Wednesday, April 1

Introducing Learn360 - a new streaming media tool
Outstanding K-12 content from PBS, National Geographic, Standard Deviants, Slim Goodbody, Sunburst Visual Media™. and dozens of other educational video producers. We provide the resources you need to cover your curriculum.

  • Hand-selected video clips provide targeted curriculum support.

  • Easily accessible from school or home 24/7.

  • The only streaming service to offer slide show capability.

  • Cutting-edge digitization brings you the best quality streaming media in the classroom and at home.

  • To request access to Learn360, please vist the PPS Multimedia Library Streaming Media web page.

    And if you are not using Discovery Education streaming, you can sign for that too!


    Friday, March 20


    The PPS-FF is an annual showcase of media-projects created by Portland
    Public School students. The projects are usually created in conjunction with a class or school-related activity, and/or in collaboration with a PPS teacher(s).

    The Festival was created in 2000 by two middle-school media teachers,
    Phil Walker and Matt Gilley. Email them at or


    Past years videos!

    Tuesday, March 17

    Tuesday, March 10

    da Vinci The Genius at OMSI

    da Vinci related media titles available from:

  • Multimedia Library
  • Learn360 Streaming Media
  • Discovery Education Streaming Media
  • Wordle!!

    Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.
    Wordle: PPS IRC

    Thursday, May 1

    TED: Ideas Worth Sharing -- Amazing Website!!

    I'm not even sure how I found this - but you need to visit

    According to their site: "TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). "

    They have videotaped these conferences over the years and the speakers are amazing and include everyone from Isabel Allende to Peter Gabriel to Jane Goodall. You can even download the videos as mp3 audiofiles.

    I have listened to about 10 of them and I have particularly enjoyed Jill Bolte Taylor video - she is a scientist that studies the brain and one day woke up and slowly realized she was having massive stroke.

    Tuesday, April 1

    IF ONLY...

    I saw a story on the news the other night about Bishop Hartley High School. The school gave PC Tablet laptops to all of their seniors. The school is wireless and their textbooks are already loaded on the laptop. As teachers are lecturing, they can push lecture notes and embedded videos to the students. And students can jot down notes with a stylus right onto the tablet screen. Cool!!

    I realize that circumstances are different in PPS, but if only we had the money....

    Check out this video!!

    Monday, March 31

    Create virtual mixtapes with!

    We all did it. I know I did!! We took songs from different albums (and later DVDs) and put them on a cassette tape to listen to on long rides in the car, or better yet, give to friends.

    Well now you can create your own virtual mixtapes online and share them with your friends!!

    Just create an account, load up and organize your favorite songs. You can send the link to your friends, publish it on your website, it even gives you a RSS feed!!

    Here is my muxtape: