2009 TATN PPT Presentation

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At the 2009 TCEA Conference in Austin, Texas, I presented on how I use Monthly PDF assignments via my class website as part of my curriculum. These are the slides from that presentation.

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2009 TATN PPT Presentation

  1. 1. White Oak Intermediate Sch ool Pam Cranford www.tinyurl.com/pcranford [email_address]
  2. 2. Creating Monthly PDF Assignments
  3. 3. www.tinyurl.com/pcranford From our Class Website, each month students select, download, and print pdf assignments.
  4. 4. Step One: Choose an appropriate database. Choose an appropriate database. <ul><li>Facts4me </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Yahoo </li></ul><ul><li>Surf Net Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Cybersleuth Kids </li></ul><ul><li>KidsClick </li></ul><ul><li>Kid Space </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step Two: Choose a topic for research. Choose a topic for research. <ul><li>September - Varied </li></ul><ul><li>October - Bats </li></ul><ul><li>November - Trees </li></ul><ul><li>December - Kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>January - Penguins </li></ul><ul><li>February - Presidents </li></ul><ul><li>March - Clouds </li></ul>Allow me to share just a few of my mistakes!
  6. 6. <ul><li>Levels of difficulty - </li></ul><ul><li>Changed to - </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple topics - confusing and time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Changed to single topic - completion of task & allowed time for students to explore within the database </li></ul>Mistakes are the portals of discovery ~James Joyce
  7. 7. Login to the database. http://www.facts4me.com/login.php
  8. 8. Scroll down the topics list or enter a topic in the search bar.
  9. 9. Once a main topic is selected, a number of subtopics pop up.
  10. 10. Using the subtopics as your source, formulate your questions according to the levels.
  11. 11. Step Three: Type the questions for each level and save as a pdf. Type the questions for each level and save as a pdf. <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><ul><li>Cute PDF </li></ul>
  12. 12. Remember: Each level increases in difficulty. Each level increases in difficulty. type the questions you wrote from your own database research.
  13. 13. Download and save your document as a pdf.
  14. 14. Find the folder and open it.
  15. 15. <ul><li>Hot Potatoes </li></ul><ul><li>http://hotpot.uvic.ca/tutorials6.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Nine Hub </li></ul><ul><li>http://ninehub.com/ </li></ul>Our district’s server hosts our media files. Below are some open source websites.
  16. 16. Ask if your school has a hosting site. If not, go to a free, open-source and use one of those. http://vr.woisd.net/users/cranfordp/
  17. 17. From our school server, we go to USERS.
  18. 18. Find your Username. If you are not listed, contact your technology department and ask for one.
  19. 19. From my user site, I click on the + sign to add a new entry and upload my pdf assignments,
  20. 20. After logging in, you’ll get a pop-up box asking for a title for your new entry.
  21. 21. Delete the placeholder and enter your own text introducing the Monthly PDF Assignment. Images can also be added to this entry.
  22. 22. When you have finished with your entry, choose the icon that indicates “attach a file”. A pop-up window will allow you to browse your files for your pdf.
  23. 23. Find the folder and open it.
  24. 24. Select the pdf and choose “open”.
  25. 25. The file location appears in the File box. Choose Attach.
  26. 26. Repeat this process until all three documents are attached. Then click Save.
  27. 27. To link to your website, put your cursor on top of each document and right click. Choose “Copy Link Location”. This will be the hyperlink that you attach at your website. So let’s go to the website.
  28. 28. Once you select the target of the link and the icon to attach the url . . .
  29. 29. ...you will get a pop-up box. Paste the url address. I like to open my pdf in a new window. Update/insert.
  30. 30. Once everything is saved, we just need Children!
  31. 31. Students will go to the website... www.tinyurl.com/pcranford
  32. 32. ...click on A, B, or C. A pop-up box will appear asking if they would like to Open with Preview. Choose OK.
  33. 33. When the file opens, students go to file and from the drop down, choose print.
  34. 34. Students retrieve the printed document and follow the links to the database website. Login and begin to fulfill Technology Application requirements. Technology Rubric - 3, 2, 1, 0
  35. 35. My Technology Application Rubric <ul><li>Rating 3 - 90-100 Completed Independently </li></ul><ul><li>Rating 2 - 80-89 Cueing Provided by the Teacher or a Student </li></ul><ul><li>Rating 1 - 70-79 Prompting or Direct Help Provided by the Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Rating 0 - 60-69 Student was Dependent on Teacher </li></ul>Can you rate these students?
  36. 36. <ul><li>www.tinyurl.com/pcranford </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Roughneck Moodle Lessons - Transferring 150+ lessons so please create a new account and use these for your own students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Holiday Hey Day - These are changed MONTHLY with new calendars and activities. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Student Websites - Math, Language Arts, Weather Watch(pdf), Facts4Me </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/pcranford-spiders </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>East Texas Woods and Water Foundation - Spectacular Spiders Roughneck Research Lesson Plans </li></ul></ul></ul>Ok, I’m home now, so what can I do?
  37. 37. Let there be Questions.

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