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 …
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:
Q: I need to make my Word document readable by colleagues that don’t have MS Word. What do I do?
A: MS Office 2007 and 2010 makes that easy.
Use the Quick Publication template to make a fast cover page for a report, project, etc, in the classroom. Pay attention to layout, grammar, spelling, design.
Use the Quick Publication template to make a fast cover page for a report, project, etc, in the classroom. Pay attention to layout, grammar, spelling, design
Use the Quick Publication template to make a fast cover page for a report, project, etc, in the classroom. Pay attention to layout, grammar, spelling, design Click on them for a full size alternative.
Check tooltips before selecting a tool. It’ll save time.
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.
free lesson plans that integrate technology into science, math, language arts, spelling, writing and more
Check the taskbar. Is your program sitting down there, blinking at you?
Amazon.com, one of the nation’s largest booksellers, announced Monday that for the last three months, sales of books for its e-reader, the Kindle, outnumbered sales of hardcover books.
K-8 projects organized by software–MS Office, Google Earth, Photoshop, keyboarding, Web 2.0 and more
MS Word and Publisher allow you to email directly from the document
Use this lesson to assess knowledge. Fill in with projects found in other posts on this blog.
Students research world history to find out what was happening around the globe while they lived their lives.
A Publisher magazine for grades 5-8, including cover, table of contents, graphs, tables, design gallery, call-outs, and more
Allow students to use their creativity in Publisher to bring colonization alive
Perfect for third grade study of Native Americans or fourth grade units of inquiry on American westward expansion
Create a Publisher magazine on Missions with a cover, table of contents, pictures, bullets, works cited, collage of pictures and a map
To make a background transparent, use the pen tool or a shortkey
Publisher cards are easy enough for second graders–even early readers. Pick a template, add a picture to personalize, add their name–and they’re done. It takes about 15 minutes. Kids always feel great about creating these greeting cards:
This is the only project that’s easier than Project 21 (the holiday card in Publisher). There’s no folding and the templates are bright, colorful and exciting for kids as young as second grade:
teach technology skills like tables, word processing, layout, Publisher, while making a holiday calendar
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, …
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 …
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 …