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October 12, 2010

This is Val practicing on my blog.

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August 10, 2010

Note: at any time if you need to see a larger version of the images below, just click on the image.

Sending an email via blind copy allows you to send an email to several people without those people being able to see the other recipients' email address. It also prevents recipients from knowing if there were other people who received the email.

Here's how to do it:

First, select the email that you'd like to forward, or create a new one.


Next, if you're forwarding, click the "forward" button (it might just be a right arrow if your window is smaller). If you're creating a new email just skip to the next step.


If you can't see a BCC field click on the button to show it (as shown below)

Zimbra_ bcc3.jpg

This last step is the most important! Address the email to YOURSELF. In the BCC field, list the recipents' email addresses or the address group to whom you're sending the email. Then, just click "send."


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March 18, 2010

There's an interesting article on the New York Times learning network which talks about a new book by David Shenk.

The book certainly looks interesting. It takes a look at research about the impact of genetics on learning and addresses some of the myths that have formed around "gifted and talented" learners.

Here's the link:


Keywords: dlindsay, genius, gifted, IQ, talented, times

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January 15, 2010

Many teachers have asked how to make a contact group. These groups are very handy for emailing grade level teams, office staff, and parents. Here's the lowdown:

Note: for the pictures below, if you need to see the larger version of a picture, click on it to make it bigger.

First of all, open up Zimbra and click on the "Address Book" tab.


Next, find the "New" drop down menu.


Choose "Contact Group"


The next screen is where the real magic happens. You'll give your group a name, select the members for it, and add those members to the group. <click picture to enlarge>


Once you've finished the above steps, all you have to do is save the group.


Now all you need to do to make use of your group is to type the name of your group in the "To:" line of a new email.

Keywords: address, contact group, contacts, dlindsay, email

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April 20, 2009

It's that time of the year again...

Here's a page that might be useful to anyone new to the survey or who needs help logging in and getting started.


Keywords: ctap, proficiency, tech

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February 11, 2009

I have been using the SUSD wiki pages to create newsletter-like postings with resources for students/parents to use for each major area of the curriculum. The nice thing is that even though it is a lot of work now, they'll be right there for me next year. Although some weeks I have more time than others, and sometimes I drop the ball in updating the site, ultimately it should be rather complete since I don't have to update finished sections each year and can concentrate on ones that I skipped over.

If any other 6th grade teachers want to see if the resources might be useful to them, you can get a list of topics on the webpage here. What's there are offsite links for more practice, short video tutorials and/or media clips, and in some cases there are online quizzes that students can take to gage their progress. Likewise, if you view the resources and find yourself scoffing because you've found something better, please let me know! I'm always on the hunt for better resources.

Keywords: 6th, curriculum, dlindsay, links, resources

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December 05, 2008

Here are some annotated screenshots documenting how to make a group, add students to it, and assign a writing task in the My Access program. I also included how to make your own prompt. Select "Fullscreen"option from the bottom right corner toolbar if you can't read the writing.

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: myaccess writing)

Keywords: my access, swattec, writing

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October 27, 2008

Reuters posted this short article today which I found interesting:


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October 17, 2008

Tech Bytes was recently added to iTunes, which presents another way to subscribe to and view the podcasts. If you've found any of the episodes to be useful, please feel free to comment on the iTunes site. Your reviews might lead others to the podcast which would give more of an educational payoff to this hobby of mine. Here's the link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=293582232. You have to have iTunes installed (it's free) for this service to work.

Also, please give feedback. If there are issues with the podcast or ideas that you might have for future episodes, please submit them. I'd be happy to credit you with the tip! I'm also thinking about creating an episode or two on the student blogs and teachers' experiences with blogging. If you'd like to participate in an interview or roundtable discussion, I think it might be kind of fun.

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August 28, 2008

Please be patient with me in the upcoming days; I'll be reposting the techbyte movies in order to get the subscription information working properly. My intent is not to spam the SUSD community page, so I'm sorry if you've already seen the last three tutorials. I've got new ones on the way, but I want to make sure the subscription feeds are working properly. 

Come back in the next few days and I'll have directions on how to subscribe to Tech Bytes so that they come to you, rather than you having to hunt them down here.

Thanks again for your patience.

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August 23, 2008

Another 6th grade teacher, Scott Ritter, and I were talking the other day about how researching using the internet demands a scholarly, critical approach. We often talk about how you can't rely on the internet for information, but the fact of the matter is, you can't expect TV and Newspaper media to be wholly unbiased either. That said, people approach (and if they don't, they should) web resources with a healthy bit of skepticism. You have to evaluate the merit of the websites you go to, check resources, and triangulate with more resources. But most don't treat their LA Times with the same degree of skepticism, and that is a mistake.More ...

Keywords: bias, history, internet, lindsay, news, research

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August 20, 2008

I found this interview where James Gee shares his opinions about possibilities in education. I found many of his ideas to be interesting.

Keywords: collaboration, education, james gee, social network, technology, video games

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August 11, 2008

Here's a tool that is useful for outlining and creating mind maps. 


Keywords: education, mindmaps, outlining, technology, web2.0, webtool

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August 09, 2008

I started a weekly staff-meeting training last year that I decided to call Tech Bytes (depending on how you emphasize certain syllables, you can get hilarious results). I created a video version of the trainings that I will continue to add to. They can be found here:  http://community.saugususd.org/dlindsay/page/Tech+Bytes

The "Bytes" are generally less than 5 minutes in length and present web tools and other technology tips that could be useful to educators. I'm working on getting them set up in itunes, but this being my first time, I'm finding the process a little new and more complicated than I thought it would be. With any luck, I'll be able to add a subscription button so those of you with video ipods or other mp4 players will be able to get the segments "pushed" to you whenever I create a new one.

Please let me know what you think, I'd love to get feedback on the sound clarity and level, usefulness of the content, and style. Please feel free to also comment or email me with ideas that you'd like me to include in future Bytes as well.

Here's the first show; hope its not too rough:

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August 08, 2008

Alright, so nobody commented on the movie that I posted from Johnny Lee about creating a cheap smartboard-like system on your own (see original post here). I interpreted this to mean that people either thought it was a hoax, was not doable by normal humans, or they just didn't look. Well, I also decided that to signify a casting of the gauntlet.

So I accepted your challenge, and I get to stay on the island.

If you're interested in the project, here are the two websites that I used:

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/projects/wii/       The project as described by its creator

http://www.uweschmidt.org/wiimote-whiteboard    Necessary software for mac implementation


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August 07, 2008

In preparation for my split class this year, I went through the process of comparing standards addressed in each grade level, and provided this information to parents on my curriculum wiki pages.

I am sharing the link to my wiki page in hopes that anyone else who has a 5th/6th grade split can make use of my efforts. In order to get to the content, scroll down and click on the subject area that you're interested in. Feel free to copy what you feel is relevant, but please credit the page you got your information from. You are free to edit the text as well to make it more pertinent to your classroom, but attribution must still be provided.

There are some links within the text as well, which you will lose if you just straight-copy the text. You can either copy the block of html source code if you're comfortable doing that, put in the links yourself, or edit them out if they aren't valid for you. 

Anyway, it is the correlation that represents the bulk of the effort, and sharing that will hopefully help someone out. Here's the link: http://community.saugususd.org/dlindsay/page/

Keywords: standards correlation 5th 6th

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May 21, 2008

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February 11, 2008

Please take the time to read the following comment below by Stephen Krashen, as well as the link below from the book, The Truth About DIBELS What It Is - What It Does Kenneth S. Goodman , Emeritus, University of Arizona Foreword by P. David Pearson.  


Thank you.

Joan Oxman

Does ‘Reading First’ Deserve Any Credit?

Education Week, June 6, 2007
To the Editor:

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings claims
that the Reading First program should get some of the
credit for gains on the 4th grade history and civics
National Assessment of Educational Progress ("Test
Gains Reigniting Old Debate," May 23, 2007).

In a press release dated May 16, Ms. Spellings said
that “just last month, my department released positive
data on the effectiveness of the Reading First
program. It showed significant improvement in the
reading proficiency of our nation’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

But it is not clear that Reading First deserves credit
for anything.

A few hours spent examining the Education Department’s
data will show that the “improvement” was not nearly
as large as claimed, and that the figures masked
significant variability among states, some failures to
improve, and some declines (for my analysis, see
"Reading First: 'Impressive' Gains?").

There was, in addition, no comparison group, a serious
violation of scientific method; gains could have
resulted from factors other than Reading First. It
also needs to be pointed out that one of the tests
used, the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy
Skills, or DIBELS, has serious problems, as discussed
in detail by Kenneth S. Goodman in The Truth About
DIBELS. As he notes, DIBELS is easily available on the
Internet, which means that teachers or parents can
drill their children on the actual test items.

The media have been filled with reports of serious
ethical problems related to the Education Department’s
administration of Reading First. Yet the claim that
the program is working is accepted at face value. This
is an unwise policy when dealing with the current
administration in Washington.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

Krashen, S. “Reading First: ‘Impressive Gains’?”

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February 07, 2008

Dear Colleagues, 

For free classroom materials for use on March 3rd, which is also Dr. Seuss' birthday, please visit the following link:


Kindest regards,

Joan Oxman

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February 05, 2008

   I created a doc that could be of use for collecting data for the upcoming tech survey. The first two pages should be copied back to back and given to teachers. The third page can be handed to your admin for completion. Much of the document was 'grabbed' from the actual .pdf sent from CDE. They wouldn't allow copying directly as text so I had to snap screenshots to create it. Despite some slight blur, I think it will serve its purpose nicely.

   You'll need to edit the top of the first page to indicate who your staff should give the info to and when you're asking for it. Now I just hope that CDE doesn't change the document too much over the next few years.[ You do not have permission to access this file - Login ] 

Keywords: Tech Survey

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April 12, 2007

   I'd have to see the study before I make some assumptions. Ok, no I don't. Let's jump right into the assumptions.More ...

Keywords: blog about it, federal study, math programs

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March 06, 2007

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Keywords: news, podcast

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September 26, 2006

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are having a good conference week.  The STA Bargaining Team has reached a tentative agreement with the district.  You should have already received a bargaining update that describes the highlights of the agreement.  We will be holding a special STA General Meeting on Thursday, October 12th, at Northpark School from 3:45 to 5:00 PM.  We will explain the details of the agreement which includes a salary increase as well as language changes to our contract.  Our elections chair will be available to explain the voting procedure.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting.  Voting will take place at school sites the following week.   Please refer to our STA website for more information:


Have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable vacation!
Kindest regards,

Joan Oxman

Joan Oxman, President
Saugus Teachers Association
26111 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite H-2
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
661-254-1604 ext 2#
661-260-1686 Fax

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September 03, 2006

Welcome back to school!  Are papers and bulletin boards getting you down? 

Take some time out for YOU!  Join your friends at the STA General Meeting for refreshments, and find out what STA is doing for YOU! 

When?  Thursday, September 7, 2006, 3:45 P.M.

Where?  Skyblue Mesa School, Multipurpose Room

See you there!

Wishing you all the best,

Joan Oxman, President

Saugus Teachers Association

26111 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite H-5

Santa Clarita, CA 91350

661-254-1604, ext. 2#

STA Website: http://members.aol.com/saugusta/

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March 04, 2006


Dear Colleagues,

It's time to get involved in your professional organization. Please join your friends at the STA General Meeting on March 16th, at 3:45 at Rosedell School.  Come hear about the STA bargaining team's latest salary proposal and what STA is doing for you!

Kindest regards,

Joan Oxman, President

Saugus Teachers Association

26111 Bouquet Canyon Road, Suite H2

Santa Clarita, CA 91350


Keywords: STA

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