Archive for January, 2013

Using Speech Recognition Software

January 30, 2013

My friend Jason, had a hand injury recently and he can no longer hold a pen.  The school is going out of its way to help him out because they recognize that he is a great teacher, a problem solver and a fighter (not how he hurt his hand by the way!)

When I taught special needs children, I learned Dragon Naturally Speaking so I offered to help him master it so that he could complete his report cards.  Pretty soon, he was saying “Wake up.  Start Microsoft  Office.”  Then he was dictating way faster than I could type.   Now that he can do that, we have to see if it will work with the online report.  Otherwise, some copy and paste will be in order.    I am sure his principal will find a solution for that!

Other good news is that the other day, I found that while Jason cannot hold a pen, he can hold a tennis ball.  A light went on for me as I realized that he could write on the SMART board and the best news of all?  He is going to get one installed in his room!  I will have more news about Jason soon.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

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Activity Builder News Flash

January 23, 2013

Thanks to Serina, one of our primary teachers we have discovered that the activity builder can be more complex than we thought!  We used to add one activity object to the page and the items were either rejected or accepted.  Now we find that we can add multiple activity objects.  We select each one and determine which items are accepted or rejected for that object.  We do the same for every other object that we have created.  It is important that every item on the page is accepted or rejected for each of the activity objects.

One thing we noticed is that if we use shapes as the activity objects, they have to be either filled with color or have a word embedded with them.  Otherwise, the activity just doesn’t work.

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Gestures and Grouping

January 16, 2013

I love the fact that when I want to group two objects, I just have to select them both and give a bit of a shake and they group themselves.  However, there are times when I have grouped objects and I accidently shake a bit and they separate.  This happens most often when I have created pull tabs.  I begin to pull them out and they become ungrouped.  To prevent this, after I group, I click on the drop down menu and choose Locking.  I then choose Allow move and rotate.  Thereafter, my pull tabs remain grouped no matter what I do!
Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom

Page Recording Revelation

January 9, 2013

Yesterday, we made a page recording of a math problem as we solved it.  We wanted to add a verbal question at the end to determine student learning but we didn’t know if that was possible.  After the recording was complete, a button was added to the page and we attached the question using sound in the drop down menu.  So far so good but would it work when we rewound the recording?  What we found is that when we did rewind it, EVERYTHING including the button disappeared.  OH NO! We were surprised and delighted to see that when the recording finished, the button reappeared and when tapped, our question was heard.  This was the discovery of the month!

Happy Learning!

Mrs Blossom