Tuesday, March 25, 2014
If I can do it, you can too! So here’s what you have to know…
First of all your monitor either has a RGB (red, green, blue) plug or a HDMI plug depending on the monitor you are using. You second monitor has to have the same plug. Since mine was HDMI, I purchased a HDMI cable from Best Buy. The cable plugs into the HDMI plug on the computer and on the second monitor. It really is that easy. If you have RGB you will buy an RGB cable. (HMMMM I only know these things because I am married to the biggest tech nerd! )
And what do I reeeaaaallllyyyy love? If you look at the picture, right there on the remote control there is an HDMI button and a TV button. So I can change back and forth from tv to second monitor just what a push of a button.
Here are some of the ways I have used the second monitor already…
1. I love having two power point presentations open at the same time. It makes it easy to compare, cut and paste….
2. I love being able to keep the power point open and open up my documents folder in the other window. I can select from that window if I want to open another document without closing the first power point.
3. I am able to keep my clip art folder open while I am working to see what clip art I have available. So if I am making something with a “camping theme” I can see all of my camping clip art without going to insert or opening another window on top of the power point.
4. I am able to open my email in one window and a power point in the other window. Then, I can click and drag the photos that are attached in the email over to the power point.
I am sure there are tons of more ways to use the dual monitor. How about you? Share away….How are you using a dual monitor?
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Saturday Megan and I headed out to Macon to meet up with a group of GA bloggers. We had the meet up at GA School Supply. As I was shopping around after the meet up, I saw this sitting on the shelf. I knew immediately what it was. Do you? Read to the end of the post to find out!
Once there, Megan and I found a table with 2 other teachers, had a seat, and started to chat. Who knew, that me, the oldest in the group, was sitting by Urma, the youngest in the group! It paid to be old! The oldest and the youngest each got a prize!One of the cool things that Jane planned was a product auction. Each of us brought the cover to one of you products. She passed out play money and we auctioned off the product. It was really fun, with the teachers from the various grade levels trying to get the prizes. Everyone left with one. Here are the prizes we won and the ones we gave away.Here are some group shots and blog buttons of everyone that attended.
|Jayne, Kelly, Angie, Stacy, Tara, Valerie|
|Jennifer, Carol, Kathy, Meghan, Kim, Irma, Megan |
|Michelin, Jessica, Greg, Erin, Alison |
Here are our peek at me week plans for our second week of Spring.
One last thing before I tell you what’s in the box…I just love seeing all of the sayings on facebook. Here are some that I took a screen shot of this week that either made me laugh, made me think, or made me feel really happy.
Did you know?
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Even though today has been rainy and cold, what a beautiful spring day we had yesterday! Spent the day at a mountain bike race with my son and visiting with my daughter in law and her mom. I asked on facebook how others were spending their day. I wasn’t surprised when a lot of teachers were taking care of household chores, chauffeuring kids, or working on lesson plans. I was most jealous of the teacher on a great beach vacation and most amused by the teacher who was helping her husband catch frogs for a research project! It was most exciting to hear so many of y’all make reference to working on something we had done in a workshop.
I have to admit I really wanted to come home from church and curl up and take a nap. It was raining, dark and I wasn’t on baby duty! Instead I found myself sitting in front of the computer revising yet another pack, Spring Math Game Pack. It is ever more clear to me that we grow and change as technology and resources change around us, as we watch kids, and as we grow as professionals.
I also finished up the Peek at My Week for Megan’s class. Soooo glad that we are talking about Spring. Maybe that will help keep winter at bay. Also really excited to be starting a new unit in Reader’s Workshop!
If you aren’t sure how to read these plans, go (here) to read about how they work.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
ABC’s and Polkadots. Tuesday night Andy flew into Grand Rapids and Wednesday morning we headed out to Chicago…more cold and snow!
The ASCD Early Childhood Conference in Chicago is a HUGE conference…1,500 teachers! Good Golly! This is AN EVENT to say the least….Lots of teachers, great sessions, and super nice location, PLUS….. I get to see some of my favorite people! There’s Kim Jordano from KinderbyKim, Kathy Griffin from Kathy Griffin’s Teaching Strategies, Shari Sloane from kidscount1234.com, Deanna Jump from Mrs. Jump’s Class, Deedee Wills from Mrs. Will’s Kindergarten, and Linnea that keeps us all straight! Of course Andy was there, too. Someone had to take the picture!
This fun cut a sentence book is perfect for Saint Patrick's Day and teaching sentence structure. Make each child a pot of gold book. Invite them to cut off the first sentence. We are working on phrases such as "said the girl." The children put that phrase at the end of the first line. Manipulate the remaining words to complete the sentence. Find the picture to match the sentence and glue it under the flap. Repeat with all 4 sentences.
This is a fun, easy literacy center. Make a book for each child. Invite the children to cut apart the pictures. Glue one picture on each page. Now, decide what the "onset" needs to be added to "ock".
These ideas are from this Hooray for Saint Patrick's Day unit.