Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lincoln School Technology Showcase: Netbooks in the Classroom

Netbooks with Mr. Kuntz- Room 203
In this session Mr. K will focus on ways they use Netboook computers to enhance teaching and extend learning in the classroom.  Some programs he plans on discussing are Windows Movie Maker, Photostory 3, Prezi, and Podcasting.  This presentation is available at http://lincolntechclub.blogspot.com/

What is a Netbook? 
A small laptop computer that is smaller than a notebook, designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications.

Windows Movie Maker
is a video creating/editing software application, included in Microsoft Windows Me, XP, and Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. New effects and transitions can be made and existing ones can be modified. Windows Movie Maker is also a basic audio track editing program. It can apply basic effects to audio tracks such as fade in or fade out. The audio tracks can then be exported in the form of a sound file instead of a video file.
Windows Live Movie Maker Step by Step Instructions
Ways to use Windows Movie Maker in the classroom.

Lincoln Community Garden Slideshow

Bunraku: Japanese Puppetry by Lincoln Third Graders  
Bunraku Puppetry


Microsoft® Photo Story 3 is a free tool you can use to create media presentations from your digital photos, complete with transitions, music, narration, and special effects. It's available free from Microsoft for Windows® XP users.Ideas for Photosoty 3 Projects
Using Photostory 3: A Step by Step Guide
Third Grade Shapes Project by Ms. Smith's Class


Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for exploring and sharing ideas on a virtual canvas. Prezi is distinguished by its Zooming User Interface (ZUI), which enables users to zoom in and out of their presentation media. Prezi allows users to display and navigate through information.  Prezi is used as platform for bridging linear and non-linear information, and as a tool for both free-form brainstorming and structured presentation. Text, images, videos and other presentation media are placed upon the canvas, and can be grouped together in frames. Users then designate the relative size and position between all presentation objects and may pan and zoom in and between these objects. For linear presentations, users can construct a prescribed navigation path.
How to use Prezi- The Zooming Presentation Tool

Fourth Grade Prezi on Jackie Robinson

is a wonderful way of allowing children to share their work and experiences with a potentially huge audience over the Internet. Schools are increasingly using the internet to promote what they do, and to celebrate the achievements of their children, and podcasting is an excellent way of doing this.
What is a podcast?  A podcast is like a radio show. However, instead of being broadcast live, a podcast is recorded and then distributed over the internet, so that you can listen to it whenever you please. There are thousands of podcasts available, ranging from general interest entertainment shows to those which focus on specific topics.

Third Grade Podcasts: Wol to the Rescue Videocast: Wol to the Rescue

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Another Great Year of Google Sketch Up!

A BIG thank you to Mr. Klancic for coming in to work with the Lincoln third graders on Google Sketch Up!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fifth Grade GVC- Global Virtual Classroom

Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) 2011-2012

Dear Parents of Fifth Grade Students,

The Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) is a collection of free, online educational activities and resources. It aims to complement the efforts of governments and educators around the world to integrate technology into their classrooms and curricula and to link their schools to the Internet in educationally productive ways.
The GVC vision is to empower, enable and connect students around the world using Internet technology. It provides students with a stimulating, positive and enjoyable environment along with the opportunity to develop skills that are essential in the 21st century: cross-cultural communication, collaboration through teamwork, information technology and website design.

More information is available at http://www.virtualclassroom.org/index.html
The GVC Program at Lincoln School is open to ALL fifth grade students. It will take place during the lunch hour (11-12 noon) one day a week for each homeroom and take place in the computer lab. Students will come to GVC the first half of lunch and can return after they finish eating their lunch. I will be offering GVC on multiple days during the week, as I know that some students have other commitments during the lunch hour.

Please complete the online form below or by visiting
Complete the form and submit.

This is the ninth year that I have offered the GVC Program at lunch for the fifth grade students at Lincoln. My hope is that many students (if not all) will sign up for this outstanding program. I am excited that we will be working with two international schools this year.

Please visit our Lincoln Tech Club blog to learn more about GVC and technology at Lincoln.


Matthew Kuntz
GVC Coordinator

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Trying out some NEW Technology

Just learning to insert Flash files into Blogger- thanks to my friend Janet!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cranes for Kids... A HUGE Success

Cranes for Kids: Giving Hope to the Children of Japan
In Japanese culture, cranes are a powerful symbol of health and well-wishes. In fact, the Japanese people believe that anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted. While we can’t grant every wish, we can make a difference. Students in the Lincoln Technology Club made 95 PAPER CRANES to send to the Oshkosh B'Gosh company. The company in turn will be donating a NEW article of clothing to the earthquake and tsunami survivors for every paper crane they receive- that's 95 pieces of clothing from the Lincoln Tech Club!