Monthly Archives: August 2011

SmartBoard Resource Site

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Teacher workshop starts tomorrow and this year’s start is so different than the last three.  I’d forgotten how hard it is to prep a classroom especially when all your stuff is at home! I’ve already been in most days last week doing reading assessments and unpacking but am taking some time right to do some looking over some of my bookmarked web resources.  I refound a terrific wikki with lots of information and resources for the SmartBoard.  I’ve been concentrating on Smartboard math over the summer because I’m creating all the 1st grade lessons for our new math curriculum in Notebook for the district 1st grade teachers.  I’ve had this wikki bookmarked for a while but haven’t done much exploring around.  I think I’ll do that before school starts.

Clipart source

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Just found this site that might just be another place to look when you can’t find the clipart that you want to use. Open Clip Art Library has thousands of images to download. May not be suitable for students to search but teachers could download some of the collections and pick and choose what to make available to students.  just another image site because we can never have enough clipart, pictures, and graphics to use in projects! 🙂

Tux Paint and the First Project of the Year

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It’s getting to be closer and closer to the start of the new year and being back in the classroom so I’m starting to be in planning mode.  If you need a decent and FREE art program, I’ve mentioned this one before – Tux Paint. I’ve used it so much in the past with all grades.  Even the older kids liked using it. One of my first projects with my 1st graders this year will be a Tux Paint project to help them get used to our computers again. They’ll use the text option to type their name in the middle and add stamps around it showing things they like or things that tell about them. It’s a good get to know you project and you can see how well your kids can use the keyboard for their name. I’m showing a sample using my name.  What can you tell about me?

If you do decide to use Tux Paint I’d advise you to find the config file – I do this in our lab each year after reimaging – and change some of the options.  I like to save to an alternative directory which ends up being a saved folder on the desktop.  It ends up being saved as a png which is easily used in different programs. (I often have kids drag Tux Paint pictures into Comic Life. ) I also change some of the printing options, the blank screen check box and even the size the program opens as. You can set the options that work the best for your computers.