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Ah, April... - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
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Ah, April...
I can always tell when April is here - my work calendar is filled to the brim, the seniors have turned their brains off, the weather is alternating gorgeous and icky, and I don't sleep well... Actually, that last one seems to be true most of the year. ;-)

Anyway, I'm glad April's almost over, but then there's May. And in some ways, May is even worse than April. I've already figured out the physics lesson plans from now until the end of their stay (they get out WAY too early, if you ask me!) What I do is start with the last actual day that I'll see them (May 24th in this case) and work backwards. Final exam on the 24th, the Dreaded Beaker Test the 3-4 lab periods before then, squishing magnetism & nuclear physics to 3 days, max, etc. etc. They had a test last Monday (which I'm almost done grading) and they'll have a test this coming Friday. There's only one more test of them after that (on electronic circuits - an easy-peasy test, actually). The Dreaded Beaker Test will then be the last actual test grade. And my final exam is fun - it's all Wile E Coyote questions. "The Coyote pushes a boulder off of a cliff that's XXX m high, but he falls instead. How fast is he going right before he hits?" and things like that. Sure, it's short answer, but since my last day with them is the 24th but they don't actually graduate until Memorial Day, I have a bit of time to get them graded.

In the "Woohoo" side of things, I got my very first grant awarded today! It's the first one I've written and, as grants go, it was pretty easy to write. I worked with the business/computer teacher (hereby known as MBA) and we wrote one to get Macromedia MX 2004 for our school. It's $2500 for a 500 computer license and as we've only got 270 computers in the school, that's practically a site license. :-) MBA and I will set up a Technology Club or somesuch and train HS kids in how to train the elementary kids how to use the programs. I can just see the little kids flipping when they realize they can make their own animation with Flash. And the HS kids are thrilled we're getting something other than FrontPage XP which has been a pain in the ass on our network. (I could go into a fine rant about that program, but since we're replacing it, I won't have to - ha! Take that, Micro$oft!)

So, back to the busy grind tomorrow. If I seem sporadic in updating my LJ, at least you'll have an inkling why. :-)

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dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: April 26th, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I get alll my macromedia software (bar dreamweaver) from a friend. I am very glad I am not a school and need to spend large amounts of money.

It would be a tough life, being a governmentally funded building, constanly worrying about the state of your toilets...
trinalin From: trinalin Date: April 27th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a lot of fun to be found in spending large amounts of money. :-) I'm trying to get the school to buy the Video Encyclopedia of Physics Demos. It's only $3,000... ;-)
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: April 27th, 2004 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never have the oppertunity to spend that much. *sniffle*
warinbabylon From: warinbabylon Date: April 27th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent news on the grant, Trina!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: April 27th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ta! One of the first things dad did when he arrived at work today was remove Macromedia from the budget. (We probably wouldn't have had the money for it anyhoo, but boy did we want it!)
warinbabylon From: warinbabylon Date: April 27th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
:)

miz_em From: miz_em Date: April 27th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Woo hoo, Trina!!!

So, you're the one I need to go to when I have web page type questions!! ;-)

I've been having delusions of grandeur for the McGann Library...

Em
trinalin From: trinalin Date: April 27th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, you're the one I need to go to when I have web page type questions!! ;-)

Well, some of 'em... ;-) I really like Dreamweaver (for a WYSIWYG kind of editor). Haven't really played around with the other Macromedia things in Studio MX.

I've been having delusions of grandeur for the McGann Library...

Heh - good for you! The best sort of delusions are those in making gradiose fan websites. (Speaking of which, I *really* need to work on my Sylv Site. Ah well...)
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