Sunday, March 16, 2008


I have always loved a good quote. Some of my favorites are by Benjamin E. Mays. I've even started a collection of quotes and poems that I want to share with my daughter. Recently I've started to add little inspirational quotes to my students' assignments, etc. Until now, I've not had a way to keep up with all of the quotes that I find. But now I have just the place, my blog. No, this is not related to technology, but this particular quote is related to math. (It's by a mathematician and it's what I try to get my students to do when approaching any problem.) So here goes.

"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. "

Bertrand Russell British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 - 1970)

Audible Blog

Technology is so amazing. I really believe that almost anything that you can think of exists and a lot of it is FREE! One such tool is Odiogo. It allows you to voice enable your blog with just a few clicks. This is an easy way to make your blog more accessible to those who have visual or cognitive impairments. Just go to the Odiogo website and follow the instructions there. Once you receive the activation e-mail, follow the directions near the bottom to have the audio feeds added to your blog. Readers could also download podcasts of the audio. It's so easy that it's almost unbelievable. The only thing that I'm not certain of is how it updates future posts. But I guess I'll find out once I'm done with posting.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

PowerPoint 3-D Transitions

I'm getting ready for an interview/presentation and I was looking to add a little more spice than the standard PowerPoint transitions. I want my transitions to be a little more 3-d. So I did a little search and found some PowerPoint Plugins that have additional transitions, templates, etc. Of course I want the entire set but that's a little costly. You can purchase a set for $60. I'll wait until tomorrow to make a decision.

SnagIt - Paste Mode

I was checking out Education News a newsletter from TechSmith (the makers of Camtasia, SnagIt and Jing). There were several things there. But one that caught my eye had to do with the Paste Mode in SnagIt. I can't say that I've encountered this problem and really couldn't see how I might. But it's good to know that this option is available.

Promethean Videos

We recently purchased two Promethean boards through a grant at our school. I chose the Promethean boards over the Smartboard because Promethean markets itself as being created for education. I like the resources that Promethean has available online. You can even search for resources by state standard.

I got an e-mail today about the Promethean Users conference coming up in April. Registration is free for the first 100 participants. (Registration opened up in March.) I probably can't make it this year, but I won't to keep in mind for next year.

There was a link to some videos on how to use the Promethean Board that looked really good. When I get back to work, I'll try to look at these.


Welcome to my technology blog, "Tech-ing Up". This is just a place for me to keep up with all of the wonderful technologies and technology tips that I am encountering and to share them with you.

I must admit that I've been skeptical about blogging. Who wants to (or has time to) read about anyone else's personal life. However, I've been highly inspired by several of my math technology friends (see links to their blogs on my blogroll), especially, Maria Anderson, my "technology guru goddess", to create this blog and to dig into the web. What has most inspired me is how a blog can be used to actually organize resources that you have encountered and to share them with others. I now see that this can be an very useful tool. So, here goes . . .

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