Printers (printers that print to a different room)
Yes, even you can install your own printer! If you are wanting
to hook to a networked printer (one that prints in another
room) go to http://iprint/ipp and scroll through the list
to find your desired printer. Just click the link - everything
is done for you! Go to http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/help/printers/index.htm
if you need more help with your printer.
Local printers (printers that are sitting
on your desk directly connected to your computer)
If you have purchased your own personal printer, we would
ask that you bring the disk with the drivers in and set
that printer up yourself. Our priority right now is to make
sure you can print to a networked printer.
backed up My Documents (as we asked you to do last
Just open your H Drive, right click your My Documents folder,
copy it, then go back to your My Documents and paste. BETTER
YET, just get in the habit of ALWAYS saving to your H Drive.
backed up Internet Favorites (as we asked you to
do last year)
Again, open your H Drive. You should have saved a Favorites
folder last year. Right click the Favorites folder, select
copy. Then open My Computer, Local Disk (C:), Documents
and Settings, your first initial last name folder then right
click and paste. Your favorites will now be under your Favorites
tool bar in your Internet browser.
Internet shortcuts (for putting a shortcut
back to Infinite Campus or United Streaming)
1. Launch your web browser
2. You will need to type in the address of the website.
3. Once you have the desired website, go to File, Send,
Shortcut to Desktop.
4. Do you need to rename it? Right click the new shortcut,
select Rename and rename the shortcut.
And while we are discussing H Drives, remember NOT
to store downloaded music, videos or pictures to your H
Drive. We are starting to limit the amount of space you
have on your H Drive.
Cool Timer (great visual timer!) http://www.harmonyhollow.net/download.shtml
- scroll down to Cool Timer 2.2 and click the Harmony Hollow
link. Select Run, then Run again and agree to the terms
Composer (for those of you who have made a website using
- scroll down to version 4.79, click the link for Windows
and run the program. The only thing NOT to agree to is the
window that has three check boxes - it will register you
for unwanted newsletters and change your default Internet
Tip #1– Hiding the Floating Toolbar (Notebook)
the new version of Notebook 10, there is a transparent toolbar
on the left side of your monitor. If you are not using it,
you have two options for hiding it. First option - click
the double arrows on the handle and it will hide everything
but the handle. The second option is to click the SMART
Board icon once by your system time. (This new icon looks
like a light blue square with a white daisy on it.) One
of the options on the task pane that opens is Hide Floating
Tools. Selecting this option will completely hide the floating
is a tip that can be applied to all computers - not just
the ones connected to a SMART Board! Are your icons and
print too small to be seen on your computer? Can your students
see what is being projected to the SMART Board? If these
sound like issues you are having, here is one solution to
make things appear larger!
We are going to change your computer resolution. When your
computer was imaged over the summer, the resolution was
set to be pretty high. To change this right click your desktop,
select Properties, select the Settings tab, move the Screen
Resolution arrow toward the less end. It's recommended to
set your resolution to 800 x 600. Not only will this make
things appear larger, it will also expand the projected
image to fill the entire SMART Board.
you noticed the icon of the stylus with the three purple
stars? This is a "magic" stylus, new to Notebook
version 10. It performs three functions:
you select the magic stylus and write (with your finger),
after 5 seconds the ink disappears!
you draw a circle with the magic stylus, a circular
spotlight appears. Drag on the black portion to move
the highlighter. Drag on the white portion to make the
spotlight larger/smaller. (I'll address a different
spotlight tool next week with more options.)
you draw a rectangle with the magic stylus, a magnifier
appears. While it may not work seemlessly for you, it
can be handy for enlarging a portion of your screen.
open the spotlight by going to the SMART Board tools menu.
Click the light blue square icon with the white circle in
the tool tray by your monitor time. Select Other
SMART Tools, then Spotlight. The
spotlight will appear.
Next to the icon of the spotlight is a drop down menu. Click
it to change the shape of the spotlight
(rectangle, circle, star) or the transparentness
( from not al all where nothing shows through to 90% where
most everything in the background shows through).
Additionally, clicking on the blue outline of the
shape adjusts its shape and size. Clicking and
dragging on the black area moves the spotlight area
around the page. The final option in the menu is exit to
get back to your normal screen view.
These is a great feature for focusing on specific content
and details - the rectangle tool can be elongated to a rectangle
for topic/supporting details, specific paragraphs, sentences,
continuing with new Notebook features, this week we'll look
at insert a table into Notebook. Either go to Insert, Table
or select the table icon in the tool bar. Once selected,
you'll see a matrix where you can select the number of rows
and columns for your table. Just by dragging your mouse,
you can select the size of your table.
Now that you have a table, double click in a cell to enter
text. The cell will expand to fit your text as the text
wraps in the cell. If you insert a picture or clipart, the
picture resizes itself to fit in the size of the cell without
throwing your table out of proportion. Right click in cells
of the table for additional features - color fill, cell
shade that hides content of individual cells, select several
cells to merge, insert/delete rows/columns.
This new feature makes it possible to easily insert tables
for graphic organizers, bar graphs, information matrixes,
T-charts, word boxes, vocabulary lists, etc....
new feature in Notebook is the ability to view two Notebook
pages at once. To activate this feature, either go to View,
Zoom, Dual Page Display or click the Split Screen View icon
on the top toolbar. (This is the icon that appears to have
two doggy-earred pages in a monitor.) Click this icon when
you want two Notebook pages to show at once. Click the icon
again to view a single page again.
A few other ideas:
- Both pages are active, you can write and manipulate information
on both pages.
- Try using the screen shade on one page while brainstorming
or working on the other.
- Only two consecutive pages can be shown together. If you
want to show other pages together, for example pages 1 and
4, reorder the pages in your Page Sorter View - the side
column with the thumbnails of your Notebook pages. Just
drag the pages around to reorder them. Now page 4, after
reordered to page 2, can be viewed with page 1.
we continue looking at new Notebook features, have you noticed
the icon of the stylus with a red square? This is a shape
recognition tool. When you select it and draw a typical
shape (square, rectangle, circle, triangle), Notebook will
snap your hand-drawn shape to finalized shape of straight
lines. You'll still need to select and then draw with your
finger on the board. Check this out by watching this very
short video demonstrating this!
Tip #8 – Customizing Stylus Colors (Notebook)
offers a feature to change the stylus colors. This is a
very cool feature - now you have the possibility of up to
10 different stylus options - including colors,
transparentness, and line styles. This tip will
show how to change both the styluses on the pen tray and
the colors in the stylus menu in Notebook.
Pen tray stylus -
1. Open the SMART Board control panel. To do this, click
the light blue square with the white circle by your system
2. Select Control Panel, select SMART Hardware Settings,
from the drop down menu select Pen and Button Settings.
3. Select the color of stylus to modify, then from the properties
box select the stylus color, line thinkness and line style.
4. Finally click Save Tool Settings.
Watch this 45
second video (no audio) illustrating how to do this.
Stylus colors in the stylus menu -
1. Open Notebook and select the stylus menu. (This is the
icon on the plain stylus in Notebook.)
2. Select the color to change. These colors here are
not associated with the pen tray stylus colors.
3. Select the Properties tab, Line Style menu, select your
color, line thickness and line style.
4. Finally, click Save Tool Property.
Watch this 45
second video (no audio) illustrating how to do this.
offers a recording feature that is very easy to use. This
is a great feature for recording steps in a process to post
to a website, Moodle or for home bound students.
To begin the recording process, open the SMART Board tools.
These can be found by clicking the small light blue square
with the white circle in the task bar by your monitor's
time. From that menu, select Recorder. A small recording
device will open with three icons that should look similar
to your home remotes - one for recording, one to pause and
one to stop. Just click the record button (red circle),
minimize the menu and start the process you want to record.
When you are finished with what you want recorded, pull
the recording menu back up, click the stop button and then
name and save the file.
If you have a microphone hooked up to your computer, this
record feature will also pick up your spoken audio.
tip is two part - first of all, I want to remind you of
the video resources Teacher Tube has to offer at http://www.teachertube.com/.
There are video tutorials, teaching aids and many other
Secondly, if you have found a great resource on You Tube,
there are ways to convert it. I've attached a document that
explains the steps. The key - take this information home
and convert the video from your home computer. You Tube
will not be open in the district. Basically you'll go to
Code Zone, paste the You Tube video URL into the video
converter website, the website will convert it, you'll download
it from KeepVid or Video Code Zone, save it to a disk or
flash drive and bring it to school. (You can try emailing
or uploading it through your H Drive online access, but
I think the files will be too big to work easily.) Once
it's here, put the disk or flash drive in your computer
and play the video.
starts a few tips on email use. The first of these will
include how to determine your mailbox view. There are two
views I am going to cover. First is the Folder List
which is the location where you see your cabinet, trash
can and calendar. This is the column on to the left of your
mailbox. To activate this column go to View, Folder List.
For whatever reason, this is an easy column to accidently
close - now you know how to get it back!
The second view is the view of the columns
of your inbox. Generally you will have headings in a grey
bar above your email that show who email is from, the subject
and date. However, there are other options. To see your
choices, right click on the grey bar with the column headings.
Once the menu is exposed, select the headers to add to your
inbox columns. To delete these columns, just click the header
you do not want and drag it away from the other column headers.
a great tip for organizing your email inbox! This tip will
explain how to make folders to save important emails or
email that you aren't ready to delete. This requires your
Folder List to be open. You might recall from last week
how to do this. Open Groupwise and go to the View menu and
make sure the Folder List is checked.
When you can see the Folder List,
1. right click the Cabinet and select New Folder,
2. leave the Personal Folder selected and click Next
3. give your folder a logical name and click Next, then
Finish. This will make a new folder in your Cabinet list.
Now once you have folders, you can drag and drop received
emails into cabinet folders to organize and keep important
Groupwise Rule will automatically move incoming email into
a folder in your cabinet. This is nice for organizing district
email, listserv newsletters or even Tech Tips! :) Before
setting up a rule, make a folder in your cabinet where all
rerouted mail from the rule will go. If you need help making
a cabinet folder, see Tech Tip #12.
Here are the steps for setting up a rule.
to Tools, Rule.
the Rules window, click New.
the Rule a name.
the event. This tip is going to show incoming email,
so I'm selecting Received items.
define conditions. First we want the item type to be
click Define Conditions. This is where you will determine
how you want to separate out email – for example
by the sender, subject or who it was sent to. Whatever
you decide here, the title, group or name, needs
to be consistent. So let’s say I wanted
to put all Tech Tips in a folder. You should select
Subject, then the Contains button, and fill the blank
field with the subject of Tech Tip. (This will work
only because I name all my Tech Tips as "Tech Tip
#4" where the "Tech Tip" portion of the
subject is always the same.) Another example, if you
are a member of a listserv, you would select To, Contains,
then enter the listserv address in the blank field because
the listserv address will always be consistent.
click Add Action, then Move to Folder. This option will
allow your rule set in step 5 to be routed directly
into a folder, rather than your inbox. Once the Move
Item to Folder Action window is open, click the plus
sign next to the Cabinet, find your desired folder and
check the box to the left of the folder. Finally, click
Move, Save, then Close. (This is also where you set
up an Out Of Office message. The action will be to Reply
and enter the text of your email. Be careful
when setting this up as to who your response actually
goes to - you probably want to respond
within the district but not to listservs and other email
when you get email in that folder, a turquoise number in
brackets will appear as a visual that you have rule routed
unopened mail in that folder.
tip will explain how to make a "send to" group
for email contacts. It might be useful to set up a group
of all the Special Ed teachers in your building, your department/grade
level teachers, committee members, etc. The power here is
when the group set up with all needed members, you won't
accidently leave anyone out when you send the email.
Here's what to do to form an email group:
a blank email as if you are going to send an email out.
your tool bar is showing, select Address. If you don't
have your toolbar, go to Actions, Address.
Address Selector window is where you'll build your email
group. Make sure the Look In field is showing Novell
Groupwise Address Book if you are building a group of
for members' names to build your group. Once the name
is found, double click it from the Address List to get
the name to show in the Selected field. Continue adding
names until your group has been built.
the entire group has been built, click the Save Group
button at the bottom of the group list. Most likely
you'll want to place your group in your Frequent Contacts
New Group window pops up. Name the group something that
makes sense to you! This is the name you will type into
the To field in a new email. Click OK.
when you want to send an email out to this group, open
a new email and type the group name into the To field.
will start a short, three tip series on PowerPoint use in
the classroom. This week I've attached
a handout with some very basic information for developing
a PowerPoint. This can be used either for your reference
or something to give your kids as a cheat sheet for their
Secondly, I want to direct you to a location on the server
where there are several PowerPoint templates good for developing
review games such as Jeopardy (with and without answers),
Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and a link to other PowerPoint
game templates to download. This information can be found
by opening My Computer, Vol2 on Center3, Teacher
Resources folder, PowerPoint game templates folder.
Just double click the template you want to open the PowerPoint
template, edit the questions/answers, save it to your H
Drive, and run the PowerPoint to use your game with your
Next week we will look at how to avoid PowerPointlessness
in your classroom with student projects...
A term Jamie McKenzie, a former school superintendent and
editor of the education website From
Now On, uses the term to illustrate the drawbacks of
PowerPoint. This week we will focus on criteria to keep
in mind as students (or you) build a PowerPoint to avoid
PowerPointlessness. Remember the PICTURES
Paper plan before PowerPoint (lots
of time can be wasted without an upfront plan)
Information before animation
Consistent colors that coordinate
Text in one or two simple fonts (limit
the use of all capitals - it appears you are YELLING and
they slow the reader down)
Use basic backgrounds (there's a reason
books have white pages and black text - it's easier on the
eyes to read!)
Remember to use your own words (and
the 6x6 rule - no more than 6 lines of 6 words on each slide)
Easy on the clipart
Sounds should supplement
You might consider a three portion evaluation with PowerPoints.
First, the visualness of the PowerPoints using the topics
listed above. Secondly, the actual content of the PowerPoint
or what gets presented in the presentation. Finally, the
oral presentation bring in speaking and presentation skills.
With a heavier emphasis on the evaluation of the content
and the actual presentation of the PowerPoint, students
will recognize, maybe with some instructional input, the
importance of a professional looking PowerPoint.
PowerPoint is a great tool, but it should be thought of
as a supplement rather than as a way of presenting
Tip #18 - PowerPoint and Higher Level Thinking
is set up to be a bullet after bullet style of presentation.
When this transfers to the classroom, it's difficult to
get students to do something beyond this level one, knowledge
and comprehension, "go-look-it-up-and-tell-me-back"
application of copying and pasting fact after fact after
How do you overcome this? One idea would be to include a
task with the project where the PowerPoint is there to only
support the final product - not
become the final product. For example, when given a task
of finding the motives and reasons behind the Civil War,
a PowerPoint could present a particular person's point of
view. Students could develop conclusions or generalizations
in written format or even use this presented information
for a debate. Another example could be giving a persuasive
task. The PowerPoint could present the facts to support
a given side but the actual student presentation would include
the justification of a chosen/given side of argument.
When using PowerPoint in the classroom, consider how a factual
PowerPoint presentation could lead to higher-level thinking.
PowerPoint is a communication tool that should be used to
you know what a blog is? A blog (short for "web log")
is a website where entries are commonly displayed in reverse
chronological order. Often blogs are online journals of
sorts where the author is responding, blogging, to just
about anything under the sun. Ask your students, I'm sure
they either have their own blog or have responded to one
in the past.
There are several classroom applications for blogging. Setting
up a classroom blog gives your students a global audience
and heightens their awareness in writing to literature responses,
summaries, or reflections in general. Or what about a book
study where students, teachers, administrators, parents,
authors, etc, are actively responding to scenarios, questions,
or just posting thoughts in general about a book the community
Interested in setting up a blog? I would recommend using
Blogmeister. This particular site hosts your blogs and
is geared toward educators. This site if very safe - safe
in that you have the option of issuing a password to gain
access to your blog. In this sense, not just anyone can
get into your blog and read it. Safe also in that you read
and approve or delete all student comments before they get
posted to your blog.
Tip #21 - Inauguration recording and copyright
As a previous email mentioned, a copy of the Presidential Inauguration has been placed on the server. You can find it at My Computer, Vol2 on Center3, Teacher Resources.
Now would also be a good time to mention copyright issues around cable tv recordings and how long you can legally keep them. Anything recorded from cable tv should be deleted 10 days after the recording. This means you need to view the recording within those first 10 days with your students. However, you, the teacher, can review the recording for up to 45 calendar days after the recording.
Tip #22 - Visual Learners and Graphic Organizer ideas
Graphic organizers are a great way to visually enhance your instruction. One site I visited even states visual learners make up 65% of student learners. Do you provide enough visuals to reach visual learners in your classroom? My next few tips will share ideas for using technology to reach visual learners.
These are pdf organizers - great for printing straight off the Internet. However, the problem with using a pdf file on your SMART Board is that it's not interactive. This means when you use a stylus to write on it and scroll down, everything you've annotated disappears.
The solution is to capture the graphic organizer. Here's what to do. Open the pdf file from the website, go to File then Print. In the Print window use the drop down menu and select SMART Notebook Print Capture then click OK. This will capture the pdf document into a Notebook file. Now that it's in Notebook, you will be able to annotate on the organizer without anything disappearing when you scroll in the window. For an advanced tip, you can capture in the same way you print a certain range of pages. So if there are several pages of the file, adjust the print range before clicking OK to capture.
Tip #23 - Websites to Enhance Visual Learning
In following the tip that referenced use of graphic organizers for your visual learners last week, I wanted to pass along several websites that will visually enhance your instruction.
1. Gliffy - a site for building flow charts
2. FreeMind - a downloadable mind mapping program
3. ExploraTree - another graphic organizer site where organizers are organized by thought processes
4. Our Time Lines - a timeline site where once start and end dates are determined, a timeline will generate with important world events
5. Create A Graph - just what it says
6. Other interactive sites
The Visual Learner is the student that benefits from previewing materials and graphic organizers prior to your lesson, having paper and pencil handy and recopying or making their own notes. This week's strategy for helping the visual learner explains how to export your Notebook class notes. The reason for exporting notes is to share in a format where you don't need SMART Notebook running. Once notes are exported, you can post them to your website, email them to a homebound student, or to a parent asking for clarification or wanting to stay in the loop with classroom instruction.
The steps for this are quite simple.
In Notebook, go to File, Export.
You'll have four options for exporting. Exporting to pdf will be the simplest and will put your Notebook file in a format that will easily print.
3. Select pdf.
4. Now choose how you want the final copy to look. Notice in the left hand column the Print What option. You can print thumbnails, handouts or full page view.
5. Once printing options have been set, click Save and navigate to the locate to save.
6. Name your document and click Save.
Tip #25 - Auditory Learner Strategy - Online Streaming
This is the first tip on reaching the auditory learner in your classroom. The auditory learner is the student who remembers what they hear, learn effectively through lectures, audio and oral presentations, music, and enjoys discussions both with the whole- and individual, smaller groups.
In one way or another, this probably has already been mentioned through a Tech Tip this year, but there are several great educational streaming sites. These are all streaming video sites, great for enhancing your lecture or lesson through a video. I'm going to list a few here.
1. Teacher Tube - tutorials and videos submitted by students and teachers
2. School Tube - tutorials and videos submitted by students and teachers
3. Teacher TV - a UK site, but seems to be more geared toward classroom issues - questioning, discipline, content, etc.
4. Annenberg Media - teacher resources and professional development
5. United Streaming - need an account? Email Colleen.
6. WGBH Teachers' Domain Digital Library - short clips from public tv programs such as NOVA, ZOOM, FrontLine, American Experience along with resources and other interactive activities
Have a great You Tube video you want to show in your room but can't because it's blocked in the district? Look back to tip 10 for directions on converting the video to a format to either email or save to a thumb drive to bring in and show. (And, I'll let a secret out that there is about to be a way to view certain, approved You Tube videos. Be watching for more information about this!)
Tip #26 - Auditory Learner Strategy - Adding Audio to Notebook
I'm attaching two documents that have a very motivating and engaging outcome. The first document explains how to attach audio to your Notebook files. The second attachment is a Notebook file with samples projects where audio has been import into Notebook.
This is a three step process where you need Audacity, the LAME mp3 encorder both downloaded and a microphone. You'll use Audacity to record and edit (if needed), save the file as an mp3, then insert it into Notebook. The document is self-explanatory with links for downloads and images for explaining throughout the process.
If you are interested in learning more about adding audio to your Notebook files, watch for the SMART Board classes to be held this summer.
Tip #27 - Kinesthetic Learner Strategy - Interactive Websites
This is the first tip on reaching the kinesthetic learner in your classroom. The kinesthetic learner is the student who learns best by discovery through manipulations, simulations, role playing and building models. This learner will master skills through imitation and practice.
The Tech Tips for the rest of the year will introduce you to several Web 2.0 sites/tools to not only enhance classroom curriculum but can be used for fun as well. The first one we will look at is FreeMind, a mind mapping program. FreeMind is different from SMART Ideas because it allows you to develop a mind map with various lines/styles, color, icons and images. FreeMind can be downloaded here. Watch for more information about FreeMind in Center's summer classes.
While not a Web 2.0 resources, the web resource for this week is eThemes. eThemes is a thematic web resource site with resources for every subject K - 12. (And if something you are looking for it not there, either ask an eMINTS or METS teacher in your building or email me. Any of us can request your idea.)
eThemes are searchable either by grade level or content. A great educational component about eThemes - when they were originally compiled, each website was checked to make sure it is safe for students. The disclaimer here is you should check web resources before using them in the classroom to make sure the content of the website hasn't changed.
Take a look - you're sure to find something you can use!
This week's Tech Tip is about ePals. ePals offers several educational services free of charge. Student email accounts:
1. Safe and protected allowing monitored and managed by the teacher
2. You can apply filters
ou "approve" ingoing and outgoing email - SPAM or otherwise
Collaborative learning experience:
1. ePals can connect you with classrooms across the country or around the world
Promote communication and collaboration to build 21st Century learning skills
3. Cross-cultural collaborations - foriegn language learning, entertainment, dress, etc.
Think of the possiblities of exploring with students affects of earthquakes in Italy or peace in Korea - and that's just from this weekend alone!
Classroom blog account:
1. Teacher moderates what content appears on the site
2. You can control who sees your blog
Tip #31 - iEARN (world-wide student collaboration)
iEARN(International Education and Resource Network) is a global network enabling teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world. Feature projects include studying community to find the impact of world history such as war, natural disasters, migration, discoveries, famous places, etc; measuring your carbon footprint; online journalism festival; connecting math to our lives and many others.
So what does a collaborative project look like in your classroom? Online collaboration can take the look of just about anything you want. Ranging from email buddies, discussion forums, sending images or sharing other projects, calling through Skype (which will be addressed next week) or video collaborations - with 125 countries and over 2 million students engaged daily, there is something for everyone!
Have you heard about Skype? Skype allows for free Skype-to-Skype calls, anywhere in the world, any time of day. What this means is both you and the person you are calling must have Skype downloaded on your computers. You and your friend must also have a headset (or a microphone and speakers) plugged into your computer. Then use your Internet connection to turn computer into an Internet telephone. Download it and try it out!
Great idea, but what can you do with it? First of all, in these economic times, it's a great, easy and FREE way to make long distant calls to friends, relatives, grandparents, etc. (Hook a web camera up to your computer, make a few adjustments in Skype's properties, and you can make a video call - great for grandkids to grandparents!) But secondly, there are numerous collaborations that can be done between classrooms. The past few weeks, I've discussed ePals and iEARN. Skype offers a way to collaborate with students in real-time. Skype also offers a way of bringing field experts in to your class with organizing a field trip. Again, hooking a web camera up on both ends will allow video with the Skype call.
Have you experimented with Google Docs? Google offers a great way to share documents with others to collaborate. This could be used for students collaborating on an assignment, teachers collaborating on a project or grant, or even collaborating with committees out of the district.
To illustrate how LightSpeed's Safe Videos works, I have a You Tube video that explains Google Docs. To view it go to http://lightspeed.center.k12.mo.us/safevideos, search for Google Docs and watch the explanation of how Google Docs works. It's a very concise and entertaining explanation of Google Docs and why they are useful when you have a group collaborating. (Are you remembering you can submit You Tube videos to be approved so you can show the video in your class? And by the way, the shortcut icon on your desktop that says LightSpeed Safe Videos will take you to the same location as the website I just gave.)
Voycabulary is a great website tool for research at any level. Voycabulary is a website that will essentially open any word on a webpage and give a definition or translation of the word you choose.
Here's how it works. Go to a research webpage. Copy the URL for that page. Then go back to Voycabulary, paste the URL into the URL field, select how you want the word defined (Websters, Wikipedia, medical, etc.) and click Procede. Your research webpage will open in the Voycabulary webpage. Now when you click a word, the translation will be given in a new window. Here is a video to see how this is done. (There is no audio.)
So here is the last email about summer classes I'll be sending out. (Are you screaming, "Finally!" at me?) If y ou have an interest in summer classes, the deadline is this Friday, May 15th. Attached is the document with classes listed or view all this same information online at http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/edtech/training/index.htm. Some of the new sessions this year include Senteo Student Responders, Primary Centers, Marzano Strategies, Google Tricks, Kinestethic Learning, Hands-on Science, Photo Story among many others.
As you prepare to check out of your rooms this week, here's a technology checklist . . .
1. Back up anything in your My Documents, desktop or anywhere else on your computer's hard drive. You should already be saving all documents to your H Drive but if you aren't, you will need to back up all your documents and Internet favorites. Please do not save images, videos or other personal documents to your H Drive. These can be burned or saved to a flash drive. Computers will be completely replaced this summer. Failing to back up to your H Drive will result in lost documents and Internet favorites. If you need help, this document that explains how to do this.
2. Back up your Internet Favorites. Follow this path: Open My Computer, Open Local Disk, Open Documents and Settings, Open your first initial last name folder, right click Favorites folder, select copy, open your H Drive, go to Edit, Paste.
3. Locate your speaker and projectorremotes and the SMART Board styluses and eraser. Place them in your grey bag. Of course, if your room is being used for summer school, keep these supplies out.
4. If you would like to clean your SMART Board, you may do so with water on a soft cloth. The pen tray can be wiped down with water on a soft cloth as well. If it's really dirty, you may use Expo Dry Erase Cleanser sprayed onto a soft cloth and wipe the board down that way. Either way, be sure to log off so the wiping doesn't scramble your desktop icons.
5. Do you have custom developed Notebook galleries? We would have made these in summer classes. Back these up as well - open Notebook, open the gallery tab, click My Content then click the drop down menu, select Export as Collection File, navigate to your H Drive and save it.
6. Please DO NOT move any technology between rooms! Computers and printers are associated with classrooms, not teachers.