Archive for March, 2012

Using Audacity to create a fun lesson

March 28, 2012

The other day we took a picture of one of our teachers and put it on a notebook page on her SMART Board.  She recorded some instructions in Audacity and we attached the resulting mp3 file to the picture by clicking on the drop down menu and selecting Sound.  We called in one of her students and told him to touch the teacher’s smile.  When the picture spoke, the student was SO excited.  He jumped up and down and touched her smile several more times.  He said, “I can’t believe it!”  We laughed so hard!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

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Tracing to improve poor motor control

March 21, 2012

A special education teacher was telling me about a student who had poor motor control.  On a Notebook page, she locked a star at the bottom left and top right of the screen and then connected them with a straight line.  The student had to trace the line and move from one star to the other.  It got him to focus on moving up to the right and it stretched his body at the same time.  He was very excited about this challenge.

If your students have trouble grasping a pen, try using a tennis ball to move things around on the SMART Board.    It is outstanding for special needs students.  Give it a try.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Differentiate using your own sound files

March 14, 2012

To differentiate, I create sound files of instructions and then attach the resulting mp3 files to buttons on Notebook pages.  Students can also create podcasts that can be initiated in a Notebook file.  For the students who have Windows’ machines, we download Audacity and Lame to make the mp3 files.  The Mac users have Garage band for their sound file creations.  I found that my students learned to do this with very little instruction.  They ROCK!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Integrating Google Earth

March 7, 2012

My class LOVES using Google maps on the SMART Board.  We can drag the map to see satellite images of countries or search for a specific place.  We also use the pointer to fly round the world and zoom in to areas and tour cities in 3D.  Then we drag the little gold man on the zoom bar over an area so that we can see the pictures that people have posted. Pictures show up as little blue circles on the maps.  My students decide on a route and then check out what they will see on the trip.  We can capture those images to Notebook and then describe our journeys.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom