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Instructional Technology Tools. Michelle Miller Marie Booz Research Databases. Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Virginia Public libraries provide students and staff access to numerous subscription-based research resources.
Instructional Technology ToolsMichelle MillerMarie Booz Databases
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Virginia Public libraries provide students and staff access to numerous subscription-based research resources.
  • These databases provide full-text access to encyclopedias, books, magazines, journals, and newspapers as well as media, maps, and images.
  • These resources may be accessed at school or home by going to
  • Proquest
  • Gale
  • World Book
  • Grolier
  • Discovery Streaming
  • There have many upgrades and new features added to Discovery Streaming this past summer.
  • More Search Options
  • Visual Search Results
  • New Sorting Options
  • New Filtering Options
  • Series Relationships
  • More in This Series
  • More to Explore
  • Enhanced Assignment, Quiz, and Writing Prompt Builders
  • Classroom Manager
  • Rating Options
  • Sharing Options
  • Instructional Uses of SharePoint
  • Sharing Content with Multiple Classes (list or library)
  • Teacher Site
  • Discussion Board
  • Surveys
  • Wikis
  • Blogs
  • My Site
  • VoiceThread
  • VoiceThreadis a web-based communications network that allows people to post media artifacts—a document, a slide presentation, a video, or a collection of photos—for community feedback. Commentators can add remarks by means of microphone, webcam, keyboard, or telephone.
  • What is a VoiceThread
  • Examples:
  • Many Voices of Darfur
  • Spanish 5 Myths
  • What Do You Value
  • Screencasting
  • Allows you to show what is happening on your computer screen with audio.
  • Screencasts provide students with lessons they can watch at their convenience, as often as they choose, to review class material or to help understand concepts they find difficult.
  • Requires a screen capture software.
  • SmartBoard Notebook
  • Promethean ActivInspire
  • Camtasia (CRS & LMS)
  • Freeware (Cam Studio, Jing)
  • Podcasting
  • A podcast is a digital media file, usually audio or video.
  • The mode of delivery is what differentiates podcasts from other ways of accessing media files over the internet.
  • Special software applications known as podcatchers (iTunes, Zune, Juice, and Winamp) allow users to know when a podcast is available.
  • RSS – Really Simple Syndication – is another way for content publishers to make podcasts and other content available to subscribers.
  • Audacity
  • Audacity® is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.
  • Allows you to mix audio clips for a professional sounding podcast.
  • To add music to your podcast use Soundzabound. VBCPS has a paid subscription to the site . (Note: This site can only be accessed from within VBCPS)
  • A blog (web + log) is a type of website that provides commentary or news on a particular subject or may function as a more personal online diary. A typical blog combines text, images, audio, video and links to other blogs.
  • As a blogger, you can offer subscriptions to your blog through a RSS feed which allows users to know new content has been posted.
  • VBPCS offers a free Campus Edition Edublog.
  • Microblogging – Features very short posts (Twitter).
  • Wikispaces
  • Free Web space to post documents, podcasts and video
  • Team Collaboration
  • Example of a Team Site
  • Student Collaboration
  • Example of a Student Wiki Project
  • Wikipedia
  • World’s Largest Wiki
  • Related Search
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