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Tech Tip #35: My Program Closed Down

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I was working on my program (writing in Word or making a slideshow in … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #6: The (Horrid Annoying) Publisher Drawing Canvas

When I try to insert a text box or object into Word 2003, a drawing canvas appears around it. It gets in the way–everything has to wrap around it and it leaves too much white space, even when I resize it.

My solution: Get rid of it. It’s huge and designed to allow you to place multiple shapes that are moved and resized as one. Most of us are only interested in inserting one text box, so it is cumbersome, annoying and useless. To turn the drawing canvas off: Continue reading

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#28: My Storybook

Create a ten-sentence story, using characters, setting, plot, rising action, climax and resolution. One sentence per page with a picture to communicate the idea. Include a cover, About the Author. Use this lesson to teach students how to use Publisher’s design gallery Click on lessons for a full size alternative. Continue reading

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FREE Lesson Plans for K-8 Technology

free lesson plans that integrate technology into science, math, language arts, spelling, writing and more Continue reading

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Where Would You Like to Go Today?

K-8 projects organized by software–MS Office, Google Earth, Photoshop, keyboarding, Web 2.0 and more Continue reading

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Textbooks Should be Digital, not Hard Copies

Digital textbooks are coming, whether publishers want them or not. California announced 17 will be rolled out for the new school year. Not a lot, but a start, and once students and teachers use them, they’re going to love them. Because of budgets, it’ll probably take until the current hard copy textbooks must be replaced, … Continue reading

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Learn Publisher Basics II

My first post on this topic is actually more difficult. I started with it because it is more useful for kids. They love making personal cards and they can excel at this quickly. It’s always a favorite in my class. We give birthday cards to other teachers, congrats cards to fellow students, and invites to … Continue reading

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Learn Publisher Basics I

Start with a card. These are easy enough for a first grader and everyone loves them. By fifth grade, they can create one in the five minutes before heading off to a birthday party. Open Publisher. Go to ‘publications for print’, ‘quick publications’, ‘greeting cards’. Pick the one you want. For younger students, leave the … Continue reading