Thought for the Week
"We build too many walls and not
enough bridges." - Sir Isaac Newton
Technology Department hosted a booth at the annual Partners
in Education conference in the Lake Charles Civic Center.
Materials concerning summer tech classes, free computer
classes for the public in our CTC programs and upcoming NECC
in New Orleans were distributed. Cindy Poole, third grade
teacher at Vincent Settlement Elementary was the lucky
winner of the Palm handheld give-away. Stephanie McCullor,
physical education teacher at T.S. Cooley was the winner of
a VCR for her classroom.
ThinkQuest Camp - Registration Now Open!
camps are designed to help teams of 3 to 6 students
and up to 2 coaches jumpstart the web development of
the educational site they will create as part of the
"Campers" receive guidance on good web page design, an
overview of the ThinkQuest judging rubric, and opportunities
to attend break-out sessions on specific web publishing
tools such as Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop.
ThinkQuest Camp is a three-day experience.
Teams can register for ThinkQuest Camp at
Camp begins on June 7, 2004 at the Louisiana Center for
Educational Technology (LCET) in Baton Rouge.
Are Now Available in the Making Connections Builder!
will now have the convenience of using the online Lesson
Plan Builder on the Making Connections Website to align the
recently released Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) into
lesson plans. Select the Builder link, log in and check it
out! Remember GLEs are only available for the ELA, math,
science, and social studies content areas. http://www.doe.state.la.us/conn/login.php
years of Flight
Wright Flyer lifted from level ground and Orville Wright
achieved the first powered, controlled, sustained and
piloted flight. His brother, Wilbur Wright, timed the flight
with a stopwatch from the ground. On that first flight, the
Wright Flyer traveled slightly more than 9 meters; the
flight lasted 12 seconds.
The Wright brothers were the first to fully appreciate the
interaction and interdependence of aerodynamic stability,
propulsion, and flight dynamics.
The YES I Can! Science Team of York University has created
an online resource for middle school teachers providing
background information, transparency masters,
investigations, and topics for discussion in order to
facilitate student understanding of concepts related to
aerodynamics and flight.
a thematic unit of study? Try the e-Themes website!!
for a thematic unit of study? eThemes is an extensive
database of content-rich, age-appropriate resources
organized around specific themes. These resources are
created for educators to use in their classrooms. There are
more than 750 eThemes on topics ranging from Africa to
Yellowstone National Park.
Multiple Documents in Office
than close documents individually in Word, Excel, or
PowerPoint, you can close them all at once.
While holding down the "Shift Key" and Click "File"|"Close
All". (The Close All command only appears when the Shift key
is held down.)
Science Digital Library
you needing images and content to support your instruction?
Take a look at the National Science Digital Library. It is
an educational resource for science and technology,
engineering and mathematics funded by the National Science
Foundation. To browse the collections linked from the site,
Development Content Added to Unitedstreaming
Learning is considering developing a subscription-based,
online program to support teachers' ongoing professional
development, and offering it as an additional module to
Unitedstreaming. They have added 27 chaptered video titles
for professional development from the Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). These video
titles are a sampling of the materials we would offer, if
interest exists in this area. Visit
www.unitedstreaming.com, log in, and click on "Learning
Resources" to view the Professional Development videos.
Please let them know what you think by taking the short
survey located there.
Contacts for Follow-up
Microsoft Office users are familiar with flagging e-mail
messages for follow-up. When you flag a message, you can
choose one of several actions, including Follow Up, Call, or
Forward. What your users might not realize is that
they can also flag their contacts for follow-up. For
example, say you want to make a note to call a person at a
specific time to ask about the status of a project. You
could create an appointment in the Calendar folder or
a note in the Notes folder. However, you're going to need
the phone number, so why not flag the contact instead?
To flag a contact, open the
Contacts folder, right-click the contact, and choose Follow
Up. Outlook opens the same Flag For Follow Up dialog box,
but you'll see a different set of options. Your options
include Call, Send E-mail, Arrange Meeting, Send Letter, or
Follow Up. Whichever action you choose, you can set a due
date and time for the action, which causes Outlook to
display a reminder.
Flagging contacts offers
the same reminder capabilities as an appointment, but users
have the added advantage of being able to easily open the
contact form when the reminder appears. This simple feature
can make the Contacts folder more useful to your users and
simplify a common task.
Internet Explorer Tip
are a couple of ways to open a link in a new browser window.
First of all, you can simply right-click, then select Open
in New Window. Another way is to hold down the shift key on
your keyboard while clicking on the link.
you're frustrated with the error report window popping up,
here's a simple way to get rid of it. Open Control
Panel and click on Performance and Maintenance. Click on
System then click on the Advanced tab. Click on the
error-reporting button on the bottom of the windows and
select Disable error reporting. Click OK then OK again.
Top Ten Viruses Found on CPSB Computers
Here are the top ten viruses found on CPSB computers in the
past 7 days. The stats are based on 266
infected computers out of a total of
6088 OfficeScan clients.
information shows the name of the virus, the number of
infected files found, and the percentage of the virus from the
ALL school board employees need
to ensure that their Dell, Compaq, HP, IBM or other PC
classroom computers stay virus free. Go to the
following link to download the district copy of OfficeScan:
http://teacherlink.cpsb.org/officescan and your computer
will automatically be updated daily to scan for the latest
viruses. You must install the software using Internet Explorer
4.0 or later (Netscape will not work!!!!!) Please answer "Yes"
to all prompts as the software installs. If you have any
questions, please contact the CPSB Help Desk at
the Net!! NEW FEATURE!! -- Visit this site for hundreds of websites for teachers! We would love to hear from you
about the best educational sites you have found on the web. Please
submit, via email, the sites you feel merit inclusion. Send to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the URL and a short sentence
about the site.
Featured Sites: (These sites were
submitted by teachers in Calcasieu Parish)
MOTHER OF INVENTION:
For every cause, there is an effect. For every problem, is there a
solution? With this invention activity, your students could work
individually or in pairs. If working together, let them create the
problems for their partners to work on.
FOR YOUR DINING PLEASURE:
Bugs for dinner, anyone? Yummy, yummy! American dining tastes might
not yet reflect a particular fondness for insects on the menu, but
several countries and cultures the world over find that larvae and
pupae are actually very much to their liking--a veritable delicacy,
in fact, in some regions. Your students will love this lesson
exploration on entomology for your dining pleasure... and they might
also just be a wee bit
disgusted to find that cinnamon, for one, or maraschino cherries for
another, could very well harbor insect parts. The stories are here,
along with insect exercises and Xcursions. When finished, there will
be much discussion in your class--have your students exercise their
persuasive writing skills to create commercials or advertisements
promoting insect feasts and products, or create a whole new menu for
your favorite local restaurants for an April Fool's gag.
Find a wide variety of useful teacher forms to download here for
classroom use, including behavior journals, bingo boards, book
lists, daily checklists, grade trackers, graphing paper, homework
record forms, lesson plan books, and much more.
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