Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


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The Gettysburg Address as a PPT

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln.

In 2000, Peter Norvig, the current director of research at Google, created a PowerPoint presentation rendered from the Gettysburg Address. Click on the picture below to see the original ppt which Norvig created.

the Gettysburg Address

For more information on Norvig’s creative process, click here and for more information on the Gettysburg Address, click here


Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is the shortcut acronym for National Novel Writing Month http://www.nanowrimo.org/
NaNoWriMo begins November 1 and proceeds through the month. (Time to etch it into your lesson plans)
The NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in one month.

At NaNoWriMo you can:

  • papersWrite a novel in a month!
  • papersTrack your progress.
  • papersGet pep talks and support.
  • papersMeet fellow writers online and in person.

Psst! (and so can your students).

See this 2012 post by Katie Taylor for a great explanation of the whole process from a writer’s point of view.

This is such a great idea and a great PBL project for your students. There is even an app to make the whole process i-friendly.

Total Collective Word Count for 2012 was 3,291,117,756 words


Metta — Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format.


Metta — Storytelling + Polls In One Compact Format.                             metta.io

Metta helps turning stories into short movies out of pictures, videos, text and sounds that are already published on the web. Polls and quizzes can also be embedded anywhere inside a video presentation…


The Newspaper Clipping Generator~Mid-week Fun from a vintage favorite

The Newspaper Clipping Generator is a vintage favorite for delivering personalized content in snippets.

Check it out: http://www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/snippet.asp


Fill in four text fields and click “Generate” to reveal your image clipping. Please do not use students’ names or personal identifiers or actual newspaper names. To download your newspaper clipping, use the link at the bottom of the generated image. You can publish your image on your own website or blog.  Direct linking to the newspaper clippings doesn’t work; the images are deleted from the server after a short time span. The sample above is for my online science course.


Holiday Writing and Craft Download

Here is a great, easy writing and art exercise for the holidays. I saw these evergreen-inspired illustrations made into simple cards and gift tags from the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  They were so simple and elegant—just like what the holidays should be!

Here is the link: http://www.bhg.com/PineDesigns.

Holiday card and gift tag design

Encourage students to create cards for school personnel as well as family.
As a unique twist on using the gift tags, print out and inscribe a gift tag for each of your students. Include a few words that refer to a gift that each of your students has given you during the year.

“You gave me the gift of your prompt arrival in class this year”
“Thank you for your gift of listening”
“Thank you for helping others this year”




Reblog: The Twelve Things You are Not Taught in School about Creative Thinking

Reblog: The Twelve Things You are Not Taught in School about Creative Thinking by Michael Michalko:

1. You are Creative
2. Creative Thinking is Hard Work
3. You must go through the motions of being creative.
4. Your brain is not a computer.

Rest the rest of Michael Michalko’s list and explanations by clicking here

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