Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yahoo! To Fund Classroom Projects

By Joshua Bolkan08/29/11

Yahoo! has partnered with to launch a program, Homepages for Homerooms, designed to help fund classrooms and teachers.

To be eligible, teachers must post a project on Other participants can then vote for projects by visiting, choosing the project they like, and clicking the vote button, which will make their homepage. The projects can be searched by location, subject, or grade level, and can also be found by entering a project ID number.

Each week, Yahoo! will donate $25,000, or up to $600 each, to the projects that receive the most votes. Posting projects and voting on them are both free.
Supporters can also earn votes for their projects by correctly answering weekly trivia questions.

The program ends October 16. is an online charity organization that focuses on funding classroom projects. " Requests [for funding] range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class," according to information on the organizations Web site. To support projects through, users find a project they care about and donate as little or as much as they want. Once the project's funding goal has been reached, delivers the resources.

More information is available at and

Ten Tips for Using your iPad

Here’s a great article from Tech & Learning about the iPad….
Top 10 iPad Tips & Tricks by David Kapuler
Having recently received an iPad and joined the iOS game, I decided to do some research on ins and outs of this device. I discovered that many of the same time-saving tricks that can be done on a Mac can be done on an iPad, too. Here are my top 10 tips for using an iPad:
Reset - Probably the first thing a new user to an iPad is going want to do is learn how to reset their iPad without having to turn it all the way off and on again. To do this, just hold down the power button and home button for a few seconds and the iPad will reset.
Force Quit – This is really simple to do. If a program gets frozen or you want to exit right away, just click on the home button to return to the main screen.
Screen Shot – Something I do on a daily basis as an educator is taking a screen shot on my mac for tutorials and professional development. This can also be done on an iPad by holding down the power button and home button for a second and then releasing. A camera sound will go off as the screen turns white. The screen shot will be stored in photos.
File Transfers – Probably the easiest way to transfer a file from the iPad is simply to click the share button in the upper right and then email the file as an attachment.
Copy and Paste – Just tap and hold down on the text and select copy; go to a new app and then tap and hold down and click paste. To copy a whole paragraph, tap and hold down on a paragraph 4 times to select it all.
Web Scrolling – A real time saver when browsing a web page is the ability to return to the top rather than having to slide your finger over the entire page over and over. Just click back at the title bar to return to the top of the screen.
Dock – You can manage the dock in the iPad in a similar way to to how it’s done on a Mac: Click down on a app until it wiggles and then drag and drop it on the dock.
Wireless Keyboard – I find that typing on an iPad is clunky, to say the least. While it does work for simple browsing or tweeting, it is not ideal for doing blog posts or more detailed work. For that reason, I suggest getting a wireless keyboard (any Bluetooth will do) to facilitate typing.
Deleting – If your iPad tends to fill up with useless applications that you have downloaded, it’s simple to delete them by holding down on top of an app until it starts wiggling and then pressing the x button to delete.
Smart Cover – Probably my favorite cover for the iPad is the smart cover, which not only connects via a magnet, but also puts the iPad to sleep when pulled over the front.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at and read his blog at

PAESMEM Grant - eSchoolNews

$10,000 for excellence in science, mathematics, and engineering mentoring

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Grant

The White House established the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) Program. The Program, administered on behalf of the White House by the National Science Foundation, seeks to identify outstanding individual mentoring efforts or organizational programs designed to enhance the participation and retention of individuals (including persons with disabilities, women and minorities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The awardees serve as exemplars to their colleagues and are leaders in the national effort to develop more fully the nation’s human resources in STEM. Nominations, including self-nominations, for individuals and organizations are invited for the competition for these annual awards.
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Free Classroom Guides and Educational Downloads for 2011

From Edutopia - a great resource site for teachers and home school parents:


Ten Tips for Classroom Management

Learn how to improve student engagement and build a positive climate for learning and discipline for grades K-12.

Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media

Whether you're new to teaching or a classroom veteran, this resource-packed collection of 10 new media tips provides fresh ideas and easy-to-use tools to engage your students and make learning more collaborative. (Updated: 6/14/11)

Summer Rejuvenation Guide

Whether it's reading a good book or starting a new hobby, this resource-packed guide highlights ten fun ways to spend your summer. (Updated: 5/24/11)

Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning

This classroom guide is intended to inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning.

Home-to-School Resource Guide

Get tips, tech tools, and strategies for how to strengthen the bonds between schools, families, and communities.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Need to know how to do something on your Mac? Try MacOSX Hints


For those of you who use Macintosh, this is a great source of information - how to do just about anything you need to on your Mac. Need to show invisible files? These are mostly "under-the-hood" kinds of things you can do from a command line prompt in terminal, so it's not for the novice or the feint-of-heart.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Free eBook - First Look at Office 2010

Wanting to learn Office 2010? Take advantage of this 202 page book, provided free from Microsoft.


14 Chapters:

1 - Welcome to Office 2010
2 - Express Yourself Effectively and Efficiently
3 - Collaborate in the Office and Around the World
4 - Create and Share Compelling Documents with Word 2010
5 - Create Smart Data Insights with Excel 2010
6 - Manage Rich Communications with Outlook 2010
7 - Produce Dynamic Presentations with PowerPoint 2010
8 - Organize, Store, and Share Ideas with OneNote 2010
9 - Collaborate Effectively with SharePoint Workspace 2010
10 - Create Effective Marketing Materials with Publisher 2010
11 - Make Sense of Your Data with Access 2010
12 - Putting It All Together
13 - Security in Office 2010
14 - Training Made Easy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

PowerPoint 2010


This site is dedicated to getting you up to speed with Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. It has both articles and tutorials that are simple, short, and to the point.

Free Tutorial Central


This site is dedicated to presenting free high-quality tutorials in PDF that can be saved and printed. They currently have tutorials available for Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Excel 2003 and Statistical Analysis.