology. As a normal
person, I thought, ³I could do that.² Then I said, ³I can do that.² Finally
I decided, ³I will do that!² S and I did. That¹s how I started down this
Now, for a number of years, Cool Tools has had only hands-on workshops.
However, for Cool Tools VIII in January 2012, EBCUE is bringing back
concurrent sessions, and we¹re reaching out to YOU. What interesting things
are you doing with integrating technology? How about the chance to share
with others? The first step is to click the Google form link below and
submit your proposal for a one-hour concurrent session. This is your
opportunity to decide, ³I will do that!²
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL for a one-hour concurrent session BY October 31, 2011:
On another note… CUE acknowledges one teacher each year as its Outstanding
Teacher. The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes a classroom teacher who
has made a noteworthy contribution to educational technology in a classroom
setting. Creating standards-based curriculum using technology is the key
element in this award. Nominees must be classroom teachers and CUE members
in good standing. As an affiliate of CUE, EBCUE selects its own winner and
submits this winner to CUE for consideration as CUE¹s overall winner.
Do you know a teacher who deserves to be EBCUE¹s Outstanding Teacher winner?
Let us know who by submitting his/her name and other information using the
Google form below. For more information on the Outstanding Teacher Award
requirements, visit CUE¹s website at http://www.cue.org/awards/ and scroll
down to the Outstanding Teacher section. At the bottom of the section, you
can also click the Oview rubric¹ link to view the Outstanding Teacher
SUBMIT THE NAME and other information for someone you think deserves to be
EBCUE¹s Outstanding Teacher:
We¹re excited to hear from you on both of these topics!
The Instructables web site provides step-by-step directions on how to make a
variety of items. The topics vary widely but teachers may like: How to play
Mancala, origami paper airlplanes, how to make dice from paper, and create a
Lego clock. Teachers can have students publish step by step How Tos they
eLearning for Kids
E-Learning for Kids is a great place for students to find courses on any
number of subjects. This site is geared towards kids ages 5-12 and the
courses are broken down by subject and grade. These online courses are easy
and fun for the kids to do and cover everything from math to computer
Here¹s a site for creating a clay avatar for you or your students. It¹s a
great site for times when you can¹t use a real photo. The site walks you
through creating a clay avatar of yourself allowing you to create and
customize your facial features. When you¹re done, you can download the image
file for future use.
Free eBooks and Audio Books
Teachers and students can access some of the most popular books for free,
mostly as free audio books and ebooks, and sometimes as movies and radio
dramas. Titles include 1984, Frankenstein, Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a
Mockingbird, and more.
Target¹s Daily Deal
Visit the Target Daily Deal web site to find a variety of items all at a
Tips & Tricks
Top Ten Lists
You may be the person who gets asked a lot of technology-related questions.
If so, then you’ll want to add this your arsenal. This wki collects all the
top lists related to education technology. The Top Ten lists covers images
and clip art, YouTube alternative, screencast applications, quiz creators,
file converters, word cloud creators, and online brainstorming.
Input multiple links (“bunch”) and create a single short URL that takes
people to that bunch. You can describe and revisit a bunch to update it.
Share your bunch for users to comment on or contribute their own links to
the bunch. As the owner, you can control what links are approved. You can
also create your own custom URLs. Use a bunch widget to embed a bunch on
Free online file converter/viewer that supports all kind of documents,
video, audio, images, e-books and archives like Microsoft Word (doc, docx),
PowerPoint (ppt, pptx), Excel (xls, xlsx), Open Office documents (odp, odt,
ods), and many others.
Cool Tools VIII
Mark your calendars for EBCUE¹s Cool Tools VIII on February 11, 2012. Don¹t
forget our new location at Head Royce School in Oakland. This will be a Cool
Tools you will not want to miss! More information to come.
Looking for free technology professional development? Check out MyCTAP! at
the California Technology Assistance Project¹s website. Click on the
Professional Development tab and select from Live Online Workshops, CTAP
Technology Tutorials, Technology Quick Guides, and more.
Digital Citizenship Awareness Webinars
These webinars are available at no cost to you through a partnership with
Contra Costa County Office of Education, AT&T and CTAP. Teachers, teacher
leaders and administrators who are interested in learning more about the
different aspects of Digital Citizenship are invited to participate from the
comfort of their computer. Topics covered include: Digital Dramatics,
Digital Duplication, Digital Tattoo, Digital Identities and Digital
Learners. Each webinar is 45 minutes and is accompanied by a listing of
resources and tools that teachers can use with their students and
administrators use with their staff. Registration is required.
Fall CUE Conference – Oct. 28 & 29
Educators, technology coordinators, administrators and those who are looking
to see how technology can support student achievement should attend this
conference! Many sessions and exhibits will be of special value to those
involved in Title I, School Improvement Program, Eisenhower Program, Data
and Assessment, Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), English
Language Development (ELD), Special Needs, and GATE. Over 100 sessions to
choose from. Register Now!
Simple K-12 Webinars
The Simple K-12 Webinar is a great way to learn some new technology skills
and practices. Free, after-school webinars walk you through a variety of
topics all related to integrating technology into teaching and learning.
There is no cost to participate. Upcoming webinar topics include: The
Flipped Classroom, Using Your iPad to Break Free, 30 Tools in 50 Minutes,
Digital Storytelling on the iPad
Dates to Remember
EBCUE Cool Tools VIII
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Head Royce School, Oakland
Fall CUE Conference
October 28 & 29, 2011
American Canyon High School
March 15-17, 2012
Palm Springs Convention Center
Do you know of an event, program or information that would be of
interest to EBCUE members? We would like to help you get the word out.
submit all information in electronic form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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