Bird Bytes

A Technology Tips Newsletter for WAHS Faculty

April 2013 Edition

Welcome Spring!

The Bird Bytes newsletter will provide technology tips and tools, training session dates, and much more to help teachers integrate technology in the classroom.

Contact Diane Keebler or Joan Preston for individual training sessions or check your email for scheduled professional development training sessions. Input on future training session topics is always welcome.

Upcoming Training Session - Using Discovery Education & Video Streaming

Date - April 16, 2013

Time - 2:50-3:50

Room - 1-203

ASD provides every teacher with access to thousands of online videos. Most videos come with classroom guides, quizzes, and additional supplemental material. Participants will learn how to access Discovery Education's video library and use Discovery's teacher tools.

Teacher Spotlight

To recognize a member of the WAHS staff who is doing something notable with technology in support of technology in the classroom-to share ideas and inspire.

Amanda Riggle had her students read the Canterbury Tales and wanted them to create their own tale with a moral. Amanda decided that rather than having students just write a tale to "put it into a visual in addition to pen and paper." The objective was for students to create a movie clip of their tale using the process of storyboarding and iMovie. Students worked in groups to come up with the storyboard or script of their movie and then transfer their script to create a movie clip in iMovie. The students worked together to come up with a moral to their story and how they would produce their movie. "I wanted students to be able to synthesize the tales and make it their own. To create something similar to one of the tales they read," stated Amanda. The students enjoyed the moviemaking process and watching the tales the class produced.

Web-Tool Highlight-Prezi

Have you ever heard of Prezi-the alternative to PowerPoint?

This cloud-based presentation software transforms boring PowerPoint slides into a canvas that flows. You can import already made PowerPoint presentations into a variety of different templates or create a new presentation. If you have used PowerPoint, you will like this user-friendly tool. It's free to sign-up. Log on to

NETS-Technology in the Curriculum

NETS stands for National Education Technology Standards. These standards were written and expanded to include standards for students, teachers, and administrators.

Promoting Student Reflection- Teacher Standard

Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.

c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.


History Animated-U.S. Wars

Quote From Free Technology for Teachers blog: "One of my favorite US History students absolutely loved the animations complete with their sound effects and marching visuals."

Text to Mind Map-Creating Outlines

This makes creating outlines easy. Write in the text area, use the TAB key to indent lines, and click the "Draw Mind Map"-button. This is a great tool for brainstorming, drafting a research paper, or using with whole group discussion.

Cell Biology Animation

This website includes any topic associated with cell biology in animated format. This informative and educational website uses vivid colors and provides detailed information on the topic -Great for middle and high school students.

Quick Tech Tip

Use the website for PC or Mac troubleshooting, resources, and technology integration ideas. Contact Joan Preston or Diane Keebler for any technology integration questions or technology assistance via email or ext. 3073.