Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Turning Off Automatic Email Notification

When you open Microsoft Outlook, one of its automatic settings will display a box in the lower right-hand corner of your screen to let you know a new email has come to your Inbox. The message will display the subject of the message as well as the first line of the message text. If the computer is connected to a SMART Board, you can imagine the potential problems this could create - especially if kids are in the room and in-awe of your interactive lesson!

Here's how to fix this in Outlook 2007:
1. Open Microsoft Outlook
2. Left-click once on each in the following sequence:
  • Tools
  • Options
  • Email Options
  • AdvancedE-Mail Options
3. Un-check the box next to the statement, "Display a New Mail Desktop Alert (default Inbox only)"

4. Last, left-click once on the button marked "OK."

That's It! You Did It!

Here's how to fix this in Outlook 2010:
1. Open Microsoft Outlook
2. Left-click once on each in the following sequence:
  • File
  • Options
  • Mail
3. Un-check the box next to the statement, “Display a Desktop Alert.”

4. Last, left-click once on the button marked “OK.”

That’s it! You did it! ☺

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Caterpillars at Silas Willard Elementary School

Have a look at this video, created by Ms. Hua & Ms. Ankeney at Silas Willard Elementary School!
Caterpillars in Ms. Hua’s Classroom at Silas Willard Elementary School, Galesburg, Illinois

The video was recorded over 4 hours through the use of the classroom document camera (AverVision CP-155). The video was then edited down, captioned, and sped up to 8 times normal speed with Windows Live Movie Maker.
If you’d like assistance with a project like this or any other tech-related activity, or if you’d like to learn how to integrate more technology into your daily lessons, please let me know! I have lots of ideas that can help!

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Greatest Teacher

Here's a great video from Teacher Tube showing how great teachers have been practicing great methods for many years, with great results!
Many thanks to Joel Estes, District 205's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, for the tip on this link!

The Greatest Teacher

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Back To School Resources

Welcome Back To School! For those of you who might be reading this blog for the first time, this is an area where I share resources that might be helpful to use in various classroom environments and situations. I try to limit the resources to those that (1) will play nicely with our District’s hardware, software and filtering policies, and (2) are generally free or very low-cost for teachers. I generally try to send an update to District email addresses every week, usually on Techno-Tuesdays (the original inspiration for name for this blog).

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If you have a site or resource you’d like to share, or if you’re looking for something you can’t seem to find and would like some assistance, just click the ABOUT tab above & click on my name to send me an email – I’ll get right to work on it!

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