K-8 Computer Lab Teachers


K-8 Computer Lab Teachers

I started a discussion inviting anyone to share resources and ideas about running a computer lab. I am not sure I am doing this right but we will see.

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Comment by mary maloney on December 5, 2010 at 12:50pm
I teach learning technology in a K-8 computer lab.
Comment by Volcano Experience on September 21, 2010 at 9:27am
Could you take a moment and send us the answer to this survey
so the project can move forward....

What grade level are students you teach about volcanoes?

Do you include information on health effects?

Volcanoes - Effects on Health
• Respiratory -breathing ash asthma, bronchitis, emphysema
• Gas Plumes and Airplanes
• Crops, land - poisons in volcano ash
• Effects in ocean - Hydrothermal Volcanoes
• Geotourism - safe viewing • Destruction: Buildings, transportation,communication
• Good & Bad Bacteria that live in underwater volcano soils
• Study Martian Volcanoes on Earth
• FUN Make Your Own Volcano
• Make A Volcano Cake

these topics can be found on

send email to admin@volcanoexperience.com
or at classroom20.com

thank you!
we reply to all responses, but are not sure that we receive your email
so if you dont get reply, send again. thanks.
Comment by Brandon Horst on September 10, 2010 at 11:22am
If you are using TuxPaint, I always use the TuxPaint Config to and you can choose an alternate directory to save student work in. I have a folder in "My Documents" called TUX and it saves everything in there.

If you have things you need to get to on a Windows PC, the default location is

C:Documents and Settings/YOURUSERNAME/Application Data/TuxPaint/saved

You do have to have the viewing of hidden folders turned on too...

You can do that through "Tools-Folder Options-View-Show hidden files and folders' once you open the C: drive...

Tux is great, I take the students school pictures and create stamps out of them and load them into TuxPaint...If anyone is interested in creating stamps, I could give you a tutorial, it's pretty easy...
Comment by Volcano Experience on September 10, 2010 at 9:41am
we are new to classroom2.0 ,
created by a high school student
is website on volcanoes around world and health,

student needs your help!!!! needs responses by September 15, 2010

survey online

could you ask your class these questions and send results to
or post them in response to this message
or look for volcano experience on classroom20.com
and send them
if you don't receive a reply from him, please send them again

grade level, age range, # students
question 1 #yes, #no
question 2
question 3

did you know:

*Some volcano gases are poisonous.
Yes No

*If before going near a volcano, you have breathing problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, could breathing in volcanic gases and ash make it worse?
Yes No

*Cows and sheep that eat the grass where ash has fallen often get sick or die from fluorine in the ash.
Yes No

*Volcanoes are fun to visit (geotourism) but can be dangerous.
comments --

many thanks!
Forward to any other teachers you think might help him with his project

for social studies, some teachers could use

You can use http://www.volcanoexperience.com to teach students about clicking
then show them technology of live webcam photos
the hawaiin volcano is active, daytime it has gas , nightime it has red glow (dusk around 1 AM EST)

a sample lesson plan

theres a demographic map tool that lets you pick anywhere in the US
and it generates a map with information

http://www.volcanoexperience.com/hawaii.html has sample of it
would you live near a volcano? you could compare hawaii population with mt st helens 30 years later
or yellowstone or anywhere in US

look at the site, it can be used to teach many things
worlds largest baking soda and vinegar volcano

if you'd like to use it later in the year, the starting page can be customized for your lessons
mapping, science, health, geography, technology, any subject - send an email and we'll work with you on your project admin@volcanoexperience.com
if you'd like the students to email, receive an answer from a scientist or student
Comment by Jane Zawacki on July 20, 2010 at 3:06pm
Renee - I used Tux Paint last year when the Kid Pix program we had did not work with the new computers we got. I taught the kids to take screen shots to save their work. Besides having an image that could be used in other apps, if we had trouble printing we could always just print from the image file too. In fact - we used screen shots to save from several programs.
Comment by Jacqui Murray on July 20, 2010 at 2:31pm
Hey, Renee, I don't use Tux Paint at school. We have KidPix. I didn't know there was a problem with saving. You could take a screen shot and save that way. Hmm...

Faith--I like the stuff you're doing. My 5th graders went crazy over wikis. Everyone created their own. It was so much fun. I noticed you use Glogster. How do your kids like it? Do they boys get into it as much as the girls?
Comment by Faith Shabat on July 20, 2010 at 1:33pm
Hi All,
It looks like we're all in the same "class" - so to speak. I teach in a K-4 computer lab. I love what I do! This is my computer lab website where I post links and projects: www.bzkids.org

I started a wiki for projects this year. We did Voicethreads: http://bzkids.wikispaces.com/

One of my favorite projects was Podcast bookreviews by 1st graders: http://www.bzkids.org/1st_grade_book_reviews

This year I did blogs with my 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. This is the 2nd grade classroom blog: http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=278325. This is one of my 3rd graders' blog: http://www.classblogmeister.com/blog.php?user_id=282311&blogger....

I've been exploring different Web2.0 tools for use in the Primary grades, and I'm also interested in planning a collaborative project with other schools this year. I plan to explore Global Virtual Classroom. Looks like it has lots of potential!
Comment by Janet Barnstable on July 20, 2010 at 12:44pm
I've only used Tux Paint on a Mac, and just click the save icon. The read me does tell you how to name the files and where they save - might be the same for Windows.

for Mac there is also "Tux Paint Config," a GUI configuration tool that lets you set things like window size, full screen mode, sound on/off, and override which folder images are saved in.

See: http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/tuxpaint/download/macosx/
Comment by Nancy Tue on July 20, 2010 at 11:26am
I think I posted this on your page instead of the discussion page. Kerpoof will allow projects the students make to be saved as jpeg. Here is a link to my county's tech page with lots of resources. We are all about FREE so hopefully they will help you too.
Comment by Renee Hewitt on July 20, 2010 at 11:22am
Thanks for all the ideas. I have Tux Paint but can't seem to save or export the pics easily. Any suggestions?

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