Issue 13, Volume 12
November 10, 2011
Thought for the Week
We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
-- Cynthia Ozick
Internet Technologies School Administrators Need To Know
According to K. Walsh from Emerging EdTech, there are five Internet technologies about which school administrators need to know. There are many systems and tools available in today’s marketplace that can help administrators and faculty to succeed with some of the many things they need to do in their roles. Some of the technologies are "back office" and some directly impact teachers, students, and/or parents, but both administrators and teachers alike will recognize the potential for these technologies to help them be more efficient and more effective in their day to day operations.
• Classroom Management applications
• Lecture Capture
• Parent Portals
Read in detail about each of these technologies: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/11/5-internet-technologies-that-school-administrators-need-to-know-about/
Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards for Science Teachers
The Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards promote the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld in the science classroom. You are encouraged to apply for one of seven $3,000 awards. Each award will consist of $1,000 in cash for the teacher, $1,000 in Vernier Products, and up to $1,000 toward expenses to attend the annual NSTA National Convention. Science teachers, start planning your submission now. Applications are due November 30, 2011.
Thanksgiving Activities, Links and More
Thanksgiving Ideas and Lessons for the Classroom
Make Thanksgiving a special classroom holiday this year. Encourage them to be thankful during this holiday season. For ideas, check out this link.
Writing Activities for Thanksgiving
Here's a whole feast of ideas to create writing assignments with a Thanksgiving theme this month, from traditional thank you notes, to instructional exercises, to letters, descriptive paragraphs and more.
Thanksgiving Themed Printable Math Worksheets
Spanning grade one through to fifth grade and including word problems, find an extensive selection of printable math worksheets covering all grade level topics, and all with Thanksgiving themes.
Thanksgiving Word Jumble
All the words are jumbled up, and it's up to your students to make sense of these traditional Thanksgiving terms to solve the coded riddle at the end.
The First Thanksgiving
Scholastic offers one of the best resources out there for learning about the 1st Thanksgiving, Pilgrims, Wampanoag and the Mayflower. Start here for your interactive journey, learning about the actual voyage, daily life and the Thanksgiving Feast.
Demonstrations of Early American Tools
If your students ever wondered how an adze worked, or how a spinning wheel actually spun yarn, they can view these online videos of Early American tools to learn much about early trades. Have them work in groups to prepare a presentation or even a demonstration after doing the research here, taking on a trade or task and explaining how it worked in Colonial society.
Ask your students to volunteer rules that they have to abide by in their everyday lives - not just at school, but at home, in social situations, riding the bus etc. Then take a look at Colonial manners, and ask students to compare now and then, and to write a response paper on how they think they would fare if they traveled back in time to Colonial times - maybe even consider writing skits!
Lessons From Colonial Classrooms
Numerous activities are included in this selection from Education World to help you celebrate everything Colonial with your classes, learning how Colonial children lived and what everyday life might have been like.
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a non-profit research and development organization dedicated to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL research demonstrates that the challenge of diversity can and must be met by making curriculum flexible and responsive to learner differences. UDL Editions takes advantage of the flexibility of digital media to reach and engage all learners. Leveled supports and the Texthelp Toolbar balance challenge and support for each learner, ages 10 and up. Check it out at http://udleditions.cast.org/.
Print from Windows Explorer
If you need to print a document, let’s say a Microsoft Word document, there’s no need to launch Word first. Browse your hard drive for the file that you want to print, right-click its icon, and then click Print. This will automatically send the document to your printer without launching Word.
Add a Signature to Your Email
You probably have several emails in your Inbox that have the nicest looking signatures at the bottom of them. You, too, can have a signature line automatically added to every email you send. This tip is for Microsoft Outlook, but there are similar features available in most other email systems. For your own identity security don't scan your actual signature and add it to an email signature. If you have Office 2007 you might have to look deeper for the options to create your signature. Remember that Office has its own Help section and is quite extensive.
1. Go to Tools on the menu bar and select Options from the bottom of the list. 2. Select the tab for Mail Format and then select Signatures from the bottom of that window. 3. Click New and then type in the name for your new signature, then click Next. 4. Type in the signature you'd like to have appear at the bottom of every email you send. Then make changes to the font, size and color using the buttons at the bottom of the box. Click Finish when you are done. 5. Check and make sure your new signature appears next to Signature for new messages. You might also set it for Signature for replies and forwards.
For step-by-step instructions (with visuals) on how to add a signature to your email, visit: http://www.180techtips.com/118.htm.
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Free Technology for Teachers is a blog written by Richard Byrne that compiles numerous free resources and tips for integrating technology into your classroom. Check out the Free Downloads section of this site to access eight free books written by Richard Byrne that highlight various ways to integrate free technology tools into your lessons.
Expense Budgets with Excel
Help your students master the cells and formatting of Excel spreadsheets with a simple budgeting lesson plan. A few examples are included here, along with step-by-step instructions.
Progress through sixteen lessons, as well as a review, in these basic keyboarding skill lessons for students who have not yet mastered correct finger placement. Start with learning hand and finger placement, and progress up to proper use of the shift key and returning to the home row.
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