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use of the popular publishing software product, Canvastic. Registered
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Independent Review - 4 Stars!
Send in templates and make $$ for your school. See the news items on the right.
Sell Canvastic to your students and make $$ for your school. See the news items on the right.
Pilot Canvastic for 2 months. Have everyone test it. Park City
Schools in Utah did, they bought it for every elementary school
as did Steamboat Springs, CO. See canvastic.com/techteacheroffer-as for details.
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Version 3.5 is Ready!
- Version 3.5 is ready! Canvastic now includes audio recording
and embedding for presentations and enhanced media rich publishing.
- Students can now produce their own podcasts. Audio recordings
can be quite long. A 10 minute recording produces a document that
is only 20MB in size.
- Download the new archive today at: www.canvastic.com/support/download.
Fund Raising Opportunities
Sell Canvastic to your students
Make some cash for your technology needs this year. You can offer
Canvastic to your students to use at home for a discount and raise
funds for your school at the same time. Call us for details at 877-579-8207.
It is easy and you can raise $10 for each copy of Canvastic that
your students buy. All you have to do is take orders and distribute
the CDs! We do everything else.
Get paid for your templates
Canvastic LLC would like to build its library of templates with
contributions from our users. We would like real technology teachers
that work with Canvastic in the classroom to help create that library
because you know best what students need. Do you have templates
that you use? If so send them in and if approved for inclusion with
Canvastic you will receive $5.00 for each one and the satisfaction
of knowing that teachers and students everywhere are using your
Not sure what to create? Just choose Open Template... from the
File menu and browse around. You will get ideas and find something
that "should be there" already. If approved, your templates
will be included with the next shipping version of Canvastic and
posted online for download. You will be given full credit for your
work in the file and online but Canvastic will assume all publication
rights to the document. This would be a great activity for your
next workshop with your staff. Have everyone create a template and
send them all into Canvastic.
Please save the file as a template and email it with your contact
information to email@example.com. Please put "Template
Submission" in the subject line.
Macworld UK Reviews Canvastic
UK rates Canvastic with 4 stars. The website reviewed several
creative products recently and Canvastic was definitely included.
"...Although Canvastic’s the kind
of program you might buy for your children to use at home
to get used to computers and creative packages, its real strength
is in schools. We’d advise teachers and educators with
budget control to take a look at the free trial version..."
for the article.
Pilot Canvastic with Everyone
Now any school or class can try Canvastic with students with no
cost. You can install Canvastic on as many computers and in as many
locations as you wish. Most people are picking a school and/or lab
to simplify things but you can configure your pilot any way you
wish. It takes a few minutes to setup on the phone. We get all the
contact and installation details and have a short lesson on installing
it correctly then your registration code arrives via email. It will
be valid for 60 days. You can decide when it starts. Call us toll
free at 877.579.8207
We will be demonstrating Canvastic at some upcoming educational
Teacher Scholarships for Conferences
We would like to help you share your expertise and ideas with your
local peers. You have shown yourself as a leader by being an early
adopter of Canvastic technology. You either already do it or have
considered presenting your ideas at the local technology conference.
We would like to support those efforts with scholarships. If you
are approved to present on the digital publishing process and you
can highlight Canvastic as a tool that you use in the process we
can award a $250 scholarship to support you directly. The presentation
does not have to be "about Canvastic", it just has to
highlight it as a great tool for the publishing process. The scholarship
can used for materials, travel expenses or personal compensation
for your preparation time. We are totally open to the actual content
and scope of your presentation.
Besides the scholarship for the presenter, we can provide free
single licenses, informational handouts, and/or 60-day pilot licenses
for your participants and their schools.
If you would rather host a breakfast or after school meeting for
your local technology teacher colleagues, you can use the scholarship
for food, door prizes or anything else that facilitates the activity.
We are really open to your ideas.
If any of this sounds interesting, just contact
us personally and we can get the process going. Hope to hear
from you soon and have a great school year.
Canvastic’s On-line Community
We know that technology integration specialists like you have
no time to waste. With that in mind we are hosting and updating
an easy-to-find on-line resource that will help you make the most
of using Canvastic with your students. You will find lessons, templates
Send us your templates and examples to share with everyone.
Check it out!
Can I keep the spelling checker from becoming ruined when students
tell it to "learn" an incorrectly spelled word?
Yes, Canvastic's spell checker is smart and can be adjusted. You
- enable it or not depending upon the user
- enable the Learn button if you want to add custom words but
DIS-able it if you want to prevent the problem of misspelled words
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Angles is a great way to reinforce the concepts taught in early
geometry. In the activity the students use the computer graphics
tools in Canvastic to create angle diagrams of certain measurements.
It can be adapted to whatever levels of geometric angles have been
taught or need to be practiced. It can be a short one session activity
or can span multiple days as an on-going practice activity. It could
also be used as an assessment of that knowledge. Grades 4-6.
Introduce the Object tools if necessary. Pay particular attention
to the concept of editing with the Pointer tool and Choices palette
as small adjustments to a geometric figure are helpful. Using the
Connect-the-Dots tool can be very useful in this activity as it
will allow you to create an both parts of an angle in the same object.
See the Canvastic documentation for an explanation of the this tool.
Have the students open the Protractor.cdc template file. Choose
File menu > Open Template.. and choose from the Math folder.
This file has a protractor in the background layer of the document
where it cannot be easily erased or deleted.
Have the students use the Line or Connect-the-Dots tool to explore
how to draw angles of different measurements. Have them use the
Pointer tool to move their angles away from the protractor.
Then have the students use the Line or Connect-the-Dots tool to
draw angles of measurements that you assign. You can have them label
them completely with names for the drawing, parts, and measurements.
You can make the assignment as detailed as you wish. You may want
to have them use certain colors for certain angles to make assessment
Possible assignment drawings:
- acute angle
- obtuse angle
- right angle
- 45 degrees
- 90 degrees
- 120 degrees etc.
Needs and Preparation
- Students will need a list of the angles you want them to complete.
- Students should probably use the Object vs. the Paint tools
for this activity. It can be done with the Paint tools but the
objects will make a better project. So, if they haven't used them,
the object tools should be introduced first.
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Lesson Plans from previous newsletters:
Math is Fun Geometry page - http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/index.html
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