With a focus on tools for elementary teachers
By Kari Moore, Ella Newkirk, and Beth Quarles
Table of Contents
Slides 3-6...............Letterpop Newsletter Application
Slides 7-11..............Noteflight Application
Slides 12-17............Rubistar 4 Teachers Application
Slides 18-21...........Summary of Presentations
Kari Moore Beth Quarles
Letterpop Newsletter Maker
If you're looking for a creative way to communicate on paper,
then Letterpop is for you!
Its capabilities include:
*Newsletters-Personal and Business
Anyone can take advantage of the awesome features that
Better For You And Your Business
1. To set up your account, 3. Creating your newsletter is
simply go to Letterpop and comparable to working with
click in the upper right hand Word documents. Choose
corner on JOIN NOW. The from fonts, colors, and
basic account is FREE and backgrounds. You can also
includes 10 published insert pictures from your
newsletters, invitations, computer, clipart, or disc.
presentation sheets, or a 4. You then have the option to
combination of the above. email your finished product.
2. Once your profile is You can also publish the
created, simply choose a newsletter. Be careful, as this
template from the colorful list will count towards your ten
of hundreds of samples. freebees.
Letterpop in the Classroom
Since Letterpop offers 10 free applications, its members can
decifer when and how to use Letterpop.
Teachers could take advantage of the 10 freebees and create a
monthly newsletter to either email or print and send to parents.
This application could also be used within the Special Areas
teachers, inviting parents (in either an invitation or a flyer
handout) to events such as concerts, art shows, programs, or
Teachers could also use Letterpop for personal, teacher-to-
teacher, or teacher-to-parent letters.
ast Frustrations with Letterpop
etterpop happily welcomes comments, questions, and
1. Website Downtimes (problem fixed).
2. Duplicate Comments on Newsletters (problem fixed).
3. Letterpop font sizing and background modifying is a bit senstitive and
tricky, but with some patience, the results will be great.
Here's a part of Letterpop's Co-Creator's welcome note:
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Greetings to all you who have been invited to or found LetterPop!
I’m Dave, one of the Co-creators of LetterPop! There are a number of us behind
this great new site. And over time you’ll get to know us all. We like web
transparency and web community and especially your feedback! Please let me
know how things go as you try out the site. You can email me directly at
email@example.com or just click on one of the many links you’ll find throughout
the site to offer feedback. Or just comment on this post. Blessings, Dave
*http://letterpop.com/blog/2006/11/(Letterpop's Blog Page)
Noteflight is a free, online music notation program designed to
help users share music, compose music and edit music.
Noteflight was started in summer of 2008, and has quickly
become a well used tool for musicians wishing to collaborate
with others, as well as music educators.
Getting Started on Noteflight
3. Congratulations! You now
To get your account started,
have an account on
go to www.noteflight.com
1. At the top, right section of
4. Now that you have an
the screen, click on Sign Up.
There are three options to
2. You then enter your email,
choose at the top of the page.
select your position from a
Click on quot;new scoresquot; to begin
menu, and create a username
notating your own music.
Click on quot;browse scoresquot; to
look at others' music. Click on
quot;my scoresquot; to view a listing of
all the scores you have
Benefits of using Noteflight in the
• Noteflight is an easy way for teachers to guide students in
composing and notating their own music, which meets
National Standard 4.0.
• Students can collaborate with other musicians around the
• After composing a piece, the students can use Noteflight to
get a professional quality copy of their original masterpiece!
• Students have the ability to edit and make changes to any
music that is imported into the program.
• Students can browse others' work, analyzing and evaluating
each piece of music, meeting National Standards 6.0 and 7.0.
• It's free, fun and easy!!!
Problems with Noteflight
The main potential problem I see with this technology is the
possibility of violating copyright laws when using music notation/
sharing sites such as this one. Students would need to be
educated on copyright laws. Importing a piece of music and
then putting a different composer's name is illegal, even if minor
changes are made to the music.
Users may email tech support with any technical problem.
There is also a forum for users to give any kind of suggestions
on how to improve the site. The administrators are actively
involved in the discussions, leaving comments and interacting
with users to improve the program.
Who should use Noteflight?
Noteflight is great for
teachers to use in the
I am so glad I found
this application, it will
be a great help in
teaching children to
compose and notate.
I would recommend (music created using Noteflight)
this program to any music educator, music student or musicians
looking for an easy-to-use professional quality notation and sharing
RubiStar is a free web program to help
teachers design rubrics for their
classrooms. Teachers can choose from
pre-made from hundreds of pre-made
rubrics, create a rubric based on a
template or desgin own rubric altogether.
Rubrics not only cut down grading time,
but also help students know what is
expected of them.
Setting up your RubiStar
To get started go to http://www.rubistar4teachers.org
1. In the upper-right corner click on quot;Sign Upquot;
2. Type in your name and zip code. Create a password
that you will remember. Don't forget to input your email
3. Your account has been created and you are quot;Ready
To Go.quot; By clicking on quot;New Rubricquot; , you can get
4. You will find a screen with many options for
customizable rubrics so choose one that fits your needs.
5.Simply input a title for rubric and then choose want you
want your categories to be. Click submit and then you
Benefits of RubiStar
RubiStar has easy to follow directions that make creating
rubrics easy. If you feel like you need more help you can
even go through a tutorial by clicking on link.
If you are lacking in time or ideas, you can click on quot;Find
Rubricquot; to search through thousands made by other
teachers. Just input a keyword.
If you select quot;Permanentquot; after creating your rubric, then
the website will save in under your teacher page forever.
It will also be available to other teachers. Helping multiple
teachers at one time!
More Benefits of RubiStar
Another option that is really useful is the quot;Analysisquot; .
After you have graded students work, input the results
and RubiStar will anlayze to show you what was easy,
right on target, and too difficult for students. This will
help with future planning!
RubiStar cuts down on time you would spending
creating the document in another program.
It is free!
Issues Facing RubiStar Users
The website is down ever so often for updates.
Every now and then users are unable to access rubrics they
have already made, due to maintence.
There is no way to add images or pictures which can
sometimes be important in an elementary or English
Language Learner setting.
The wording of pre-made rubrics can be a little challenging
for young learners.
There is no feedback or contact link.
Other Thoughts on RubiStar
I used RubiStar a couple of times while student teaching
and honestly forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago. It
would have helped me so many times over the past year.
I will continue to use RubiStar in the future. Sometimes I
have a hard time putting into words what I expect and this
tool helps me gather my thoughts.
I give it several gold stars!
Summation of 2.0
Letterpop Fast Facts:
Letterpop Newsletter Maker is...
*Free of cost for the first 10 applications.
*An innovative and creative way to communicate via email or
*A teacher's best friend.
*Easy enough to try at least once!!
Why use Noteflight?
• Noteflight is free!!
• It's easy to use!
• Creates professional quality
• Allows students to access
program out of the classroom
• Users can create and share
music with others
RubiStar In A Few Words...
• Time Saving
• Easy to Follow
• Quality rubrics in minutes!
• Useful for teachers and students
• Less filing cabinet space because the site
saves your work for you!
• Analysis helps you in future planning