Issue 6, Volume
September 23, 2010
Thought for the
You must keep your mind on the objective, not on
-- William Randolph Hearst
Touch for Mobile Learning
The iPod Touch can be used
as a fun and exciting tool for learning, especially
when educational software is loaded onto the device.
Because it is a small, portable device with a unique
multi-touch graphical user interface, it is a
fantastic educational tool that lets a child take
their learning with them. This article shares
educational advantages to the iPod Touch, including
useful iPod Touch educational apps. These great
applications download to the iPod increasing the
iPod's teaching potential. Read all about it and
find free and inexpensive apps for educational tools
in art, music, books/reading, math, science, and
geography. The URL:
2010 LACUE Student Video
Contest - Register NOW to Submit Your Video!
year’s LACUE Conference is slated for December 1 –
3, 2010 in Baton Rouge. Last year’s video contest
was a huge success, so LACUE is once again
sponsoring the video contest. The deadline to
register to participate is October 1st, and the
deadline to submit videos is November 5, 2010.
Details for this year are available on the LACUE
www.lacue.org. Please take some time to review
the details and consider planning to get your
students involved. By popular demand a category has
been added for Pre-K through 1st Grade teams with
the same three theme options; Academic, Artistic, &
Social Civic. Register to enter your video NOW!!!|
Don't forget to submit
your favorite educator to win a 2010 LACUE Award.
Submissions are now being accepted by LACUE.
Applications can be found on the LACUE website.
Please email the completed applications to:
email@example.com. Submissions will be
accepted until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22nd.
Plan a virtual trip through
the universe. Explore space like never before with
Terapixel. See thousands of images combined to
create an exceptionally clear spherical map of the
night sky. The Terapixel project, along with
WorldWide Telescope, enables students to navigate
space dynamically from their laptops or PCs and make
their own "discoveries." Try it on your own desktop.
Crawling Credits in PowerPoint 2007
movies have rolling credits at the end of the show.
Why don't we ever see that in PowerPoint
Slideshows?! Probably, it's because most people have
no clue how to do it. Have you ever thought about
PowerPoint run credits at the end so it will look
like a movie? Here's how...|
credits in a text box:
presentation in Office PowerPoint 2007, and
add a new blank slide after the last slide.
Insert tab, in the Text group,
click Text Box, and draw a text box
at the top of the slide.
credits in the text box.
If your credits
are no longer than the height of the slide,
you can use the Credits animation effect. If
your text box runs below the lower edge of
the slide or if you want to control the
direction of the scroll, use a Motion Path
Create a Credit
Crawl Using the Credits Effect
With the text box selected,
on the Animations tab, in the
Animations group, click Custom
In the Custom Animation
pane, click Add Effect, point to
Entrance, and then click More Effects.
Under Exciting, click Credits.
Tip: To change the length of time the
credits are on the screen, experiment with
the Speed setting.
Create a Credit Crawl Using
a Motion Path Effect
With the text box
selected, on the Animations tab,
in the Animations group, click
In the Custom
Animation pane, click Add Effect,
point to Motion Paths, and click
Up. The Motion Path control line
appears over the text box.
With the control line
selected, move the mouse over the green
arrow until the cursor changes to a
diagonal line. Then, drag the green
arrow straight down to the bottom of the
text box. Use the Zoom controls
to show more of the workspace so that
you can see below and above the slide.
With the control line
selected, move the mouse over the red
arrow until the cursor changes to a
diagonal line. Then, drag the arrow the
same distance straight up, until it is
roughly half the length of the text box
above the top of the text box.
Right-click the animation
item in the Custom Animation
pane, and click Effect Options.
Clear the Smooth Start
and Smooth End check boxes. On
the Timing tab, in the Speed
field, type the number of seconds that
you want the credits to run. Click OK.
Adjust the red or green
arrows as needed so the credit crawl
starts below the slide and scrolls off
of the top completely. Adjust the Speed
setting as needed to increase or
decrease the speed of the crawl.
Using the Sound and Screen
Recorder in ActivInspire
contains a tool which allows the teacher to record
actions that are taken on the Promethean Board.
Teachers can pre-record a lesson by using this tool.
After the lesson has been recorded, the teacher
needs simply to play the file. Similarly, teachers
can record a sound file that can be played in
conjunction with the use of the Promethean Board.
Imagine pre-recording a lesson when you know that
you will be out of the classroom for a particular
day. Students will have the presence of their
teacher, guiding them through the lesson for the
of useful information can be found by looking at the
(all that information that
looks imprinted on your desktop) on your computer.
You can see your Host Name, IP Address, how much RAM
you have, your processor size, and more. It comes in
very handy; however, sometimes
the desktop information or BGinfo is missing from
the desktop background. When you need to find the IP
Address of your computer in this situation, the
following steps will get you the information you
and then Run.
and click OK.
in the command prompt and press Enter.
A list of
information will be displayed. Near the top
will be an item labeled as IP Address.
information or assistance visit
Want Some Photo
you want to have some fun with photos, then you
should try PhotoFunia, an online photo editing tool.
All you have to do is to upload any photo and just
wait to see the magic. PhotoFunia adds cool photo
effects and allows the user to create photo
montages. PhotoFunia is free and easy to use. Just
select an effect you like from over 100 different
effects, upload your photo, and PhotoFunia will
handle the rest for you. PhotoFunia is also
available as an app for iPods, iPhone, iPads and
Google Android. Find out more at
Body Systems Teaching
teacher has some great ideas for teaching all about
the human body, appropriate for grades 6 and 7.
Students will try different sensory activities to
learn about the nervous system; investigate the
tooth's grinding, tearing, and ripping roles in
digestion; or even examine works of Picasso's cubist
art when learning about the muscular system.
Numerous activities are included in this excellent
set of hands-on explorations into body systems.
Check it out at
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The Circle of Blood
How many circuits does it make per day when your
heart pumps blood through your body? What is the
artery called which pumps out this blood? Where do
veins receive their blood from? Find out in this
presentation on The Human Heart, from The Franklin
Institute, and have your students make up trivia
Decimals of The Caribbean
It's up to your middle school students to sink all
the pirate ships in this interactive game. How can
they do that? By correctly identifying the requested
decimal, and finding the pirate's treasure.
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