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Word – Part 2 – Pocket Reference Card

In Tech on 1 December, 2009 at 22:08

I started with this: Pocket Reference Card Blank Temp

Please note that this is a front/back project. The front is page 1 and the back is page 2 of the documents.

I clean it out to make this: Pocket Reference Card blank

Using the same process mentioned in my ‘Business Card‘ post, my students created pocket reference cards about their monuments that end up looking like this: Pocket Reference Card

[btw – this is the church where I got married .. in front of the door that is the image on the right of the main image. =D]

Another way to use this template is to make trivia cards.  Front (questions) and back (answers) sides insert a simple, 2-column table [uneven].  The number of rows depends upon the number of categories in your trivia game.  One row per category please.

Here’s what Bruno’s about the Champs Elysée looked like: Trivia_cards_Bruno_PDF .  This one uses ‘Question 1’ , ‘Question 2’. etc as category titles because each card asks questions about one monument.

Then using the draw function in word I made a basic round gameboard . The Versailles game that this game board was made for had several categories – one per color.

These are some examples of how pre-service teachers changed the flow of the board to suit their own content and levels.

Example #1, Example #2, Example #3

Their game pieces were glue sticks cut into sections into which they stuck push-pins when they got a question right in a particular category. Color of the pin = to the color of the category.

Student researched, created, taught and played.

I could see using this with famous French people as well.

How do you see this being applied in your classroom?

Please leave a comment / idea to enrich someone else…and yourself.

Have a blessed day!


Word – Part 1- The Business Card

In Tech on 30 November, 2009 at 22:31

OK – today’s trick boys and girls, is how not to re-invent the wheel. Templates, aka the wheel, are a lot of work to create … so let’s use the ones that Microsoft has paid a lot of people a lot of money to develop already.

Today: the business card online and a Business Card Template.

There are a lot of other styles, I chose this one … you may want another. That’s ok.

The end result is a Business Card featuring one of many monuments in Paris. Here’s the Word version if you’d like it: trading card.

I give them the template, a monument from a list and this information sheet Infos des Monuments to complete via email.

They insert their text into the template first; three to four short sentences in a bulleted list format.  Once the text in one card is how you like it in size and content, copy and paste it into the other cards.

For their image, I suggest to them that they insert it into another word document to re-size it prior to putting it in the template.  Once they have the image at the proper size, they can copy/paste it into the template, change the image ‘format’ to ‘in front of text’, repeat the copy/paste for each card and Voila!

They resubmit their completed project re-saved as lastname_card_theirmonument.doc and their info sheet as lastname_info_theirmonument.doc also via email.

We are on the block so this can easily be competed in a single lab period IF I prep them well the day before.

OK – the kicker is that after the students make this, they print it and they cut it up and then they do a TEACH AND SWAP!  In some organized fashion, each kid gives every peer a they made card teaching them what they found about their monument.

At the end of the period they have a card from each person in class and we do a basic poll: coolest photo, coolest piece of info, most informed, most excited … these kids do in a day what I could not do in a week or more!

Student researched, created, taught – teacher approved.

I could see using this with famous French people as well.

How do you see this being applied in your classroom?

Please leave a comment / idea to enrich someone else…and yourself.

Have a blessed day!