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The Comic Sans Edition

When is Comic Sans OK?

Comic Sans is an acceptable font in the following instances:

  1. Kindergarten Classrooms
  2. Printed Materials for people with Dyslexia

We all have our favorite fonts, but some fonts hinder readability for dyslexic students.

Fonts like Times New Roman, Courier New, and Georgia have "tails" or serifs on the ends of the letters. Serifs can cause confusion with certain letter combinations for some people who struggle with this learning disability.

Sans serif fonts improve readability of printed materials. Sans serif fonts do not have any tails on the ends of their strokes. Fewer strokes equates to less visual information to process which results in better comprehension. Examples of sans serif fonts are Arial, and yes Comic Sans.

Ideally, fonts that closely resemble handwritten letter shapes improve readability.

So even if you local graphic designer scoffs at your use of Comic Sans, you now have a legitimate excuse to use it.

If You Must...

If you feel compelled to use Comic Sans, consider this updated version: Comic Neue
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Help Me Help You

Believe it or not, your technology teachers don't know everything about computers. Some are better at using software, some are really good at repairs, and some are good at coming up with ideas for how to effectively use technology tools in classrooms.

Sometimes the best answers can be found by using the HELP menu.

Don't know know how to merge cells in a spreadsheet? Click on Help. The Help menu is full of good information, that often times, explains step by step how to complete a specific tasks.

In Microsoft Office, the help menu is a question mark. In other applications, it will say HELP. If you don't see a help menu, go to the software publisher's website. There will be some sort of knowledge repository that has the answer you need.

You will learn far more by finding your own answers than by simply having someone just give it to you. If we expect our students to find their own answers, shouldn't we expect the same of ourselves?

Kristi Nobers-Technology Contact, at your service