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Award Winning Website

We received an award for our website from WantToTeach.com for being selected as one of the top 10 websites nationally for education. From the wanttoteach website: We at WantToTeach.com visit thousands of public school district websites each year in search of “the best”. We also receive many “blind” nominations as well from users to our … Read more

H323 Video Conferencing and Updates

We just conducted a test using X-Meeting on the Mac and were able to quickly and easily connect 2 Mac computers with live video and audio.  It was a really nice image and audio was great as well.  Making the connection was as simple as dialing the IP address of the other computer.  This can … Read more

3 Years Out…Highlights

OK, Here’s me reflecting on the improvements we have made in the last 3 years… Completely re-engineered our district website to make it a first class educational hub for learning. Launched iLearn/Moodle for online classrooms. These courses meet the new Michigan graduation requirement that students be exposed to an online learning activity. We have several … Read more

WPMU and Social Networking…

Imagine a website created with WordPress Multi-User (MU) that allowed you to create more of a community rather than separate blogs or classroom websites. Apparently the creators of wordpress have been working to create such a community-based software package. Click Here for more details (from Download Squad Website) This would be VERY appealing for us … Read more

Open Source Web Conferencing…

Well, it just doesn’t seem to go away. Just yesterday, I got another several emails from teachers wanting to archive classroom presentations. We have been exploring DimDim.com, Skype, and I just found a product called ePresence from the University of Toronto. ePresence has really caught my curiosity. It is very polished and seems to be … Read more

Moodle 1.9 Stable and Mahara coming to DPS!

Moodle 1.9 was just released. This version has a much improved grading system and many new improvements. Most noteworthy is the Moodle-to-Mahara networking option for single sign-on. Mahara is an ePortfolio system where students can store and maintain personal learning artifacts. They can work on a document at school, upload it to Mahara, then download … Read more