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Friday
Nov142008

5th Grade Resources

I found several resources for 5th grade's study on Landforms while looking on the Discovery Educators Network today. I made a list and emailed it to her. While looking at some of the WSFC blogs, I found more information on some of the vocabulary terms Mrs. McCoy wanted me to look for at this site http://rhes_news.blogspot.com/

Friday
Nov142008

PowerPoint Creators

My AIG girls have gone wild over PowerPoint recently. The 3rd grade girls are creating a Math Vocabulary presentation that they will continue to add to as new information is discovered. The 4th grade girls have started creating one as a Reader Response Activity to the novel they are reading. They have discovered how to change backgrounds, add text boxes, add pictures, and add new slides. They are having fun changing fonts and pictures (too much I am afraid). We may even add some sounds and slide transitions.
We were going to do these things in PhotoStory, but I decided not to try that yet. When working on these project, they are eager, involved, and engaged learners. As well as trying to help them with some technology stuff, I try to throw in some language lessons too about punctuation and grammar to improve their writing skills.

Thursday
Nov132008

Classroom experiences

Emory from Instructional Technologycame and helped Mr. Smith get the ActivBoard software and stuff set up correctly for me to use! I can't wait to start, but I have some other projects that I have to get done first (so unlike me to procrastinate, but I am). I think my first project will involve my "Guess the Covered Word" books in some way.

I found a neat site that allows me to easily change/alter the backgrounds and images on blogs on blogger.com. The only problem is that it is blocked at school, so some things don't show up too well. http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/

Today my AIG students began a Math Vocabulary powerpoint. We have been reading books (Sir Cumference) and taking notes (Marzano HYIS) of the math terms we encounter. My girls have been looking online to define some of these words. I thought about having them use Photostory to create something with math words, but I still have not played around with it much and learned very much about it. Since I am a bit more comfortable with powerpoint (and they have some previous experience with it), that is what we started today.

Friday
Nov072008

ActivStudio Notes

ActivStudio (online class)
Topic 1
Grouping – slide the arrow over a letter and click – the word will be surrounded by a rectangle and pick-up boxes (it will be automatically joined together) . . . to ungroup, click the gray box . . . click on an individual letter again and the box will just be around that letter
Use the Spray Bottle as a clear all tool
Saving the FlipChart --- click on menu, select flipchart – save to – my flipcharts

Topic 2
Your recent charts are displayed on the dashboard, where you can also find choices to create or open from
The rubber stamp option allows you to place the same image by just clicking the cursor, then use the marquee tool to resize and move
Moving and organizing toolboxes :
you can turn on/off main toolbar by clicking on customize
you can move it to the top or the side by clicking on the gray area
you can add or delete things from the toolbar by going to customize
Topic 3
Working with text
Using the pen tool to create a page heading (select “new flipchart” from dashboard
Floating Keyboard: click on design mode to uncheck it and change to presentation mode . . . then click on the “Power Tools” button and select keyboard
Power Tools: floating keyboard, math tools (ruler, protractor, pushpin, clock, dice, globe, . . .)
To edit text . . click on and then click again . . . box opens to allow to change size, font, location, . . . )

Topic 4
Shared Backgrounds: click on button on side (looks like a background) . . . there are many folders in the resource library . . . hover the cursor over the icon and it will show you the resource type)
Shared Flipchart Pages:
Click on down arrow to view options
Click on “shared flipchart pages” button
Click on plus symbol next to flipchart builder
To use the shared resource library:
Click on button to open new flipchart
Click on library button (stacked books)
Click on shared images
Click on topic and a set of thumbnail images appears
Click “drag and drop” to select image and place on page

Topic 5
Customize Tool box: Main menu . . . customize . . . toolstore (click and drag)
Using grids: dashboard . . . new flipchart . . . resource library . . . shared library button . . . shared grids button (grids can be useful when designing lessons or arranging items on the page . . . when finished designing, just delete the grid using the clear tool

Topic 7
Math tools: click on protractor to open math toolbox to increase or decrease size

Topic 10
You can link to videos, sound files, Word or Excel documents
Page Turn Effect: right click on “next page” button and select from box
Reveal tool and Spotlight tool on the toolbar (choose options)
Using TickerTapes:
to make a tickertape on existing text in your flipchart, right click on the text and from select “make tickertape” from menu
to create tickertape using any text, click on PowerTools, then on TickerTape Tool, New, Define, and type any desired message in the boxClock tool: PowerTool Button . . . Clock tool . . . select from box . . . settings . . . add sound if desired after time out . . . reveal tool

Thursday
Nov062008

3rd Graders

My 3rd grade group is finishing their PBL activity by creating a PowerPoint about the gameshow they created. There are many different levels of computer skills in this group. Students who understand what they are doing are being kind and helping others when they have questions. We have talked about changing the background design, changing the font, and saving the presentation. I am planning on students finishing this project tomorrow. I would like to upload their presentations to ther 3rd grade learning log.