I can’t believe that a whole week has gone by since I wrote last. The whirlwind known as school has officially begun. This past week I have learned enough to write ten blog posts, but obviously that isn’t going to happen, so I am going to have to just share snippets.
I spent last Wednesday in Smart Board training. Since our district just bought over a hundred of them, we decided that we better learn how to use them. I was hesitant at first in spending a whole day learning about Smart Boards, but the training was a good use of time. It always helps to have a good presenter. Now I have a head full of cool things to do with the Smart Board. I just have to figure out how to get it out to the rest of the staff.
The one thing that made the biggest impression on me during the training was the screen capture tool. It is pretty cool to use on the Smart Board itself, but it has been an invaluable tool this past week when I have been putting together instruction sheets. It is so much easier to just click on what I want and save it. Before, I would have to take a screen shot, put it into paint, crop it, and then put it into a document. With the screen capture tool, it is just point, click, copy, and paste. It works pretty slick.
I have done quite a bit more work with Classmarker this week, and I am finding that it is a very useful tool for the classroom. It is easy to use, and gives a good bit of data for a free app.
Today, I ran across the movie trailer for “Race to Nowhere.” The director, Vicki Abeles, was being interviewed by Steve Hargadon tonight, but I wasn’t able to listen in. Hopefully I can catch it tomorrow. Anyway, if you haven’t seen the trailer, watch. It will make you think a little bit.