Friday, June 17, 2011

For the last couple of days I have been busy making the certificates for the Grade 6 leaving ceremony.  Annoyingly, I realized that I was going to have to print each page one at at time because each file was a unique pdf file.  This process was going to take forever, as there is 114 Grade 6 students, and I would literally be sitting in front of a computer pushing print over and over again.  A couple of minutes searching found me a site that lets you upload pdf documents separately and merges them into one file.  This meant that I could take each class, upload them, have them bunched together and print the classes as a bunch instead of individually.  Much much easier.  I assume this same task could be accomplished by purchasing some Adobe software, but it looks like the basic license for that is several hundred dollars, and I need it so infrequently it would be a waste. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Almost Caught up on Work

This weekend I managed to get the majority of my Week 4 work done.  All I have left to do is my last post on the Facebook and grades debate, and all of that information has been read, I just need to formally write a post.  It was a pretty interesting debate and I imagine that when researchers find conflicting information on a topic they really need to call each other out determine either who is right, or who has the more rigorous research, because sometimes there is no "right" answer.

After this week is done I can get right on the readings for week 5, and besides that I really need to finish off some work for school as well, especially regarding my schedule for next year.  That is much larger post/topic though!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June Post!

I should have posted a long time ago, but am using the lame excuse of time.  Even though that is not really true.  I did finally set up the ability to blog more easily from my smartphone though, so I hope that causes me to post a little more.

Have been busy though.  The school ordered a Mobi board and a set of clickers.  The Mobi's themselves have met a lukewarm response.  This school has Smartboard brand IWB, and it seems like the teachers are more willing to stick with those instead of trying something new.  I can understand that, there is only so much time in the run of a day, but the Mobi's are about a 1/10th of the cost... Oh well.

The clickers on the other hand were great.  I have set them up with two Grade 4 teachers already and they have done math and science quizzes on them.  The students and the staff really enjoyed it and found it easy to set up.  May be more traction with those guys.