Being a non-typical Monday, this being the last week before Christmas Break and the students are a little bonkers, I got to learn quite a bit today. In no particular order, here are a few tidbits that I learned from the mistakes my Monday classes had to suffer through (sorry kids!).
- When printing a map in Google Earth that your students have been working on for quite awhile, and are really excited about showing off, don’t use the 3D View option. Sure, it sounds cool, and you may get a larger picture, but if you stick with the Folder & Placemark Description View, the option on the bottom, you get the map, all of the placemarks, and a really nice smaller close up image of each individual placemark along with its description. 3D View gives you nothing but a plain map, ugh!
- Trying to complete the simplest of tasks, such as copying and pasting an image, will often result in having “egg on my face” if not properly tested several days beforehand. I can copy and paste images online at home in all of my web browsers, I can copy and paste images online at school with Internet Explorer, but have the students all working in Firefox with multiple tabs open, a simple copy and paste just won’t work. Must make a mental note to stop blindly trusting that the school computers will function like mine at home, despite appearances otherwise.
- KidPix is one of those truly rare unholy programs that not only insists on dominating your entire screen, it also manages to provide you with the best multimedia experiences of 1998 for $20 a workstation, while many completely free multimedia websites offer tools that appear to be from the whiz-bang magic of the future.
I did manage to find a really awesome video about copyright, and had a great time with the 4th graders, which I’ll write about tomorrow. Time for some more offline reflection this evening.