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It is best if your OpenOffice documents are saved as OpenOffice documents rather than as Microsoft Office documents. The only reason that you should save the files as Microsoft Office documents is if you are sharing them with someone who doesn’t have OpenOffice on their computer. Even then, a better choice might be to convert it to a PDF document which everyone on any computer can open using Acrobat Reader. To see what the default format is, click on the TOOL menu, click on OPTIONS and the window below will appear. In the box under where it says DOCUMENT TYPE, choose TEXT DOCUMENT. Then
where it says ALWAYS SAVE AS choose OPENDOCUMENT TEXT. Go back to DOCUMENT TYPE and choose SPREADSHEET. Then under ALWAYS SAVE AS choose OPENDOCUMENT SPREADSHEET. Go back to DOCUMENT TYPE and choose PRESENTATION. Then under ALWAYS SAVE AS, choose OPENDOCUMENT PRESENTATION. Do the same procedure for MASTER DOCUMENTS, FORMULA, and DRAWING, making sure to always choose the OPENDOCUMENT option. Now your document will always be in OpenOffice Format and you won’t lose any formatting that you have in the file.
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way, the headline will help you keep the story focused. Examples of possible headlines include Product Wins Industry Award, New Product Can Save You Time!, Membership Drive Exceeds Goals, and New Office Opens Near You.
If you are sharing the document with many people (and they don’t need to edit it) you can convert the document to a PDF file by clicking on the PDF icon on the toolbar. It’s the one on the left . When the window pops up, you can give it a new filename, or use the one that appears. If people don’t have OpenOffice and they need to edit the file, just save it as a Microsoft Office document. To do this, click on SAVE AS, give the file a name and click on the down arrow in the SAVE AS TYPE box. Choose the Microsoft format from the choices given.
Methods Who says the chemistry department can monopolize the periodic table? This site highlights various charts, graphic organizers, tables, and other ways to express information visually. The presentation makes the sell (or better grade). Teachers, especially secondary school, will appreciate this page to show the various ways to make their students' presentations more meaningful. Those who teach advanced reading skills and how to interpret visual data will love all the examples, as well. Hold your mouse over each square of the periodic table to view each type of visual.
In the Classroom: Viewing this with the entire class will be more effective with the interactive whiteboard or projector. Teachers in any subject will find this site invaluable in teaching how to make strong visuals for oral or written presentations. What powerful evidence for multiple intelligences! Your visual/spatial students will LOVE this one, and others will learn to build that intelligence. Try these same strategies in YOUR PowerPoint
presentations to communicate ideas visually, without being "powerpointless" at back to school night! Click here for the periodic table. To see other visualization mappings, go to: http://www.visualliteracy.org/pages/ documents.htm
Online Quiz Maker The site calls itself the â€œYouTube of Quizzes.â€? This site allows you to create ONLINE quizzes. You MUST register to use this site. Registration does require an email address, user name, and password. Registration takes less than ten seconds, and is very simple. Once registered, you click to create a quiz. Then you are asked to choose between a personality quiz or a scored quiz. This site offers extraordinary details. At the
scored quiz, you are able to provide a title, tags, description, and choose the type of questions (multiple choice, essay, or fill in the blank). It is simple to insert images, change font styles, insert links, and even score the online quiz. You can create a pass/fail quiz, a graded quiz (with YOU determining what qualifies as an A, B, etc..). You are also able to set
a time limit, issue a certificate of achievement, and fill in the possible total score. Once students have taken the quiz, immediate feedback is provided (including a scale of all participants, the correct answers, final score, and grade). This is a fantastic tool to use to create online quizzes! Click here to take the tour to see all the features. http://www.proprofs.com/ quiz-school/
Bully Awareness Websites This site addresses the important issue of bullying for grades K-8. It includes an interactive video, reports, information guides, quizzes, polls, and more. This site also talks about the less frequently discussed forms of bullying - such as cyber bullying, girls bullying girls, cellular phone bullying and other less "traditional" forms of bullying (which unfortunately are becoming more common). FLASH is required for some of the activities.
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This interactive site, geared toward the elementary schoolaged child in grades 2-6, highlights the signs and repercussions of bullying. Your students can play games or watch webisodes to learn about this hot topic. Your students may want to enter the continuously-running essay contest at any time of the year. For Bully Prevention Awareness Week, this fun site is your one-stop place for information.
or projector to talk to your class about bullying. Perhaps you can even use this discussion to prompt a journal entry, skit, or other personal response on the topic of bullying and how to handle it. Provide this link for parents to read at home with their students. Parents need to know what could be going on in their students' lives and how to help. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/specials/bullying/default.stm
In the Classroom: On your interactive whiteboard or projector, show the webisodes of bullying scenarios to spark conversations about this problem. After watching the webisodes, divide your class into small groups to create their own real-life anti-bullying ‘webisode’ to perform for the class. For Awareness Week, create your own poster contest against bullying. http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/
Your one-stop place for bullying resources, whether it is cyberbullying or face to face, this site is loaded with twelve games, oodles of webisodes, online polls, interviews, and more. You can even download the "Stop Bullying Now" theme song as a ringtone. Click on the “What Adults Can Do” link on the left to access the “Materials for Educators” link. Download TFK Extra (Time for Kids) webisodes to print out for classroom reading. Teacher guides are also available. View the extensive Tip Sheets for adults. A Spanish version of this entire site is available with a click from the Home page.
In the Classroom: Pass out appropriate Tip Sheets to parents in a newsletter, on your class website, teacher blog, or during Open House. Generate discussion on bullying by addressing it on your blog. This site has enough Tip Sheets and resources for an entire school year. For fun, divide your class into small groups to create their own webisodes against bullying. http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/index.asp?area=main
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As the saying goes, "It's the economy, stupid." As we near the 2008 Presidential election, the US economy continues to be an important talking point. Some report that the country is already slipping into recession, but what does that mean? This graphic, designed by the New York Times, is the kind of visual presentation that can really help put this discussion into perspective. Presented as an amped-up version of the traditional pie chart, the chart shows what percentage of the average consumer's spending is devoted to everything from cable TV to gas to fast food to postage. The graphic also shows the relative increase or decrease in that cost over the past year. For example, students may enjoy seeing the comparison between money spent on men's clothing versus that spent on women's clothing, with additional comparative data on shoes, accessories, and children's clothes! In the Classroom: This relatively simple graphic has a very wide variety of possible applications. If you teach personal finance and budgeting, students can use this chart to compare the average American's spending with their own. If you teach economics, the fact that the items that have increased the most in the past year are gasoline, fuel oil, firewood, and eggs (OK, eggs?) will bear out the impact of the rise in the cost of crude oil and the chaos in the middle east. If you teach civics or government, you can show how the changes in the economy affect what citizens want from their politicians. If you teach math, the graphic's real-life data could be used as a basis for computation and problem solving. Because it's Flash-enabled, the "mouse over" effects and the ability to zoom in and out to see greater detail (how much does the average American spend on ham versus turkey? It's on there!). This site would work well on an interactive whiteboard or projector.
Need Cheap College Credits? Fresno Pacific University is offering a class called Active Learning: Clickers. The cost is $397 including $70 for the course materials. Active Learning: Clickers in the Classroomâ€” TEC953 is an online course that introduces educators to interactive technology and teaches skills needed to use student response systems in the classroom. This course is designed for instructors to effectively incorporate student response systems into teaching practices. Participants will learn how this technology allows for active participation by all students in the classroom and
provides immediate feedback to the instructor regarding student understanding/ misunderstanding. Participants will also learn how to incorporate use of this technology to curriculum and content standards. The majority of the course activities will focus on the use of the e-instruction system. Students must have access to a student response system to participate in this course.
Click here to see the course syllabus. Fresno Pacific charges $109/credit hour. You can work at your own pace and have one year to complete. Other technology courses can be found at: http://www.fresno.edu/cpd/courses/ view.aspx?studyArea=TEC With the Senteo Response Systems in each building, this course might be useful to our teachers.