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Karen Hoffmann
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  • New Haven, MO
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Green Screen - Music Video
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I have an 8th grade class wanting to make a music video using a green screen.  What would be an easy  software program to use? Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maddy Shapiro Jan 11, 2012.

Software to use with thin clients

Are any of you using thin clients in your computer lab instead of computers?  What software do you use?  I'm thinking about Pixie but need some other ideas -- especially to use with Kindergarten.  I…Continue

Started Jun 28, 2011

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Karen Hoffmann replied to Ms. K's discussion Common Core Software?
"We use Study Island.  IXL.com is another option.  IXL allows 20 free questions per day which is nice (no individual tracking on the free questions.)  I've also tried ScootPad."
Oct 29, 2013
Karen Hoffmann replied to Sheila Connelly's discussion Common Sense Media Digital Passport
"I see what you mean.  It took me "829 seconds" to get through the 10 questions.  Can you tell that I don't normally play video games?"
Apr 23, 2013
Karen Hoffmann replied to Bitia Carr's discussion Pumpkins and Halloween
"I've had students illustrate the poem, "Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate."  Students were given a line to illustrate using KidPix.  One year, I put the pictures in the hall so that parents could see them when they came…"
Oct 9, 2012
Karen Hoffmann replied to Ryan Fiereck's discussion Plagiarism Ideas
"I've always liked the story about the boy who takes another boy's cat:   www.otsego.k12.oh.us/bradley/documents/copycat.doc"
Oct 9, 2012
Karen Hoffmann replied to Maggie Eggert's discussion Typing Skills-Needed or Old-Fashioned?
"I've been wondering about this lately, too.  I think mobile devices such as tablets and iPads will change how keyboarding is taught.  However, this won't happen overnight.  In the meantime, I think keyboarding is still a…"
Feb 27, 2012
Maddy Shapiro replied to Karen Hoffmann's discussion Green Screen - Music Video
"If you are mac based iMovie 9 and up has a green screen feature."
Jan 11, 2012
JoNelle Gardner replied to Karen Hoffmann's discussion Green Screen - Music Video
"We use Adobe Visual Communicator at our elem and middle schools."
Jan 7, 2012
Heidi Peace replied to Karen Hoffmann's discussion Green Screen - Music Video
"I don't know about movies.  But if you want to make green screen pictures Paint.net is a great free program.  You have to add  on the chroma key plug in to make it work."
Jan 4, 2012
Karen Hoffmann posted a discussion

Green Screen - Music Video

I have an 8th grade class wanting to make a music video using a green screen.  What would be an easy  software program to use? See More
Dec 13, 2011
Karen Hoffmann posted a discussion

Software to use with thin clients

Are any of you using thin clients in your computer lab instead of computers?  What software do you use?  I'm thinking about Pixie but need some other ideas -- especially to use with Kindergarten.  I relied pretty heavily on software such as Bailey's Book House for that class and am worried about what I'm going to do with them. See More
Jun 28, 2011
Karen Hoffmann replied to Angie Z's discussion KidPix troubles...
"Hooray for the tech guy! "
Apr 6, 2011
Karen Hoffmann replied to Angie Z's discussion KidPix troubles...
"The "My Pictures" folder that KidPix saves in isn't the same folder that is in "My Documents."  When you export from KidPix make sure to export it to a location that is easy to find.    I hope this…"
Apr 5, 2011
Obe Hostetter replied to Karen Hoffmann's discussion Free Online SMART Notebook Training in the group SMART Notebook
"There are also good free good training resources found at http://smartboardrevolution.ning.com/group/smartboardtrainingdocumentsnotebooks   There are some good books you can buy too that cover Notebook 10 at…"
Apr 1, 2011
Karen Hoffmann replied to Karen Hoffmann's discussion Free Online SMART Notebook Training in the group SMART Notebook
"Thank you! I had heard of Teachers Love Smartboards but not the SMART classroom channel."
Apr 1, 2011
Nedra replied to Karen Hoffmann's discussion Free Online SMART Notebook Training in the group SMART Notebook
"I don't know of any actual free training programs but have you looked at Youtube? Here is a link to the SMART Classroom channel. Teachers Love Smartboards is another good spot for tutorials."
Mar 31, 2011
Karen Hoffmann added a discussion to the group SMART Notebook
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Free Online SMART Notebook Training

Can anyone recommend a free online training program for SMART notebook? Thank you!See More
Mar 31, 2011

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About Me
This is my 10th year with our school district. I worked as an admin. assistant for an import company prior to that.
How are you involved with educational technology?
I'm the "technology coordinator" for our small, K-8 school district. I also supervise computer classes for each grade level.
How often do you see each of your classes?
Keyboarding - Grades 3, 4, 5, 6 - 15 minutes/twice weekly
Computer Class - Grades K-4 - 30 minutes/week
Computer Class - Grades 7-8 - 45 minutes/daily for one quarter
How long do you see each class?
This varies by class.

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At 8:40am on October 11, 2010, Nedra said…
Welcome! I like the idea of 2 quick keyboarding classes a week that don't take away from class instruction. I hope this site will be a helpful resource. Thanks for joining.

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