High-Tech Teacher Tools
Using a Scanner
- Double-click on the HP PrecisionScan icon on the desktop.
- Place your document/picture face down on scanner.
- Click on Scan in the PrecisionScan window.
- Once the document has been scanned, select the format you wish to save the scanned image as from the "Scan to:" drop down menu.
- Click on Accept once you have chosen the format.
- Select "Desktop" as the location to save the file to.
Inserting an Image into a Word Document:
- Open Microsoft Word.
- Go to Insert and Picture from file.
- Choose from the Desktop and double-click on the file to insert it.
- To move a picture after it's inserted, click on the picture then Format in your toolbar, choose Picture and the Position tab and make sure the float over text is checked.
Possible Ways to Enhance Instruction:
- By adding pictures to worksheets, tests and other hand-outs.
- Agriculture- Record progress on entrepreneurial projects to be put in a notebook and turned in for final grade, show steps in class projects, scan pictures for use in livestock judging.
- Mathematics- Scan pictures as a visual aid to relate Geometry to real life situations, use to simplify homework assignments, bring real life structures into the classroom such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower.
- Physical Education- Scan pictures of actual sporting events to bring into the classroom, to illustrate proper lifting positions, promote spirit, better illustrate positions used in plays.
Using a Laptop and LCD projector
How to Setup:
- Plug the power strip into an electrical outlet.
- Plug the laptop power source into the laptop and into the power strip.
- Plug the projector power cord into the power strip and the projector.
- Connect the laptop to the projector using the RGB cord. Plug into slot labeled RGB in on the projector and the video outlet on the laptop which is usually blue.
Turning on the Equipment:
- Turn on the projector by pressing the power button. (Be sure to turn the projector on first.)
- Press the Stand by button on the projector.
- Open the laptop and push the power button.
Using the Equipment:
PC users: To transfer the image from the laptop to the projector screen, it may be necessary to press the Function Key (FN) and either F2 or F5 at the same time (look for LCD/CRT on one of those keys). Depress the keys at the same time until the image is displayed on both laptop and projector screens.
Mac users: From the Apple menu, go to Control Panel and select Monitors and Sounds. Select Monitor and if you see two monitors label #1 and #2, drag one on top of the other and click ok.
If you have completed all these steps and your image is still not projected, try restarting the laptop.
To focus the image, rotate the lens and to zoom, rotate the plastic level on the outer ring.
You can also adjust the brightness and contrast levels by pressing Menu and adjusting the settings.
Turning off the Equipment:
- Push the "Stand By" button on the projector and wait for the blinking green light to turn amber.
- Push the power button on the projector to the off position.
- Shut down the laptop and disconnect all the cords carefully.
Possible ways to enhance instruction:
- Using a PowerPoint presentation organizes information in a way that allows students to easily follow along and take their own notes.
- Visual aides are always good to have in your lesson for reinforcement and for visual learners.
Information contributed by Chad Van Winkle, Jennifer Bennett, and Robert Garcia.
Using a Digital Camera
How to Operate a Digital Camera:
- Turn the power on and take the cap off the lens.
- Insert a 3.5 floppy disk with the label facing you. (Disk should not have anything else on it).
- Depending on your environment, turn the flash on or leave it off.
- When you are ready to take a picture, you may use use the zoom button to zoom in or out on the object.
- Press the button on the front right panel of the camera to save or capture the image to your disk.
- Repeat until all desired pictures are taken.
- The square button on the back of the camera will allow you to switch to play mode and view pictures you have saved.
- You will also have the option to delete images from your disk.
How to Insert a Picture into a Word Document:
- Remove the disk from the camera and insert it into the computer's disk drive.
- Open up a Word document.
- Using the scroll down menu choose Insert
- Next, go to Picture and then click from File
- Choose your disk and you can view the files/pictures you have taken.
- Finally, double-click on the file/picture you would like to insert.
Using a Digital Camera to enhance instruction:
Pictures are worth a thousand words! Digital cameras have many uses that can be utilized by teachers. Pictures can be taken of almost any topic and then can be shown to students to help them visualize the subject matter. Here are some examples:
- Take pictures of your students to add to a class web-page or newsletter; maybe choose to include pictures of students as a reward for achievement.
- Science: take pictures of organisms being studied.
- Art: after studying different architecture styles, the teacher or students take pictures to illustrate similarities and differences between architecture styles and show them to the class.
- Math: take pictures of numbers and shapes that are used in everyday life.
Information contributed by Aaron Morris, Justin Nowlin, Kelly Gray, and Jennifer Hattaway.
Using the Elmo Visual Presenter
Using Elmo with a LCD projector:
- Plug the power cord into the power unit and the AC unit of Elmo.
- Plug the yellow video cord into the yellow video output of Elmo and the yellow video input of the LCD projector.
- Plug the white audio cord into the red audio output of Elmo and the white audio input of the LCD projector.
- Push the input button until video appears on the projection screen.
- Lift the lamps and also the head of Elmo by pushing the unlock button by the base of the neck.
- On the back right side of Elmo push the power switch to on.
- Focus as needed; the buttons are self-explanatory.
- If you have transparencies, use the base lamp, or if you are using non-transparent materials (on regular paper), use the top lamps.
Using Elmo to Enhance Instruction:
Elmo is basically an overhead projector that can be connected to a TV or LCD projector. It's video camera easily displays documents, transparencies or slides. Three-dimensional objects come to life with built-in bi-directional lighting. Visual aides can add so much to instruction... The possibilities are endless!
Information contributed by Derek Brown, Sammy Light, Kyle Stone, and Jennifer Hattaway.
Using an External Microphone
Using an External Microphone:
- Locate the microphone jack on the back side of the computer (pink slot with microphone icon).
- Plug the microphone in the jack.
- Place the microphone on the top center of the monitor.
- Click on the Start > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder.
- To begin recording click on the record button, to stop recording click on the stop button.
- Click File > Save As, give your recording a descriptive name and save it on the H: Drive.
To Insert Sound into a PowerPoint file:
- Open PowerPoint.
- Select the slide and place you are adding sound.
- Select Insert on the toolbar at the top.
- Select Movies and Sounds and then click Insert.
- Select Custom Animation from the Slide Show menu.
- Click on the Timing tab, select the media object you recorded, select animation and ok.
- Select view slide show to hear your sound file play.
Note: If you want sound on the entire PowerPoint presentation, go to Slide Show and Record Narration.
Using External Microphone in the Classroom:
- If you have to be out, you can pre-record your lesson for that day.
- Could also be used by students in class presentations/projects.
- Record messages to parents and send home with students on a disk or email them.
Information contributed by Danny Knowles, Katie Van Stone, and Jennifer Hattaway.
Using a Video Camera
Recording a Picture:
- Make sure the battery is charged or the AC adapter is plugged into an outlet.
- Insert a cassette into the cassette compartment.
- Remove the lens cap.
- Set the power switch to camera.
- Open the LCD panel while pressing open.
- Press the red button to start recording; press the red button again to stop recording.
Watching the Playback:
- Set the Power switch to VTR.
- Press << to rewind.
- Press > to start playback.
Possible ways to enhance instruction:
- Use the camera as a data gathering tool.
- Create video productions from the student's perspective.
- Collect images for projects.