October 9, 2003
Thought for the Week
Every child is an artist. The
problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
-- Pablo Picasso
Wants to Hear from Your Students
discussion planned for October 29
Chances are, your students know more about technology than
many adults at your schools—and chances are, they have
valuable ideas about the role technology plays in their
Here's the kids' chance to contribute to national education
policy. NetDay, the folks who orchestrated the successful
grassroots effort to get classrooms and schools wired to the
Internet, is sponsoring
Speak Up Day
on October 29.
On that day, students from elementary, middle, and high
schools will go online to share their ideas and viewpoints on
how technology should be used in education. NetDay will
review, summarize, and synthesize their comments into a
written report and submit it to the U.S. Department of
Education. The information will be used in the National
Education Technology Plan, a component of the federal No Child
Left Behind law.
Registered schools will receive a template with a series of
questions. They will also receive teacher and classroom
support materials to guide them through the process. On the
day of the event, student comments will be submitted online
through a specific NetDay Web site.
Register your school
online or e-send an e-mail to
NetDay. Make your voices heard on educational
for 21st Century Skills
Partnership reached out to hundreds of educators, academics,
business leaders and employers to determine a vision for
learning in the 21st century, to reach consensus on the
definition of 21st century skills, and to develop tools to aid
communities in its implementation. This link
http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/ takes you to the
website where you can download the published free reports:
for the 21st Century, a companion
(Milestones for Improving Learning and Education) Guide for
21st Century Skills and the
On-line Self-assessment Questionnaire to help communities
develop a framework for moving forward.
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Icing on the Cake - Online Tools for Classroom Use
By: Kathy Schrock
This compiled list includes tools for teachers, tools for
students, and training materials.
Rainforest Week: October 13-17
rainforests are one of the world's largest natural resources.
Home to millions of different plants and animals, rainforests
cover about 7 percent of the world's surface and generate much
of the oxygen needed for organisms to live. Sadly, these
forests and the plants and animals within them are currently
being destroyed at a rapid rate. Traditionally, the
third week in October has been designated National Rainforest
Week. The goal of this week is to educate people of every age
about this global concern. Providing students with a chance to
explore and appreciate the many wonders of the rainforest is
key to ensuring the future of these forests. Visit the
following links to obtain web resources, ready-to-go
activities, and classroom resources:
you open internet pages, is your browser opening up pages you
didn’t go to??? This may be because you have some sort of
Spyware on your computer.
is Internet jargon for Advertising Companies that
install additional tracking software on your system.
If you would like to read
more about Spyware, visit:
To protect your computer from Spyware or see if you have
existing Spyware on your computer, download SpyBot-S&D from:
is an adware and spyware detection and removal tool. This
includes removal of certain advertising components, that may
gather statistics as well as detection of various keylogging
and other spy utilities. If you are not sure, please email
find out if you can remove the item.
Documents with Windows XP
its predecessors, Windows XP gives you multiple ways to view
the documents and files in folders.
- Set your file folder view
to Details. Do so by selecting the View drop-down menu and
then Details. The default view shows the Name, Size, Type,
and Date Modified fields. You can add others.
- Right-click anywhere on
the column/fields header (where it says Name, Size, and so
- A list will appear with
all the field options for the folder view.
- You can add and remove
columns by clicking on any of them (those that are set to
appear will have a check next to them).
- You can change only one
field at a time.
- For more control, click on
More... at the bottom of the list.
- A Choose Details dialogue
box will appear.
- Select and deselect the
fields you want by clicking on the check boxes (or use the
Show and Hide buttons on the right side of the box).
- You can even use this
dialogue box to change the column viewing order.
- To do so, click on the
name of the column and then click the Move Up or Move Down
- When you're all finished,
a slideshow presentation, you can annotate slides by drawing
freehand lines and shapes to emphasize your message. To do
this, your slide show must be running. Right-click the mouse
button, point to Pointer Options, and then click Pen. The
pointer changes to the pen tool. You can right-click again to
choose a different pen color. Now you are ready to draw on the
slide. When the pen tool is active in SlideShow view, clicking
the mouse doesn't advance the slide show to the next slide.
You need to change the pen tool back to the pointer to advance
using the mouse button. Ctrl + P will also display the tool
pen. To erase your annotations, right-click the mouse
button, point to Screen, and then click Erase Pen. You can
also press the E key to erase annotations.
Jerry's Fall Fun!
some pumpkin activities in you classroom the Fall season? Here
is a fun activity for the students to practice carving that
jack-o-lantern before they dig in to the real thing! The site
has virtual pumpkin carving!
Cancel or Pause Printing
you ever sent a long document to the printing and decided that
you wanted to stop the printing for some reason or another?
There's an easy way for you to cancel or pause printing.
The fast way to open the print queue is to double-click on the
Printer symbol in the System tray (located at the bottom
right). (Or you can go to Start/ Control Panel, double-click
on Printers and Faxes and open the printer.)
In the print queue, to cancel all documents, go to
Printer/Cancel All Documents. To cancel just one document,
right-click on the document in the queue and click Cancel.
To pause printing, go to Printer/ Pause Printing or
right-click on the document and select Pause. To resume
printing, right-click on the document and select Restart.
Access a suite of interactive
online research tools. Students can select a search engine,
find relevant sources, and create a source citing in either
MLA or APA style. Great for teachers, too!
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 101
infected computers out of a total of
5810 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)
MythWeb - Grade 3-5:
This site is devoted to the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek
mythology with an Encyclopedia index to Greek mythology. It also has
lesson plans and activities are designed to build such skills as
creative writing, observing, vocabulary development and art
appreciation. They can be used independently of each other and are not
intended for use in any particular sequence. You can choose the
activities that are most appropriate for your curriculum. Illustrated
cartoon versions are also available to show students.
ALL ABOUT BATS:
Print out bat anatomy pages, learn about vampire bats, download a
connect-the-dot for bats, and learn about bat habitats and feeding
Need great resources from K- College?
Kids Online Resources is a great site filled with tons a information
for all ages. Check it out!
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