Monday, January 31, 2011

Adding an Image to your Edline Page

Many WB teachers want to add an image to Edline, but don't know how. Why would you want a picture on your page? Well, to personalize it, make it more interesting for the students when they log in. To emphasize what you are studying.

In this tutorial. I am going to show you how to find a picture and then upload it to your Edline Classroom Page.

1. Open up your Edline account to one of your classroom pages. This is what the default picture looks like. Its the Edline Logo.

2. For the purpose of this tutorial, I put a copyright free image below so that you can do this tutorial quickly.

3. Right click on the image you want and click "Save Picture As" and Save it onto your computer in an easy to find place like 'my documents'.

4. Go back to your classroom page that you want to put a picture on and click on Command Center > Manage Class

5. Click on "Browse" and navigate to where you saved the file.

6. Click on the file and click "Open".

7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save". (Your page will automatically refresh and your picture will be there.)

**To remove the image, go back into the classroom management and click "remove image"

Finally, find an image that is appropriate for your classroom page and follow the directions.

*A little about images. There are different file types. Edline allows you to upload a .jpg, .gif or .png. The file size should be 314 pixels wide (height is not restricted) and it needs to be smaller than 75 kilobytes. Don't worry if you don't know what these terms mean. If you right click on the image and click 'properties' it will tell you the size. If you really want to use that particular image, use a free service like to reduce its file size.







    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Interactive State of the Union 2011

    The White House has an interactive webpage all set up for the State of the Union. Great site to share with your students or show them the speech.

    In the days following the State of the Union Address, President Obama and senior Administration officials will hold a series of live online events to answer your questions. See video of the President's remarks here or read the full text here.
    Here is the interactive schedule of events:

    Wednesday, January 26
    @PRESSSEC answers your twitter questions

    Wednesday, January 26
    White House Conference Call with Young Americans

    Thursday, January 27 2:30PM EST
    President Obama Answers Your Questions

    Thursday, January 27
    Live Roundtables with Policy Experts

    Thursday, January 27
    Vice President Biden Answers Your Questions

    Below is the "Enhanced" State of the Union

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011

    Geography and Tetris?

    Statetris is a great game, it combines tetris with geography. Test your knowledge of different regions or have students practice geography playing Stateris!

    Sick of giving out your email address?

    I just discovered something that has probably been around for a long time, but its new to me. I wish I had known about this a long time ago... temporary email addresses. You know when you are filling out forms or registering for something that you KNOW you are going to get spam from, like if you want to read an article, they make you put in your email address... well you can use a temporary email address from different services. (slogan: let them eat spam) and allow you to simple put any word in front of @ and the spam goes to them for example you could put or  read that article and you will never get an email again!

    Caution: do not use these if you need the website or service to communicate with you.