Working, Working, Working!

Posted on 31 August 2011 by

Welcome Back to school! Things have been crazy around Harrington! I’ve taken on a new role as STR (School Technology Rep), and life has been absolutely overwhelming since the first week of school, but I’m surviving! *Cue Gloria Gaynor Music* So I’m working on a few new Ideas this year in my classroom that I will share later, but for now, I wanted to jot down some of my ideas so I can tease you and come back later to remember to write articles. 😉 The first new project has been my new iWeb student page. I created the page as a last ditch effort to curb the spamming going on with the previous page housed here on the blog. So my solution was to buy a new domain, transfer everything over, make the site much more graphic and user-friendly for ELL’s and basically delete the old page. I’ll go into more detail later, but it’s working out pretty good so far.

The next project I’ve been exploring is Smoothboard for Mac. This shareware software allows one to use a wiimote and infrared pen to create a wiimote whiteboard system. I fell in love with the built-in toolbar (highlighter, shape tool, pen, etc) (Wiimote Whiteboard doesn’t have) and I don’t have to open up ActiveInspire everytime I want kids to write. Also got a new pen from that is working very well.

Third experiment I’ve been trying is a new room set-up. Flipped the entire room 180 degrees and now am using the actual whiteboard (glossier surface=better for writing) for my IAW surface. I had to play around with my LCD projector settings to get it to project in 16:9 mode to fit the board at a “far away” width so my projector cart doesn’t have to be right in the center of the room. A little squishy, but it’s fine for now. Pics to come.

That’s all for now. I’m going to learn a lot of new tech with this new role, but it will come with a lot of ranting too I suppose. Get ready, this year is going to be one heck of a ride!!


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