Tuesday, November 29, 2011


What is GeoGebra?

GeoGebra is dynamic geometry software. Constructions can be made with points, vectors, segments, lines, polygons, conic sections, inequalities, implicit polynomials and functions. All of them can be changed dynamically afterwards.


Free mathematics software for learning and teaching
  • Interactive graphics, algebra and spreadsheet
  • From elementary school to university level
  • Free learning materials

Monday, November 21, 2011

Web Searching Strategies in Plain English

Literature Map


Amazing Image Search Tools


"Although Google has been playing with some fun image search toys in its lab and the official Google Image Search has recently significantly upped its game, some of its most hyped features — color search, instant scrolling, hover preview — are but mere shadows of sleeker, better versions that geekier, more sophisticated image search tools offer. Here are seven of our favorites.....READ MORE


Thursday, October 20, 2011

IQ changes in teens as brain changes, study finds

A study in the journal Nature looked at IQ tests and MRI scans for 33 teens over four years and found fluctuations in their verbal and nonverbal IQ scores that were linked to changes in their brain structure. Researchers noted that verbal IQ changes correlated with changes in gray matter density and volume in a part of the left motor cortex, while nonverbal IQ changes were correlated with gray matter density in the anterior cerebellum
IQ changes in teens as brain changes, study finds

Well of course it does!  

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Try out Dropbox.  It's FREE.  Sync your files. Available for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad.

From the Dropbox website:

"All your stuff, when you need it.

Dropbox works hard to make sure that all your files are the same no matter where you're working from. This means that you can start working on a computer at school or the office, and finish from your home computer. Never email yourself a file again! Download Dropbox for your phone to simplify your life even more -- flip through all your photos or review that spreadsheet even while on the road. Dropbox lets you work from any computer or phone with the confidence that you'll always have everything you need."

http://dropbox.com tour "be anywhere"


 Check this out....

The Times and the Common Core Standards: Reading Strategies for ‘Informational Text’
Why the Common Core Standards and The New York Times are perfect together, and a list of all our favorite literacy strategies for before, during and after reading a Times article with students. Bookmark this one!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Welcome to Our New Space


The SCS Tech-Media News has moved. We've been pondering how to make our information more available and we want to try this format. It's a blog, created with our cssu.org domain. If you would like to get notification when a new item is posted, then subscribe--you can subscribe with email, or with an RSS feed. We may also send you a reminder occasionally when we have several new posts.

Microsoft Office Will Stay

     If you've been reading our SCS Tech-Media News, or even just heard the word, we--as part of a CSSU program--were going to remove Microsoft Office from our computers and begin to rely on Google Docs and Open Office. Between the time this decision was made and real transition was beginning, Microsoft agressively lowered their prices. The new pricing makes it afforable to stay with Office instead of moving to Open Office and providing training for the move.
     Discussions about whether we stay with Office 07 or move to Office 10 are now underway. There are advantages to both systems. We will keep you posted on the news when a decision is made. For now, Office will be with us, although we are encouraging folks to use Google Docs for most tasks--it's more easily accessible and performs most of the tasks we use everyday.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Webpage Readability in Google

Finding online resources that are written at a reading level that works for students is difficult at times. With Destiny Quest, we can search for books by readabiity. Some student search engines will filter their results
     There are several sites designed for younger students, including
Quinturakids. oom
     These are great with younger students, but for older students, Google now offers a readability option. There are only three settings: basic, intermediate, and advanced,  and the basic is not terribly low. But the basic results are usually clearly written or in a video or image format. T access the readability feature choose advanced search. Click on reading level under Need more tools?