Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday - Cut, Copy, Paste

Last week I shared the Ctrl + F keyboard shortcut to help find a word or phrase in a document.  There are other shortcuts that use the Ctrl key also.

These are 3 shortcuts that I use the most often when editing my writing, creating student activities, moving information from an email to website (codes, URLs, etc), and much more.  For each one, highlight the text and then hold down the Ctrl key on the right or left side of your keyboard while you press the corresponding key.

Ctrl + X à This cuts something to paste later.  This means it will disappear from the original source until you paste it elsewhere.
Ctrl + C à This copies something to paste later.  This means it stays in the current place but lets you paste the identical thing elsewhere.

Ctrl + V à This pastes the last thing that you cut or copied to the clipboard.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Selfies - Beg of Year Project

At the beginning of the year I try to create a project that has a similar theme but can be differentiated across several different grades. This year? Selfies
This year Merriam-Webster (along with others) added Selfie to the dictionary.  Through this project students not only expressed themselves creatively but also navigated through the folders on our network - a big skill that students often forget over the summer (ISTE Standards for Students 1 and 6).

1st Grade - Created self portraits using Microsoft Paint.  This was a review of tools and toolbars that students used last year.

2nd Grade - Used the Pop Art Maker on Big Huge Labs to create a Warhol-inspired selfie masterpiece Student Directions

4th and 5th Grade - Used Tagxedo to create a word cloud selfie that describe them Student Directions

Self-portrait in Microsoft Paint
Warhol-inspired selfie masterpiece
Word cloud selfie in Tagxedo

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tech Tip Tuesday - Ctrl + F

Looking for something on a webpage or in a document? Did you know when you press Ctrl and F at the same time you can Find a word or phrase on a page?  Ctrl + F brings up a dialogue box to enter the word you are looking for, type in the word, then just click Find.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy Numbers - Web Resource

This year my school transitioned to mobile devices in the classrooms instead of desktops.  This means a transition in the websites and resources that we use in the classrooms.  One resource I recently stumbled upon is Happy Numbers and it is compatible with all devices - iPads, Chromebooks, PCs, Androids, etc.
Happy Numbers focuses on K-2 Numeracy.  It includes topics from numeration to 3-digit subtraction. It can be used for free with a teacher account as an interactive whiteboard resource.  AND until October 1 the premium account is only $39 (its goes up to $59).  With the premium account teachers can create individual log ons for an unlimited number of students.
I really like the games and activities because they are self-explanatory and if a student clicks on the words then the website will read them aloud.  Check it out today!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Someone Once Said...

“One does not play Bach without having done scales. But neither does one play a scale merely for the sake of the scale."
- Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

This makes me reflect on making sure everything we have students do in class is purposeful.  Students should also be aware of the purpose and the end goal.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mr. Popper's Penguins

The school I work at participates in a great program called One School, One Book.  The goal is to promote literacy and strengthen the home/school connection.  We ask that all families in the school read the same chapter together each night.  Then at school there is a trivia question the following day.  In my role as tech teacher this year, I got to be a part of the Related Arts team and help pump up the excitement over the program.

1. Kick Off Event
We put on a play for the school and introduced this year's book...Mr. Popper's Penguins!  (I'm the penguin - Captain Cook)  If you've never worn a costume like this before then you don't know what you're missing out on!  I've worn it several times since and the kids love it!...especially grades K and 1!

2. Will You Read to Me?
Around the school we posted posters to remind the students to ask their parents each night - "Will you read to me?"
3. Penguin Research
In my K and 1 classes we are completing research on penguins during their related arts time.
In Kindergarten, I read an informational book and we fill out a SmartBoard file on penguins - what they look like, what they eat, and where they live.  Then as students explore the site of resources and books that I gathered, they can come up and tell me more facts to add to our chart.  I then print this off and send it back with them to class.
In 1st grade, I read an informational book to them and then show them the page of resources and the books from the library.  Sometime throughout class they must fill out at least 1 sticky note with a fact they learn about penguins and add it to their class' penguin web.  Many students filled out more than 1.