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Technology News and Tips

Tumblebooks

We now have a school-wide subscription to Tumblebooks.

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. It includes popular books such as ish and Diary of a Fly. Check it out at www.tumblebooks.com. The username is bonnerel and the password is books. Be on the lookout for a class set of bookmarks in your mailbox to pass out to the students. They can access the books anytime from anywhere! There will be an upcoming demonstration after school or feel free to email me and I'll be happy to demonstrate in your classroom!

Duck! Rabbit! What do you see?

Bonner Kindergarten, First and Second Graders read the book Duck! Rabbit! on Tumblebooks and had to decide what they saw, a duck or a rabbit? Here are a few of the drawings they did!

Available Interwrite Slates!

There are several Interwrite slates available to checkout in the library. These slates provide you the freedom of mobility by allowing you to control the computer from anywhere in the classroom. The students love using them also! Please let me know if you are interested in using one in your classroom.

Upcoming Technology Training

SMART Club Thursday, April 11th at 3:15 All teachers who have or will have SMART boards are invited. (Actually, anyone can come if you really want to!) We will share ideas, tips, and tricks.

SMART Notebook Software Picture Tool

It's easy to capture pictures or parts of pictures online with the SMART Notebook Capture Tool. It is a floating tool from SMART Notebook that allows you to take "photos" of anything on your computer screen and put them into SMART Notebook. For example, I wanted a lesson on animal coverings. I didn't want the whole animal, I just wanted their covering. I used the Capture tool to get just a section of the animal. Now I can show the students the pictures of the coverings and they have to determine which animal it belongs to.

Simply open SMART Notebook and look for the camera icon at the top. Click on it and the camera box will appear. When you are ready to take your picture, click on the button with the camera and dashed-line rectangle and draw a box around what you want a picture of. It will automatically put it into SMART Notebook. Now you have your picture!

Another great use for this tool is capturing sections of worksheets or certain questions you'd like to use in class. Take a picture of the part you want to use instead of using the whole page or sheet.

Let me know if have any questions or would like some help with using this in your classroom. It's a great tool!!

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