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Pilot Handwriting: Turn Handwriting into a Font

What it is: This is a fun site. Pilot Handwriting let’s students turn their handwriting into a font of their own.  The site is easy to use: print the template for students to fill out, take a picture of the completed template with a webcam (scanner and digital camera options also available), click on individual letters to adjust the look, save the handwriting by creating an account, click “let’s write” to use the font.  Writing completed on the Pilot Handwriting site can be emailed.  Saving the handwriting does require students to create an account. The account has no age limit but asks for an email address.  If you are teaching students who don’t have an email address, they can use a @tempinbox.com or @mailinator.com ending so they don’t have to create an email account. How to integrate Pilot Handwriting into the classroom: I’ll be honest, I am not a big fan of handwriting worksheets- this is due to my own experience with them. I remember feeling like the practice page was endless and in the end didn’t give me a good feel for handwriting (especially in cursive) because I was writing letters individually; how often do you do that in real life?  The Pilot Handwriting font creator would be a fun way for students to end those handwriting practice sessions.  When they have a letter down, they can write it on the template.  The template could be filled out over several weeks as they learn and practice new letters.  At the end, they can turn all that practice into their very own computer font…as unique as their fingerprint!  The finished font can be used for learning how to write a friendly letter.  Students can compose a letter to a teacher, another student, or a parent using their font and send the finished letter via email. Pilot Handwriting let’s students create multiple fonts within one account.  Students could create a font at the beginning of the school year and again at the end of the school year (or in subsequent years) to compare their growth.  Handwriting can tell us so much about how students are developing and thinking. This is a great way to record that development digitally. My students love creating their own font, it makes all writing and practice more fun.  I caught a fifth grader typing out her spelling and vocabulary words just so that she could use her font.  In that one exercise she was practicing her handwriting, typing, and spelling/vocabulary.  Not too shabby Tips: This is a neat site for students to share with their families. I have great handwritten notes from my grandmothers, recipes from my mom, and birthday cards from aunts and uncles.  There is something about a handwritten note that feels so personal and meaningful, it is capturing a piece of who that person is.  Students may want to ask their family members to create a font with their handwriting.  I had one student who was creating a family tree for class, he had each member of his family fill out the template and create a font.  He then asked them to send an email to him with the information needed for his tree using the font.  He cut and paste these onto poster board. It was honestly the coolest family tree I have seen, he had his family get involved and created a keepsake in the process. Please leave a comment and share how you are using Pilot Handwriting in your classroom!

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Happy Thanksgiving! – Anyone have a Donor’s Choose Project?

Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs, collaboration, education reform, Grade Level, inspiration, professional development, Teacher Resources | Posted on 24-11-2010

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!  For those of you who won’t be celebrating with us in the States, let me assure you that I will eat a piece of pie on your behalf :)

This week has been relatively quite on iLearn Technology as I wrap up projects, start some new projects, and get ready for the holiday.  Just because I have been quite here doesn’t mean that I have been slacking; here is what I have been up to:

  • The Community of Learners Dream Team– my first post on the Cooperative Catalyst blog.
  • In October, I joined @adambellow of edutecher.net in his Change the world campaign.  You can read more about that here: EduTecher Change the World post. I am cheating and calling it a day early so that I can post the results and not have to worry about it tomorrow.  From October 1 to today I have had 54,656 absolute unique visitors to iLearn Technology (according to Google Analytics). Truly amazing!  That works out to $546.56.  Now, like Adam I had to cap my contribution at $400 (teacher who is not employed makes even less than a teacher who is!).  I would love to use my contribution to fund some teacher Donor’s Choose projects.  If you have a project on Donor’s Choose that you would like funded, please leave a comment below.  If I get an overwhelming response, we can put it to a vote.  If anyone would like to donate to help reach the $546.56, or would like to match in any way, please leave a comment.  Help me to fund projects and dreams that will change students lives and make learning a richer experience!

I am truly thankful for all of my readers, you all encourage me regularly!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shelly S Terrell, ktenkely and Adam Bellow, Christina Spiezio. Christina Spiezio said: RT @ShellTerrell: Happy Thanksgiving! – Anyone have a Donor’s Choose Project? http://bit.ly/gzV6nN by @ktenkely #edtech […]

I have 3 art projects on Donors Choose!
Titles are “Sparking Our Imaginations.”
My kids love art but our art supplies are so limited to paper and paint-please give thanks 2 those with a lot less-Title One School: http://bit.ly/9nxcWz

Well, Happy Turkey Day to you too! I would love some funding for an LCD. My school is still in the dark ages. I don’t even have a 1970’s overhead. I will eat some pie and think of you. http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=408037&verify=1454564013
Thanks for the Help!

I have a wonderful project on DC for a set if 5 ipads for my classroom. Bing is offing to match all of my donations so I need only $1300! Please choose me and help my kiddos experience some wonderful new technology!

Thanks for the consideration!
Amy

Sorry! I forgot. “Mission iPad” is the name is my project! Thanks again!
Amy Boecker

I just had a very generous addition of $150 to fund a DC project. Anyone else who would like to donate let me know!

Dear Kelly,

What a generous and thoughtful gift you are offering to teachers!

We create a lot of movies in our classroom and are constantly rerecording or restarting the computer because the internal microphone isn’t reliable. We’re hoping to purchase a microphone through donorschoose.org. Any donation to our project would be appreciated! :-)

Thanks for your consideration and Happy Thanksgiving!

~Linda

http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?zone=411&community=62:1&school=25689

This is such a generous and wonderful idea. I currently have a proposal on donors choose called “Let’s Get Them Ready Now”.
http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=441764

It is to get 2 ipods for pre-k students for digital learning.
Happy Thanksgiving!

My project is for my second graders to get some habitats for live critters in the classroom. We have less than $100 left but the deadline is looming! We would appreciate any donations! Life Science Lives Here! http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=409236
Thanks for the great inspiration. I subscribe via e-mail and use your suggestions frequently in class as well as after school with my 6th-8th grade program!

I have a project that I would love to have funded for 4 ipod touches. There are so many applications for education that would help my low income and ESL students to succeed and also help gain more technology in the classroom for my students. My goal is to get enough for every student. They all deserve an education that fun, exciting, and helps them to be the best they can be. I need all the help I can get. Please help!!!

I would like to nominate my grade 6 classroom for much needed technology. As I live in Canada I am not eligible to apply for Donor’s Choice which is so disappointing. I haven’t been able to find any grants…Currently, for technology my class has an overhead projector, but I have been loaned an older projector which I connect to my personal laptop. I would love a document camera, a Tablet PC, and a Flip or similar-type video camera to bring my classroom alive. Thank you so much for considering my request.

My cousin Emily is a hard-working teacher in NYC. She always has a project going at Donor’s Choose. Here is the link to her page.
http://www.donorschoose.org/emilygduncan?utm_source=dc&utm_campaign=facebook&utm_medium=tp&utm_content=teachergotdonation

Thanks!

I would love to receive a document camera in my class. I am not eligible to register for Donor’s Choice as I live in Canada, sniff, sniff…

My wife and I are both teachers, and I’ve been fortunate to have had 29 of my proposals funded. My wife is a DonorsChoose newbie this year and has had 2 projects funded. Her current project is to get some Tag Readers into her classroom. http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=467363 LeapFrog is matching the donations, so she is more than half-way completed. Thanks!

I have had the pleasure of meeting Steve Bergen, one of the founders of Tech International Charter School. With an emphasis on technology and international connections they are looking to open the doors to education to immigrant families, English language learners and special education students. Please check them out at http://www.ticharter.org/. Thank you for doing so much to give back to students!

Wow, thank you all for sending in your projects:
1. I can see we are going to have to put this to a vote!
2. Anyone else who would like to donate/match to these projects?

[…] before Thanksgiving I announced that I was using the money from my Change the world project to help fund a (some) Donor’s […]

“I hate reading!” A dagger to my heart that I hear from many of my incoming middle school students. How do you get non-readers to read? Enter technology… namely Ipod touches. My Donor’s Choose project seeks to purchase 3 IPOD touch’s to drive motivate students to read for the love of reading. Here is our link:
http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=421611

How will we use the IPODS?

Want books to come alive? I mean literally alive? Watch our students claymation videos of their favorite books having a book-shelf conversation. See the videos here:
http://book-space.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=720
Don’t miss the best picture award…. Harry Potter Meets Twlight!

Each week my students record book pitches to their friends using Voicethread.com here is a recent example
http://voicethread.com/share/1501628/
Students will be able to use the IPODs to listen to and share this reading podcasts. Last week 75% of my students found at least 1 new book to read from the audio book pitches. One student found 5!

This is just a tiny taste of what will happen with the addition of new technology to our classroom. Thanks for all your support!
-Mike Cohen
Windy Ridge K-8 School
Orlando, Florida

I would love for part of my project to be funded. I am a third year teacher who strives to put tech into all of my students learning especially in terms of literacy. We are requesting two voice recorders and the link to our donors choose page is http://www.donorschoose.org/twt-p/477046 .

Thanks for all you do in this blog, it is an amazing resource and you are an inspiration for many teachers! Thanks Kelly!

I would love funding help! I am having difficulty getting donations and would appreciate a donation as well as any funding tips!

http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=464774

[…] unique visitor that I had on iLearn Technology in a little over a month.  Right before Thanksgiving I announced the amount I would be donating ($400) and have since received some generous donations to add to […]

I know this blog post is a bit old, but I was researching some ways of getting DonorsChoose projects funded and came across this post. I actually follow your blog and at the time didn’t have a project up. If you have any suggestions from ways to earn funding (or even just a shout out on Twitter), please let me know. I will be very appreciative!

I really want to try and get my project funded for a MacBook and iPod touches for my students. I recently went to the Apple Learning Tour and I’m on fire to have my students work with garage band and the iLife suites, but my district has no Apple Products.

Thanks Jason, I’ll work on helping you get funding. You know I love a Mac centric project :)

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