Christopher Casal
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  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
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Christopher Casal replied to Rebekah Donaldson's discussion Will technology take precedence over paper, pens, and writing? Should it?
"We teach using math theories that have existed for centuries, literature from writers across the ages, I see no problem with teaching technology in the same fashion. At one time the sharpened pencil was cutting edge innovation. The advent…"
Sep 25, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to KIMBERLY C MAHAN's discussion Data Walls
"Can you be more specific about what you mean by a "data wall"? Are you looking for pure metrics such as attendance, grades, test scores, etc that will only be used by teachers/administrators? Is so, sites like…"
Sep 25, 2012
nargeskamali left a comment for Christopher Casal
"Hi can blog being effective for all type of students?can you mention some of advantages and disadvantages of using blog in your class? please answer based on your own experiance."
Mar 26, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Ryan Smith's discussion Technology Integration Specialist Interview
"Here is what I would ask: What is your philosophy on technology in education? (ie: 1:1, 1 or 2 machines as classroom centers, dedicated computer teacher/technology as a core subject, etc) Windows of Mac? with rational iOS or Android? with…"
Feb 28, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Kathy Strathman's discussion Teacher Communication
"If you guess are a Google Apps school I think it's a no brainier. We are a Google Apps school and our teachers update internal assessments, grades/levels, etc on Google Docs. It allows the administration to see how students are progressing…"
Feb 28, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Kathy Strathman's discussion Teacher Communication
"Google Docs would be a great tool. Create shared Docs based on grade level, specific classes, etc and use them to record meeting notes, collaborate beyond the meetings and so on..."
Feb 27, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Chris Braaten's discussion Ipod Touch, Nook or Kindle?
"I get that, but my point is if your wifi is managed by a central firewall you might not be able to connect the Kindle or Nook. We have wifi in every classroom but they are all routed through a proxy server/firewall to filter content and the…"
Feb 12, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Chris Braaten's discussion Ipod Touch, Nook or Kindle?
"How do you get the books to the Kindle without the internet? I am not overly familiar with the Kindle platform so I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression you did everything over WiFi, never tethering to a computer.…"
Feb 10, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to DHickman's discussion How effective are elementary technology teachers?
"As with any investment, the earlier you start the greater the rewards years later..."
Feb 9, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Kate Miller's discussion Elementary Computer Lab Activities
"I use PowerPoint and Keynote to do research projects in 4th & 5th grade (Word with 2nd & 3rd). Single topic, guided research via Google, note taking, turning notes into presentations with pictures, animations, etc We've turned…"
Feb 8, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Chris Braaten's discussion Ipod Touch, Nook or Kindle?
"I lean toward Apple products for one main reason, proxy support. Our district, like many, run the school network through a proxy server to control the firewall (blocking sites, etc). Apple devices, such as the iPod and iPad, have the ability to…"
Feb 8, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Patti Yohe's discussion Can't use Skype - anyone else have this issue?
"Just ask your tech department if your network uses a proxy. Ask it just like that and if your tech department is the least bit knowledgable they'll know what you are asking for. You can also check your PC to see if it's using a proxy.…"
Jan 22, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Harold Jeffcoat's discussion Tablets or Laptops...that's the question.
"I think you should approach it from the other direction... ... what do you want the students to do/accomplish with the 1:1 program? Define a scope of use, products to be produced, end-result goals, etc and then look to which device best supports…"
Jan 20, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Patti Yohe's discussion Can't use Skype - anyone else have this issue?
"One thing to consider is your school's/district's network and firewall. Do they use a proxy server? The tablet's ability to connect to the internet via a proxy server isn't guaranteed. The iPad allows for proxy…"
Jan 17, 2012
Christopher Casal replied to Patti Yohe's discussion Can't use Skype - anyone else have this issue?
"Which tablet? iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab...? Skype, FaceTime & Google Voice are your big 3 options... FaceTime on the iPad is a great option. FaceTime uses a specific port on your network so that port might already be opened or your network…"
Dec 20, 2011
Christopher Casal replied to davebrundish's discussion Web 2.0 for 6 Year Olds!
"I don't know. I love Wikispaces for the ease of use and ability to create student accounts & protected sites I love Blogger for the ease of use, protected sites option, and the fact that I'm pretty Google-based. I have not…"
Dec 19, 2011

Profile Information

School / Work Affiliation
PS 10, NYCDOE
Blog
http://thecasalos.blogspot.com
Website
http://www.mrcasal.com
Twitter / Plurk / Other Account
http://www.twitter.com/mr_casal
About Me
I am a technology teacher in the New York City public schools and I try to keep up with all the latest news and trends in education, as well as expose my students to all appropriate related material.

My site, www.mrcasal.com is a bit of the "portal to my class" and offers links to the other school/class/lab/student-centric site I use throughout the year:
class blog:
http://mrcasal.blogspot.com
bookmarks:
http://www.diigo.com/user/mrcasal
wiki:
http://mrcasal.wikispaces.com

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At 2:35pm on March 26, 2012, nargeskamali said…

Hi

can blog being effective for all type of students?can you mention some of advantages and disadvantages of using blog in your class?

please answer based on your own experiance.

At 10:48am on October 13, 2010, George Grachis said…
Thanks this is great information. We have a Live.Edu project meeting scheduled for this Friday.
 
 
 

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