TSD Technology Toolbox
March 2006
Volume 2, Issue 5
Texas School for the Deaf
Let’s Revisit
Appleworks may be a bit of an old program, but
I still love it. It is versatile and easy to use.
AppleWorks includes sections for word
processing, drawing, painting, spreadsheets,
databases and presentations.
The word processing section is pretty basic.
There is nothing special here and it is pretty
comparable to MS word. Create class
newsletters with the available template.
The next part is the drawing section. This is a
great section for producing documents with
text and pictures. In the drawing section, you
can insert text boxes and pictures and move
them around anywhere you want. This is great
for producing flyers to send home to parents.
Appleworks has a Clippings section which will
provide you with 25,000 clip art pictures on a
variety of subjects. There are some already in
the clippings file, or you can search (if you are
connected to the internet) for more. You just
go to File > Show Clippings. Then you drag and
drop pictures into your document. They can be
moved and resized as necessary.
The spreadsheet area is just like Excel- you can
create spreadsheets and turn them into charts.
I find the charts a little easier to work with
than in Excel. The spreadsheet section probably
has fewer choices than Excel and maybe that is
why I like it. Less choices mean less confusion.
The database section is like FileMaker Pro, but
simpler. I like the fact that databases can have
customized backgrounds and added clipart. You
can keep track of birthdays, student allergies,
home addresses, web addresses and more.
Students can create databases of favorite
books or fairy tale characters. They can make a
dictionary containing all the new vocabulary or
spelling words they’ve learned.
Sharee Darcé
The paint section has a nice lasso tool that
hugs to fit the shape of the object you
want to copy. I will often edit my objects in
the paint section and then move them to
the draw or word processing section.
The last part of Appleworks I want to talk
about is the presentation section. It is
probably the least used section, thanks to
PowerPoint. It has slides and can be shown
full screen, but I like it for interactive
presentations. Perhaps you will remember
some of those I showed you with PowerPoint
in the Writing Workshop. The ones where
words were moved around on the screen to
create sentences. The same thing can be
done to match vocabulary to pictures or use
it for online math worksheets. Students can
just add their names and print out the
pages when done.
There are quite a few templates that come
with Appleworks and more can be
downloaded from the internet.
Check out
es/project_templates/index for some great
project templates.
Long live Appleworks!
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Create a Countdown Timer with Powerpoint
Do you want to make sure your kids stay on task? Here’s something that might help-a countdown clock timer made in Powerpoint. Here’s how you do it…
Creating Your Slides:
Open PowerPoint. This will be the title slide.
Type “Countdown Clock” in the title box. You can add your name if you’d like.
Insert a new slide. Do not type anything in the title box of this slide. In the text
box of the slide, type “You have” and hit Enter. (Use at least a size 32 font so
everyone can see it.)
Type “10” and hit Enter.
Type “minutes left.”
Center the text.
Highlight the numeral 10 and increase the font size to 72. Your slide should look
like this:
Save your work.
“As your island of
knowledge grows, so
does your shoreline of
wonder.” Anon.
Duplicating Slides:
Click the slide that reads, “You have 10 minutes left”.
Click insert in the menu bar and select Duplicate Slide.
Repeat the previous step eight times. You now have 11 slides; a title slide and ten
slides that read ”You have 10 minutes left”.
Click Slide 3 and change the numeral 10 to 9.
Click Slide 4 and change the numeral 10 to 8.
Continue changing the numerals on the remaining slides, each time decreasing
the number of minutes left by one. (On the last slide, be sure to delete the “s”
so it reads “You have 1 minute left.”
Click Insert>New Slide to create a new slide.
Type “Time’s Up!”or “Pencils Down” or “Look at the teacher.” or whatever you
wish. (I’m sure you’ll be flashing the lights at this point.)
Save your work.
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Countdown Clock cont’d
Add Slide Transitions:
Click Slide 2.
Click Slide Show>Slide Transition. Select any effect you’d like, but be
sure the speed is Fast.
Under Advance slide, choose Automatically after ___ seconds, type 60
into the blank and hit Apply. Click On mouse click as well. That will allow
you to forward a slide early if students seem way off-task and you want
to give make them hurry.
Repeat the previous steps for slides 3-11. (Hint: It is quicker to assign
the 60 second transition to all the slides at once by choosing Apply to All
at Slide 2. If you choose that method, be sure to go back to the title
slide and remove the transition, so the clock doesn’t move from the title
slide to Slide 2 before you are ready.
Save your work.
When you’re finished, click Slide Show > View Show to test the
countdown clock.
Adapted from an article by Lorrie Jackson at Education World
Web Sites of Interest :
Time Magazine for Kids:
Fun Mathematics Lessons:
Constellation Guide:
Geography, Social Studies and History sites:
Department Mentors:
CTE – Dan Guerra
HS – Michelle Long
MS – Christine Kane
SND – Ellen Weed
Elem/ECE – Terri
Quick Tiger Tips
Te xas Sch ool
for th e D e af
1.Want to send a website page to someone via e-mail? Don’t just give
them the url but add the whole webpage into a mail document. Open
Safari and find the page you want to send. Hold down the three keys…
Apple- + - I and the webpage will open up in a new message pane. Then
you can e-mail the page you want them to see.
Sharee Darcé
Curriculum Specialist
Phone: 462-5212
[email protected]
2. Did you ever need to look up a word in a dictionary while you’re reading
some online site or in an email you’ve received? With Tiger’s built-in
dictionary and thesaurus, you can. All you need to do is:
Move your mouse over a word, and hold down Control-Command-D.
A dictionary pop-up window appears, showing you a full dictionary-style
definition for the word beneath the mouse pointer.
• If you continue to hold down the Control and Command keys, you can
move the mouse around within that window to scroll through the
definition, or to change from using the Oxford Dictionary to the
Oxford Thesaurus.
Continue holding those keys down and try moving your mouse around the
page to another word. As you move the mouse over other words, the
dictionary window follows along, displaying the definition for whatever
word is beneath the mouse pointer.
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