Mr. Sullivan's Spring 2009 EDM 310 Class Blog

Monday, April 20, 2009

Revised Professional Blog Instructions Posted

I have replaced the old Professional Blog Instructions under the Class Handouts section with Professional Blog Instructions Revised. If you are having any problems with your Professional Blog, print these instructions and follow them. If you still have problems, email me or call me.

Making Your Posts Look Better
Click the Edit button in the Blog Post box. Uncheck everything that is checked. Save. This makes your posts not appear as posts!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Couple of Reminders

We will be having our word processing final exam the last half of class on Monday night. Review everything we did on the word processing diagnostic, make sure you are comfortable with those operations and you will do well on the final. Also, read the last few posts and practice your spread sheet tasks. Use the posted instructional videos and handouts. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!

I still do not have any word on the ACCESS video but as soon as I do I will let you know. Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

ACCESS Lab Visit Changed To ACCESS Lab Video

Due to a variety of factors, you will not have to visit an ACCESS Lab. We will, instead, do a video which you will watch. Dr. Strange will do a visit to the Daphne Lab, conduct several interviews, and create an ACCESS Lab video tape. You will be expected to watch it during the time you have set aside to make a visit to an ACCESS lab. The video will be available by April 15.

Spreadsheet Handouts and Videos

Spreadsheet Handouts are now available in the Class Handouts section to the right.
Spreadsheet Videos are now available in the Instructional Videos section to the right. Study these handouts and use these videos when preparing for your exam. Practice, practice, practice!! Its the only way to get good at spreadsheet or any of this stuff for that matter.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Technologies and Education

Technology is constantly changing and as future teachers you must be able to identify what is on the cutting edge and how you can apply the new technology to what you are doing in the classroom. I have listed below several links I would like you to preview and explore for a discussion in class Monday night.


Twitter is a free service that lets you keep in touch with people through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Click Here to view "Twitter in Plain English" by, Lee Lefever


social book marking is sort-of a community of bookmarks and you can sign up for free. Click Here To view an introduction to social networking by Lee Lefever.

Also, visit Delicious on the web

Is the Internet Making Us Stoopid?

Writer Nicholas Carr, has just written an article for The Atlantic Monthly with the provocative title, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"

Click Here and listen to the interview listed under the title listed above.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Blog Post Assignments Part 2 and Other Important Additions

The Blog Post Assignments Part 2 handout is now available. Click Here

Under Class Handouts on the right I have added the following -

Spreadsheet as Database Instructions
Alt and Title Instructions
A link to the WAVE accessibility tool

Under Instructional Videos on the right I have added the following -

Spreadsheet as Database 1
Spreadsheet as Database 2

Take a look at all of these items and use them!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Podcast Recording, Rm. 3212

I hope everyone had a good spring break. Don't forget that we will be meeting in room 3212 to record our podcasts. Remember the best way to be ready is to know your topic inside and out! If you have any questions email me or give me a call. You will all do great! See you tomorrow night. SS

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sullivan Feedback

I have sent your grade for your presentation to your gmail account. I have also commented on your blog. See you tomorrow. SS

Friday, February 27, 2009

Professional Blog - Project 4

As you may recall from the syllabus each of you will produce a professional blog as one of the requirements for successful completion this course. I have placed a handout entitled "Professional Blog Instructions" under Class Handouts on the right. Review these instructions and if you have not already, get started on your professional blog. We will review these instructions in class on Monday night.

Also, I have placed a link to Dr. Strange's Professional Blog under Other EDM 310 Blogs on the right. This is an excellent example of what your professional blog should be like.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Podcast Suggestions

I have added a handout from Dr. Strange entitled, "Podcast Suggestions" under Class Handouts on the right. Take a look at these when working on your podcasts.

Also, I have posted the instructions below for creating the WP table in Google Docs. Give it a try!

Creating WP Table


To create the above table -

1. Click "Table"
2. Click "Modify Table Properties"
3. Make 1 Row and 3 columns
4. Height and Width choose "Size to Content"
5. Padding 3 / Align - choose "Center"
6. Spacing 50 / Float - choose "None"
7. Border - size 0
8. Click "OK"
9. Type the names in each column
10. Select names in column 1 and click the center icon on the formatting toolbar.
11. Select names in column 2 and click the right justify icon on the formatting toolbar.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Class Handouts

Under Class Handouts on the right, I have added instructions for Foliotek and a link with more information about Google Reader. We will review these Monday night. SS

Adding Presentations

To post your presentation to your blog:

1. Log into Google
2. Click "MORE" and "Documents"
3. Click your presentation to OPEN.
4. Click "Share" and then Click "Publish / Embed"
5. Select HTML code in the window at the bottom. Right Click and choose "Copy"
6. Go to your blog and paste the code into a new post like so -

My Presentation

Click here to see my presentation on the web

EXTRA CREDIT - Try adding the link on your own! SS

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Presentations Monday Night!

Just a couple of things,

As you know everyone will do their presentation Monday night. Each of you will complete an evaluation on every students presentation. Come prepared to tell us about yourself and provide good feedback for your classmates.

Remember all presentations must be completed in Google Docs. I'm looking forward to some great presentations! See you Monday. SS

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Reinders for Tomorrow Night

Hello Everyone,

Bring the pictures or graphics you plan to use for your presentation on the following week. Remember 14 items all together and must be at least 11 pictures.

We will work on sizing your pictures.

Also, bring a basic story board sketch to show me how your presentation will go.

That is all I have for now! See you tomorrow. SS

iGoogle Page Assignment & Google Blog

Your iGoogle page must have:
1. A Personal Tab with at least 4 gadgets for your personal use. One of them MUST be Google Reader. You may want Google Mail to be one of them too.
2-4 Three additional Tabs, each addressing a subject or topic that you may teach. Each tab must have at least 4 gadgets that are different from gadgets used elsewhere. You may repeat gadgets on tabs but they only count once.

Tabs must be properly named.

Due Week 6 (not April 30 as stated in Syllabus)


We will work on this during Week 6. You need to nothing on your Google Blog at this point in time.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Access Project 7 Time Availability

Please fill in this form NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT Sunday February 1. It is necessary to have this information in order to develop a schedule of visits to an ACCESS Lab.

Adding Alt and Title Text

This picture has alt and title text added.

abstract blue hills

See you in class. SS

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Couple of Reminders

About half of you have not sent me an email from you gmail account. As I stated before I will do all email communications through gmail. Please send me an email from your gmail account so I can add you to the class group. I would not want you to miss any important information.

Also, don't forget, no class tomorrow night! Keep an eye on this blog for announcements and updates and don't forget those blog posts. See you a week from tomorrow. SS

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Student Blog List Posted

I have posted a list of student blogs on the right under "Student Blogs". Click on any student's name to access their blog. If you do not see your name on the list it means I was unable to access your blog using the url formula described in the "Creating a Blog" handout. Please refer to the handout and correct this or contact me by phone or email and we will get it straight. Also some of you have not titled your blog as directed in the "Creating a Blog" handout. Your blog title should appear as follows:

Your First Name, Space, Your Last name, apostrophe s, EDM310 Blog

You can correct your title by clicking the orange B in the corner and choosing the Layout tab. If you have problems with this let me know.

Most of you are doing very well on your blogs so far. Remember, it is important that you don't let yourself get behind on posting to your blog! SS

Foliotek and Creating a Blog Updates

As noted in the Syllabus and mentioned in class the use of Foliotek is required for this course. New students will not be able to register for Foliotek until the end of next week. Also, The Creating a Blog handout (listed on the right under "Class Handouts") has been corrected. No major changes just corrections. Please email or call me if you have any questions.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Welcome to EDM 310

Welcome to Stephen Sullivan’s class blog for EDM 310. This site is where you will find all information, announcements, etc. for this class. Under my picture to the right you will find the class syllabus, handouts, instructional videos, other EDM 310 class blogs, and whatever else I may have to share with you. Pay close attention to these items as I will be adding things you need or need to know regularly.

We will be learning about a lot of great technology for teaching and learning. Go ahead and sign up for a Google account before Monday night. We will make extensive use of Google including Gmail, Blogs, Google Docs, and more!

If you have not set up a Google account follow these instructions:

1. Go to and click Sign In
2. Create a UserName. If your UserName is not available, try a new name and check availability before proceeding. Create a Password.
3. After you have created a Google account, email from your gmail account that will be created when you have set up your Google account.



I look forward to meeting all of you Monday night! SS