Karen dailey

Technology times
Technology integration specialist

march 2008

Dr. Seuss Birthday Activities March 2nd
Can you believe The Cat in the Hat is 50? Try some of these activities and lesson plans to help your students celebrate “The Big 50” with Dr. Seuss. Seussville is a totally interactive site http://www.seussville.com/main.php?section=ho me&isbn=&catalogID=&eventID= Give Vicki Blackwell’s site a peek as she has lots of internet resources for you to checkout. http://www.vickiblackwell.com/seuss.html

Patty’s Day, or print the slides on Cardstock and post them on a Bulletin Board, download this attractive .ppt from http://www.ac-nancymetz.fr/enseign/anglais/Henry/patrick.htm

and then visit St. Patrick and the Snakes.

Writing Assessment for 3rd, 4th & 5th grades
Cabell County is scheduled to participate in the online Writing Assessment coming up in late April. You may wish to utilize your computer lab time for word-processing and keyboarding skills. I am willing to assist you if you wish. Students could take in some older drafts to create a published copy or work to complete essays from start to finish, as they will on the day of the assessment. There are loads of sites available to help you out when it comes to improving students’ writing. Check out the following website for some readymade writing prompts that can be used for practice.
http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/palma sola/wnarrative.htm

St. Patrick’s Day March 17th
For Biography videos and interactive links, check out Biography.com. There is a very interesting history of St. Patrick’s day, most appropriate for grades 4 and 5. Check it out:

National Geographic isn’t just for your long waits at the Dentist’s office! There are many media projects available for you to view and discuss with your students.

Ireland Underwater
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0503/sights_ n_sounds/media2.html

For the younger audience, visit http://www.saintpatrickcentre.com/kids where you’ll find an interactive story about St. Patrick as well as fun games and puzzles. This site has lots of cool links, but most importantly a PowerPoint Presentation titled St. Patrick’s Day History and Traditions. If you want to entertain your students this St.

Do you remember Marco Polo for online lesson plans and activities? Well, it has been taken over by Verizon and is now called Thinkfinity. It is a GREAT site to find not only lesson plans for all subject areas and all grades but lots of interactive links as well. It is Marco Polo on steroids! Check out the Favorites site that WVDE has listed on their site: http://marcopolo.k12.wv.us/favorites.htm Yes, it is still listed here as MarcoPolo, but trust me it is Thinkfinity. A couple of my favorite links on this page are the virtual surgeries. Or try Power Play: An interactive game helping students build higher order thinking skills and learn about mechanical power.

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This site is a page of wonderful interactive links! Check it out!!

Early Learners

If you haven’t discovered DLTK’s site, you should visit it for some fresh St. Patrick’s Day activities! DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages, interactive games and more!

Don’t forget to revisit Starfall.com! For March, share Find a Four Leaf Clover together on the WhiteBoard.

Grades 1 and 2
For Easter, drag and drop adjectives, action words and more with Starfall’s Word Hunt. BBC’s The Magic Key is a terrific site for your students! Work with capital letters, decoding skills, and exploring characteristics. Trust me, you’ll love it!

Grades 3 and 4
You know I love the BBC, but if you check out Spelling with the Spellits you’ll know why!

Sign up today for the short technology courses offered by CCBOE Technology Cadre! Don’t get left behind and more importantly…don’t miss the opportunity to get cool tools!

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Looking for something different to do with your students? WebQuests are a terrific way to inquire and explore the world using the power of the Internet. Not only do WebQuests offer knowledge and information, but they teach your students about navigating the World Wide Web. By exploring links that are provided for each unique WebQuest, students stumble across the answers to questions as they read over passages provided on a variety of web sites. What a way to strengthen comprehension skills and brush up for those reading passages on the WESTEST! To read more about WebQuests, visit:
http://eduscapes.com/sessions/travel/index.htm http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/ webquest/webquest.html http://www.webquest.org

The Great Egg Answer Hunt

The Journey of a Seed (Grade 3) http://www.manteno5.org/webquest/elementary/ Science/FlowerPower/Flower%20Power%20Ho me.htm

Technology Tips
After I am long gone technology will still be around and until these students become the teachers we’ll still have need of how-to’s and quick tips. You can sign up for 180 days of free technology USEFUL tips at http://www.180techtips.com . This site offers 15 hours of free computer training in 180 easy to follow 5 minute lessons. The first 5 people to read this newsletter and tell me about it in an email wins a prize! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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Technology Tip Just Googling Around
Source: http://www.180techtips.com/2.htm The internet is big, really, really big, and if you want to use it effectively you have to be familiar with search engines. Google.com has become the search engine of choice for millions of internet users. There are others and if the past is any guide there will be a “better than Google” search engine some day, but for now Google seems to be the best. Part of the reason they are the best is that they keep developing new ways of looking at the internet. Below are a couple additional features that Google offers that you might want to check out now and in the future as they continue to develop: http://news.google.com/ Need a current event? Forget about the newspaper, use the internet like teenagers do to find stories that are only minutes old. http://froogle.google.com/ Looking to make a purchase, shop and compare prices online first using Google's Product Search. http://catalogs.google.com/ Looking for a new desk chair? Try narrowing your online search with these online catalogs http://maps.google.com/ Looking for a fairly up to date map or satellite photo, check out these amazingly easy to manipulate maps and photos. http://video.google.com/ Google recently released a video search engine. Find an educational video on the internet that you can play for your class http://scholar.google.com/ Another project that Google is working on is to create a more efficient way to search scholarly papers.

Technology Tip Computer Is Frozen Solid
Source: http://www.vickiblackwell.com/tips.html Every once in a while, Windows wanders off somewhere to sit under a tree. You're left looking at a computer that does nothing. Panicked clicks don't do anything. Pressing every key on the keyboard doesn't do anything, or worse yet, the computer starts to beep at every key press. When nothing on-screen moves (except sometimes the mouse pointer), the computer is frozen up solid. Try the following approaches, in the following order, to correct the problem: Press Ctrl, Alt, and Delete all at the same time. If you're lucky, the Task Manager appears with the message that you discovered an unresponsive application. The Task Manager lists the names of currently running programs, including the one that's not responding. Click the name of the program that's causing the mess and then click the End Process button. You lose any unsaved work in that program, but you should be used to that. If that still doesn't do the trick, click the Task Manager's Shut Down menu and choose Restart. If the preceding approaches don't work, push the computer's reset button. When the Turn Off Computer box appears, choose Restart. If not even the reset button works (and some computers don't even have reset buttons anymore), turn the computer off by pushing its power button. (If that merely brings up the Turn Off the Computer menu, choose Restart, and your computer should restart.) When nothing else works, if you press in the computer's off button long enough, it will eventually stop resisting and turn off.

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