Jumpstart 2012

ActivSoftware Inspire

What a great turn-out for Promethean Jumpstart training at Victory today! I’m hoping that I have as great a turn out at Brighton’s Jumpstart. Of course we had the folks who were new to the software or needed a refresher.  I was surprised that we also had a few other folks wander in.  Kudos to Ms. Mitchell for being such a good sport when I made her make all of those shapes.  And “yes” Ms. Mapp-Jonathan, we will show primary software at our next session.  In fact I’d like to start Promethean Club on the 20th, so mark your calendars – we’ll look at student response devices (Activotes and Expressions) as well.

I know some folks are still having difficulty adjusting to the new gradebook.  Keep an eye on our school division help page – I think we’ll be getting some videos up there shortly.

I wanted to share two websites with you today.  They are from the Teacher’s First featured site list for this week.  First grade teachers who will be teaching Math 1.5 around the 2nd week of November (week 10) could use “Make 5” at their computer center.  Third grade math teachers will be teaching multiplication around the same time should also consider using it.  The object is to recall math facts until you get 5 in a row.  It’s very cute!  Second grade teachers will be teaching habitats in March.  Write this website on your calendars so that you don’t forget it: Create an animal ocean  also, remember that Sheppard software activities work really well with a projector or Interactive Whiteboard, so consider using your projection device and the front of your classroom for a workstation when using the website.


Whiteboard Games from PBS Kids



The title really says it all…PBS Kids has Interactive Whiteboard games.   They cover all content areas, but most are at the K-2 level. Teachers in the primary grades definitely need to check it out.  Also if you have an MCPS setup in your room, don’t forget that you can use these games with your wireless keyboard.

Let me know when you try it…

Division Wide Promethean Users Group

If you are interested at all in using Promethean software, you need to be a part of this user group.  I have invitations, so if you need one and I haven’t given one to you, please see me.  Folks will be sharing tips and tricks and talking about what works when using the software.  Active participation will require that you come with questions and ideas.  If you’ve made a flipchart, bring it.  If you have an idea for a Promethean activity – bring it.  You’ll need to sign up by Tuesday January 20th using the PPS survey system. You can only sign up while attached to the PPS network – here is the link: http://survey.pps.k12.va.us/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=32Jm636Jl62KG 

Sessions will be held from 4:30 – 6:00pm on Thursday January 22, Thursday February 19, and Thursday March 19.  Participation in this activity (you must attend all three session for a certificate) will entitle you to 6 professional development points.  In addition this activity counts as a “main course”  for  your Interactive Classroom Professional Development portfolio. 

The team putting this together has made a great effort to make sure that folks are grouped appropriately by  expertise with the software and by grade level and/or content area, so I think everyone will reap some benefit by attending.  If you have questions, let me know.

Ms. Davis asked me to teach!!

Ms. Davis at Victory asked me to teach a lesson on measurement.  I’m so excited ’cause we’ve been talking about my coming to her class for years…so I’ve got this really cool plan:  I want to use the ActiveBoard with one or two of the Flipcharts I found on http://www.prometheanplanet.com/  and then I think I’ll use this interactive I found at BBC!


Ok, add these two for science – Electricity!!