Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Another Presentation

Here is the link to the presentation that Cheryl Harming (sister-in-law) gave today on Common Core items.!357

I saved this document to Sky Drive, so that those who were unfamiliar with it, could kind of see what Sky Drive looked like.


Today's Presentations

I thought I would post the links to the Presentations I made today.

I put them both in Google docs, so you can all access them.

First, the Presentation for the Paperless... or I should say LESS Paper

Second, the Presentation on the Chromebook

I mentioned Sky Drive in both my presentations, but just realized that many have never seen it or heard of it.

Here is a link to: Sky Drive

Like Google Docs... you will need a Microsoft account to access Sky Drive.
(You need a google account to access Google docs.... and a Microsoft account to access Sky Drive.)

Here is a brief tutorial on using Sky Drive:

Have a great day everybody!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

No Tuesday Tidbits Today!

No Technology Tidbits today.

I've been busy working on presentations for tomorrow for the late start at Elkton!

I'll go over them in depth tomorrow, and post links to the presentations themselves in the blog here.
(They are both on Google Drive)

Best of Luck to the Elkton-Lake Benton Boys BB team tonight as they take on the Flandreau Fliers in District action.  The game will be held in Flandreau at 7 pm.

Go Elks!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Weekend Update

Welcome to another addition of weekend update.

North Lab

This week the Tech office was super busy.  I am continuing to work on the North Lab in the school, making sure that each machine in there is being used and treated properly.  I have found many of these computers that have had changes made to the desktop over the week.

Other things that students are doing to the computers include:

  1. Changing the background image or wallpaper
  2. Students are adding "shortcuts" to the desktop.
  3. "Pinning" programs to the task bar, so they stay up and running.
  4. Changing the size of the icons on the desktop.
  5. Changing the resolution of the screen.
  6. Changing the size of the display
  7. Changing the mouse (or pointer)
  8. Changing the color of the windows (Pink and Black seem to be the favorites).
  9. Moving icons on the desktop around.
  10. And general mischief... mouse unplugged, keyboard unplugged, etc, etc...
Please keep in mind, and remind your students, all of them, that the North Lab computers are for the use of all students... Particularly those that don't get their own netbooks (Grades K-8).  The computers in the lab should not be "personalized" for individual students, as the computer is not set up for one person, but the use of all.

The more settings and/or changes made to the computers can lead to problems down the road.  I would like to see the number of programs on the desktop and/or taskbar minimized.  The more programs that are on there, the more RAM is being dedicated to have those programs "ready to run".  While I know it is common practice to have your commonly used programs on your desktop with a shortcut, the LAB is not a personal computer... we'd like to keep it "streamlined" so that everyone sees the same screen.

Two easy ways to ensure that the lab is being used correctly:
1.  Do NOT send students to work in there, unless they are being supervised.  (I chased two JH kids out there again this morning).
2.  When supervising watch your students... are they working on their programs, or are they changing the screen resolution?  Are all of the keyboards still plugged into the machines?  

Mobile Lab

In addition to the North Lab, I focused on getting some more computers ready for the Mobile Lab.  We had 20 in there, earlier... but #20 died, and a few others have started to show some problems (there's one that has a sticky keyboard, and another that has a noisy fan).  I worked on getting a few more in there, so that we can have the lab filled, and then remove the problem ones, and see if we can get them running, as well.

I know that having a lab that will work consistently, each time you use it is the number one goal.  I am hoping that the changes we have made to the lab, and to the machines, will help us.


Not a great deal planned this coming weekend, the 3rd and 4th grade boys will have their final BB game tomorrow at Deubrook.  Good Luck boys!  (It has been a joy and a pleasure to help these guys this year)

Saturday Night the SDSU Jackrabbits will be on espn2 facing Murray State in the annual "Bracketbusters" challenge.  Should be good exposure, but I hope we get a little better end result than the last game on espn2. (Game vs Alabama, that they lost on a last second shot).

Otherwise, some household duties, a few maintenance issues, and a few good runs (hopefully outside) to look forward to.

For the Friday Video, enjoy a little Black Keys "Tighten Up"

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thanks to the FFA!

A big Thank You to the FFA Students and Mr. Robbins for the wonderful breakfast they served this morning!  It was very delicious, and much appreciated.

Thanks again to the FFA!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday Teacher Tidbits: Stay Warm!

Nothing real new in the technology world this week, other than the fact that I am driving myself crazy trying to figure out why a few of the netbooks in the mobile lab won't connect to the internet!

Hopefully, I can figure this out soon.

In the meantime... I thought I would try to think of some ways to bring some warmth or heat to the Blog!  (It was -7 degrees this morning!)

How about a few videos, that embrace the thought of staying warm?

The Power Station "Some Like It Hot"

Buster Poindexter's "Hot, Hot, Hot"

Asia's "The Heat of the Moment"

Stay Warm Everybody!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

Hope everyone who is a reader of the blog, to have the happiest of Valentines today!

Because I don't have a bb game tonight... I can even take my own valentine out for a dinner date tonight!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday Teacher Tidbits: Ted-Ed

Greetings and Welcome to the Blog!

Hope you all enjoyed your snow day off yesterday!  I know I did, got to sleep in a bit and watch some television, and even got in a game of NCAA Football on the PS3.

A quick shout out and thank you to Mr. Leonard Gebhart and Mr. Steve Erickson for coming over yesterday morning, and using the snow blower on my driveway!  The Harming family really appreciates it, and you saved us a ton of back breaking shovel work!

Tonight is the Final Regular Season Home BB Game for the Elks and Lady Elks BB teams!  Action starts tonight at 4 pm with the Lady Elks Junior Varsity!

Go Elks!
Today's Technology Tidbit:  Ted-Ed

Earlier this year, I discussed the Ted Talks video series.  Ted-Ed is basically the "educational extension" of the Ted Talks site.

Lesson Plans and other resources are available.  This website comes recommended to us from our own Mr. Dan Robbins!

Hope you all have a great week!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Weekend Update: Feb. 8th-10th

In case you missed it ... Last Night South Dakota State University's Nate Wolters exploded for 53 points in a Summit League conference game at IPFW.

Nate Wolters - National Celebrity?
SDSU beat writer Terry Vandrovec has a host of links on his blog.

One of the coolest things about this is waking up in the morning, and turning on Sportscenter and seeing the accomplishments of a Jackrabbit on the "Scroll" at the bottom of the screen.  But having his own highlight package, is pretty cool too.
53 points for Jackrabbit?  Sounds interesting.
And another thing to add... seeing your school have a headline on college basketball page, is also pretty nifty.

I'm sure USD graduates can't wait until they get a player and/or team that can do something like this.  Don't hold your breath, coyote fans... however, if you'd gone Division I when you were supposed to, maybe you'd be at the point where you could have a super star too.  (I kid, I kid)

Weekend Update
Tonight the Lady Elks will be hosting the Arlington Cardinals in Girls Basketball action at Lake Benton... Go Elks!

Tomorrow, the Elkton Boys JV team will host a JV tournament in Elkton.  Good Luck to Coach Leuning and the JV Elks!

Also on Saturday, the Jackrabbit Mens basketball team will face off with Oakland, Michigan, and the Lady Jackrabbits will host Oakland.

Sunday will be a day of rest and recovery in the Harming household... Hope everyone has a great weekend!

For the Friday video, let's listen to some Loverboy... in honor of Nate Wolters game last night.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits: links and discussion?

Last Wednesday at the staff inservice, we spent some time sharing some websites that can be used in the classroom... some are specific to subject area (like math), and some are helpful sites that could be used across the curriculum.

I was able to save all of the links to all the sites on my "Delicious" Social Bookmarking site.  The web address for that is here: .
Social Bookmarking sites like delicious, can be kind of handy!
Delicious itself, is kind of a handy tool, that you can use to keep track of any and all handy links that you want.  Say you are at home, and you find a site you want to use in the classroom... if you start a delicious account you can simply add the link to matter where you are, and you can access all those links anywhere.  Another neat thing about Delicious is that you can "Follow" other people on there... so if you find someone who is an "expert" in your field (Math, Science, elementary, etc...), you can follow their list of helpful links!

Cheryl Harming also discussed edmodo, and the use of edmodo itself in the's a pretty handy little tool that you can use to give and receive assignments...give online quizes, give polls, etc, etc... AND, you can invite parents to see what their student is doing in edmodo.  Cheryl did a great job, and hope I was able to chip in with a few drops of knowledge.

We also discussed web site development, and staff worked either in Frontpage or Share Point Designer, in working on their own staff webpage.  Frontpage is the older program, that most people learned on.. but is now obsolete, and we did have problems with a few staff computers using Frontpage.  Share Point Designer is a free download from Microsoft, and seemed to work with all the computers that we tried it on.

Sharepoint Designer looks similar to Frontpage.
As I mentioned, Share Point Designer is a free download... so you can download it to your home computer, and work on your webpage from home.  Note:  For your SD State supplied webpage, you will need to download the 2007 version... NOT the 2010 or 2013 version.

Here is the LINK for 2007 SharePoint Designer Dowload.

Lastly... Wondering if we could get a discussion going here...I'm going to try it, anyway.  My wife and I have just ordered a new computer for our home... the old one was just breaking down...  We ordered an HP with Windows 8 on it.  I have not used Windows 8 yet, but would like to get the reaction(s) from those who have.  I've heard a few negative things about it...but also heard that once you get "used to it" it's no big deal.

Windows 8 sure looks different!
With the proliferation of "Smart Phones" and tablets... a move to an "App based" Operating System was probably a smart move, in the long term... but it is certainly a significant change from Windows 7.

As far as I know, there aren't any school districts in SD, who are moving their student computers to Windows 8 yet.  Most are sticking with Windows 7, at least for the next year.

Anyway... have a thought on Windows 8?  A complaint?  Praises?  Anything at all?  leave a comment here... I'd like to hear it.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Weekend Update: Super Bowl

The Return of the Weekend Update!  (It's been awhile)

Certainly has been a cold couple of days, with no school yesterday, and a late start today.  On the bright side, it is supposed to start warming up throughout the day, and through this Sunday.

Congratulations to the SDSU Jackrabbits for their decisive victory over the USD Coyotes last night in Men's Basketball.  The victory was the Jackrabbits 27th straight Victory at Frost Arena (tying a school record).

Opponents have learned to "Fear the Frost".

Tonight we have a double header basketball games with Lake Preston at Elkton.
Schedule is as follows:

North Gym:
4:00  JH Girls
5:00  JV Girls
South Gym:
4:00 JH Boys
5:00 JV Boys
6:30 Varsity Girls
??    Varsity Boys (following Varsity girls)

Go Elks and Lady Elks!
I will be coaching and my son will be playing in the "C" Team Tournament in White Saturday.  Daughter and wife will be attending "Junior Day" at South Dakota State University.

After the Tournament, I will be attending the SDSU vs UMKC Mens basketball game at Frost Arena.  With a win, the Jackrabbits will break the school record for most consecutive wins at home.  Should be a good time.

Sunday is Super Bowl XLVII featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.  Personally, I don't care who wins, but I always enjoy watching the game, and soaking in all the "Hype" that surrounds the event.

The Friday Video:  Enjoy... a little R. E. M.