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Newsletter November 09

  1. 1. Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Technology Integration Made Easy & Simple Danita Russell – ITF Lee County Schools Volume 3, Issue 3 November 2009 November is already upon us. I am still meeting with the Language Before we know it, Christmas break Arts teachers during their planning will be here and then Spring Break. periods on Tuesday and the Math The year is flying by! teachers on Thursday. This has afforded me the opportunity to I hope this newsletter finds you interject technology tools when I well; especially since the flu is can. I have enjoyed working with making its rounds amongst us. We you. I am learning so much! are all trying to stay as healthy as possible by washing our hands more What a blessing it is to enjoy and being conscious of those coming into work every day. I am around us. thankful to work with such dedicated teachers! I hope you I am still hoping to get into enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! classrooms and model lessons. Can we schedule a time I can come into Danita your class? Technology Opportunities Our Technology Workshops are going to focus on integrating the SMART Board into lessons. This year we’re going to be splitting the workshops into leveled groups. Hopefully, this will put you more at ease to ask questions. I will be offering the workshops during your planning and after-school. Like last year, I will include the sessions on the technology calendar located on the SanLee wiki at . I will also send out an email with a reminder. Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 3 Issue 3 November 2009
  2. 2. PAGE 2 Curriculum Spotlight For all my science links, go to: Physical Science Online Jefferson Lab Resources TEQ Smart Science resources for 100 Tools to make your students SMART Board science stars Earth Visualizations Science Lesson Activities Planets Interactive Cloud Demonstration Science Resources Science Bob Professional Tips Crossword PuzzleMaker Daily dose of the web Assessment Help Intro to Google Wave Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 3 Issue 3 November 2009
  3. 3. Page 3 Random Word/Name Picker: Random name/word picker is a fun and easy way to randomly choose a student’s name to answer a question. It can also be used to create a fun game by using spelling words, important dates, keywords from a chapter, etc. Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 3 Issue 3 November 2009
  4. 4. Page 4 Random Word Chooser The Random Word Chooser is a great classroom management tool. Search for “Random Word Chooser “ in the Gallery Tab. Drag the object onto your workspace and type in the names of your students. From the menu on the bottom, choose the number of students in your class. When the “Select” button is clicked, the object will randomly choose a student’s name from the list. If you choose to activate the “No Repeat” option, every student in the class will have to be chosen once before they are chosen again. Search for pictures in the Gallery: Click the gallery tab on the side of the notebook. Type a search word in the window at the top. To add clip art to your notebook, just click and drag it to the notebook area. Add pictures to Gallery: You can add clip art to the “My gallery”. To add, right click and copy the picture. Right click over the My Gallery folder and paste. Rotating an object: Click one time on the object. Left click the green circle and drag to the new position and release the click. Change the color of the background: Click Format, Background color. Click on color choice. Click on more colors for more options Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 3 Issue 3 November 2009
  5. 5. Page 5 Parting Words Inspirational Quotes: There is no failure except in no longer trying. --Elbert Hubbard If we always do what we've always done, we will get what we've always got. -- Adam Urbanski Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson We need to be the authors of our own life. -- Peter Senge A pessimist is a person who looks both ways before crossing a one way road. -- L Peters If you can change your mind, you can change the world. -- Joey Reimer Middle School T.I.M.E.S. Danita Russell Vol 3 Issue 3 November 2009