Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tracking Flight Status and More

I wanted to share with you some websites, telephone numbers and mobile tools that you can use to track some flights this holiday season.
You will be able to track all of your travels or the travels of your loved ones.

Google has a new flight tracking feature:
just type your airline and flight number into the search box to get the departure and arrival location and estimated time.

You can also use Google Mobile Search
type the carrier code and flight number into the Google Mobile Search box at

You can even text Google...
Text Message Google with the flight number to 466453 (Google).

If your not a fan of google and your on your mobile, check mobile at..........
enter the flight number into the search box and hit "oneSearch".

You can also use sites like...

You can use
they even have a great site for your moblie device at......

why not check out.........

Even the low tech method works at........
1-800-FLIGHTS (1-800-354-4487)


Try tell me at 1-800-555-tell
you can also check them out on the web at.... to find out what other info you can get from tellme.

You can also get information from 4Info
via sms.....
Address a text message to 4INFO (44636).
mobile web......

According to the website, you can also get other information besides flight tracking..........
sports scores
player stats
stock quotes
wifi hotspots
package tracking
yellow pages
city search
TV Guide
movie show times
drink recipes
price lookup
pickup lines
celebrity gossip

Enjoy these sites and enjoy the holidays!

see you next time. :-)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Snow Globe Make-A-Flake Linerider

Here are a couple of sites for the Holidays.

Holiday Snowglobe. Shake the snowglobe and watch what happens. :-)
Season's Greetings

Create your own snowflake and share it with the world.

Boy grabs sled. Boy rides sled. A simple concept yields endless fun and the latest Internet Phenomenon is born!

Check them all out and take part in the latest poll. >>>>poll is to your right >>>>>>

Season's Greetings!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Online Stop Watch and Definr

I missed you the last few weeks with the Thanksgiving Holiday.
ThumbDriveThursday is back in full swing this week with a couple more outstanding websites to share. They are friendly with the ActivBoard.

The first one is the online stopwatch. You can check it out at

Everybody needs a stopwatch at some point -- and there's never one around!
Well... Now there is! Online Stopwatch!
A Simple, Fast Flash Online Stopwatch and Online Countdown timer always available when you need it.

You can count up and count down. It has an alarm when the designated time is reached. You can do it online or download the application and use it on a mac or pc. You can even add it as a gadget.


The second one is called definr. "The incredibly fast dictionary"

You can open up definr on your activboard. When students need to look up a word, they can look it up using the floating keyboard on the ActivBoard.



See you next week.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How's the weather?

This information is from the lat long Google Earth Blog......................

In the latest release of Google Earth layers, we're letting you play weatherman by publishing a slew of great, dynamic weather data.

If you're running the latest version of Google Earth, you'll notice a new "Weather" folder in the layers panel.

The "Weather" folder contains three sub-layers
Clouds -depicts a global satellite mosaic of clouds created on an hourly basis by our friends down the road at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey. For a special visual treat, try zooming in towards the clouds. You'll eventually find yourself below the clouds, at which point you can look up and see the cloud deck above you.

The "Radar" layer contains a near real-time Doppler radar image of the United States, updated every 15 minutes. This data is being fed to us by the folks at

Conditions and Forecasts is also providing us with observation and forecast data for nearly 50,000 cities worldwide. The current conditions are updated at least hourly (more often in some places), and the forecasts get updated once every few hours.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Fully Electric Tesla Roadster. This is Awesome. You can have one for about $98,000.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Adding Images to "My Resources" in ActivStudio

Here is a tutorial on how to add images to the "My Resources" in ActivStudio.

Adding images to "My Resources" in ActivStudio

Here is the notebook paper image if you would like a copy.

Enjoy! See you next time. :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

ActivBoard - Using ClipArt in a FlipChart

Another request filled. :-)

Do you like to use ClipArt in Microsoft word? This is a tutorial on how to insert ClipArt in a FlipChart.

If you don't find what you are looking for in the ActivStudio Resource Library, you can insert ClipArt from Microsoft Word. Enjoy!

Insert ClipArt in a FlipChart

See you next week.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dynamic Periodic Table of Elements

Another awesome resource for use with the ActivBoard. You can work with the periodic table on the website or print it out from a pdf document. You can also switch to different languages for your ESOL Students.

Periodic Table

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Interactive Printable World Map

This looked like a great website to use with the ActivBoard as well as being printable when done.

Printable world map
You can use free map for Education.

1. Click one or some countries, which you want to paint.
2. Select the color from the color palette. You will have clicked color, and the State's color will change.........

Interactive Printable World Map

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Creating Mailing Labels

Here is a link to a tutorial on how to create mailing labels. Mailing Labels can be used for all sorts of things in the classroom. You can make labels for cubbies, for labeling supplies, for ID tags for field trips, etc. There must be 1000's of uses.

I hope you enjoyed this special request tutorial. If you have a request, please let me know.

Create Mailing Labels

see you next time!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Grade Quick - Exporting Student Names

Here is a link for a tutorial on how to export student names from GradeQuick into an Excel document. In this case, it was for assigning Brookside Writes numbers. You could use this same method to export names for a field trip, for a class list, for Honor Society, for GPA's, etc.

I hope you enjoyed this week's lesson. See you next time.

Exporting Student Names from GradeQuick to Excel

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Converting Flash to Mpg from Youtube and more!

Here is a tutorial on converting .flv files (from youtube) to .mpg files, that can be played natively in your PowerPoint presentations, using Zamzar and modifyvideo. I also share some other sites that you can use to just download those videos to save and watch on your computer.

Converting .flv (youtube) to mpg for PowerPoint

Friday, September 21, 2007

Do schools kill creativity?

I was blown away when i first saw this video. Enjoy! This talk came from TED. (Technology, Entertainment and Design) To see more of TED, you can check them out at their website. Click here for a list of other TED speakers.

Note: you can watch the video full screen by clicking on the
icon on the bottom right of the video.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

World's Largest RC Airplane

I am sure that the kids would love to check this out. I hope you enjoy it. If you want to download the video and convert it to put in a PowerPoint, check out the previous post on using Super to convert .flv files. You can download the .flv file for this video by clicking here.

Rapidly Dying 47 Year Old Professor - Lecture

I found two clips about this story and wanted to share both. One is from the WSJ and one is from AOL Video- ABC News.
You can read a story about this here.

Here is the clip from the WSJ.......

Here is the clip from AOL Video - ABC News
(video will not play from school)

Powered by AOL Video

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Very Cool...Google Earth Flight Simulator

This is very cool. I find it difficult to control, but it is sure fun trying to fly around the world. I hope everyone checks this out. I am sure the students would love to watch you try to fly around. Don't embarrass yourself too much. :-) You must make sure that you are using the very latest version of Google Earth (go to the help menu and click on check for updates online.) If you don't have Google Earth installed yet, you can get it at

Reported on slashdot.....
"Blogger Marco has recently discovered that the newest version of Google Earth includes a flight simulator. Though simple in comparison to full-blown simulators, Google Earth's is fun and addictive. To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+A for the initial dialog (on OS X, Command+Option+A). Then choose your plane (F16 or SR22) and initial airport. Joysticks are supported; it has even been reported that force feedback works. The game's controls are sensitive so it takes some getting used to. Here are all the available controls. For a quick overview, check out this YouTube video."

Converting Flash to Mpg using Super

Here is the new link for converting .flv files (from teachertube) to .mpg files, that can be natively played in your PowerPoint presentations, using Super.

Converting .flv to .mpg using Super

Converting Flash to Mpg using Zamzar

Here is the new link for the tutorial on converting .flv files (from teachertube) to .mpg files, that can be played natively in your PowerPoint presentations, using Zamzar.

Convert .flv files to .mpg using Zamzar

Hyperlinking .flv files in PowerPoint

Here is the new link for the tutorial on hyperlinking your .flv files in your PowerPoint presentations.

Hyperlinking .flv files in a PowerPoint

Flv Files and Player

Here is the new link for the tutorial on .flv files and the flv player.

.flv files and flv player

Grade Quick - Inserting Names the Easy Way

Here is the new link for the tutorial for Entering names in Grade Quick (the easy way)

Entering Names in Grade Quick (the easy way)

Grade Quick - Entering Tests (Assignments)

Here is the new link for the tutorial on entering tests (assignments) in Grade Quick.

Entering tests (assignments) in Grade Quick

Grade Quick - Edit Menu

Here is the new link for the Grade Quick tutorial on the Edit Menu.

Edit Menu in Grade Quick

Grade Quick - File and Edit Menu

Here is the new link for the Grade Quick tutorial on the File and Edit Menu.

File and Edit Menu on Grade Quick

Grade Quick - Entering Student Names

Here is the new link for the Grade Quick tutorial on entering student names.

Entering Student Names Using Grade Quick

Welcome Back

Thanks so much for coming back to visit me here. I am now going to start posting the other tutorials that i promised you. I also have some other neat things to share with you.... software, news, links, tutorials, etc.

These tutorials are now hosted on our server at school. I will be taking down the other links in the emails that you have received. Please update any bookmarks that you might have made.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Converting Flash to Mpg

Welcome to the first post on ThumbDriveThursday. This post will show you how to use Super to convert flash video (flv) from TeacherTube to mpg video that can be natively played in Microsoft PowerPoint. I hope you give it a try. I will try to get the other tutorials up soon.

I have graduated from tinker toys to tinker tech. I will use this spot to tinker with technology.

Thanks so much for checking it out.

Convert flv to mpg