After being out for a conference last week, it made for a fast moving week this week. It’s the shocking realization that we are already halfway through February and the spring term is moving quickly. Looking at the calendar, I can see this semester is going to move quickly. In a few weeks we will hit spring break, then a few weeks after that it’s Easter break. At that point it will be mid-April and we’ll be in the final stretch towards the end of the school year. Even with the year moving, we’ve got many great things happening. Students are creating on a variety of presentations for the classroom, iPad projects are everywhere, and best of all; students are engaged in the classroom. Keeping students active in the learning process will greatly increase their productivity. This is a great time of year to get the students hands-on with their learning.
For those applying to INTERACT 2015, be sure you complete steps two and three of the application process by February 26. Information for steps two and three would have been sent out to eligible teams earlier this week, but can also be found on the iCafe. Please let me know if there are any questions.
At a Glance:
- Atomic Learning – Learn a Varity of Computer Programs at Your Own Pace
- Google Earth Pro for Free
- Tech Tip – How to Block Internet Ads
Atomic Learning – website
Recently the district activated a subscription to Atomic Learning. What is Atomic Learning? Atomic Learning is an online learning platform designed for educators by educators to learn a large range of computer programs.
Looking to learn Microsoft Excel or Adobe Photoshop? Log into the site and start learning. Learn at your own speed and when it’s convenient for you. Check this page to see what all is available to learn. Log in with your district credentials to begin today.
Google Earth Pro for Free – website
Until recently, the Pro version of Google Earth cost $399. Google has announced that it is now going to be free. Here is the description of this advanced mapping program:
Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.
Think of the potential classroom uses. Students can now calculate building sizes and volumes, how long an object would take to hit the ground from any building available in 3D, record a virtual trip through a historical area; the list is endless. You will need to get a free key to activate the program. Sign up at this link for a free key. Download the program from this page.
Tech Tip – Adblock Plus – website
Tired of internet ads. Try Adblock Plus to block most internet advertisements. While it does not block 100% of the ads you see on the Internet, it does block a large portion of them. Best of all…it’s free! It’s available for many of the popular internet browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and more. For websites that require ads to be enabled, Adblock Plus can be disabled for just those sites.