This class focuses on exploring, evaluating and learning how to use the latest tools and applications on the Internet. Students will explore their interests and build an online portfolio (blog) to demonstrate what they can do using innovative web based tools. Some of the tools and applications may include: Marketing and Business, Professional Networking, Virtual Environments, Bookmarking, Social Networks, Multimedia, Photos and Digital Images, Employment and Jobs, Collaboration, Video-Sharing Sites, Podcasts, Wikis, Blogs, Content Aggregation and Management, Organization, Games and Entertainment and more. This course is for anyone who wants to increase their internet skills and knowledge and understand current web tools.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Final - 2b

I really enjoyed reading your blog posts this semester!  Your blogs were AMAZING!!!  You are all VERY creative in sharing what you have learned about.  I hope that you will continue to blog and share with others your own passion.  

Begin by going back and reviewing your very first post.

Show your creativity and choose a mode of conveying the following information:

1.  What computer courses would you like to be seen offered at Abilene High School
2.   Summarize/showcase the webtools that you learned about in class.  What were you favorite, etc.
          Examples - links to sites
4.   Discuss the webtools that you will continue to use after you leave this class.
5.  Discuss your blog stats

Monday, May 19, 2014

Information from taken from

One of the easiest and simplest ways to save anything from the web to your Google Drive is through the use of "Save to Drive Chrome Extension". This app has been been designed by Google Drive engineers  and integrates seamlessly with your Drive.  I have been using it for more than a year now and I find it really helpful.

Save to Drive Chrome Extension allows you to   save online files – including images, HTML5 audio, video and even documents – to your Google Drive with a click. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'. You can also save an image of an entire page or an image of the visible page.

After your content is saved, the progress dialog allows you to open the file, rename, or view the file in the Google Drive document list. From the document list, you can organize and share your new document.

Monday, May 19

Please make sure you have good solid posts and examples from each:

  1. Weebly Website - description and link to website
    1. Link to website
    2. Button
    3. Picture
    4. 3 pages
  2. StoryJumper - description and link to story
  3. Infographic - description and example/link posted
  4. Smore - flyer posted and description
  5. Animoto - video posted and description
  6. Padlet - example posted and description
  7. Google Chrome - post - mention atleast 3 extentions/apps you installed or found. 
  8. Firefox add ons - post
  9. Jib Jab post 
  10. Pages Gadget at top of blog - link to USD 435 or AHS, New Page of class schedule, etc.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 14


Weebly gives millions of people a surprisingly easy and affordable way to create a site that is as unique as they are. With a Weebly site, people can start their own business, communicate with their clients, showcase their achievements, and be an authority on personal and professional interests. Weebly gives everyone the freedom to start a site, blog or online store that works brilliantly across computers, phones and tablets. Offering a range of pricing options including a free plan and premium plans starting at $4/month, Weebly has everything you need to plan, build, publish and grow a site that meets your goals.

Create you website here!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Transfer big Files

Information taken from Education and Technology Tools

Do you want to share a file, but it is too large to send through email?  Here is your solution! 

1- Transfer Big Files

This is a three step process to share your large files : choose your files, add recepients, add message.


This is a web service to securely share files that are too big to e-mail for free. It is fast and does not require any software download.

3- File Dropper

File Dropper is a simple file hosting and sharing website. It lets you upload up to 5GB file and get a personal link to share with others.

4- Drop Send

This is a web service that allows you to send large files up to 2GB. You can also use it to store important files and access them anywhere.

5- 2 Big 2 Send

2 Big 2 Send allows users to send large files fast and securely. They have 15 GB professional plan for only 10$ a month.

6- Giga Size

Giga Size lets you upload large files to store them online for instant access and sharing.

7- A Drive

This is a web tool that lets you securely store, manage and share all of your large files including music, videos, photos, documents and more.

MONDAY, May 12

Please make sure that you have your SMORE post complete. Take the time to visit your classmates blog and 3b to view their SMORE. Download the Google Drive onto your ipad.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday, May 8

Visit 3b and 2b student blogs - look at their Story and Infographic - 15 minutes --make comments--

View your blog stats.

TODAY we will:
  • Discuss Infographics Websites - look at Piktochart
  • Look at "This is What Happens Every Single Minute Online" 
  • Smore Website 

This is What Happens Every Single Minute Online ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This is What Happens Every Single Minute Online ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Information taken from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
Here is a visual with stats about what happens every minute online.

Here are some key points that stand out from this visual, what stands out to you from the info graphic?
In 60 second :
  • Google receives over 4,000,000 search queries
  • YouTube users upload 71 hours of new videos
  • Pinterest users Pin 3,472 photos
  •  Facebook users share, 2,460,000 pieces of content
  •  Twitter users share 277,000 tweet
  • Apple users download 48,000 apps.
  • The global internet population grew 14.3 percent from 2011 - 2013 and now presents 2.4 Billion people


Spread the word online, as easy as making a flyer.

Want to promote something online but don't know how? Utilize SMORE!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday, May 6 - Infographic - Technology Gadget

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to presentinformation quickly and clearly. See post below to choose infographic website! Choose your favorite pieced of technology - or what would you like to have. Pictures Description Cost Where to buy Benefits Etc.

View my Infographic here!


It helps you easily create awesome infographics using pre-designed templates. It also lets you create an infographic out of any Twitter Hashtag provided you are signed in which you can do using your Twitter account.

This is another great web tool to create infographics. Again the process is very simple just drag and drop. provides you with a set of pre-made designs to choose from and use as a canvas and you can also upload your own images to include in your infographics


It also provides pre-made themes and allows you to customize the entire font and color scheme in your infographic

4- is an easy to use online service that lets you create, share, and discover infographics and online charts.It is also very easy to use, you can select a pre-designed template, add charts, videos and maps and within a few clicks your template is ready to go viral.  Create more than 30 chart types. Anything from bubble charts and treemaps to simple pie charts. 

Other infographic creation tools you might want to try :

Friday, May 2, 2014


Create a story on StoryJumper.  Add the link to your blog.  Create a post about StoryJumper.  Explore other books that people have shared to gain ideas!

Minimum of 10 pages.  Good luck!

If you finish, explore

Coding Websites
Create a Newspaper Clip!
Make a Comic at Chogger

See posts below.  These are not assignments - just extra ideas if you finish your story!


Make a Comic at Chooger!

ipad Aps for Coding

Information from

1- Daisy The Dinosaur

Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen. Kids will intuitively grasp the basics of objects, sequencing, loops and events by solving this app's challenges. After playing Daisy, kids can choose to download a kit to program their own computer game.

Coding Websites


It has tutorials for all kinds of learners starting with newbies and moving progressively  in difficulty to advanced learners. It also has an editor where you can try out your codes and see how they would look like when you use them on your blog or website.


This is also another great platform where you can learn how to write code. Its lessons start from the basics of HTML to advanced forms and styles.

Code School

Code School provides a set of free and paid courses for students that are looking to expand their knowledge in programming. Courses combine videos and coding in the browser.

Newspaper Clip Generator

Newspaper Clip Website

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday, April 30

Today's Topics 

  1. Vote for your favorite Doodle!!! 
  2. Animoto - create a 30 second video with pictures and text 
  3. StoryJumper - create a story book
Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.  Each year Google has a contest.  

Young artists coast to coast doodled their inventions to make the world a better place. Doodle 4 Google guest judges have chosen the 50 state winners. Now it's your turn to vote!
The winner's doodle will appear on the homepage and he or she will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.

Help Google choose the winner - cast your votes for each grade group now.

Click here to vote for your favorite Doodle


Animoto allows users to create multimedia slideshows using text, images, music, and/or short (10-second) video clips.  Users can use text slides to compliment images or video to create the digital narrative. Any sound on a video clip can also be brought in to the Animoto.

Create a free 30 second video at Animoto.  Use pictures from your computer or other Social Media websites.  Summarize Animoto in a blog post. Include your finished video as well.

Animoto allows users to create multimedia slideshows using text, images, music, and/or short video clips.  While there is no audio recording component currently available in Animoto for voice narration, users can use text slides to compliment images or video to create the digital narrative.  Any sound on a video clip can also be brought in to the Animoto.

FBLA 2013 - NFLC

StoryJumper is a web-based tool that lets students create an online book with background scenes, props and characters, uploaded images, and text on digital pages.  There is a free education version that allows teachers to create student accounts.  Finished stories are viewed on the computer and pages can be virtually ‘flipped’ beautifully, but can also be printed off on paper.  These finished stories show beautifully on a large classroom display.  How can offer this service absolutely free?  Paragraph taken from

Create your own story!

Practice Book

Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28

Complete a blog post for Go2Web20 - you explored this site last Thursday.

Within your blog post, what tools did you find.  Explain atleast two webtools/sites you enjoyed.


A blank wall to fill with anything, anywhere.  Create an account.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thurday, April 24

Please complete the two posts from Tuesday.  When you finish check your blog stats! Explore your classmates blogs, add more extensions to your Firefox Browser.

Today's Topic(s)

Google Tricks


Explore TeachWeb2


Explore Go2Web20


Go2web20 is one of the biggest webtools directories.  They built this application to enable people to stay up to date with all the new & hot services that are born daily into the web. In many cases, Go2web20 has been the first to report the existence of a new applications.

Go2web20 includes over 3,000 services and more are uploaded everyday. They also disable services that are no longer working and by doing this they ensure a more useful and enjoyable experience when performing a search.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22

Today's topic:  FIREFOX!!! ADD ON's

1.  Personas - take a screen shot of your persona - theme.  Create a blog post about Firefox Personas

2.  Extensions - explore - have fun, what extensions did you find?  What did you add?  Summarize in a blog post the extensions that you explored and the discuss the ones that you added.


Create two posts:
  • What Firefox Extensions are available, which ones did you add - where does one go to find these add-ons/extensions.
  • Firefox Personas - take a snap shot of your persona - what is a persona, how does someone find a persona for their browser.

Firefox Add-Ons

Today you are going to explore FireFox!!! What is Firefox? Just a search engine?  No! There is more to Firefox than just using it as "just a searching tool".

I will introduce you to Firefox Add-ons and personas! Then you will explore on your own.

A Firefox add-on that I have installed is Google Shortcuts.  You can see to the right how quickly I can get to the Google products.

Choose from thousands of extra features and styles for Firefox.
Customize your Firefox  to enhance your online shopping, music, bookmarking and much more.

There are several Firefox extension categories - see photo on right.

Have fun!  There are so many neat add on's to make your web experience more enjoyable and easier!!!

Firefox Personas

Firefox personas is a way to personalize your firefox browser. It also makes your browser look more visually appealing versus just the plain default gray. There are many "skins" available to choose from. There is a search bar in the top right of the main screen to find specific designs you like. There is also many categories to choose from if you don't know something to specifically search. Your firefox needs to be updated with the correct software, but on the main screen of the website they provide a link to download it if you don't already have it.

You can choose a holiday theme!  To personalize your Firefox browser window click here!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Terrific Tuesday!

Today's Topics:



You will stay with Mrs. James on each topic.  If you finish the topic, you may explore other tools that we have gone over until it is time to move to the next topic.  DO NOT WORK AHEAD.
  • StudyStack
  • Gickr
ASSIGNMENTS - I am not for sure how far we will get today - but here are what we are covering today, and possibly Thursday.

  1. StudyStack - explore - what types of flashcard/study tools did you find? - Create a post.
    1. Create an account
    2. You will have to verify your account - CHECK SPAM FOLDER
    3. Create a set of flashcards for one of your classes
    4. 10 questions
    5. Embed the code/study tool into a blog post.
  2. Glickr - create a slide show of pictures atleast 5 pictures and add it into a post - discuss website.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Study Stack

Create flashcards or study tools!
You can enter various questions - and generate different study tools!!!  Once you have your study tool created, you can embed the code into a blog post!



Have you ever wanted to convert a file?

Have you ever wanted to save a document as a .pdf or make changes on .pdf documents? This online tool allows you to convert files to different formats, including conversion of .pdf files to Word documents and Word to .pdfs. You can also convert music, video, and photo files to different formats of your choice. This is a VERY useful tool. Select the file to import, the change to be made, and receive a file in the new format at your email address after registration. The documents are editable after conversion. Images will not be as "editable" as text. The text comes in within a text box, but can be edited.

Gickr lets you instantly create animated GIF online slide shows.  Just upload pictures or get them from your Flickr account.  Create funny flashy slideshows with you and your friends, cartoons, previews, banners, etc.  Post them anywhere you can post picures:  Facebook or your blog/website.

Show them to people in Gickr's gallery.

avatars myspace at
Make your own animation


Vocaroo is a voice recording service.


Edit a photo at LunaPic!  With this tool you can crop, cut, add text/borders photos!  As well as add various effects.  Watch various tutorials on how to add text, blend images, create collages, among many others!