If you are having success with technology and are willing to share you knowledge, let us know!

1. Wiki Use for Professional collaboration:
  • The BESS teachers at all three high schools are using WikiSpaces to create a wiki for professional collaborations. This is a site that will allow teachers across the district to upload and download documents, PowerPoint presentations, SmartBoard activities, Mimio Lessons,and many other files of use in a BESS classroom. BESS10
  • Language Arts teachers across the district and beyond are using a wiki to collaborate about Daily 5 and CAFE--its benefits, tips for implementing, and troubleshooting. Daily5
2. Send text messages from your emailSMS from Email
  • Alltel - [10-digit phone number] @message.alltel.com
  • AT&T Wireless (now part of Cingular) - [10-digit phone number] @mmode.com
  • Boost Mobile - [10-digit phone number] @myboostmobile.com
  • Cingular - [10-digit phone number] @mobile.mycingular.com OR [10-digit number] @cingularme.com
  • Nextel (now part of Sprint Nextel) - -[10-digit telephone number] @messaging.nextel.com
  • Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel) - [10-digit phone number] @messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • T-Mobile - [10-digit phone number] @tmomail.net
  • Verizon - [10-digit phone number] @vtext.com
  • Virgin Mobile USA - [10-digit phone number] @vmobl.com

3. Save Videos from You Tube to bring to school - (by: Brian Geniusz) There are currently a number of ways to accomplish this and all of them have their draw backs and special features. I will list them from my favorite to least favorite:
  • Mobile Media Converter - This is a free download program available at this link. It will download and install a toolbar into either Internet Explorer or Firefox. Once you have installed the program/toolbar all you have to do is go to YouTube and visit the page that has the desired video. Once there you can simply click the button "You Tube Download" and a window will appear that will have the URL already in the right place and all you have to do is tell it where to save the file and then hit download. This program will also convert the FLV file to another media format such as Quicktime, AVI or WMV. I have not had much luck with the WMV converter but the Quicktime works well. Of course you could also download a FLV player such as FLV Player which is also a free download.
  • Mozilla FireFox - Using the web browser Fire Fox you can download an add-on that will allow you to download FLV files directly from YouTube or Google Video etc. To get this add-on do the following:
    • Run FireFox - if you do not have FireFox you can download it here.
    • Pull down the "Tools" menu item and then click on "Add-ons"
    • A new window will appear. From here click on the icon on the top that says "Get Add-ons"
    • In the search box directly below this type "YouTube" and hit enter.
    • The results box will show a number of entries - select one (they seem to all work the same)
    • Hit the button that says "Add to FireFox" - a new window will appear
    • Click on the "Install Now" button and then restart FireFox so the add-on will function - usually by adding an icon to the toolbar.
  • Keep Vid - This is a website that you can simply paste the YouTube address or URL into the text box and it will direct you to a download site. This has not worked in recent times for me. I keep getting a message that I have to download a program from them that costs $15. Others have told me this is still free but I have not had much luck.
  • Save Vid - This is a similar site to KeepVid.com and functions almost the same. I just learned of this one so I do not much about it.
  • Digging into your own computer temp files - In Internet Explorer you can find the FLV file which was downloaded when you visited the YouTube page. You first have to visit the page and then let the video play all the way through. Next go to "Tools" and pull down to "Internet Options." Under the tab titled "General" and under the section titled "Browsing History" click the button that says "Settings." A New window will appear, click the button that says "View Files." This will make another window open up. This window will be a folder on your computer titled "Temporary Internet Files." This will take a little time to populate but it will house all of the videos, shockwave files, images etc your browser downloads to make the web access faster. If you sort by file size the largest files are usually the videos. Look around and you might be able to find the FLV file. This can be tricky and then web address might look strange as will the file name but the file is in there. This is the toughest option for getting the video files.

4. Multiple Web Pages - Have too many websites to remember to check? Here is how to have all of them start up when you load Internet Explorer. You need Internet Explorer 8 to do this.
  • Browse to the website you want to check on a daily basis.
  • On the tool bar's right hand side just above the website itself, is an icon of a house with a small down arrow next to it. Click on the down arrow,
  • This will bring up a pulldown menu. Select "Add or Change Home Page..."
  • A window will appear that offers you options on how to add this website as a home page. I usually select the middle one "Add this website to your home page tabs."
  • Now when you start IE, this website will be one of the tabs. It will remember to check the pages for you all you have to do is click the tabs!