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About Mr. Sturgeon

Mr. Sturgeon is presently a Middle School Technology Integrator.

Animation: First Steps

Some Grade 6 iDesign students created animations which were played for the entire Middle School this week. Based on the laughing. applause, and the audience’s desire for more, the student animators should be proud of their work.

If you are interested in animation, download the free Stykz program. It is available for both Windows and Mac. The website includes some great “getting started’ video tutorials. They also have great tips and a solid help section to learn as you go.


The Most Important Integration Blog Post Ever

Never have time to go to the Integration blog because there are twenty-five other things you have on your to-do list?

Have a niggling tech problem that you know know is easily solved?

Well, have the solutions come to you! Subscribe to the blog’s Email distribution list. You can see the link in the upper right of blog’s homepage, 

or simply click this link. Each time there is a new entry on the Integration blog it will be emailed to you. In an instant , you can determine if the post is relevant by viewing the short summary or if you can ignore the post.

You may want to  consider using this on your own site as well. Parents and students could subscribe and receive email updates as well.

Check some examples of how Email subscriptions to blog posts are working.

Via MenuBar

As a widget

As a button

An upcoming post will show you how to set an Email subscription to your blog posts.

Auto Archiving Email

Taken from Mr. van Iperen’s email

How to Turn On the Auto Archive Feature

For Outlook 2010:

  1. Click the File tab, and then click the Options tab on the File menu.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click Auto Archive Settings.
  4. Click to select the Auto Archive Every check box, and then type a number in the Days box to specify how frequently the Auto Archive process runs.
  5. If you want to be notified before the items are archived, click to select the Prompt Before Auto Archive check box.
  6. In the Default archive file box, type a file name for the archived items to be transferred to, or click Browse to select from a list.
  7. Click OK two times.

For Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2003:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Other tab.
  2. Click Auto Archive.
  3. Click to select the Auto Archive Every check box, and then specify how frequently the Auto Archive process will run by typing a number in the days box.
  4. If you want to be notified before the items are archived, click to select the Prompt Before Auto Archive check box.
  5. In the Default archive file box, type a file name for the archived items to be transferred to, or click Browse to select from a list.
  6. Click OK two times.

Middle School Matters

2011 Tech Ideas to Start the Year

(from Middle School teachers and the Integration Blog)

Find some time. Click a few links. A little something for everybody.

Student Work Displayed

Teacher Blogging Techniques

  • A clever way to make that weekly post that takes the “blogging pain” away.
  • View the power of embedded games on your blog site. A natural fit.
  • Witness the draw-you-in-ness of having large, clear images at the start of your blog posts.
  • Simple organization of daily class starters you already do allows for student review and a bank of future resources.

To inspire integration

Off the beaten track
To soothe the soul at the start of 2011:

  • If you need to just chill a bit after the holidays, grab a primer of various styles of music from the music department.
  • Not to be missed. Try a new hobby.

United Nations Pitches

For the second straight year, Grade Six students have produced stupendous work incorporating research from all core subjects.

They produced incredible Pecha Kuchas* for the Q2 performance task. Their video presentations are between 10-20 slides, and the narration on each slide is between 10-20 seconds long. Their task was to research the impact of certain products on food chains and groups of people.

Situation: The UN has raised the question of whether or not certain products should stay on the market due to their questionable effects on the environment and people. They have appealed to certain NGOs for their help in determining positive and negative impacts on the environment and people, so that they can make an informed decision.

I.T. Connections: Students learned about Creative Commons and how to search Flickr and Google Image Advanced Search for Creative Commons photos. Students were encouraged to use Compfight to find appropriate photos.

To view the videos, click on the topic below:

Chocolate

Coffee

Plastic

Electronics

*What is PechaKucha ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.
To read more about the Pecha Kucha format click here.

How to Install Calendar

WordPress does not make calendars for such things as homework as easy as it could or should be. One solution is to use a Google calendar. Here are the directions to insert a Google calendar into your blog. Many thanks to MS Math department for finding a solution.