Thursday, February 18, 2010

Research Wordle

To all 7 & 8 Grade Learning Communities.

I would like to make a Wordle of your Research by Community.
Could you take a minute to enter some information in this form.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

School Board Presentation

Educators (Ms. deLaBruere, Ms. Schapp, and Ms. Kogan) and students (Emily and Gina) presented the annual tech update to the school board on Thursday, November 12.
You can view the full presentation including Speakers Notes (press the button labeled Action at the button of each slide.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

We're Moving

We will be moving the St. Albans City School Tech News to a new location and creating a new look using Google Sites. It will include information from the Tech Department including Friday Five and Tech Thursday resources.

Click here to go to the new Tech Site.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Learning to Keyboard

Keyboarding is a necessary skill to succeed in today's high tech world. In the next few weeks, all fourth graders will be working on their keyboarding skills.
Let's start with reviewing what you learned in third grade about keyboarding.

Then we'll look at two places you can go to work on your skills from any computer that has Internet access.

1) To take a quick keyboarding test and see how fast and accurate you are go to:
and try a 1 minute test. Change the test to an easy one like Aesop's Fable if you want.

2. If you want to work on learning the keys, try this free site.
But first let's review some important skills for today's TECHSAVVY student.
  • Don't register for any websites without your parent's permission.
  • Don't provide personal information if you do register.
  • Read the prompts carefully. Figure out what is an Advertisement and what is important information.
  • Never let the computer remember your password.
  • Never tell your password to anyone except your parents.
  • Don't click on Pop-up ads. Many websites today can harm your computer with viruses or "malware".


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Grade 7 & 8 Teachers Get Tech Savvy

A Team of teachers from the Grades 7 & 8 Learning Communities are starting their summers by upgrading their tech skills in preparation for next year's restructuring.

Check out their hard work at

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Using Flip Videos in Primary Grades

Literacy coach, Ms. Greenfield, will be presenting her work with Partner Reading in Primary Grades at Dynamic Landscape at Champlain College on May 14, 2009.


Friday, January 30, 2009

Technology helps students participate in historic event

The countdown towards a historic event in our country’s history created quite a buzz at St. Albans City School. In an age where technology brings you instant access to view world events, expectations ran high that students and staff would not only have the opportunity to view the first African American be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, but also participate in some of the events that surrounded the day.

While classroom teachers prepared their students with lessons on history, government and the Constitution, the school librarians and the technology staff teamed up to make sure that everyone had a place to gather and watch the Inaugural Events.Mr. Lyndes, the school network administrator, estimated the amount of Internet bandwidth that would be required for each computer to stream the video from the many available websites, then calculated how many computers the school’s Internet connectivity could successfully handle.

Ms. DeLaBruere, the school educational technology specialist, set up locations with computers, speakers, screens and projectors for groups to gather and view the event using the school’s Internet system in the gym, cafeteria, and two classrooms.Librarians, Ms.Wade and Ms. Lang, tested the school’s cable system and located enough televisions and live cable connections to set up certain classrooms to act as hosts viewing stations. They also worked with Mr. Pelkey to turn the center of the school from a library to a large group viewing center, equipped extra chairs, patriotic decorations and a large projector screen displaying a local cable feed of the Inauguration activities.

Even the cafeteria staff contributed by supervising extra equipment in the midst of a busy lunchroom to allow students scheduled for lunch to watch the President take the oath at high noon.After the oath, some classes continued to watch some of the afternoon events, while others participated in debriefing activities.

While attendees in Washington DC were aiming their cell phones to capture photos and videos of the events, City school students were using the Internet to post comments using an educational tool called Voice Thread, where students can add their voice or text comments to reflection questions.
Click here to see the online version of this VoiceThread.

Older students participated in free write activities that allowed them to express their thoughts and feelings, while some of the younger students passed around Flip Video cameras to capture their ideas. The school website hosts some initial pictures, videos, and the Educational Voice Thread activity of this historic event; while additional videos are being prepared by students to be hosted in City School’s lobby kiosk.