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NEWS

from

New Dimension Media

New Dimension Media is proud to support Marion
County Public School educators in their continued use
of CCC! Streaming Media.


The Weekly Connection

A weekly email communication

offering teachers tips and techniques

on creative ways to integrate digital content.

Numerous downloads and supporting documents are made
available for teachers to have step
-
by
-
step instructions for
completing the suggested ideas.


This booklet is a summary of all Weekly Connection
communications that have been sent to CCC! users over the
first semester of 2011.


Prepared by:

Jo
-
Ann Kratz

Senior Vice President

Curriculum and Technology

jkratz@cccstreaming.com

312
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397
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2156 (office) | 847
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340
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0562 (cell)









Weekly Connections and Teachable Moments

Table of Contents

Teachable Moment


Sept. 13, 2011 (Page 5)


*This Teachable Moment had two attachments.





BBC Story: Roald Dahl


Corresponding Writing Activity


CCC! and Using RSS Feeds

.

Teachable Moment


Sept. 19, 2011 (Page 6)

*This Teachable Moment had one attachment.


What Causes Trees to Change Color?


Issue 1: September 25, 2011 (Page 7
-
8)

*Issue 1 had no attachments.


Tony Vincent's Learning In Hand
http://learninginhand.com/


Veteran's Day Bookmark


New Lesson Plan:
Perspective and Perception


Third Party Software That Can Make YOUR Teaching Mobile


Doceri


Kratz' Design Studio


Professional Development Workshops
-

21st Century Make and Take It


Quote of the Week: Related to genius/storytelling


Issue 2: September 30, 2011 (Page 9
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10)

*Issue 2 had 3 attachments.


Red Ribbon Week Playlist


Halloween Playlist


Columbus Celebration Challenge! (CCC!)


Shout Out to CCC! Teacher


Caledonia, MN


The American Math Challenge


Bloom's Taxonomy Tied to Technology


Professional Development Services from New Dimension Media


Issue 3: October, 2011 (Page 11
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13)

*Issue 3 had 1 attachment.


Sputnik Launches America Into a National Week of Shame


Art Teachers: Saint Louis Museum Reunites Monet's Water Lilies


Let's Get Technical: How to Convert a Long URL Into a Short URL


Great APP for iPad2


AVPlayerHD


New Lesson Plan:
Weather Adventure


Shout Out to Buffalo Public Schools (NY)


Road Trip Details


Professional Development Info



















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Weekly Connections and Teachable Moments

Table of Contents

Issue 4:
October
16, 2011 ( Pages 14
-
15)

*Issue 4

had 1 attachment.


English | Language Arts | Art
Connection


Reminder:
KeepVid


Math to Career
Connection


What Are We Working On Behind the Scenes
?


Effectively Planning for Using A Substitute
Teacher


Two Weeks and Counting Until Halloween!


Issue 5: October 23, 2011

(Pages 16
-
19)

*Issue 5

had
1 attachment.


Teaching
About
Thanksgiving


Teachable Moment: Plimouth versus
Plymouth


Shout Out to Cristen Hardin, Information Lit.
Teacher


Update on PDF Versions of Lesson Plans



Adding Content To CCC
!


Training
Help
!


Issue 6:
October
31,
2011 (Pages
20
-
21)

*Issue 6

did not have any attachments.


Aligning Resources to Popular
Textbooks


New Lesson Plan: Dem
Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Clicka Bones
!


How to Use Closed Captioning Programs to Create Reading Resources for ESL
Learners


5 Techniques for Creating High Quality Lesson
Plans


Check
Out Web 2.0 Tool:
Collaborize
Classroom


Presenting at Minnesota TIES 2011 Dec. 12
-
13


What am I working on
currently?


Issue 7: November 6, 2011 (Pages 22
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24)

*Issue
7
had 2

attachments
.


New Lesson Plan: Weapons of SMASH Destruction


Connection to Weekly Reader's Digital Edition


Connection to One of Collaborize Classroom's Most Effective Topics of the Week


Curriculum Mapping Helpers


Connecting to Media Players That Work
-

Important Information If You Download
Digital Content


New Administrator Workshop offered by New Dimension Media


























3

Weekly Connections and Teachable Moments

Table of Contents

Issue 8: November 13, 2011 (Pages 25
-
26)

*Issue 8

had
1 attachment.


The Anniversary of the Gettysburg
Address


New Content for
2012


Lesson Plan on Weapons of SMASH
Destruction


Shout Out to Deanna Erickson from Unity School
District


Got a Feature or Function You Would Like
?


On the Road Again
!


Issue
9
:
November
20,
2011 (Pages
27
-
28)

*
Issue 9

had 1

attachment.


Many Thanks
!


Searching Help


Closed Captioning
Help


Shout Out to Lori Willey


iPad

Help


More
iPad

Help


iPrint

App from
Epson


On
To More Great Travel and Training
!


Issue
10: Special Edition
-

November 22,
2011 (Pages
29)

*Issue
10 did not have any attachments
.


SMARTBoard grant opportunity


Issue 11:
December 4
,
2011 (Pages
30
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31)

*Issue
11
had 1

attachment.


New Lesson Plan
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3 Digit Numbers


New Cue Card
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How To Make An Image Transparent


More
iPad

Help


Tech the Halls
-

A Tech Project You'll Kids Will Love


More New Content from Disney!


On the Road Again!
























4

Teachable Moment

Sept. 13, 2011



Good Morning Everyone,


Thought you might enjoy this timely story as reported by BBC News on author, Roald Dahl. A
great current story to use with intermediate students along with the 3 Dahl programs ID# 23288,
23287 and 23286 found in your CCC! library.


Looking for a good connection to the new writing standards found in the newly released
Common Core Standards? Have your students read the article, divide students into 3 groups
each responsible for watching one of the video programs and write an "argument" (no longer
called persuasive essay) to evidence why (or why not) Roald Dahl should be included in the all
time favorite list of children's authors.


How did I find this info today? I have an RSS feed brought into CCC! for BBC News. When I
searched for Roald Dahl, I got two current event returns. I've captured a screen shot to show you
what I see through my login when searching today for Dahl. It is attached for you to take a quick
look. If you would like to create an RSS feed for BBC news or any other online info, the step
-
by
-
step directions are also attached for your convenience.


With a teachable moment,

All the best,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachments:

1. Training Cue Card: Using RSS Feeds

2. Training Cue Card: RSS Feed Results


5

Teachable Moment

Sept. 19, 2011



Welcome to A New Week!
And another opportunity to integrate CCC! programming into your
instruction. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Melissa Moreland, Vice President of
Programming and Acquisitions, and I are on a 10
-
day trip across New York state, which is a
glorious time to visit New York. The colors of the trees are just starting to pop, and I was
reminded that this is one of those "teachable" moments you could use to create a bookmark
that would be re
-
useable year after year. See what you think...


After searching for programming related to fall, I found program 47069
Plants

(Bill Nye). I
previewed the segment entitled,
Plants Shut Down
. It was perfect for answering the question on
the fall season,
What causes trees to change color?
I created a bookmark with a title using that
question (What causes trees to change color?). I did change the timing of the bookmark just a bit
using the start time of 20:09 and an end time of 20:52 so it is just perfect! So, now that I have
my bookmark, I have a teachable moment to go to when students ask me questions related to
fall or trees. I could also use this as a pre
-
assessment to a Unit on Seasons to find out what my
students know/don't know. I would simply ask the question and record their answers about
what they think causes the trees to change colors. Once we reviewed all the answers given, I'd
play the bookmark to confirm/correct students' perceptions.


If you like this idea, try making this same bookmark in your CCC! account. I've attached
directions for making a bookmark for your convenience! You might even want to use my
start/stop times knowing that these are exact.


That's all for now!

Here with a teachable moment,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachment:

1. Training Cue Card: Creating A Bookmark



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Weekly Connection: September 25, 2011

Issue 1

Hi Everyone:


After a lengthy trip throughout New York state, Melissa Moreland and I are back at the home
office in Chicago! We had such a great time training at the Orange
-
Ulster BOCES, Sullivan
BOCES,


Broome Tioga BOCES, Cayuga
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Onondaga BOCES, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES and Buffalo
Public Schools. We also attended the EMTA (Educational Media Technology Association)
Conference, which was an extraordinary event. Keynote speaker
Tony Vincent

was terrific. If you
ever get a chance to hear him speak, don't pass it up. He really excels at transitioning from the
theoretical to the practical application stage in technology with numerous examples and ideas
for implementation in the classroom. Until you get to hear him in person, I advise you visit his
website entitled,
Tony Vincent's Learning In Hand
http://learninginhand.com/
.


If you've ever
wanted to know more about how to harness kids' learning power where and when they need,
you'll love this website.


Let's Get Ready to Teach About Veteran's Day

Get ready for that teachable moment by creating a bookmark now related to Veteran's Day.
Search by program ID# 23247 and create a bookmark with the start time 00:07:03 and ending
time 00:07:27. As Veteran's Day approaches (Friday, Nov. 11, 2011), you can go to your Digital
Director bar | Bookmarks and teach kids about the significance of this holiday. By creating
teachable moment bookmarks, you will be mapping visual resources easily and routinely
throughout your curriculum. Create it now, use it later!


New Lesson Plan Posted on Connection

I've posted a new lesson plan on the Connection website (
www.cccConnection.com
) to help you
teach about perspective and perception. Recommended for grades 7
-
12, this fun lesson plan is
create in Power Point only highlighting the use of transitions, actions, insertion of hyperlinks and
images. Don't forget to also check out the Creative Ideas page on the Connection site for more
ideas about how to effectively teach perspective/perception. Lots of humor woven into this plan;
be sure to click on it and, I hope, you enjoy using it with your students.


Third Party Software That Can Make YOUR Teaching Mobile

Tired of being tethered to the front of the classroom by your interactive whiteboard technology
(IWB)? I have found a third party software program that allows me to use my newly purchased
(
yahoo!
) iPad2 to control my projector and/or IWB software from anywhere in the classroom. It
is called Doceri, and you can check it out at
http://doceri.com/
. Fairly cheap ($50.00) for
allowing me to become a better trainer, and work with multiple groups while managing CCC! I
love it! Wish I'd thought of this:) While I recommend you check this out, please note, Doceri is
not owned or affiliated with New Dimension Media.



7

Kratz' Design Studio


What am I working on behind the scenes? I am experimenting with ways to teach kids to create
their own personal learning Apps including CCC! digital content. Why wait for someone else to
make the app when kids would love to learn how to make an app! Actually, this isn't too hard.
I've already created a couple that function nicely, and now I am just focusing on making them
graphically more appealing. So, stay tuned! I'll let you know when I've figured this out!


Professional Development Workshops


Are you on your school's leadership committee? Do you have a in
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service or staff development
day coming up? Don't forget, we offer 1 and 2 day workshops on creative ways to use digital
content in lesson plans, centers and assessments. These workshops are what I like to describe as
21st Century Make and Take It
events. For more information, don't hesitate to contact me to
customize a workshop that best meets your school/district's needs!


Quote of the Week:


"You are a genius and the world needs your contribution," Angela Maiers. To read more about
this quote and how it applies to storytelling, go here:
http://bit.ly/btMsRS
.




To All The Genius' You Will Inspire This Week,

Enjoy the magic,

Jo
-
Ann


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Weekly Connection: September 30, 2011

Issue 2

Welcome to October!


Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. In schools, we often see three celebration events in
October including Columbus Day, Red Ribbon Week (RRW) and Halloween. CCC! is perfect to
help you augment your celebration events and bring appropriate digital content into the
curriculum.


I've had a lot of fun this week creating playlists that combine programs and
segments around RRW and Halloween. Take a look:


Red Ribbon Week:


In celebration of Drug Awareness, I have constructed a playlist that strings together programs
from K
-
12. Perhaps you have a school leadership committee or curriculum committee that is in
charge of planning for such school
-
wide events/celebrations. CCC! is perfect for committee level
work. The Red Ribbon Week playlist combines 17 different videos. I can edit the segment field in
the playlist feature, so I put in grade level and program ID. I like keeping track of playlist
elements by the ID number. It makes it easy for me to give you this info and allows you to search
by ID number quickly and efficiently. It also makes it easy for teachers to click on the video that is
right for their grade level. See the attached directions if you would like to create this playlist as
well. I've also included the background info on how RRW began and a few clip art images just in
case you choose to create an interactive whiteboard lesson plan on RRW. One indicator that your
school/district is stepping forward with creating 21st Century classrooms/learning is when
resources like CCC! are used at the committee or team level. This transition from individual
teacher usage to system level usage is a critical step in a successful technology integration plan.


Halloween


The Halloween playlist combines both video and audio programs around a central theme.
Perfect for the K
-
5 level. I love using audio files while asking students to drawing the picture that
is in their mind's eye as they listen. (Great reading strategy) Ask students to then tell about their
pictures emphasizing story details that are represented. Celebrate by viewing the corresponding
video file. I have attached directions for this playlist including the editing I did in the segment
field where I added the description of "video" or "audio" and the program ID#. Create this now
and you'll be ready to rock Halloween with your students at the end of the month!


Columbus Celebration Challenge!

(CCC!)


I've provided resources for RRW and Halloween. Now it's your turn. Create a bookmark, playlist
or lesson using a CCC! hyperlink related to Columbus Day and send me the info in an email. I'd
love to highlight your ideas on our Connection site or future Weekly Connection email
communications. I absolutely LOVE hearing from you. Take a look at the next item; Amy Wild
shared the following story with me this week!

9

Shout Out to CCC! Teacher Amy Wild from Caledonia School District 299 in Minnesota


Caledonia SD299 Superintendent, Bruce Thomas, asked Amy Wild, mathematics teacher, to give
a presentation to the curriculum committee at the high school.

This involved teachers, school
board members and parents.

He said he was looking for about a 15 minute presentation getting
the technology message out. In order to the show the efficacy of using technology, Amy created
a SMART Notebook presentation that was interactive including a video clips from CCC!. She also
created video taped lessons for her 38 pre
-
calculus students. Students are able to watch the
video of Mrs. Wild teaching the concepts at their own pace. She then uses class time primarily
for small group instruction and answering questions.
What a truly unique and creative
approach to making math instruction personal and individualized!
Good luck to everyone in
Caledonia School District 299, as they consider going to referendum for additional technology
dollars.


Speaking of Math
-

Interested in Competing in Mathematics Online?


Then you won't want to miss:
The American Math Challenge
. Sponsored by eSchool News, there
is FREE registration and participation with great prizes to be won. October 12th and 13th, 2011.
Go here to learn more,
www.americanmathchallenge.com
.


Bloom's Taxonomy Tied to Technology _ YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!


As you may know, when schools/districts purchase professional development services from New
Dimension Media, we emphasize the importance of using Bloom's Taxonomy to check lesson
plan design for rigor. We are explicit in our choice of verbs that are selected when constructing
project
-
based learning experiences. I came across this awesome graphic of many different Web
2.0 tools mapped to Bloom's Taxonomy Pyramid. Exceptionally well done and from Southern
Illinois University. So, now we can become much more strategic in our usage of Web 2.0 tools
focusing on the key question,
What exactly am I expecting of my students when I use these
Web 2.0 tools?


Professional Development Services from New Dimension Media


Do you know teachers who feel stressed because their classrooms have been outfitted with the
latest technology devices, but there just seems like there is so little time to actually learn how to
use these effectively? Has your school/district ever purchased a variety of software products, but
overlooked how the implementation process would be managed? We can help. Our professional
development services help teachers learn how to use the devices they have, software products
that have been purchased and digital content from New Dimension Media in interactive and fun
workshops. If you school/district is short on professional development funds, then touch base
with your local technology coop or media service center and ask them to help! They do amazing
things in terms of supporting teachers' learning and growth in technology integration. Perhaps
they would be willing to offer a New Dimension Media workshop open to teachers across the
county or service area.


Together we create a connected learning community,

Have a wonderful week everyone!

All the best,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachments:

1. Training Cue Card: Red Ribbon Week Playlist Directions

2. Training Cue Card: Halloween Playlist Directions

3. Training Cue Card: Bloom’s Technology Taxonomy

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Weekly Connection: October 2011

Issue 3

Hi Everyone!


I hope you found last week's ideas fun and engaging.

Here are more creative ideas to help you continue to integrate CCC! throughout your instruction.


This Week in History: Sputnik Launches America Into a National Week of Shame


In October of 1957, history was made when Russia launched the first satellite into space igniting
the Space Race within the Cold War that existed between Russia and the United States at that
time. The United States was viewed as second in technological advancements to Russia and
embarrassed world
-
wide. To seize this teachable moment, I've created a playlist entitled,
Sputnik Launches America Into a National Week of Shame
. I've used the following media
elements in my playlist to recreate this historic time in world history for students:


Newsreel US Falters in The Space Race | 90075

1945
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1989: The Cold War | Segment: Peaceful Coexistence | 51469

Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy | Segment: Space Race | 23236


What a great way to begin talking to students about the historic event of this past July when the
first era of NASA’s human spaceflight efforts came to end at precisely 5:57:54 am Eastern
Daylight Time on Thursday, July 21, 2011. Exactly 54 seconds after the wheels of its main landing
gear made contact with the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center,
the shuttle Atlantis came to a halt, an event known in shuttle lingo as “wheels stop.” Never again
would a shuttle orbiter move under its own propulsion: from here on out the shuttles would be
towed, trucked, and even flown atop their 747 carrier aircraft until they reach their final
destinations, museums in Los Angeles, near Washington and Kennedy Space Center itself.
(Source: The Space Review: Wheels Stop)


Complete directions for creating this playlist are attached for your convenience. Directions
include bonus images for use in teaching about space!


Art Teachers: Saint Louis Museum Reunites Monet's Water Lilies


For the first time in over 30 years, The Saint Louis Art Museum, The Nelson
-
Atkins Museum of
Art, and The Cleveland Museum of Art have collaborated to reunite the three panels of
Agapanthus as Monet intended. To read the whole story, go here:
http://bit.ly/nVDxHn
.


To learn more about Claude Monet, I've created a special bookmark from the program entitled,
Impressionism

program ID#50002. Go here to view custom bookmark:
http://bit.ly/r89P5g
.


Want to make this bookmark in your account in CCC!? The complete directions are attached.

11

Let's Get Technical: How to Convert a Long URL Into a Short URL (like shown in the example
above)


When using hyperlinks in lesson plans or email communications, the length can be irritating to
say the least. I like to use the free online tool
Bitly

to shorten my long urls before integrating
them into a lesson plan or email. There are two shortened urls in the example shown above (Art
Teachers). You can do this in four easy steps:


1. To use
Bitly
, you'll need to highlight and copy the long url you want to shorten.

2. Then go to
www.bitly.com

and right click/paste in the field shown on the page.

3. Next, select "shorten" and a smaller url will be revealed.

4. You are given two choices, customize or copy. I select "copy" and then return to my lesson
plan or email and paste the shortened url in the appropriate place.


Voila! Looks much nicer and it is easier for users to manage. Tiny URL, found at
www.tinyurl.com
,
works similarly. Both are great tools, which I have bookmarked on my Bookmark Toolbar in my
Internet browser for quick access.


Great APP for iPad2


As I have shared over the past several weeks, I am having so much fun discovering new ways to
use digital content with my new iPad2! I have a new favorite App, AVPlayerHD, a video player
application which allows me to create folders for CCC! videos I download and put into my iTunes
library. I begin by connecting my iPad to my computer and launching iTunes. Next steps are
shown below:


1. Go to device > MyiPad.

2. Click Apps tab on the top menu.

3. Scroll down using the scroll bar on the right.

4. Click AVPlayerHD in the Apps on the left lower corner.

5. Add files into the AVPlayerHD Document by Dragging and Dropping the file or clicking on the
Add Button.


Now I can organize my CCC! videos by curriculum folders that kids can easily navigate. For
example, I created a Weather Unit folder and put in CCC! videos from the Cloudy Cloud series,
several fictional stories like Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and several videos about how animals
adapt in different seasons. After I introduce the unit using

this week's new interactive lesson
plan on Weather
, students will use iPads to continue their learning at the "video center." Pair
kids up to share ear buds, and you've really kicked the concept of "social media" up a notch in
your classroom! AVPlayerHD App isn't free, but for $2.99 I find it well worth the investment to be
able to better organize my curricular resources in a way that makes sense for both students and
myself.



12

New Lesson Plan of The Week


As noted above, there is a new interactive lesson plan posted on the Connection site. It focuses
on the concept of weather for students in grades kindergarten through second grade. You do
have to register to access the entire interactive library of lesson plans. Visit
www.cccConnection.com

to register today!


Shout Out to Buffalo Public Schools (NY)


Kudos to all the Instructional Technology Coaches in Buffalo Public School District who have
been out training teachers on CCC! this week. Melissa Moreland, Vice President, and I visited
BPS two weeks ago to conduct a train the trainer session, and we can tell they are truly living
their mission to help teachers begin implementing the use of digital content. This week alone we
have seen over 100 teachers from BPS become registered users on the Connection site! That's a
record number of enrollments from one organization in a week! Keep up the great work BPS;
you are awesome.


On The Road Again!


One of the favorite parts of my job is traveling across the United States to work with educators
at many different levels. I'm hitting the road the week of Oct. 17th heading out to Colorado to
conduct training and visit many of our CCC! schools/districts. At the same time, Melissa
Moreland, Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions, is headed to Las Vegas, NV for the
National Media Market, the marketplace for 21st century learning. If you are a librarian or media
specialist attending the Market, be sure to connect with Melissa at the NDM Suite #408 to learn
more about our high quality digital content and licensing options available.


We appreciate you
passing this info onto all the librarians and media specialists you know!

Thank you.


Together we create a connected learning community!

Have a wonderful week,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachment:

1. Training Cue Card: Sputnik Playlist Directions



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Weekly Connection: October 16, 2011

Issue 4

Welcome to This Week's Connection from New Dimension Media!


I hope you have all had a great week and are enjoying family and friend this weekend. As you
prepare for a new week, here are some tips and techniques to help you use CCC! effectively.


English | Language Arts | Art Connection


The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. You will find three
resources about Ernest Hemingway in your CCC! digital library (Program ID#'s 47335, 90242 and
52219). Available in the public domain (You Tube and others) are two additional films, The Old
Man And The Sea Part I and Part II, which are animated and directed by Alexander Petrov. These
companion resources recast in the author's striking style, the classic theme of courage in the
face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Magnificently transposed through this award
winning artist's more than 29,000 oil paintings, this film carries all the emotional power and
meaning of the original story. Together these resources make every instructional unit about
Ernest Hemingway much more effective and interesting to students!


Reminder: KeepVid
-

Free Tool for Downloading Public Domain Video Resources


Just a reminder about the free tool KeepVid found at
www.keepvid.com
. If your school blocks
you from accessing Teacher Tube, You Tube and other sources of public domain videos, consider
downloading them at home (or outside of your school's firewall) using KeepVid. Just copy the url
address of the resource you want to download, go to KeepVid and paste the url into the only
field showing on the site and select download. In a matter of seconds, you will get the video
resource offered to you in multiple file formats which you can save to a jump drive.


Math to Career Connection


Each day hundreds of people board trains to go to work or for leisure travel. The video,
All
Aboard

(Program ID# 51147) is a video resource that highlights a Systems Developer for Amtrak
using a problem solving approach to real world mathematics. The new Common Core Standards
emphasize the importance of helping students make these important connections between
mathematics and careers. If you have students who are fascinated by trains or systems
engineering, this is a resource you will want to include in your instruction.



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What Are We Working On Behind the Scenes?


You might remember from your training that New Dimension Media is a producer of original
content along with acquiring content from all the giants in the content industry. This means that
when there is a lack of pertinent or newer resources on a needed topic, New Dimension Media
can step up quickly to create the resources teachers need in order to make their teaching more
engaging and meaningful. Currently, we are in the process of creating new (original)
programming focused on English grammar topics. These resources are scheduled to be
completed in time for our fall 2012 content update.


Effectively Planning for Using A Substitute Teacher


As a former principal, I know my teachers were committed to providing high quality instruction
each day, every day. However, we often experienced years when the district was involved in
major initiatives that required teachers to be out of their classrooms for training quite a bit. I
wish I had CCC! to help my teachers not become overwhelmed with writing substitute lesson
plans. The student and teacher's guides in CCC! are great resources for providing high quality
plans for substitute teachers. I recommend when you have a year that you know is going to
involve a lot of training during the day, that teachers work together at grade levels to identify
CCC! resources that will be used strategically for these purposes. Teachers download both the
PDF guides and the videos, and save them in a Desktop folder on the teacher's computer.
Substitute plans can easily refer to this Desktop folder where a substitute teacher can easily click
to open and continue teaching in moment's notice. You can't always plan for when a substitute
may be needed, but substitute planning can always be high quality when you use CCC! resources
to solve the problem.


Two Weeks and Counting Until Halloween!


I must admit, as a former kindergarten teacher, Halloween was not my favorite day of the year.
With a half
-
day kindergarten program, I was exhausted at having to help 30 kids dress up and
return them back to looking normal within 2.5 hours, just to repeat the experience again in the
afternoon. In the Welcome to October weekly connection I sent out two weeks ago, I included
directions for making a CCC! Halloween Playlist. If you haven't made the Halloween Playlist yet,
do yourself a favor and start making it today to keep your Halloween week less stressed for both
you and the kids (and your Room Mothers:) I've attached the directions again today for your
convenience.


That's it for this week! I hope these weekly connections help you create timely and terrific
connections with your students. Don't forget to also visit The Connection found at
www.cccConnection.com

for more resources and lesson plans.


Together we will create a connected learning community,

All the best,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachment:

1. Training Cue Card: Halloween Playlist


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16

Getting Ready for November


Teaching About Thanksgiving: Integration Language Arts, Science and Art Instruction


One of my favorite programs in the CCC! digital library is Giving Thanks: A Native American Good
Morning Message, program ID# 46047. Known as the Thanksgiving Address, this Native American good
morning message is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift
-

from the
moon and the stars to the tiniest blade of grass. Narrated by Chief Jake Swamp in English and in the
Mohawk language. It is a wonderful program for integrating language arts and art instruction. This
week's new lesson plan, recommended for grades 2 through 5, is based on this program. Visit
www.cccConnection to download it today!


Teachable Moment: Plimouth versus Plymouth


If you are starting to search in CCC! for Thanksgiving related resources, you may notice two different
spellings of Plymouth. Plymouth is the modern spelling and used most frequently today. However, the
Old English spelling of Plimouth is sometimes used to denote a historic site or reference. This is a great
opportunity to teach students how language and spelling can change over time.


Shout Out to Cristen Hardin, Information Lit. Teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School (Academy
School District 20, Colorado Springs, CO)


Cristin Hardin contacted me this week to ask about creative ways to share a list of videos with her
teachers to highlight content that would be valuable for them to preview. What an awesome
collaborative concept! I created a cue card for her to edit to her liking. This provides a visual interface
for her to type a short note about a video and hyperlink to the content. I'm attaching this cue card with
complete directions in case others would like to steal (oops, I mean adopt!) her wonderful approach to
supporting her teachers. Thanks, Cristen!


Update on PDF Versions of Lesson Plans on The Connection Website (www.cccConnection.com)


As you may know, we post a variety of lesson plans on the Connection site for teachers to use to
supplement their curriculum and instruction. I've been asked why we create PDF formats since the links
in those lessons do not work. Great question! Originally, the idea was that teachers might want to have
a pdf file to print/keep with their unit in hard copy. However, I've got great news! I upgraded my Adobe
software, and now all the links in the PDF format of the lesson plans will work. Isn't technology
wonderful?


There is another reason why we have PDF versions of lesson plans. Interactive whiteboard technology
has really gained in popularity within the last 18
-
24 months. Prior to that we did create lesson plans in
PDF form with complete urls for reference. These lessons are what we have labeled as "Effortless
Lesson Plans" on the Connection site. They are great resources so be sure to check these out.


So, from this point forward, all PDF versions will have functioning links. I'll be going back to previous
lessons as time permits to make all the links functional on all of our lesson plans. When I update a PDF
format with working links, I'll save with the same name, but will add the word "upgraded" so you know
that I've improved this particular lesson. It's all about improvement
-

today, tomorrow, continuously.


Adding Content To CCC!


I am often asked by educators about the CCC! feature of being able to add a school's original content.
The questions mostly focus on what other schools/districts are doing in terms of creating original
content. While there are some obvious ideas such as student performances or celebration events, I like
to steer teachers in a direction that is more instructional in nature. For example, if you have access to
affordable video cameras, you might want to consider the following:


1. Create a video interview of a peer recommending a book to read and why it should be read.

2. Create different videos of various solutions to a math problem including why the individual/group
feels this is the most effective method.

3. Create a video tour of your school in a different language. This can help new students who are ESL
feel very comfortable upon enrolling.

4. And, don't forget to consider the enormous potential of creating a video of key explanations in your
lesson for kids and parents to review.


These instructional approaches to creating original content help teachers become 21st century digital
leaders through their creative approaches to using advanced features of CCC!


Training Help!


Many of the educators who I have had the pleasure of training are responsible for training others back
in their schools or districts. I love sharing my training materials with you because I want training others
to be as easy as possible for you. This week I've created (and attached) two new versions of our Top
Titles Brochure. This is a bit more graphic in nature and available in ppt for you to project or pdf which
is better for electronic sharing. All our training begins with highlighting the new and original content
available on the CCC! system. If you are training others, start with the content and then move onto
software features. It is a very effective approach for getting others hooked on how much CCC! can help
teachers integrate media literacy strategies into their instruction.


Together we create a connected learning community,

Have a wonderful week,

Jo
-
Ann

Teaching About Thanksgiving: Integration Language Arts, Science and Art Instruction


One of my favorite programs in the CCC! digital library is
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning
Message
, program ID# 46047. Known as the
Thanksgiving Address
, this Native American good morning
message is based on the belief that the natural world is a precious and rare gift
-

from the moon and the stars
to the tiniest blade of grass. Narrated by Chief Jake Swamp in English and in the Mohawk language. It is a
wonderful program for integrating language arts and art instruction. This week's new lesson plan,
recommended for grades 2 through 5, is based on this program. Visit www.cccConnection to download it
today!


Teachable Moment: Plimouth versus Plymouth


If you are starting to search in CCC! for Thanksgiving related resources, you may notice two different spellings
of Plymouth. Plymouth is the modern spelling and used most frequently today. However, the Old English
spelling of Plimouth is sometimes used to denote a historic site or reference. This is a great opportunity to
teach students how language and spelling can change over time.


Shout Out to Cristen Hardin, Information Lit. Teacher at Mountain Ridge Middle School (Academy
School District 20, Colorado Springs, CO)


Cristin Hardin contacted me this week to ask about creative ways to share a list of videos with her teachers to
highlight content that would be valuable for them to preview. What an awesome collaborative concept! I
created a cue card for her to edit to her liking. This provides a visual interface for her to type a short note
about a video and hyperlink to the content. I'm attaching this cue card with complete directions in case others
would like to steal (oops, I mean adopt!) her wonderful approach to supporting her teachers. Thanks, Cristen!


Update on PDF Versions of Lesson Plans on The Connection Website (
www.cccConnection.com
)


As you may know, we post a variety of lesson plans on the Connection site for teachers to use to supplement
their curriculum and instruction. I've been asked why we create PDF formats since the links in those lessons
do not work. Great question! Originally, the idea was that teachers might want to have a pdf file to print/keep
with their unit in hard copy. However, I've got great news! I upgraded my Adobe software, and now all the
links in the PDF format of the lesson plans will work. Isn't technology wonderful?


There is another reason why we have PDF versions of lesson plans. Interactive whiteboard technology has
really gained in popularity within the last 18
-
24 months. Prior to that we did create lesson plans in PDF form
with complete urls for reference. These lessons are what we have labeled as "Effortless Lesson Plans" on the
Connection site. They are great resources so be sure to check these out.


So, from this point forward, all PDF versions will have functioning links. I'll be going back to previous lessons as
time permits to make all the links functional on all of our lesson plans. When I update a PDF format with
working links, I'll save with the same name, but will add the word "upgraded" so you know that I've improved
this particular lesson. It's all about improvement
-

today, tomorrow, continuously.

Weekly Connection: October 23, 2011

Issue 5

Adding Content To CCC!


I am often asked by educators about the CCC! feature of being able to add a school's original content. The
questions mostly focus on what other schools/districts are doing in terms of creating original content.
While there are some obvious ideas such as student performances or celebration events, I like to steer
teachers in a direction that is more instructional in nature. For example, if you have access to affordable
video cameras, you might want to consider the following:


1. Create a video interview of a peer recommending a book to read and why it should be read.

2. Create different videos of various solutions to a math problem including why the individual/group feels
this is the most effective method.

3. Create a video tour of your school in a different language. This can help new students who are ESL feel
very comfortable upon enrolling.

4. And, don't forget to consider the enormous potential of creating a video of key explanations in your
lesson for kids and parents to review.


These instructional approaches to creating original content help teachers become 21st century digital
leaders through their creative approaches to using advanced features of CCC!


Training Help!


Many of the educators who I have had the pleasure of training are responsible for training others back in
their schools or districts. I love sharing my training materials with you because I want training others to
be as easy as possible for you. This week I've created (and attached) a new version of our Top Titles
Brochure. This is a bit more graphic in nature and available in ppt for you to project or pdf (as an
attachment) which is better for electronic sharing. All our training begins with highlighting the new and
original content available on the CCC! system. If you are training others, start with the content and then
move onto software features. It is a very effective approach for getting others hooked on how much CCC!
can help teachers integrate media literacy strategies into their instruction.




Together we create a connected learning community,

Have a wonderful week,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachment:

1. Training Cue Card: Sharing Digital Content

17

Where Do You Start to Examine CCC! Content?

With The Top Titles
! K
-
8 Highlights

Social
Studies

Search

& Select

Talking Maps

Turkey

Clinton

Yellowstone

14 Wonders

World War II: Europe

Beyond Our Borders

Clinton, Bush, Obama

An Environment of Ext.

Intro to the 14 Wonders

Math

Search

& Select

Decimals

The Accuracy of Numbers

Probability

Bill Nye

Reasoning

Rocket

Million

Reasoning
-
Puzzle Maths

Rocket
-
Soda Shapes

If You Made a Million

Science

Search

& Select

Planet H20

Rio
Grande

Archaeology

Forensics

Animal Babies

Solutions

Bill
Nye

Bill

Nye

Elephant | Giraffe

Solutions

Language

Arts

Search

& Select

Moo

Metaphors

Homophones

Scrambled

Chrysanthemum

Click, Clack, Moo

Characters
,
Metaphors

Homophones (1)

The Scrambled States

Chrysanthemum

Where Do You Start to Examine CCC! Content?

With The Top Titles!
Grades 7
-
12 Highlights

Social
Studies

Search

& Select

Mandela

Talking Maps

Civil Religion

Phoenicians

Waterloo

Nelson Mandela

World War I

Civil Religion & Prayer

The Alphabet & Carthage

Napoleon at Waterloo

Math

Search

& Select

Finance

What’s Up in Finance?

Linear Functions

Algebra Applications

Quadratic Functions

Functions & Relations

Roots

Algebra Applications

Algebra Applications

Roots: The Radical Idea

Secrets of Plant Genomes

Language

Arts

Search

& Select

Digital Stories

Plagiarism

Blogging

Harry Potter

C.S. Lewis

How to Make Digital

What do you value?

Serious Media or Rant?

Real Worlds and Heroic

C.S. Lewis

Science

Search

& Select

Lizard

Adaptive An Anatomy

Everglades

Honeybees

Plant Genomes

Mega Tsunami

Restoration of Florida’s

Mystery of Disappearing

Mega Tsunami

Secrets of Plant Genomes

Weekly Connection: October 31, 2011

Issue 6

Welcome To A New Week!


The beginning of November brings many new opportunities to help you in your teaching, as you face the
beginning of a new quarter, report cards, parent conferences and a shortened schedule of teaching days due to
the Thanksgiving holiday. Don't become overwhelmed and risk underwhelming your students. Do what Heidi
Hayes Jacobs suggests and learn how to stay "whelmed"
-

just the right amount of energy in order to teach well
and provide students with 21st century learning opportunities. The information below has been highlighted to
help you have interactive digital lessons, learn new Web 2.0 tools and broaden your instructional design skills
through 5 tips and techniques. Enjoy!


Aligning Resources to Popular Textbooks


One of the aspects of my job that I love is aligning CCC! programming to the popular textbooks used in
classrooms today. This week I was aligning programming to the Prentice Hall U.S. History book,
An American
Nation
. Longitude and latitude are included in Unit 1. We have an excellent historical mathematics resource
that focuses on these two concepts. Program 24614
Coordinate Geometry: Latitude and Longitude
combines
the real world example of using latitude/longitude with teaching the application of coordinate geometry. It also
lends itself very well to use as an assessment strategy. Within the program, the question is raised,
why is
latitude so much easier to measure than longitude?
By creating your own bookmark ending with this question,
you can ask students to respond in a variety of ways to share their thinking and reasoning skills related to this
question.


I just love our Geometry and Algebra Applications series, which is why I chose to highlight these with this
example. If you are looking to integrate your teaching of social studies and mathematics, this series is the best
you'll ever find! To find these programs, search using the keywords
TI
-
Nspire

or
Nspirations
. Please note, if you
don't use this particular calculator at your school, there are many free graphing calculators available online.
The videos, however, are so awesome in applying coordinate geometry and applied algebra you won't want to
overlook these resources if you are a math or history teacher.


Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Clicka Bones!

As mentioned above, I enjoy aligning CCC! content to popular textbooks and core curriculum resources such as
Foss and Delta science kits. If you teach grades 3 to 5 and use the Foss/Delta science kit on the skeletal system,
then you'll want to download this lesson for sure. This is the featured lesson plan of the week entitled Dem
Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Clicka Bones on our Connection site (
www.cccConnection.com
). This lesson plan
demonstrates two instructional design techniques of 1.) using an image as an instructional portal to connect
with CCC! videos and 2.) the use of a sound file to engage students through music.


The song

Clicka Dem Bones

by Robert Force and Albert d'Ossche' is available through iTunes for $0.99, which
you can insert by selecting the image of the skeleton guitar player, right clicking and choosing sound file. I did
have to convert the music file I purchased in iTunes to an MP3 so it would play in my SMARTBoard Notebook
software first. I used a free online file converter to do this found at
http://audio.online
-
convert.com/convert
-
to
-
mp3
.


With Monday being Halloween, this lesson is a fun way to keep the instructional focus on essential curriculum
during one of the craziest days of the year! Don't forget to check out the Creative Ideas page on the
Connection site for additional teaching ideas that complement this lesson plan.



20

How to Use Closed Captioning Programs to Create Reading Resources for ESL Learners


Have you ever struggled to find ESL materials for your students when it comes to science and social studies? The
readability level of these texts is often just too hard resulting in ESL learners frequently feeling frustrated. Many of
our programs now have closed captioning that users can toggle on and off. I like to use this feature with the print
screen capability on my computer to create reading resources that directly emphasize classroom instruction for
English as a Second Language students. Make sure closed captioning is on by selecting the CC icon on the media
player. The subtitles will appear. Now you can use your print screen feature to capture the visual with the text and
print/assemble a resource to use at the guided reading table. Pretty cool! You have grade level material with a
concise reading text that is simple and straightforward.


5 Techniques for Creating High Quality Lesson Plans


Check our the new Forum discussion thread on the Connection site:
www.cccconnection.com/index.php/site/cccforum/viewthread/13/
)


This Forum highlights five techniques for creating high quality lesson plans. If you want to create interactive lesson
plans similar to the ones I post on the Connection site, then check out these five tips to increase the quality of your
designs today
.
I encourage you to leave a comment about other tips and techniques you use when designing lesson
plans for interactive whiteboard technologies.


Check Out Web 2.0 Tool:
Collaborize Classroom


I am always in search of new Web 2.0 tools to use in my lesson plans. This week I want to highlight
Collaborative
Classroom
, a free online education platform that provides capability for meaningful conversations related to your
curriculum where students can ask and answer questions, collaborate on projects, vote on issues and ideas, and see
tangible results of those conversations. Teachers can continue valuable online discussions by weaving them back
into classroom discussions, facilitate online learning groups, encourage the sharing of resources, and provide
students with a safe space to engage in collaborative learning.
Collaborize Classroom

provides numerous
possibilities for blended learning. I recommend to start that you review lessons, activities and assignments that
other teachers have found successful in the
Topic Library
. Lots of great information here!


Presenting at Minnesota TIES 2011 Dec. 12
-
13


I am so pleased to be presenting a session at the TIES 2011 Education Technology Conference to be held December
12
-
13, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis. The session title is

Media Literacy for the 21st Century
Classroom
. I hope to connect with many of our Minnesota teachers and CCC! enthusiasts who may be attending this
superb technology event.


What am I working on currently?


I have gotten hooked on the Angry Birds App since purchasing my new iPad2. This has now turned into my
inspiration for another interactive lesson plan design. I hope to have this done by next week so be sure to check out
the Connection site to see how the theme of Angry Birds inspires my next lesson plan!


Together we create a connected learning community,

Have a wonderfully instructional week everyone!

All the best,


Jo
-
Ann






21

Weekly Connection:
November 6

Issue 7

Hi Everyone!


Welcome to another week and another opportunity to connect CCC! programming to other
resources and Web 2.0 tools that you use (or should check out!). This week I want to help you
with your technology integration process. As a former Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and
Instruction, I bought a lot of hardware and software for teachers expecting them to discover
creative ways to make these all work together. WOW; was I wrong!


As I tried to model technology integration for my teachers, I quickly learned how much time it
really took to learn different software programs and tools much less figure out how they worked
together. That experience has stayed with me throughout my career into teaching at the college
level and becoming a designer/provider of professional development. Expecting anyone to learn
and use anything without continued support is not realistic or effective. I dedicate this week's
ideas to helping you not only make critical connections to using CCC! digital content, but to also
provide you with complete directions, tools and our ongoing commitment to support you 24/7!


Coming Monday: Weapons of SMASH Destruction Lesson Plan


If you like Angry Birds, you are going to want to check out this week's lesson plan on simple
machines (the catapult), Medieval Times and center ideas from iLearn Technology. This lesson
plan will be posted on the Connection site tomorrow, Monday, and is only available in
SMARTBoard Notebook software for now, but more formats will be posted. Check the
Connection site often, as resources are continually added!


Connection to Weekly Reader's Digital Edition


With the Common Core Standards asking teachers to become more explicit in their teaching and
use of information text, I have to tell you I absolutely love the digital edition of Weekly Reader.
Not just because this well
-
known information resource has been a staple in classrooms across
the nation boasting over 200,000 teacher subscribers, but because Weekly Reader has
successfully kept up with technology integration better than any company I've seen in a long,
long time. They have an awesome tool in their digital edition that makes integrating CCC! digital
content so easy. You can use CCC! URLs and Hyperlinks feature to create a custom link in the WR
Digital Edition and drop it where ever you want in the digital edition. And you can create
multiple links. Really cool!!! I've created a Cue Card to give you complete directions for using
CCC! with WR Digital Editions. If you aren't currently a subscriber to WR, then you might want to
check out their free digital preview editions (found at
www.weeklyreader.com/digital
) and follow
the directions on the attached Cue Card to learn about the ease of use of their tool.

22

Connection to One of Collaborize Classroom's Most Effective Topics of the Week


As you may recall, I introduced you to the free Web 2.0 tool
Collaborize Classroom

last week.
This week Collaborize Classroom Topics Team highlighted its most effective topics of the week,
one of which was
Where Do You See Geometric Shapes in Real Life?
inspired by a question
shared by Jolene Berg. They offer up a free video connection that is found on You Tube entitled
Real Life Shapes
. This video is a great video for users who do not have CCC! Streaming Media.
But for all of you who have CCC!, you can take it to the next instructional level by using two
phenomenal series found in CCC! from Media4Math on geometry and algebra. Find the 41
programs to supplement your teaching by searching on the keyword "TI
-
Nspire." I am attaching
the Curriculum Mapping Helper brochure for Geometry to help you see the connections.


Curriculum Mapping Helpers


What are Curriculum Mapping Helpers? They are a synopsis brochure highlighting the programs
offered in a series and very graphical. We created these tools to help teachers learn about all our
new programming that we add each fall. Since we add hundreds of new programs yearly, it isn't
realistic to think that teachers would have time to preview them all while setting up their
classrooms and preparing for another new year. As noted above, I've attached one Curriculum
Mapping Helper (CMH) to this email for your convenience. Other CMHs will be posted on the
Connection site on the Training and Support PDF page this week.


If you are involved in an adoption cycle or curriculum mapping work, don't forget what
curriculum mapping expert, Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs recommends...for teachers to replenish their
tired and outdated resources with new and inspiring resources that boost both the level of
engagement and learning! These CMHs can help you upgrade your curriculum maps yearly with
our new and original content. At New Dimension Media, we are committed to helping teachers
with their real work.


Connecting to Media Players That Work
-

Important Information If You Download Digital
Content


Have you ever downloaded a video (from You Tube, Teacher Tube, CCC!, etc.), and then gotten
frustrated because it wouldn't play? The issue isn't anything to do with the video file most likely,
but it does have everything to do with the media player you may have installed on your
computer. I use VLC media player because I've found this player handles many different file
formats and encoding very well. This is a free media player. Give it a try today, and eliminate
your downloading frustrations tomorrow. Here are two links for quick access to download the
VLC media player.

MAC users:
http://bit.ly/Ke5k


PC users:
http://bit.ly/rOSpD9


23

New Administrator Workshop offered by New Dimension Media


Pivotal Digital Leadership
is a new professional development offering for administrators
wanting to improve technology integration at their school/district. Participants of this one
-
day
workshop event will learn about 1.) becoming the school's digital leader; 2.) low
-
tech strategies
with high
-
tech return and value; 3.) five effective ways to impact change using digital strategies
and 4.) how to put the power into the (
technology integration
) plan. Email Melissa Moreland at
mmoreland@cccstreaming.com

today for a quote on bringing this valuable workshop to your
school/district.


I hope you found these connections helpful! Need more help? Email me today with your
integration questions; I'll do me best to research, and design Cue Cards and valuable connections
to CCC! programming for you.


Together we create a connected learning community,

All the best,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachments:

1. Training Cue Card: Weekly Reader Integration

2. Curriculum Mapping Helper: Geometry

24

Weekly Connection: November 13, 2011

Issue 8

Welcome to A New Week!


And another opportunity to help students "picture" the rich history of our nation. The
Gettysburg Address delivered on Nov. 19th, 1863 inspired me to create a K
-
12 playlist for your
use across your school/district/BOCES. It is also a week where I travel across the U.S. with NDM
colleagues sharing CCC! Streaming Media with educators everywhere. Here's to a great week of
learning and using CCC! in your teaching! Enjoy!!!


November 19 (1863): The Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address


In honor of the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, I have created a K
-
12
playlist for your use. The strategy of creating a K
-
12 playlist is one that I use when I train
curriculum leaders in using CCC! This systems
-
approach to creating visual literacy resources in a
playlist is one that helps teachers with their real work! By creating a K
-
12 playlist on a given topic
and putting a check in the "Shared" box, teachers at all grade levels in all schools, can have
access to a pre
-
made and well
-
thought out curricular resource on a given topics. I alter the
segment title field to identify the grade levels and program numbers to re
-
creating this playlist is
easy. Complete directions, created in Power Point, are attached for your convenience. (I use
Power Point so you can use this in your


New Content for 2012


Our new content and programming department is headed up by Melissa Moreland, Vice
President of New Dimension Media. She has been busy these past two months working on more
new content for the CCC! Streaming Media library. While I can't divulge any specifics, let me
tease you with knowing that you will all be so pleased with what is coming your way in math,
language arts and engineering! I've been previewing these new programs and am delighted with
it all.


Lesson Plan on Weapons of SMASH Destruction


We experienced a technical glitch this week on our Connection website with our lesson upload
feature. As a result, our new weekly lesson plan did not get posted until Weds. I apologize for
the delay. We increased our site security to eliminate getting spammed and it eliminated me:)
Because of this delay, I am going to leave this lesson up for the week so users can have time to
go download that plan. Got a lesson plan idea? Send it to me; maybe you will inspire the next
interactive lesson plan of the week!



25

Shout Out to Deanna Erickson from Unity School District


This week we received a great suggestion from Deanna Erickson, a teacher in Unity School
District. Deanna suggested that we create a link from our CCC!/New Dimension Media website
to the CCC! login page. We thought this was a great idea, and have decided to incorporate this
into our next content/software upgrade. This strategy will be an effective one for our customers
who use the Internet model of CCC! We will need to train/communicate with all our customers
on this, as we have customers that have server
-
based systems or use other media systems to
access CCC! That's one of the great things about CCC! Streaming Media, you have your choice in
deployment model. Why? Because our core business is media; we are a content company
bringing teachers and students the best new and original content for education. Thanks, Deanna!
Your suggestion is one that will improve CCC! for many very soon.


Got a Feature or Function You Would Like?


We believe the voice of our customers is critical in helping guide our decisions on product
development. If you have a great idea like Deanna on a new function or feature you think could
improve CCC!, send me an email. We love hearing from you, and how we can better serve you
and your students with our new products/services.


On the Road Again!


This is going to be a hugely busy week as New Dimension Media is on the road to Omaha to
share CCC! Streaming Media with 19 instructional technology directors representing 300,000
students in Nebraska. Nebraska has been purchasing content from us for over 20 years! From
there we travel to Nassau BOCES in New York to share CCC! with the NASTECH group of 60
participating districts. Currently, over 150,000 students in New York alone use CCC! Streaming
Media to bring visual literacy to the forefront as a key learning strategy. I love traveling around
the U.S. meeting educators who remain focused on what matters, helping students learn.


That's it for this week. Have a wonderful learning experience each day; every day!


Together We Create a Connected Learning Community,

All the best,

Jo
-
Ann


Attachment:

1. Training Cue Card: Gettysburg Address & I Have a Dream Playlist



26

Weekly Connection: November 20, 2011

Issue 9

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and
everyone of our CCC! educators for their continued commitment to their students, and for
creating memorable moments of learning day in and day out. I hope you are able to relax and
enjoy family and friends in celebration of Thanksgiving.


Many Thanks!


This past week we had an opportunity to talk with educators at the Nebraska ESU#3 and Nassau
County BOCES about the advantages that CCC! has to offer educators who want to bring the best
visual literacy resources to their students. On behalf of our NDM team, I want to thank our
gracious hosts at each site, Bill Menousek at ESU#2 and Paula Pisano & Matt Hejna at Nassau
County BOCES! Your hospitality and thoughtful organization of each event allowed everyone to
spend the maximum amount of time possible talking about teaching and learning.


Searching Help


If you are just getting started with CCC!, you may want additional help to learn how to most
effectively use the search function. I've created a Forum post on the Connection site
(
www.cccConnection.com
) regarding this very topic. Follow this link to learn 9 tips and tricks for
searching for content that will help you integrate visual resources throughout your instruction:
http://tinyurl.com/6q676cy
.


Closed Captioning Help


Need help figuring out the closed captioning feature in CCC!? I've created a
Cue Card
on this
topic and it is attached to this email for your convenience. Also attached, is the title list showing
the programs that are closed captioned.


Shout Out to Lori Willey from Union Springs Central School District in New York!


Thanks to Lori for inspiring this week's free interactive lesson plan entitled,
Dolphin
Investigators
. Lori emailed me this week submitting a suggestion for this lesson plan. She gave
me a lot of details that helped me understand what she needed for her important work as
librarian. Great idea, Lori, thank you! I hope you and others enjoy this new lesson plan available
in SMARTBoard notebook, ActivInspire and PDF.



27

iPad Help


Do you ever get exhausted from looking for Apps to use in the classroom? Once you find good
ones, then you need to learn them, launch them and teach them to kids. The pile on the teacher's
plates just keeps piling up! That's why I am over the moon about iPad Curriculum found at
http://www.ipadcurriculum.com/
. A great searchable database of Apps with several filtering
options that eliminates the desire to poke yourself in the eye when trying to figure out what to do
next week with those classroom iPads.


More iPad Help


I get a lot (and I mean A LOT) of questions from teachers about using iPads in the classroom. It is
no secret that I adore my iPad, but like many, I needed help in discovering ways to use these in the
classroom. I define help in two ways. First, I need everything these days to be affordable. Secondly,
I need everything I recommend to be grounded in best practices and sound research. Kathy
Schrock has been a provider of electronic (instructional) help information for teachers for many
years, and I highly respect the useful and sound information she puts out. She has a great new
reference tool entitled Bloomin' iPads that identify
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free
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apps that align with Blooms Taxonomy. I
find these resources very useful when considering ways to launch iPad use in a classroom. Follow
this link to get to this info:
http://kathyschrock.net/ipadblooms/
.


iPrint App from Epson


If you have an Epson (wireless) printer, then you will want to download the iPrint App (also free).
After downloading this App, I was printing immediately from a variety of options including my
Dropbox account
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all from my iPad. This printer was not expensive at all (about 50 bucks on
Amazon), which makes it a great option for home or school use. I added the Connection website
to my Home Page on my iPad. Now, when I'm training teachers, I can easily work in different
groups
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pull up different lesson plans and print. Since I don't like disassembling my home printer
to haul everywhere, I like to purchase one in the community in which I'm training. At the end of
my training session, I use it as the grand prize "draw" for the day!


On To More Great Travel and Training!


I am so excited about Minnesota TIES Conference on Dec. 12/13. I'll be presenting on Media
Literacy for the 21st Century Classroom. Right after my presentation, I catch a plane back to New
York for two days of training at Erie 2 BOCES on Dec. 14/15. After that it is home for the holidays,
and then back out to visit the wonderful educators at Academy School District 20 in Colorado on
January 3rd. I love training and traveling, as it is such great fun working with CCC! educators
around the country. If you are considering scheduling professional development for your
school/district/BOCES, don't delay; schedule today to get the dates you need for 2012 (especially if
you want training during August of 2012 as these dates go quickly).


Many blessings and may you each have a wonderful Thanksgiving,

Remember
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together we create a connected learning community!

All the best,

Jo
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Ann

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Weekly Connection: Special Edition


November 22, 2011

Issue 10

Greetings All:


This just popped into my email inbox from SMART Technologies. A chance to enter a contest to
win a SMARTBoard for your school. The contest highlights the use of SMARTBoards with English
Language Learners so you'll need to speak to that in your application (which is really, really
easy!). Don't delay
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this contest has a short lifespan; open until Nov. 30th.


And remember, CCC! Streaming Media content looks fabulous on a SMARTBoard! So, for all
those folks who have reached out to me for help on purchasing a SMARTBoard, here you go:


http://smarttech.com/contests/ela?WT.ac=ELAcontestemail


Happy Thanksgiving once again,

Together We Create a Connected Learning Community!

All the best,

Jo
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Ann

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Weekly Connection: December 4, 2011

Issue 11

Welcome to another new week in one of my favorite months of the year
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December! Attached is a new
Cue Card set for you to help teachers broaden their technology skills. Next week there will be another
new Cue Card set specifically designed to help English teachers instruct on the topic of The Iliad and The
Odyssey! While this month offers students a shortened learning calendar, you can offer students
essential learning each and everyday they are in school with supplemental resources found in CCC! Here
are some new ideas to help you!


New Lesson Plan
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3 Digit Numbers


Numerella inspires this new lesson on math skills related to learning about place value, ordering, adding and
subtracting with three digit numbers available now on the Connection site. SMART Math programs are also
embedded into the lesson plan to help students have the practice time that is needed in order to master
this more complicated concept. Want to create lessons like this one? In order to do that you need to know
how to create transparent images. Check out the new Cue Card on this very tech skill below! Also, this is a
great example of how CCC! can become your "concept
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based curriculum tool." This lesson is completely
designed around the concept of 3 digit numbers with a variety of programs offering different levels of
skills/practice. If your school/district is implementing differentiation, this technique is for you! This lesson
plan is recommended for grades 2 through 5.


New Cue Card
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How To Make An Image Transparent


Do you ever get frustrated at the white box you see around images when you insert them into a SMART
Notebook lesson with a colored background or on your webpage? This is because the image does not have a
transparent background. You can use many free online editing tools to make the background on most
images transparent. I like to use Pixlr because it is an online tool, and I do not have to download anything
first. Thanks goodness; that's a pain! For complete directions on how to use Pixlr to create images that have
a transparent background, see the attached Cue Card. I make Cue Cards in two formats. One in Power Point
in case you want to train others to do this. Power Point just makes projecting easy. The second format is a
pdf version that is better for emailing to others. Got an idea for another Cue Card? Just email me and I'll
keep creating these so everyone has a set of Cue Cards custom made to help you with your technology
integration:) Come the holiday break I'm going to create a new Forum on the Connection site with complete
access to all the Cue Cards I've made to date. If you are in a role to train others, you will want to access this
info frequently
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stay tuned!


More iPad Help:


Have you ever attempted an app search?

It is a miserable experience, unless you already know what you
are looking for, you are out of luck!

Then you'll want to check out Quixey that powers app searches across
multiple platforms (Android, Bada, BlackBerry, Chrome extensions, Chrome web apps, Facebook, Firefox
add
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ons, IE add
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ons, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Symbian, Web, WebOS, Windows, Windows Mobile and Windows
Phone). I did a basic search for "free education apps for teaching reading" and this is what resulted; check it
out
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very cool:
http://bit.ly/Quixey
. To visit the Quixey home page, go here:
www.quixey.com
. By the way, I
found Quixey by using iPad Curriculum site, which I highlighted in an earlier Weekly Connection. If you
haven't visit
www.ipadcurriculum.com

yet, your are missing out on a lot of great iPad info.


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Tech the Halls
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A Tech Project You'll Kids Will Love


I love to inspire kids around the year with creative projects that hone their technology skills! Especially
when I can point them to success others have had in turning a creative project idea into a
performing
arts career
! Have your students take a digital picture of their house and then use the site, T
ech the
Halls

(by Microsoft) to turn their pic into a holiday extravaganza with lights that blink and decorations
that light up to music. Who can forget the NBC story about the Halloween House project in real life in
Riverside, CA who actually used computer controlled LED lighting and music to create a world famous
experience on You Tube. Go here to view:
http://bit.ly/HallweenHouseRock
. Or the America's Got
Talent 2011 Finalist, iLuminate, who rocked the house to the very same tune. Go here to view:
http://bit.ly/sx9hVJ
. Now give your students a creative tool found at
http://bit.ly/TechDec

to build
their own lightshow this coming holiday season. (Remember for those of you wanting to use the
examples of the Riverside house video or iLuminate video on You Tube with your kids, use KeepVid to
download the raw files at home since many schools block You Tube. Put the files on a flash drive to use
at school, as an introduction to this fun
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filled project.)


More New Content from Disney!


We are excited that our continued wonderful relationship with Disney Education will allow us to bring
you more great STEM content that will be included in your next CCC! content update. There will be five
new programs from
Disneynature

on
Earth, Predator and Prey and Migration
. Also, more of
everyone's favorite Bill Nye! Bill helps pre
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algebra and algebra students focus on
Solving for X!


On the Road Again!


Looking forward to presenting at Minnesota TIES on Dec. 13th. If you are attending, I invite you to my
session entitled,
Media Literacy for the 21st Century Classroom
. We begin at 1:20 pm in the Cedar Lake
room. From TIES I am onto NY to train for Erie2 BOCES on Dec. 14th at Orchard Park High School in
Orchard Park and on Dec. 15th at the LoGuidice Center in Fredonia. I so look forward to these travels
and working with wonderful educators across the country.



Have a wonderful week everyone,

Together We Create a Connected Learning Community,


Jo
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Ann


Attachment:

1. Training Cue Card: How to Make an Image Transparent

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