We get a three day weekend this week!!! Yay us! I don't know if you are like me but as much as I love a new school year, by this time I am tired! The outside world will never understand how exhausting it is to teach little people new rules, routines, and protocols.
1. I have an absolutely FABULOUS tip for you this time. You have to check out the Chrome extension called Sir Links Alot. After installing you will see the icon for this extension in the upper right corner of your browser window. Clicking on the icon will open the tool. You can easily choose to share a link that will force the person with whom you are sharing to make a copy, see a preview, create a template, or turn your document into a pdf. I am in love with this extension!
2. One of the biggest gripes I hear about Chromebooks is that they don't have a caps lock key. I find this comforting to be honest as students will often hit the caps lock and then type everything in upper case. However, there is a way to turn on caps lock on a Chromebook should you need to do so. Click and hold the Alt + search (the magnifying glass or Assistant icon). The magnifying glass is in the place you'd look for a Caps Lock key. You'll see an arrow appear on the bottom right notifications bar and a pop-up will alert you that Caps Lock is on. Tap Shift to turn off Caps Lock.
3. Functions Machines are so much fun and a great way to make the kiddos think. Here is one I created. You are welcome to make a copy of this and changes the data to fit your needs. Click here to get your copy!
4. I love this engineering challenge I found using pool noodles! All you need are pool noodles, which are on sale this time of year and toothpicks. The directions, found on this site, have you cutting the noodles into same sized disks but I would make various sizes. This would be an amazing idea to combine with measurement!
Friday at the Movies - This is a video that many of us have seen before, but like a favorite book, I come back to it time and time again because truly, Every Child Needs A Champion
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