How to Install Calendar

WordPress does not make calendars for such things as homework as easy as it could or should be. One solution is to use a Google calendar. Here are the directions to insert a Google calendar into your blog. Many thanks to MS Math department for finding a solution.

Exporting WordPress Blogs

It’s a good practice to periodically export your WordPress blog. This will allow you to maintain a copy of your posts, tags, categories, and comments. This is especially vital if you’ll be leaving ISM or would like to import your blog into a new account. The screencast video below will demonstrate how to export your blog.

Should you have any questions or difficulty, please contact Brandon.


Simple Solutions #1

usb pileOn a daily basis USB/flash/thumb drives/sticks are left in the computer labs and in classrooms. Previously I would take the time to open files on the drive and determine the owner. No longer! My rule is now to see if the student named their USB. If they have not it goes in the ‘USB” pile.

How to Name your USB


Like renaming any file or folder, simple right-click and re-name it.



Right-click the mounted USB-chose Get Info-Naming and Extensions.

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Email Strategies — Part I — Archiving Email In Outlook

Before archiving email you should decide on one computer that you will always archive your email too. Once you have decided upon this computer do the following:First, Outlook archives from the folder you have currently selected in the folder pane. This is important, to make things easy select the top level folder in the Outlook Pane that corresponds to your entire email account. In my case this is “Mailbox – Chadwick, Matthew”
On the File Menu Select Archive

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Adding Flickr Slideshows to WordPress Posts

Flickr Slideshows are a powerful and visually attractive method for displaying photos. Rather than displaying a series of photos in a long post one by one, the slideshows offer you a chance to share multiple images with maximum impact in a small space.

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In order to display them, you’ll need to activate a plugin called, “Tylrslidr”, from the “Plugins” menu on the left side of your Dashboard.

Once activated, when you create a new post, you’ll see a small circular icon with “T|S”. Once clicked, this will open a window with various settings. This is where you would input either the Flickr ID (which is found via or the particular set you’d like to display.

In this case, above, I’ve chosen to display a set of photos from our trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I simply selected the set and copied the URL from the address bar in the browser. Once pasted in, it displays as shown.

This would be a wonderful way of exhibiting student work, artwork, classroom activities, sports, community service, class trips, ICARE, and on and on!

Embedding YouTube Videos into Prezi

Teachers have asked about how to embed a YouTube video into their Prezi presentations. There are instructions in the Prezi manual under the learn tab at The method essentially requires two steps:1) downloading the video from YouTube in the correct format 2) embedding into the Prezi.

Downloading from YouTube and saving as an FLV file

There a number of ways to do this. Here is just one that is straightforward and sure to work.

Step #1 Go to YouTube and find the video required. Copy the URL of that video page.

Step #2 Go to Paste the URL in the menubar. Click Download.


Step #3 Download the FLV file

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Step #4 Lastly, embedding the video into your Prezi is straightforward- Use Media then File as you would insert a picture.