Thursday, July 9, 2015

"Hanx Writer"-This app takes you back in time

I am typing this post with a great app my husband discovered
called "Hanx writer".  I am taken back to a time when my father 
let me use his type writer to write my report for school.  This 
app has it all right.  The clicks are just as hypnotizing as 
they were back then.  I can feel the vibration of solid keys 
under my fingers.  The darn thing keeps dinging at me when I
get to the end of the line.  This is awesome.

Ok so what about students.  Wouldn't this be an awesome thing
to show them when we are comparing time periods.  This would 
be a great tool to pull out when we hit the doldrums before Christmas and before spring break.  Students with sensory seeking needs will be thrilled with all the sounds, feelings and 
movement this app provides.

I have discovered some disappointments:
1. You can only type on the introduction page unless you buy the app.
2. You can upload to google drive but it includes the introduction Mr. Hanks writes.  My students would be frustrated by this.
3.  The "Writer's Block Bundle" (in app purchase) costs 4.99.  No big deal if you are just getting it for one iPad, but it is a big deal if you are getting it for 20 iPad's.

Overall though, I am pleased.  I know this isn't meant to be an educational app but the innovator in me sees a lot of educational implications.  

Bravo, Tom Hanks!  I can't wait to share this with my students.

Getting ready... Yes I know it is only July 9th

My New Classroom-First attempt at a panaramic picture.  A little Picasso-ish but you get the gist.

Every year I get antsy during July about the upcoming school year.  Yes I know I am crazy.  I should be relaxing and enjoying myself.  I am a person who thrives on schedules and planned events but God did not give me the talent of scheduling and planning myself.  School provides the structure I need.  During the summer, I rest for a few weeks and then I start to crave the structure again.

So, I thought I would share with you my preparation for this coming 2015-2016 school year.

My first resource I would like to share is the Teacher Control Journal by FlyLady.  If you struggle sometimes with housekeeping, FlyLady is your go-to resource.  She provides a very clear cleaning schedule and de-cluttering schedule that helps you keep your sanity.  FlyLady recognized that teachers needed help too so she created the Teacher Control Journal.  Basically it is a binder system that helps a teacher get started for the year, organize everyday tasks, and tackle uniquely educational clutter.

I started this year by making my to do list for the start of the year.  You can access the FlyLady's Control Journal here.  I would encourage you to make it your own (this is what I did).  You can see my personalized Control Journal here.  It is a work in progress so it will change.  Feel free to make a copy and personalize it for yourself.  I will keep you updated on my school year prep.

What are you doing to prep. for the new school year?

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