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This page is designed to provide you with an overview of the Themes workshops for the Spring semester. Workshops are offered on the following topics:
Digital Video-cameras and iMovie
Webquests at the Introductory and Advanced Levels
Scanners and OCR
! Kidspiration Refresher
Introduction Webpages and Netscape Composer
Advanced Microsoft PowerPoint

Digital Video-camera & Intro to iMovie
Dr. Alec Peck
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn to use a digital video-camera, which they can later borrow for use in a classroom. After learning to use the camera, participants will learn how to transfer and edit their footage in i-Movie, from which they can produce great Quicktime movies or new videotapes.


Webquest Workshops
Melanie Zibit
February & March

A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge with Tom March.

Introduction to Webquests
Melanie Zibit
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
In this introductory workshop, you will learn about Webquests – what they are, how to locate pre-constructed Webquests, and ways to manage your K-12 learners and resources. You'll explore and assess different Webquests based on attributes such as efficiency, higher level thinking, technology skills required, and team building. You'll also locate several Webquests that you can use to support a topic related to the curriculum area you teach.


Scanners & OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
Dr. Alec Peck
Thursday, February 13, 2003
Learn to use a scanner to capture images from photographs, books, newspapers, etc., which can then be printed or included in other documents or placed on web pages or in Powerpoint presentations. You'll also learn to use OCR software which converts printed documents (newspaper and magazine articles, books, typed pages, etc.) into word processing files that you can edit, cut & paste, and print.

Kidspiration Introduction
Deborah Horan
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
Kidspiration is the primary version of Inspiration, a concept-mapping software, for developing ideas and assessing understandings of students. This introductory workshop, includes an overview of literacy and content area applications of concept mapping, explorations in webbing and sorting ideas, and guided practice.

Advanced Webquest Workshop
Melanie Zibit
Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Learn how to ! develop a Webquest that relates to a curriculum area that enriches your lessons, expands the resources available to your students, and guides them to deeper learning on a particular topic. During this advanced workshop, you will develop a plan and outline for a beginning Webquest which you may continue developing at your school. You will find new Web-based resources related to a topic of your choosing and be guided through the development of the various components of a Webquest – Introduction, Task description, Process, Evaluation and Conclusion.

Inspiration Refresher Deborah Horan
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
This workshop is for educators who have either previously taken Inspiration workshops, but don't quite remember how to use it, or for those wanting to learn about this concept-mapping software. Inspiration is most appropriate for intermediate to secondary level students and can also be used by adults for concept development. The workshop includes an overview of potential applications as well as guided practice in creating concept maps.

Introduction to Webpages
Amy Ryan
! Tuesday, April 29, 2003
In this introductory workshop, you will create webpages with Netscape Composer. If you are familiar using Microsoft Word or Claris Works, then Netscape Composer is the program from you! Netscape Composer is a free, easy-to-use web authoring tool. The program is a component of Netscape Navigator, the Internet browser, and can be used on either a PC or Macintosh computer. You will learn to create a basic webpage, change the background color, create tables, and insert Internet links.

Advanced Microsoft PowerPoint
Am! y Ryan
Tuesday, April 8, 2003
This workshop is for educators who are familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint and interested in learning more about the program. Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation tool that can be used to display daily or weekly classroom agendas, showcase student work, outline project directions, or to display pictures or artwork. You will learn to insert slide transitions, customize presentations with animations, add sound effects, and manipulate graphics. This workshop is designed to enhance your current skills and enable you create more sophisticated slide presentations.

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Directions & Parking
For maps and driving directions, see Boston College's campus information. Parking on-campus after 4:00 p.m. is free. The Beacon Street parking garage is the best place to park for THEMES workshops.