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.

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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.

Wow, a whole school year over and changes, changes!

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I have to apologize for a lengthy absence from posting to this blog but this past school year was rather hectic and I really didn’t do a lot of new things.  Major changes coming for me!  Funding is gone for my tech specialist position and I’ll be going back to the classroom, a 1st grade class.  As much as I loved the flexibility in my job of the last 3 years – I had the time for a complete redesign of our school web site this year – I am really looking forward to being able to do things with my own class.  Meeting with kids once every 8 days just wasn’t enough time to do what I would have liked to.  My only concern is that the other classroom teachers be able to give their kids the tools I gave them as a specialist. I guess I get to lead by example. 🙂

Now that my job has changed this blog will take a new turn and address specific things I do with my own class or sites that I find that work well in the classroom.  Instead of the broader perspective I hope to have ideas and information that is very usable for a primary teacher. I’ll be teaching a lot differently than I did 3 years ago!

Please check out my school’s web site.  I have MANY links for both teachers and students and I’ll be adding to it this summer and throughout the next school year.

First Post for a New School Year

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I took a break from this blog over the summer but it’s back to work. I still have my job as tech specialist in my building for another year so time to start sharing again. I’ll try to keep the blog updated with what I’m doing with my K – 5th graders as well as sharing resources I find that work well in the classroom.  I send so many emails to my staff during the year that they must get sick of me!

If you are interested in seeing my school web site try this link.  I have lots of web links for teachers and students there and organized pretty well I think.  Have a good year everyone!