Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Video Tutorial for Making Quickie Flashcards in SMART Notebook

 Hi, everybody!

My school was fortunate enough to get SMART boards over the summer and there are many teachers just itching to create. However, they haven't had the opportunity to attend a training session using the software yet, so there are many questions.

I've had my SMART board for a little over a year now and have acquired a bit more experience using the software, so I've agreed to give a short in-service for some of my interested teammates. 
The in-service is tomorrow afternoon, and I was hoping to prepare for it by playing around with software at home and recording myself giving a wee little tutorial.

Here is one of the tutorials that I recorded. I plan on sharing this with my teammates just in case they forget the steps. This tutorial is just about making easy flashcards - nothing fancy. 
Keep in mind, these people haven't used the software at all. We have to start somewhere.

I'm sharing this with y'all because maybe, just maybe, someone out there might find it useful too.

If you do find this helpful, please let me know. I plan on making more videos for my staff and I can share them here as well.

Monday, September 2, 2013

September Currently

Nothing screams the beginning of Fall like sticky humidity and sweltering heat!
Ah, the joys of living in southern Florida.

We get all of those catalogs in the mail that show lovely brown boots and puffy vests.
We laugh as we know that we will have to wait a good three, four, maybe five months before we could ever think of enjoying these fall beauties.

As much as I love living in Florida, I always feel a little sad right now wishing that I could participate in the season known as Autumn.

But I digress,  there are much more pressing issues to attend to and Farley's "Currently" is one of them!
I am very excited to say that I may be joining in on Farley's monthly linky before it reaches 100! Woot, Woot!

Here is my Currently:

*Listening - Normally when I wake up I listen to the news while I get ready, but this morning has been a tad bit lazy and a Parks and Recreations marathon was too good to pass up. Nothing makes me laugh harder than listening to Andy Dwyer. He's my all time favorite!

*Loving - I get these weekly updates in my email about my growing baby and it is so stupid but they bring me such joy. I love reading about his weekly developments and how close we are to meeting him. I am nervous but overall REALLY EXCITED!

*Thinking - I have so much work to do to prepare for my maternity leave on top of my regular work load. I am still the grade level chair for my team this year (I have NO IDEA WHY THEY WOULD PICK ME!!!) but this job requires additional meetings, paperwork, and presentations that I need to do. In addition, I was asked to present a workshop on how to use the SMART Notebook software this week and I should really get a handout prepared for this, too. I need an assistant, STAT!

*Wanting - Kindergarten is a very unique grade to teach. I do love my Kinders, but they are tough to take sometimes. On the flip side, I am in LOVE with first grade. That is my home, my niche. However, my school is mostly departmentalized and so for two hours of my day I teach the Kinders. AHHHH! My teammate and I have nine major discipline problems and three who have never been to school at all! It is bonkers! One of them insists on calling us "Teacher." It isn't cute either. I'm over it! I'll give them a solid and say they have improved overall in the past nine days, but it hasn't been an easy road. "No, David," ain't got nothing over some of these guys!

*Needing - I am really not going to elaborate on this one. The bottom line is the basketball bouncing on my bladder isn't doing me any favors lately.

Well that's all for now. My parents are taking me to breakfast - YIPEE! I'm so spoiled.

Please join in on the linky fun at Farley's blog: