FEBRUARY UPDATE 2010

LINCOLN INTERNET UPGRADE
You may have experienced Internet issues in the last month (apologies), and it’s certainly a frustrating experience with grades due and pressing work, but it’s due to the current network upgrade. In the coming months, the Internet revamp at Lincoln High School will be complete, and what this means to our staff and students is wireless Internet school-wide and faster Internet connections in all rooms. Once our Internet is fully upgraded (expected date is end of February / March--fingers crossed), we should have full potential to take advantage of the many excellent online resources and tools. In the second year of our new Lincoln website, more teachers are posting information about their classes online, including syllabi, homework assignments and lesson plans. Many teachers have been taking advantage of the utility of online courses through Moodle, allowing students to engage with their teachers and each other online, through discussion forums, online exams, and the submission of assignments. Others have challenged their students with Web 2.0 resources, including Google Apps (Earth, Docs, Sites), Quizlet, Videothread, and X-Timeline. With school-wide Internet, we should also rethink the value of having electronic devices in the classroom for learning purposes. The IPod Touch has enormous potential for literacy and education through many of its free apps, including dictionary, calculator, Google Earth, and more. As cellular phones become more CPU-capable, even they can play a more prominent role in the learning process as opposed to posing as a nuisance or distraction.

ROBOTICS/DRAFTING FOR SPRING SEMESTER
an elementary programming language to control the robot’s functinality. Students learned the complicated details involved in developing an electronic device from scratch using a kit. All students who participated received high school as well as college credit. This semester, Lincoln is proud to offer the robotics class again on Mondays and Wednesdays in addition to a drafting class on Last semester, approximately 15 students participated in an after school class in robotics. This class included the opportunity to build a basic robot prototype from scratch and learn Saturdays. It’s a special opportunity for our students to have a chance to learn such specialized content. Anyone interested in a career in technology, math or engineering will greatly benefit from an introductory class in robotics. If you want more information about the classes, contact Ms. Lee in the GEAR UP office or Mr. Bustillo in the Magnet Office. Both classes have basic course requirements to participate and are worth ten high school credits and three college credit units transferrable to the college level. Backup your flash drives and school computers! Hard drives fail and flash drives get stolen! Check out DropBox (http://getdropbox.com) for syncing files.

CAHSEE CHALLENGE 2010
The CAHSEE Online Challenge is now available for 9th and 10th grade students. All 10th grade students will take the CAHSEE starting March 16, 2010. Each student must receive at least a 350 on both the math and English portions of the CAHSEE to receive a diploma. If students want to see how well they might perform on the CAHSEE, the online challenge can give them practice at the variety of questions they will experience on March 16th and 17th. The Online CAHSEE Challenge will have fifty new questions each week (50 in English and 50 in math). Students must know their Lincoln ID # to log in and win prizes, including Lincoln backpacks, water bottles, key chains and more.

TEST PREPARATION
A new section is now available on the Lincoln website called Test Preparation (Right hand size, Click Test Preparation). Students can learn about all the major tests they will experience during their high school years, including CAHSEE, CST, AP examinations, and SAT. If you have more resources or information to contribute to the testing center pages, please contact Mr. Skramstad.

February 9, 2010 Lincoln High School, Los Angeles Contact: webmaster@lincolntigers.org

WEB 2.0 AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATORS
Web 2.0 is an important concept in educational technology circles. (It’s been with us since 2005 and many still are unaware of what the term means.) A good definition is “The use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to facilitate creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration.” It refers to the abundance of new online tools where content is created easily (without knowledge of sophisticated programming or HTML) to accomplish a variety of educational as well as collaborative tasks. Most Web 2.0 tools offer free memberships for students and teachers and allow saving, publishing, sharing and embedding content for others to view. If you want to get up to speed with Web 2.0 technologies, check out the most popular Web 2.0 websites: Google Documents (docs. google.com), Quizlet (www.quizlet.com), Slideshare (www.slideshare.net), Scribd (www. scribd.com), Diigo (www.diigo.com), PBWorks (pbworks.com), WikiSpaces (wikispaces.com), X-Timeline (xtimeline.com), and Voicethread (voicethread.com).

EASY GRADE PRO VS. ISIS GRADEMAX
Completing grades has become a much easier process due to the existence of digital gradebooks. The two best digital gradebook options for teachers at Lincoln High School to fulfill your grading responsibilities with minimal pain and work are Easy Grade Pro and ISIS GradeMax. Both options have their benefits and downsides. If you are still completing grades by hand or manually inputting your rosters into Microsoft Excel, second semester is a perfect time to make the transition to one of these two superior solutions. Easy Grade Pro is clearly the favorite of most teachers because of its power and functionality. Simply have your rosters exported from the computer room across from the Attendance Office and all your students data is ready to use. You can begin creating assignments and inputting grades within minutes. Easy Grade Pro always seemed daunting for the new user, but even the least technical teachers, after a semester of using it, become rapidly proficient. Easy Grade Pro also offers the ability to simply print your grade book at the end of the semester, weight grades, make seating charts, and print a variety of useful reports. If you wish to blaze your own path, ISIS GradeMax is an alternative gradebook solution for teachers. It’s advantage is that your gradebook is online in the browser through ISIS. You have to enter ISIS anyway to take attendance six times a day. Despite relying on a good Internet connection. ISIS Grademax does not require installing software, importing rosters or inputting quarterly grades manually at the end of every five week period like Easy Grade Pro.

MY DATA: STUDENT DATA MADE EASIER
One of the most common complaints of teachers has been the inability to easily access student achievement data. This complaint is no longer valid with the release of the LAUSD’s MyData online service. Log in at http://mydata.lausd.net and use your Single Sign-In and you can view all of your students’ performance on a number of standardized tests offered by the District. The information is easily downloaded to a spreadsheet and you can view graphs showing your students proficiency in different subjects. When we speak about fashioning our lessons for our specific classes, MyData is an excellent resource for those decisions. On Saturday, February 20, 2010, Lincoln High School will hold a professional development reviewing this data analysis tool.

Quick Technology Tip: How to start a new Gradebook in Easy Grade Pro. After you have your student data exported from the computer room, Open Easy Grade Pro (Close old gradebooks -- File-->Close). Select Create New Gradebook. Save it with a New Name (i.e. Spring 2010). Select Import Students-->LAUSD Import-->Select CLASSES.TXT file from flash drive (from Computer Room). Choose Each Class and Import into a New Term 1. Rinse and Repeat for all classes.

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