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Middle School T.I.M.E.S.

Technology Integration Made Easy & Simple

Danita Russell
Lee County Schools

2007 is here ... Drussell@LEE.K12.NC.US

Volume 1, Issue 5
I hope this newsletter finds you well rested after the Christmas break. Since the Middle School T.I.M.E.S.
weather has been so nice, it’s difficult to believe that it is January. January 2007

Technology Opportunities
Many of the 8th graders are finished with their computer test with fabulous results! * January 22nd:
I am so proud of the effort from our students. The teachers were very gracious to eBistro
give of their class time to prepare the students. And prepared they were! It was a
* February 19th:
total team effort and everyone will benefit.
Technology round robin:

Groupwise & Novell; Smartboard,

Virtual field trips will be this month’s technology tip focus. If you haven't tried one
Interwrite, & Document Projector;
of these with your class, now would be an excellent time. Podcasting


Technology Thursdays Workshops

Register on Schoolink

Curriculum Links

Language Arts:
Art: Science:
Web English Teacher
Artcyclopedia R/drinkitup/index.html What’s in your water?
Kid’s publishing site
Art resources

ESL: Weather pictures

ESLLessons.html Social Studies:
ESL lessons, games, ideas, & links John_Carter_Brown_Library/pages/
drmath.middleschool ea_hmpg.html
Dr. Math—Middle School Early America Pictures
ESL lessons for ALL areas
Music: Veterans History Project
Health & PE:
Choral Net
physical-education/43745.html ** Remember, if you are reading this is as a
Lessons with printouts Science of Music PDF, you can click on the description and you
will be driected to the site.
PowerPoint Tips

Creating action buttons on your Power- 6. Copy the button at the bottom on Quote of the Month:
Point slide is not a difficult process. slide 2 & paste it on slide 1 & 3.
You suddenly understand something
Open PowerPoint 7. Repeat steps 3 & 4, but put your you've understood all your life, but in
1. Create a 4 slide show and label each arrow in the bottom left side cor- a new way. That is what learning is
slide in large text: slide 1, 2, 3, & 4 ner of the slide.
--Doris Lessing
2. Click on slide 2 8. Copy the button at the bottom of
slide 2 & paste it on slides 3 & 4
3. Click the AutoShapes in the drawing
toolbar. Click Action Buttons and
choose the triangle facing right. This is what your show should look like:
4. Drag the triangle to the lower right
corner of the slide.
5. The action button is now preset to Slide 1 Slide 2 Slide 3 Slide 4
hyperlink to the next slide.

Web 2.0 Tips

Blogs Wikis
Examples of school wikis:
Over the past couple of months, I have A wiki is a website that allows the visi-
What is a wiki and classroom ideas?
introduced you to blogs. This month, I will tors themselves to easily add, remove,
Wikis & Social Studies
be sharing more blogs with you. and otherwise edit and change content.
This ease of interaction and operation Wikis & Math
makes a wiki an effective tool for mass Wikis & Writing
4th & 5th grade blog
collaborative authoring. Wikis & Science
Ideas for Blogging
Top 100 educational blogs
This is a great tool for students collabo- If you’re interested in making a wiki, let
Room 208 rating on a group project. me know. I’d be happy to help you.
Hamlet class blog

Technology Tips

Virtual Field Trips (VFT)

There are a number of different from page to page, or site to site.
formats used for VFT. Some trips
Have you ever taken your students
simply consist of a list of links on
on a virtual field trip? If not, Some starting destinations for VFT:
one web page, while other trips use
you're missing a great opportunity. What are Virtual Field Trips?
some type of navigator (or buttons)
You can take your students outside to move through the tour. In its Social Studies trips
the classroom without ever opening best implementation, a VFT is a Science, Art, & History museums
the door! Like regular field trips, guided and annotated tour of pages Middle School VFT
virtual field trips are designed to on the Web that have been se-
be entertaining and educational. Math VFT
lected by educators and arranged in
a "thread" that students can follow 100’s of VFT

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