Release Of Our Help Desk Promotional Video
With the editing of Dan Brennan and the assitance of some of our help desk students we have been able to produce a video which outlines the work we do at the Andover innovation lab & Help Desk.
Check it out below!
Math Department Head Working On Blog With Bryce Corbitt
This week Bryce Corbitt from the Andover innovation lab also began working on the Math Department website with Math Program Coordinator Katherine Richards. They were able to determine a layout that they would like to use with Google sites and also begin to conceptualize some of the content that will be included on the site. Bryce is been a great asset to the team this year and I know he will do a great job working with Ms. Richards. This project will probably take the next couple months to complete and will become one of his projects. Bryce has been a great resource to several teachers with his great attitude and approach to helping.
One of the very cool add-ons that’s available is the Easy Bib for Google docs. This add on enables students to select a piece of text in their paper and then search for a source for citation on the add one.
The add on locates the source and adds the citation to an area at the bottom of their page and organizes the citations for the student. This tool ultimately saves a lot of time and helps keep citations organized within a document.
Flubaroo Training-Tech Byte
This past week I was able to recommend the Pixlr tool to our web design teacher Mike Messina. He was looking for a web-based alternative to Photoshop that allowed him to create graphics of different resolution and size and also enabled the ability to add different types of text and layer styles. This tool is a great web-based tool that allows you to download any of the images that you create as well as upload images into use within the interface. Definitely check this tool out if you’re on a computer that you’re not used to working on our really just need a great web-based option and don’t have Photoshop.
break we are back at the Andover Innovation Lab and Help Desk ready to conclude
the projects we have been working on in the first semester and also updating
the IPad cart for the Science department.
at Andover High School has the amazing resource of a shared IPad cart which
includes 24 IPad for classroom integration of technology and 1:1 learning
opportunities. At a recent department meeting they collaborated and chose 18
new IPad applications to use in their courses. Amongst these was the app for
Gizmo’s which enables students engage in a variety of interactive science activities
and the app for Prezi Presentations which will enable presentation creation
from the IPad. The department did a great job selecting apps which fit their
needs and classroom strategies. Apps like “Evolutionary Biology”,
“Ecosystem HD”,”Bridge Constructor”, and “Genetics Lab
Mobile” will engage students with content rich learning on the IPad.
these new applications to their shared IPad cart is the where the role of the
help desk students come in. Viabhav Patel and I (Dan Downs) spent about an hour
and a half with the cart adding the applications to the Science Departments ITunes
account and then synching all the applications to the IPad. This is also an
opportunity to check the status of the charging of the IPad and the
MacBook laptop which is used to streamline this process.
students as part of this process and enables them to not only see the
connection of their learning at the help desk to the needs of the teachers in
update Viabhav also had time to do a blog entry for the Innovation Labs blog on
the video series related to better helping teachers understand Minecraft for
use in educational environments. Viabhav has done a great job balancing his
time between working on his own independent project and assisting the needs of
teachers who have the benefits of a variety of new technologies in the