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Volume 6, Issue 13
July 2010
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Features for Teachers, packed full of tips, techniques, and ideas for educators of all students in all levels. 

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What's New @ StarTeaching   Alternative Audio Creation to GarageBand   Reader Response:
Ask Dr. Manute
NEW! Tony Vincent's Blog: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Issues For Schools Some Practical Tips While Teaching in Secondary Classes Themes on Life: 
"The Starfish"
NEW! Science Activities for Any Setting   10 Days of Writing Prompts   10 Days of Math Problems
School Features:
School Discipline (part 2)
New Teacher's Niche:
My Philosophy of Education
Student Teachers' Lounge:
Preparing For The Job Market: Where To Find That Job (part 2)
Book of the Month Club:
A Passion For The Past: Creative Teaching of US History
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Soundation: Create Music On The Web
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iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch Issues For Schools

By Tony Vincent

Learning in Hand is an educator's resource for using some of the coolest technologies with students.Tony Vincent

Learning in Hand is written by Tony Vincent. Tony taught fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska for six years, and three of those years his students were pioneers in educational handheld computing. Then, as technology specialist at Willowdale Elementary, Tony brought the newest technologies into classrooms. Whether it was digital video, blogs, email, podcasts, or handhelds, Tony helped Willowdale teachers and students understand the usefulness of new technologies. Currently, Tony is self-employed as an education consultant. He conducts workshops, presents at conferences, and writes books based on his teaching experiences and passion for new technologies.

Always excited to share, Tony has documented much of what he knows about handheld computing and podcasting on his website, learninginhand.com. There you'll find useful software collections, the best webs links for handhelds, complete lesson plans, and an informative blog.

Tony is a teacher who wants to make education effective, relevant, and fun. He knows handhelds are small computers that can make a big difference in classrooms! He hopes Learning in Hand inspires and motivates teachers to use technology that students crave.

Apple's handhelds are finding their way into more and more classrooms. But, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are certainly not perfect. In fact, there are some issues that are annoying and some that are potential deal-breakers. Some issues have work-arounds while others do not at this time.

Web Filtering
When handhelds are connected to a school's filtered Wi-Fi network, the internet is filtered on the device. That means if a site is blocked at school on a desktop computer, that site is also blocked on iPad and iPod touch. But what about when the handheld is used places other than school? Homes (and schools) without network-level filters can use OpenDNS as a web filter. OpenDNS is free and filters everything on a Wi-Fi network when its settings are applied to a router. Besides network filtering, Safe Eyes Mobile ($19.99) and Mobicip ($4.99) are apps that give teachers and parents control over web content by installing an alternative browser. For an alternative browser to be effective, Safari has to be set to Off in Settings > General > Restrictions.

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Wi-Fi Authentication
Certain school Wi-Fi networks cannot authenticate Apple's handhelds. I don't know enough about networking to tell you what kind of networks do not allow authentication, but I've received emails from educators struggling to get iPod touch authenticated and stay authenticated at school. An iPod touch or iPad becomes a lot less useful when it cannot access the internet. Before purchasing devices, be sure to test one to be sure it works properly with your network.

Projecting the Screen
When showing a group how to use a handheld or when a student wants to show what they've done, it would be nice to connect to a projector. While there are video adapters for iPhone and iPod, they only project movies and photos--they cannot mirror what you see on the devices' screens. iPad has a VGA adapter, but it is very limited in what it outputs. The best solution is to point a document camera at the device. Read my post about using a USB camera for showing a handheld's screen. If you already have a document camera, then you already have a way to project the screen. Video from USB and document cameras will show up on an interactive whiteboard, but you won't be able to control the handheld from the whiteboard.

iPod touch's onscreen keyboard is not the best for typing more than a couple paragraphs. While there are wireless and attachable keyboards available for iPad, currently there are no good solutions for using external keyboards with iPod touch. Hopefully with the upcoming iPhone 4.0 software update, iPhones and iPod touches can use external and Bluetooth keyboards.

PrinterPrinting is not a feature supported by Apple on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Apple expects you to sync or email what you need printed to a desktop computer. In a classroom it would be much easier to bypass the desktop and print directly from the handheld. There are many apps designed for printing. These apps require the printer to be networked or require a helper application to run on the desktop computer connected to the printer. Printing apps are limited in what they actually let you print and I've found them to be buggy. So what if you can't print--take the opportunity to go paperless.

Flash & Online Editors
It's a widely known fact that websites that contain Flash content do not work on Apple's handhelds. Another annoyance is that many online text editing fields do not work on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This means that you cannot compose a blog post, work on a Google Doc, or edit a wiki page in the Safari browser. There are apps available for posting to blogs and working with Google Docs, but it would be so much better to interact with blogs, Docs, and wikis in the same way we do on desktops. If you really want to have a full desktop web experience on an Apple handheld, download the free CloudBrowse app. With CloudBrowse, you can edit blogs, docs, and wikis. You can also visit and use Flash-based websites like Starfall and TeacherTube. CloudBrowse actually displays the video and sound from a virtual desktop web browser. Just be aware that there may be security concerns when logging into sites with CloudBrowse and that content accessed through CloudBrowse is not filtered.

Simultaneous Syncing
Windows computers do not do well with simultaneously syncing multiple iPods (and neither do Macs for that matter). Apparently this is because the USB port on most Windows machines do not have high power capacity USB ports that newer Macintoshes have. You can use a Windows computer with syncing hubs, carts, and cases--just plug them in about 5 at a time. Let the 5 sync, then plug in the next 5, wait for them to sync, and then the next 5, until all are plugged in and charging. Unless it's the very first sync or you are adding gigabytes of audio and video, syncing takes just a couple minutes.

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Moving Icons & Deleting Apps
Move IconsHolding down the Home button makes the Home screen icons wiggle. While wiggling, icons can be moved to and from the dock and between Home pages. When wiggling, Xs appear in the corners of the icons. When touches, that X deletes the app from the device. There is not way to lock down icons. Some classrooms are having issues with students moving icons and deleting apps. Whether this is done accidentally or maliciously, it can be a problem, particularly for class sets that are shared among students. Tracking which students use which devices can help reduce malicious app deleting if you have clear consequences for mistreatment of equipment.

Restricting App Installation
Schools typically want complete control over what apps are loaded on a class set of iPod touches. You would think the solution could be to go into Settings > General > Restrictions and turn off the option for Installing Apps. The problem with restricting app installation is that it prevents installing of apps through syncing in addition to Wi-Fi. So with the restriction on, a teacher would have to change that setting on each and every iPod in order to install any new apps and then enable the restriction after syncing. Instead of restricting app installation, a better solution is to just not give students the iTunes password. That password is required before downloading apps from the App Store.

Account Password Loophole
Leave it to students to find a workaround! Yes, you need a password to download from the App Store on iPod touch and iPad--but, there is a loophole. Students can go to Settings > Store and tap Sign Out. They can then sign into their own account and download apps using their own password. A solution would be to enable the Installing Apps restriction, but like I wrote above, that is a pain and is very cumbersome when you do want to install apps. Again, I think the current solution for this is to have consequences for misuse instead of locking down the devices.

iTunes Account Sign Out and In

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Each of these modules runs at three different levels, from easy to difficult.

At each level, the individual's performance is depicted as Scores Obtained.

A feedback has been built into the software for all these 18 levels depending on the marks one scores during the test. 

Each individual can assess his/her performance any time by clicking on "history", which gives complete details of date and time of taking the tests, marks scored each time and even time taken to do the test. This builds the confidence level and encourages more participation to eventually culminate in improvement and enhancement of memory and concentration.

Essentially, this software is a SELF AWARENESS tool that surely motivates the individual to realize one's capability and seek or be receptive for improvement. Also, if repeatedly done over a period of time works as Training tool to enhance their capability.
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Preparing To Enter The Job Market: 
Where To Find That Job -

By Dr. Peter Manute., Educational Consultant

This article is a second in the sequence of Job Finding articles and will focus on planning and preparation.

The key ingredient in any endeavor is being adequately prepared. In other words develop an action plan. A properly developed plan will help you stay organized and can help deal effectively with a crisis or unforeseen situation.
Chances are you have already invested an enormous amount of money in your education. Now, you are taking the next step – expanding your investment to the next level. Once you sign your contract your investment will begin to pay big dividends!

First and foremost, quality time and energy needs to be available to collect and prepare the necessary and appropriate materials that will comprise your professional portfolio. It is amazing how much time this actually takes. The next article in this series will focus on the make-up of your portfolio.

Secondly, knowledge of where jobs are is vital. There are many excellent sources including College and University Placement Offices that publish weekly bulletins that are also available on line. There usually is a charge for these services, around $25.00. There are other sources as you will discover including personal contacts. A good idea is to begin a data base of contacts.

Once you have your materials ready and have actually applied, you will need to be flexible. Openings can occur at any time, even during the school year and often a week before school actually begins. Usually jobs come in waves. Around January and February, retirements are announced and districts begin to plan for the next year. Budgets are developed and positions become available. Job Fairs take place in the spring and provide an excellent opportunity to develop contacts and practice interviewing skills. Many of those contacts lead to jobs immediately or later on. Don’t be discouraged about the long lines; be ready when it’s your turn.

After the first wave of jobs are filled come the summer openings. Some districts, due to budget constraints, won’t know their financial situation until June or July. In some cases, these schools may choose not to replace retiring teachers in an attempt to save money. And, as stated earlier, some districts won’t be able to make a decision on hiring until August. Don’t get discouraged if you are not selected immediately. In many cases you will send out many letters only to receive a rejection letter in reply. The same holds true after an interview when you wait patiently by the telephone or mailbox. In most instances if you make it past the first round of interviews (usually there will be at least 2 and more often 3) you will be called immediately. 

Schools involved in the hiring process usually want to get it completed thoroughly and in a timely manner. During your interview you will be told (if not, it is a good question to ask) about the district’s timelines.

If not contacted within couple of days by telephone, chances are you will not be included in the second round and will be notified by mail. There are some districts, though few who don’t respond at all. Don’t despair, the contacts you made during your interview can actually lead to other jobs even in the same school!

Part of being flexible means when you get your call you are able to travel. This may involve taking time off work and you will need to have adequate resources. These include transportation, travel money, clothing and other incidentals. Keep in mind these are expenses that are going to be necessary to launch your professional career and will pay off.

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Alternative Audio Creation to GarageBand 

By Mark Benn
Middle School Teacher

Mark Benn teaches math and ELA at Inland Lakes Middle School in Indian River, MI. He completed his Masters of Science from Full Sail University on June 4, 2010. He is the educational/ technology writer for an online newletter called “Star Teaching”. He can be reached via email at mackinacfurtrader@gmail.com.

Have you ever wanted to make audio backgrounds for movies, presentations or just music, but didn’t have a Mac. Therefore, you don’t have Garageband. Web 2.0 continues to expand with more and more great websites for use. This is the first of a series of short articles on different websites that offer tools that can easily be used in the classroom. And best of all, they are free unless you want to upgrade or expand. Today’s website is: www.soundation.com

Take a look at a brief overview, and then head for the website. Enjoy!

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  StarTeaching Feature Writer

Some Practical Tips While Teaching in Secondary Classes

By Yasmeen Jumani


Yasmeen Jumani has been a teacher Educator for the past 11 years.  She has done her Masters in Islamic History from the University of Karachi.  She has a Master in Education from Hamdard University, Institute of Education and Social Sciences, A VT certificate from AKU-IED along with an advance diploma in (PTEP) Professional Teacher Education Program from IIS and AKU- IED.

Being a teacher, I know it is very important to engage students in learning at all stages. However, many students' attention have a limited span especially in the secondary classes; they fed up and get bored quickly comparative to those in other age levels. It has also verified that after 8 minutes of constant speaking, listeners can be  frustrated to stay alert until the end.  Therefore, it is very important for teachers of all levels to enhance students retention power as much as possible because low energy levels won’t allow students to take interest in teaching, learning, and performing tasks effectively.

A passionate teacher always keeps this in mind that children of any age require fulltime engagement. This can be done through various means by bringing innovative teaching strategies into the classroom. As Christensen, Garvin & Sweet mentioned, “To teach is to engage students in Learning.”  However, the engagement of students is possible in various ways. Thus there should be some way forward to keep our classes lively and interactive.  The following are some of the practical “Tips” where teachers could help their students to enjoy learning:

  1. It is healthier to start our class with a ' Recap' activity; this would help learners to link with the learned concept as a “reinforcement”
  2. It would be more appropriate to highlight key terminologies on the board with some visual designs. As a result, students could learn that piece of information with some sort of symbols up visually for a longer time.
  3. Often, front- seated students get more of the teacher's attention, while those sitting in the back have less of a chance to get the teacher’s eye contact.  Therefore, seating arrangements should keep on changing accordingly.
  4. It would be more appropriate to relate ideas with student’s practical life where they can find suitable and meaningful connections and relate learning with practicality.
  5. Whatever discussions or information is shared among students in a class by teachers, we can instruct students to describe learning  in their own words, pictures, rhyme, poems, or in some way related with any metaphor.
  6. While distributing notes, or marking answers from the book, if the teacher just highlights the key points, that will also enable students to relate and recall some on the major points.
  7. Taking notes is also a good strategy to remember about the class events; therefore encourage students to take notes.
  8. Once a while the teacher can give several topics to the class and instruct them to work in groups/pairs and present information in their own words (this will  be the greatest help for them) 
  9. The teacher’s own motivation and enthusiasm can play significant role.
  10. Often it seems that teachers assign a task after delivering the lecture. If this proposed assignment can be mentioned before initiating the lecture, I believe students would pay most of their attention throughout class, knowing they have to perform their role after the session.
  11.  As teachers, it’s necessary to keep on changing our strategies as needed, because monotonous ways don’t attract learners; hence we should also look for new methods and strategies in regard to pedagogical aspect (how to deliver the content).
  12. After the end of the session/lesson, teachers may ask students about “the learning of today” which will help them to recall and rethink.
  13.  If two- way communications take place, student’s retention and interaction power can be increased easily.  



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School Discipline
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Current Theories and Practice in Discipline

There are a number of theories to form a comprehensive discipline strategy for an entire school or a particular class. Consequently, the following theories may be of use to superintendents, principals, deans of discipline, and instructors: reality therapy, positive approach, effectiveness training, transactional analysis, assertive discipline, and Adlerian approaches.

William Glasser's Reality Therapy involves teachers helping students make positive choices by making clear the connection between student behavior and consequences. Class meetings, clearly communicated rules, and the use of plans and contracts are featured. Researchers have noted modest improvements as the result of this approach.

Positive Approach is based on Glasser's Reality Therapy and is grounded in teachers' respect for students and instilling in them a sense of responsibility. Program components include developing and sharing clear rules, providing daily opportunities for success, and administering in-school suspension for noncompliant students. Research is generally supportive of the PAD program.

The Teacher Effectiveness Training philosophy differentiates between teacher-owned and student-owned problems and proposes different strategies for dealing with each. Students are taught problem-solving and negotiation techniques. Researchers find that teachers like the program and that their behavior is influenced by it, but effects on student behavior are unclear.

Within the context of counseling programs, students with behavior problems use terminology and exercises from Transactional Analysis to identify issues and make changes. The notion that each person's psyche includes child, adult, and parent components is basic to the TA philosophy. Such research as has been conducted has found the TA counseling approach beneficial.

First publicized and marketed in 1976 by developer Lee Canter, Assertive Discipline is a well-respected and widely used program. According to Render, Padilla, and Krank, over half a million teachers have received AD training (1989). AD focuses on the right of the teacher to define and enforce standards for student behavior. Clear expectations, rules, and a penalty system with increasingly serious sanctions are major features. Some research is supportive, but most is inconclusive about the effectiveness of the AD approach.

Named for psychiatrist Alfred Adler, "Adlerian approaches" is an umbrella term for a variety of methods which emphasize understanding the individual's reasons for maladaptive behavior and helping misbehaving students to alter their behavior, while at the same time finding ways to get their needs met. These approaches have shown some positive effects on self-concept, attitudes, and locus of control, but effects on behavior are inconclusive.

Regardless of the specific strategy used, all strategies are dependent upon clear lines of communication. Many of the strategies are best used between educators who have a working relationship with the subject. This being the case, many schools are moving to build educational systems that require relationship-building. The small schools movement and the rigor, relevance, and relationship construct utilize relationships as a fundamental tenant, thereby demonstrating the validity of requiring healthy relationships within educational systems.

Part 3 will focus on both historical and modern examples of school discipline


Article courtesy of K12Academics.com




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Part mystery, part science fiction, Year of the Dogman is an imaginative, compelling, and adrenaline-pumping adventure. Author Frank Holes, Jr. takes no prisoners in creating a diabolical creature that leaves the forest to prey on the hapless hamlet of Twin Lakes in Northern Michigan . When night falls, the nocturnal beast, Dogman, scares the living daylights out of anyone he happens upon as he searches for a timeless treasure stolen from a Native American tribe. In the midst of the chaos, a young teacher is forced to put two and two together no matter how high the cost to rid the village of the treacherous man-beast who thrives on destruction and terror.   In The Haunting of Sigma, Frank Holes, Jr. returns fans of the legendary Dogman to the wild world of cryptozoology in Northern Michigan .  This darker, far more sinister prequel to Holes’s first novel fully establishes his hold upon the imaginations of readers all over the Midwest .  June 1987 ushers in the hot, dry summer season, but something else far more horrifying has taken up residence in the deep wilderness in Kalkaska County .  The Dogman, a supernatural combination of canine and man, has returned to wreck havoc upon the tiny, sleepy community of Sigma. Michigan ’s legendary Dogman returns in Nagual: Dawn of the Dogmen by Frank Holes, Jr.  The third book in the series is a masterful blend of fantasy and folklore, delving into the pre-dawn history of the mysterious creature and then rushing forward to the present day.  The supernatural beast is seen from two fronts.  The first encounter, part of a 1700s French fur-trader’s dream, chronicles the cultural clash between the indigenous, prehistoric civilizations and the Nagual, the half-man, half-canine skin-walkers, a clash where only one side can survive.   Based upon the epic Greek tale of The Odyssey, yet set in the American Wild West, The Longquist Adventures: Western Odyssey chronicles the journey of a young boy and his guide through a perilous world of dangerous encounters and fantastic creatures.  It is a world of gun fights at high noon, stampedes on the great plains, stagecoach robbery, and an ultimate showdown with a ruthless, powerful gangster aboard a turn-of-the-century paddlewheel in the San Francisco Bay.  Can the time-traveling boy and the law-abiding Marshal restore order to the chaos of the American West gone truly wild?

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My Philosophy of Education

Linda Fineout is a teacher-to-be, having completed the teacher education program at Spring Arbor University.  This was adapted from her appreciation of Dr. Seuss' Oh The Places You'll Go.


The things that you are, the things you can be 
These all shape my Philosophy! 

I love these kids, I love to teach 
It’s their mind and spirit I want to reach. 

Learning is fun, fabulous, and great! 
All these kids – they’re all first rate! 

Co-operative groups, Centers and such – 
Oh, we will learn ever so much! 

To read, to read, is a wonderful thing 
What knowledge and power, reading will bring! 

What is it, these children need to do? 
Dear Parents, let them read to you. 

Vision and imagination, set it free 
Let them be whatever they want to be! 

Positive thinking is the rule for the day 
I will listen to kids and all that they say. 

I will not allow fighting, bickering and such 
Teamwork, together, we’ll accomplish so much! 

I’ll strengthen their strengths and let them be strong, 
I’ll teach them values, and right from wrong. 

I’ll model for kids what I want them to do 
But I’ll be open to ideas that are brand spankin’ new! 

Kids are special! I must nurture them so 
Support, security, safety, they’ll know! 

I’ll have fun with my kids, but challenge them too 
So they’ll be motivated and self-confident in all that they do. 

Out of the box thinking, that’s what I love! 
Over and under and way up above! 

I’ll soar with my students, you come and see – 
See what my students will grow up to be! 

Responsible, caring, and oh so smart 
My kids and I, we’ll do our part 

Technology, writing, yes even math 
Lifelong learners, we’ll be, come follow our path! 

I will love them and guide them and then set them free! 
To grow up, take flight and you will see 

The best, the most fabulous adult they can be 
What a wonderful present from you to me!

Copyright 2005, Linda Fineout...Used with Permission


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"The Starfish"
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Themes on Life

An old classic about the importance of 'ONE'

Once a man was walking along a beach. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf's edge and and the beach. Back and forth this person went. As the man approached, he could see that there were hundreds of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide.

The man was stuck by the the apparent futility of the task. There were far too many starfish. Many of them were sure to perish. As he approached, the person continued the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf.

As he came up to the person, he said: "You must be crazy. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." The person looked at the man. He then stooped down and pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean. He turned back to the man and said: "It sure made a difference to that one!"


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Day 1 How many minutes is 2 hours 40 minutes?
Day 2 How many minutes is 3 hours 32 minutes?
Day 3 How many minutes is 7 hours 15 minutes?
Day 4 How many minutes is 1 hour 49 minutes?
Day 5 How many SECONDS are in 2 minutes?
Day 6 How many SECONDS are in 8 minutes?
Day 7 How many SECONDS are in 1 minute 15 seconds?
Day 8 How many SECONDS are in 3 minutes 22 seconds?
Day 9 How many SECONDS are in 1 hour?
Day 10 How many SECONDS are in 5 hours?


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