Happy New Year! Each new year brings a sense of a fresh start. Even when life is being difficult, it is best to keep setting new goals and moving forward. That is what I am hoping to do with my site… Last year’s focus was on activities and science. This year I will continue to share my ideas on software for classroom computers. These are the things that I teach in my room. Each day I see six groups of children for 30 minutes. They have a chance to use a computer, study an animal in it’s habitat and participate in an experiment. This year I hope to add more about what goes on in my classroom as well as have extra pointers for teachers.
How to start? Every teacher needs to find a way to organize their information on a computer. Each year will be come easier as a career progresses. A program that I have found to be a great value is Apache OpenOffice. It is the leading open-source software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and works on all common computers. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. Best of all, it’s free! Did I say that already?
Download the program from Apache OpenOffice and get ready to organize classroom curriculum for the rest of this year and be ready for next year. I will share some ideas of my own for putting together lesson plans and monthly letters.