This blog is my attempt to share information with faculty, introducing new apps, websites, or other snippets of information that may be of use to faculty. I am also using it to keep track of projects I'm working on that might be good to reference in the future.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ECO Challenge

ECO Challenge - Make money, while saving the World! and Lexus are sponsering an Eco Challenge for Middle School and High School teams. They are giving away up to $1 million dollars, with the largest prize being $50,000.
Part of the incentive to the kids is a large portion of the money they get to keep.

This may present certain clubs or classes with an opportunity to get money for things they are doing, or as part of the school's sustainability initiative.

The flyers are in Casey Asato's classroom.
You can check out the program details at

Saving Paper

Aloha fellow faculty members:

During the Curriculum/Sustainability meeting today one of the hot topics was the amount of paper we use. One thing we talked about was digitizing handouts so that instead of giving students a hard copy we can just post the file online for them to retrieve, and even if ¾ of them eventually print it out, it does save us some paper.

1) One great tool that we have is the Xerox copier in Cooper House. If you have a hard copy of something, instead of making copies, you can easily have the machine scan it into an Adobe PDF format (which it then emails to you) that we can easily distribute to students via the homework web site. We won’t have to make copies.

2) Another option you have is if you have a computer document, you can make it into a PDF files (by choosing File-Print and choosing “Adobe PDF”, you can easily make a PDF that can be put on the web site.

Most internet users have the ability to read PDF files easily.

3) Lastly, you can print double sided on the printers in the lab/library.

When you go to File-Print you need to choose Properties and under the General tab will be the settings for double sided printer, similar to the picture below.

If you have any questions on how to print in PDF format, or on double-sided printing, please contact me.

If you have any questions on using the Xerox, please talk to Bridget who uses the scanning feature every day!

Friday, October 17, 2008

C-SPAN: Free Resources for Social Studies Teachers

C-SPAN classroom is a free service for educators.
Visit to join.
It has free video clips which you can show in your classroom.

Friday, October 3, 2008

MISO Conference - Podcasting

Okay! For those of you at the conference presentation on Podcasting, here is a PDF file of the Powerpoint presentation and Dr. Kate Ireland's lesson plans.

Thank you for attending.

Open the Slideshow (in pdf format)

Here are the PDF lessons from Dr Kate Ireland.