1. Google sells its very own interactive whiteboard. The issue is that it costs a great deal of money. You can read about the Jamboard here. Although the board itself is expensive, the good news is that the software that accompanies the board is free! The software is not nearly as strong as Smart's software but when I was messing around with it, I thought back to Microsoft's free paint program that it bundles on all its computers. This would be a great way to allow new Chromebook learners (I was thinking of our PK-ers and kinders.) Try it out and if you think of any great ideas for out older learners, please post them in the comments below. Jamboard can be accessed here.
2.. This week a colleague lamented that she missed the snipping tool on her Chromebook. Again, this is a program that Microsoft installs on all its machines. There is a way to snip on Chromebooks too! If you want to print the entire screen you need to hold he control key + the switch window key at the same time. A screen shot will be sent to your downloads file. To take just a partial screen shot, hold down the shift key = the control key + the switch window key at the same time. The cursor will turn into cross-hairs and you can click and drag around a portion of the screen to "snip it."
3. I created this document to help support place value lessons. This is based on a Montessori lesson I saw years ago in a colleague's kindergarten classroom. Feel free to click on the image to get your copy of the document.
4. I am so excited and am asking you to mark your calendars for March 3rd. Amherst County is hosting its very first division wide STEAM night. The theme of the night will be space. After all, learning has no boundaries! You will hear more about the evening as we get closer to the date. In the meantime, I am asking that you save and bring me some large boxes. I would like to build some photo booths and am planning to get some students to help. You can bring the boxes to the school STEAM/computer labs
5. Friday at the Movies - You know how much I love the Floppotron!!
Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools, located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus, I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler