Oct 15 2009

Using Rubrics



Grading student projects can be a time consuming and difficult job. I often had around 150 students, and I gave big projects four or five times a semester. That’s a lot of grading. I found that I tended to get easier on my grading as the evening wore on… maybe my standards would slide a bit after I saw the quality of the projects! I always gave the students a score sheet so they would have a way to know the way it would be graded. I called it a rubric, but it was really just a score sheet. If a certain criteria was worth 10 points, and the student’s project had issues, I would subjectively give them 7 or 8. If it had a lot of problems, maybe a 4 or 5. That’s not really a rubric.

A rubric specifies levels of performance expected for several levels of quality in order to earn a set amount of points. For example, if spelling and grammar are specified, the student would know exactly what is expected to earn a perfect score.

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Sep 23 2009

Are you “Recreating the Wheel”?


At Digital Goonies, we use Google Docs a lot to organize our book outlines, our workshop proposals, calendars, and a whole lot more! I can’t image how we got along before we started using Google Docs. Recently I needed a template for a spreadsheet that I was setting up, and decided to see if there was something available already that would keep me from recreating the wheel. I browsed through the template area of Google Docs.


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Jun 30 2009

Putting Scrapblog into Google Earth Balloons


Most code from Web 2.0 sites goes into Google Earth without a problem. Scrapblog however isn’t one of those! Through a little trial and error (thanks Jim!), we have found a little simple modification will solve that problem.  When you paste in the code from the MySpace link, you have to substitute a little bit. Here’s the original code that I copied:

<object width=”420″ height=”312″ ><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.scrapblog.com/viewer/viewer_v2_embed.swf?scrapblogId=1939247&showShareButton=true&showShareInitially=true&showOnlyShare=false&partnerId=1″ /></param><embed src=”http://www.scrapblog.com/viewer/viewer_v2_embed.swf?scrapblogId=1939247&showShareButton=true&showShareInitially=true&showOnlyShare=false&partnerId=1″ width=”420″ height=”312″></embed></object>

Replace the <object> tag (the bold text above) with this code


<OBJECT classid=”clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000″ codebase=”http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0″ WIDTH=”420″ HEIGHT=”312″>

This simple fix should have your scrapblog videos up and running within a Google Earth balloon!

May 15 2009

Turn your PowerPoint slide into a .JPG


Lots of times, you may need some fancy title slides but the web application you are working in (like Animoto) won’t create nice title slides. With a couple clicks of the mouse, you can convert PowerPoint slides into JPG or GIF images to use in almost any program. Here’s how:

  1. Open your Powerpoint file and choose File-Save As (versions 2004 and prior) or choose Office Button-Save As-Other formats

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