Vol. 3, No. 1
Welcome back to a great
Prater are District Wide Technology Resource Teachers who can
help out with your technology needs. We hope in this
newsletter you might find some interesting ideas, websites and
lessons to keep you up to date with technology
Technology Program of Studies
Did you know that
technology is now a part of the state mandated KY Program of Studies and
needs to be integrated into classroom instruction?
Classroom teachers should familiarize themselves with their grade level
Technology Curriculum Framework, which includes a grade level technology
skills checklist. Your school STC has received training and can
provide you with more information.
Leanna are available to come and go over the new
technology POS with your staff as well.
You can view all of the curriculum frameworks on
AlphaSmarts and Success with Keyboarding
Are you a third grade
teacher? Are you a teacher who would like for their students to brush up
on keyboarding skills? Success with Keyboarding is a great instructional
tool that helps students learn how to touch type. Paula or Leanna can
come and model the first lesson for you! AlphaSmarts are available for
checkout on a first come, first serve basis. E-mail
Leanna Prater to reserve some for your class.
Technology PD offerings at Ambrose
September 5 at 4:30-6:00
Digital Storytelling Made Easy
Participants in this workshop will learn how to create a
digital story. We will use Photo Story, free software available from
Microsoft, and follow the process from start to finish. This simple tool
can be used with all levels of students from primary to high school and
in any content area.
September 7 at 4:30-6:00
Creating Class Web Pages: New Template!
Designed for teachers who have little or no experience with the class
web page, this beginning session will take you through the process of
designing and creating a classroom web page, using a NEW TEMPLATE which
allows you to edit your homework and announcements via the internet. A
great way to communicate with students and parents, the classroom web
page brings the school and home together in a learning environment.
September 11 at 4:30 to 6:00
Inspired Thinking with Inspiration
Inspiration stimulates both visual and linear thinking to deepen
understanding of concepts, increase memory retention, develop
organizational skills and tap creativity. Learn how to use Inspiration
to help you think and learn visually. The software allows you to create
a picture of your ideas and concepts in the form of a diagram and then
convert them into an outline for further development. Click one button
to transfer your outline to a word processing document for final
drafting. Great resource tool for any teacher who uses writing to assess
September 18 at 4:30 to 6:00
Introduction to EncycloMedia
Come and find out all about KY EncycloMedia (United Streaming)
that offers a single online source that lets you choose among hundreds
of related instructional resources, full-length videos, brief video clips, digital photographs,
clip art and then lets you easily incorporate those materials into your
NEW E-Mail Address
If you don't know it already, you have a new
e-mail address. It is probably:
To be sure, you can right
click on your name in the address bar or from the address book, choose
Outlook properties, then click on the tab that says e-mail addresses.
The new address is listed on the first line after the letters SMTP.
Old e-mail addresses will work through December 31st.
You might like to include this new address in
your auto signature (See
Sept 05 for directions)
Julie TeacherFirst Grade
Fayette County Public Schools
Favorites from Riverdeep
What is the purpose of painting portraits? How can we analyze
portraits? What cultural and historical elements can be seen in
portraits? Students will consider all of these questions as they delve
into portraiture. Use the 2nd link
above for related art terms. A rubric is included with the 3rd link ,
while the lesson plan links to further activities, culminating in
students creating their own portraits.
Portraits in Art and Writing
Careful investigations into famous self-portraits of Van Gogh,
Gauguin, Leyster, and Siqueiros guide students into the reasons why
artists create self-portraits. Journals and letters will also be
considered, with students creating their own self-portraits and related
Book plates, bookmarks, journal covers, stationery... Find a good
variety of designs in these back-to-school printables for your classroom
and student supplies.
RESOURCES FOR MULTIAGE CLASSES
Explore this site for a considerable bank
of resources to
use in multiage classrooms. Included are articles and suggestions to use throughout the school year, resources for
curriculum planning across all subjects, specific lesson
plans, classroom layout suggestions, management, organization, forms, student behaviors, and more.
The Birchbark House
by Carolyn Ridgway
Review from Carol Hurst
and questions from LearnNC
Classroom Activities from the Trumpet Club
Summary and Discussion Questions
Do You Want to Be My Friend?
by Eric Carle
Unit from Hubbard's Cubbard
The Mysteries of Harris Burdock
by Chris Van Allsburg
Arts and Literature Activities
Techie Tips from Kim
Adding an Address to your
If you want to add a new address
to your Contacts:
- Click on File
- Select New
- Then select Contact
- When you see this new window
pop up, you will put the person's name where it
says full name
- Then in the box to the right
type their email address (for example, email@example.com)
- Then click Save and Close
If you have received an email from
someone that you want to add to you Contacts, the
process is much quicker and easier.
- Open the email message from
the person you want to add.
- Right click on their name at
the top of the message.
- Choose Add to Outlook
Now when you want to email that
person, you can either type their name (just like
you entered it in the Full Name box) in the To box
or you can go into your address book and find
Contacts and highlight their name. When you see
their name underlined in the To box, you know that
it has found their address and will send the message
Creating .pdf documents for your web or
If you create a homework assignment that you want
to place on your web page, you want to make sure
that all of your students will be able to open that
file to printout at home. If you use Word and save
it as a .doc file, some, but possibly not all, of
your students will be able to open that. If you
save the file as a .pdf and provide a link to
Adobe's free reader, then anyone will be able to
open that file and you won't lose any formatting
like you might if you change the file format.
Here's how you can do it:
- Go to this site
to download the CutePDF Writer.
- Click the Free Download link and
- Go through the defaults of installation.
- Then click the Free Converter link
and choose Run.
- Go through the defaults.
Now to create a PDF:
- Open a document in Word, Excel, Publisher,
- Choose File
- Select Print
- Then Instead of choosing a printer, select
- Then Print.
- It will ask you where you want to save the
If you add this file to your webpage, be sure to
include a link to Adobe's Free Reader
so people can download that if they don't have
it. Then they will be able to open and print your
IMMEX is a free web-based critical thinking site for students from
UCLA. Fayette County technology resource teachers and classroom teachers
have authored several problem sets.
Here is this month's Problem Set Feature:
Author: Julie Gaskin
are asked to read email to determine the characteristics of the animal
that they will be paid to photograph and then read student-written
reports to find the name of the animal. An Internet access fee will be
subtracted from your pay for each clue you use to solve the problem.
Photo Mania - Case 1
Do you want to use IMMEX with your students but need some help or would
like some more information? Contact
Paula or our IMMEX Liaison,