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

Technology Integration Made Easy & Simple
Getting settled in?
Now that the year is underway, I hope this newsletter finds you getting comfortable with your students and your new routine. The beginning of the year is always an exciting time of year — everyone is eager to learn and do their best. I’ve had many teachers invite me into their classrooms to model lessons for them. Thank you. I have enjoyed working with the students. I would love to join you in your classroom or the computer lab. Email me with the topic you’re teaching and available dates and we’ll design a lesson. I have saved the newsletters in each school’s common folder, if you would like to refer back to them throughout the year.
Danita Russell ITF Lee County Schools Drussell@LEE.K12.NC.US

Volume 1, Issue 2 Middle School T.I.M.E.S. October 2006

Technology Opportunities
October: ⇒ ⇒ 3rd Spreadsheet tutorial West Lee 4th Microsoft Office at Southern Lee 3:00—5:00 register on Schoollink 10th Database tutorial West Lee 17th Ethics tutorial West Lee 24th West Lee faculty computer test

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Curriculum Links
Art: Art Historian www.cmcss.net (search for art historian) Artopia http://cfmedia.scetv.org/artopia/ index.html ESL: ESL Lesson Plans www.everythingesl.net/lessons ESL Lesson Plans http://rong-chang.com Health & PE: Skills Games www.funattic.com/ game_skill1.htm#anchor9 Teaching Movement with Gymnastics www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/pe810/8gym.htm Line of Best Fit http://www.bcps.org/apps/CBTIA/cbtia.aspx? id=2808 Symmetry in Flags, Traffic Signs, & Wheels www.cmcss.net www.cmcss.net (search for symmetry Music: The Symphony—An Interactive Guide http://library.thinkquest.org/22673/index.html Language Arts: 203 Creative Writing Prompts http://www.webenglishteacher.com/ creative.html 25 Ideas to Motivate Reluctant Readers Essentials of Music www.essentialsofmusic.com Science: Stalking the Mysterious Microbe http://www.microbeworld.org

Cells Alive! www.hse.k12.in.us/staff/mfassold/25%20ideas% www.cellsalive.com/toc.htm 20to%20motivate%20readers.htm Math: Social Studies: Library of Congress Countries Study http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs Teaching the Election Process www.hse.k12.in.us/staff/mfassold/election% 20unit%20lesson%20plan.htm New Teacher Summary of Major Concepts Covered by Harry Wong http://www.glavac.com/harrywong.htm

Smartboard Tips
You can insert clip art and hyperlink (link to a website) by inserting them into the Smartboard notebook * Open the Smartboard software by going to the Novell Applications box and click on Smart Notebook. * To insert clip art, click on the gallery on the right tab. Click the essentials for educators. Choose the category of the clip art you want to add. As an example, I chose the timer under gallery sampler, then professional, then presentation. Click on the timer to insert it into your slide. You can set it to count up or countdown. The timer will beep when you have counted down to zero. * This will bring you to an insert hyperlink page. Type in, or cut and paste, your weblink and name the link. Your link will now appear on the right hand side under file name. To insert into your Smartboard notebook, drag the link onto your slide. * You will now have the name of your link and a small blue dot. During your presentation, click on the blue dot and this should take you directly to your webpage.

* The insert a movie clip from an outside source, click on the attachments tab on the right hand side of the page. Click insert.

Professional Tips
US Department of Education Over 40,000 lesson plans and ideas. www.ed.gov/index.jhtml Jefferson City Schools Hundreds of pre-made Powerpoints for all disciplines. http://jc-schools.net/ppt.html Online Jigsaw Online jigsaw program with different puzzles for you to solve. Be careful— this can be addictive! www.jigzone.com/g.php?44 To-Do List Personalize to-do list that you can share with others online. www.tadalist.com
Happy Halloween

30 Boxes Online calendar www.30boxes.com

Technology Tips
Changing the background on Powerpoint will enhance your presentation. You can easily change the color or insert a design background. To change your Powerpoint background to a solid color, click on format on the toolbar at the top. Then click background. This will open a dialog box that says background. Your options are to add color, more colors, or fill effects. Color will give you a solid color choice, more color will let you choose from a color wheel, and fill effects will give you an option of textures. If you would like to have these changes apply to one slide, click apply. If you want this background for all of your slides, click apply to all.
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To insert a design background, click on format, then slide design. You will now have the option on the right hand side to insert a design. If you click on the down arrow, you will have the option to apply to one slide or to all of them. Next month we’ll add clip art and animation.

Volume 1, Issue 2

October 2006

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