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"Word processing is a great tool to encourage children to write. There
are applications that also allow children to illustrate, or add graphics
to stories. Programs make it easy to spell check and grammar check (although
it is necessary to still teach these skills). Word processing also develops
key boarding skills, a standard skill now needed by everyone.Kids can work
together on writing projects and produce work that they can always easily
revise or add to throughout the school year. I use desktop publishing with
my students to publish their own stories, books, reports, newsletters, and
newpapers. As a result, my students love to engage in writing activities."
Electronic Grade Books
"Electronic grade books are definitely the way to go into the future of
teaching. These types of grade books can be used to store many types of
student data, including project grades, test grades, quarter averages, and
final grades. You can also include daily attendance, discipline reports,
daily up dates, or assignments. I use "Thinkwave" which allows
me to post grades and information on the Internet and allows me to access
information on my students from home, or wherever I am that has Internet
access. This application also allows the parents of my students to access
progress up-to-date that is posted for them to have. It has improved my
grade management tremendously; I can't imagine doing it any other way!"
"Instead of giving my students a huge test over the planets as we
finish the unit, I put them in groups and they had to pick a planet and
do a power point presentation on the planet. I used a rubric I found here
at TeAch-nology and grade while they present it. Works great! My grading
time is virtually cut down 75%. They kids love it and feel they learned
more than they would have with a test. Projects work- especially in May!"
Brain puzzles to inspire class!
"I have been using a puzzle site called "Wognum Brainwaves" http://www.wognum.se/brainwave
as a great way to get my students going! It works equally well as a starter
or to round up a lesson! It seems to work with all ages - not to mention
my fellow teachers! ;) "
"There are a lot of "test development" programs out there that can make your life as a teacher easier. I use "Educatabase" that was originally developed by a teacher for teachers...it creates tests and adminsters them if you want. You have the ability to print tests as well as answer sheets, administer tests on the computer,a nd randomize test items with different versions. Other software applications that are available include MicroTest III (I think there is a newer version), or Linx Test Factory. The money invested, if you have it available, is worth it. You'll create and adminster better tests."