1. New Tool: The first tool I’m going to share with you is called Flipsnack. Flipsnack is a free Web 2.0 tool that allows you to upload a PDF file and turn it into an online book. We have already started using it in Kindergarten and First Grade. Almost any file (Word, PPT, etc) can be saved as a PDF or you can scan student work on the scanner to make a PDF. Check out Ms. Kirbo’s book, The Purple Cow.
2. Computer Tip: Many times your internet will go out and you can’t figure out why. Most of our laptops have an internet button or switch somewhere on the keyboard that, when pushed or flicked, will connect or disconnect the signal to the internet. The button or switch usually has this picture next to or on it: . Look around your computer to see if you have a button or a switch. If you have a button, the light on it will probably be blue or green when it is turned on and yellow/orange or red when it is turned off. If you have a switch, when it is on you will not see any red. If you do see red, it is turned off. Come see me if you need help finding this on your laptop.
3. Relevant Article: We are coming up on the 10th anniversary of September 11th. I’m sure you are just like me in that you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you found out about the first plane crashing into the WTC. My students came in to tell me that they heard that a plane crashed into the Civic Center so I looked out my window to see if I could see any smoke (I was working downtown at that point). When we didn’t see anything, we turned on the news and were able to watch everything in real time. Most of our students, though, weren’t even alive when 9/11 happened. Click here for an article that has some ideas for discussing the events of that day and honoring the men and women who lost their lives during the tragedy.