Things You Need to Know . . .

Audacity and Lame

  • We use Audacity to create podcasts.
  • Audacity is free software that you can download.
  • Lame is another software that is free.  It works with Audactiy and allows you to  export your audio as an mp3.
  • Of course you will need a microphone.
  • You can create podcasts at home if you want.


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The "Duh" Statement

"To get reliable research, use reliable resources."  Students say this statement together in class and then we all say, "Duh!"   The point is to ALWAYS USE RELIABLE RESOURCES! 

Why start with Google (or any other search engine) when you have reliable databases to use?  Students answer that it is faster.  However, it really isn't if they take the time to verify whether the information is reliable or not.  Also, most of the databases provide citations.

Saving Student Work

There are currently three ways for students to save their work.  The pros and cons of each method should be considered.

Method 1 - Flash Drives (also known as "Thumb" drives)

  • Inexpensive
  • Portable
  • Readily available
  • Reliable
  • Students don't have the flash drive with them.
  • Students leave the flash drives in computers.
  • Flash drives get washed with clothes.

Students wear a flash drive on a lanyard while at school.  Why on a lanyard? 

  • Students are less likely to leave the flash drive in the computer when there is a lanyard attached.
  • Flash drives are less likely to be washed with clothes because the lanyard adds bulk  when stuck in pockets and may actually hang out of pockets.

Method 2 - Save to the student network drive

Readily available

  • The same drive is shared by all students.  Anyone can erase or move files belonging to anyone else.
  • It is only accessible from a Tulsa Public Schools computer if student is logged in as a Carver student. (Not accessible from home or anywhere besides school.)

Method 3 - e-lockers

These electronic lockers are available from school, home or wherever there is Internet access. 

  1. There is some confusion which results in loss of time and efforts.
  2. You must save your document elsewhere (on a flash drive, My Documents, network drive).  Then you upload those documents that have been saved elsewhere. Read the directions carefully.
  3. When you open a document from e-lockers, you must save elsewhere again and continue to save as you work and when you are finished.
  4. Once again, you must upload your saved documents.
Scenario1: Students work on a project and then save their work to the e-locker.  It will not be there when when they go back to open it.  You can't save to e-lockers.  You can only upload documents to e-lockers.
Scenario2:  Students uploaded correctly to the e-locker.  They open the file and begin working.  They save as they work and before they close.  When they go back to open the document, it will be there exactly as it was when they first uploaded it.  No changes have been made.  You must save elsewhere and then upload to the e-locker.

Method 4- "Saving to the Cloud" (One day in the future)

One day students will be able to "save to the cloud."  That means that they will be able to save online. 

  • Students can access their saved work from any computer with Internet.
  • Some services (Like GoogleDocs) provide document file types comparable to Microsoft Office.
  • Some services are free.
  • Students will have their own, individual space to save their work.


  • Can be a fee.
  • Requires students to log-in. 
  • There are many steps involved in setting this up district-wide.

Technology Projects Compatibility

Students often work on projects involving technology at school and at home only to find that work from home is not compatible with software at school - and vice versa. 

Carver uses the following office suites:
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • OpenOffice 3
Carver uses the following Operating Systems:
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7 (Coming Soon)

Possible Solutions: 

  • OpenOffice 3 is a free Office Suite. When using OpenOffice, you can and should save documents as Microsoft Office documents. 
  • One day we may be using GoogleDocs.  If so, whether at home or school, students will have access to the same tools when Internet is available.
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Reading Counts

  • Reading Counts is only available from school.  
  • Username: your last name
  • Password: your ID # sans any beginning zero 
  • Reading Counts is used to monitor how much students are reading.
  • The goal is for each student to read one million words each year.

Oklahoma's Promise

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education:  Oklahoma's Promise
Oklahoma's Promise scholarship provides in-state college tuition for students from families earning $50,000 a year or less. You must enroll your child in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade.

Online Databases, i.e., "Reliable Resources"

These resources are reliable and should be used first before using a common search engine for academic research.

Where are they?
  • Go to Carver's web page,
  • Scroll down to QUICK LINKS and click on Research Databases.
  • Click on Log On Here.
  • Ask students for the password information. Log on.
  • Click on Online Databases.
  • Explore to see what each one is good for.

So, what are these now? 

  • These are online databases that will provide you with reliable information. 
  • There are three different online encyclopedias. 
  • EBSCO is a database of thousands of journals and magazines.  (Magazine articles might not be reliable.)
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library lets you search a sizeable reference library all at once.
  • is great for finding out about authors and books. 
  • Explore!
How are these helpful?  
  • These reliable resources are available from any computer that has Internet access.
  • If a hundred students are all researching the same things, we cannot possibly have enough up-to-date, relevant books available for all of those students in one day.  The online databases provide those resources.  (We still have non-fiction books, just not by the hundreds on any one topic.)
  • The databases provide the citation so that students can easily cite their sources.
  • Students can use some or all of these databases (Safari Montage is especially great for this) to tutor themselves, review information, or learn something they are personally interested in.

Anything else? 

  • Yes!  The CIA World Factbook is free to anyone.  It is in the list, provides reliable information about countries, but does not provide citations.
  • Online Newspapers is provided for your ready reference.  You can use it to compare points of view about a current topic from different places around the world.  The newspapers are not necessarily reliable.  They may not include all the information needed to form an opinion or make any decisions.  They may be biased. Newspapers are quick information that may change over time.  These are not going to provide citations.
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Safari Montage

  • Safari Montage provides streaming video (movies online).
  • Students can use Safari Montage for research, to tutor themselves, to investigate subjects they are personally interested in.
  • To logon, click the More link below and then choose Carver.
  • Students log in as a Carver student logging into a school computer.
  • There is a tutorial.

Web 2.0

What is it?

Web 2.0 means interactive Internet sites that are free and can be used on your computer.
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