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This is the current issue of the Canvastic
Community Newsletter. This publication helps support the
use of the popular publishing software product, Canvastic. Registered
users are automatically subscribed to the newsletter but anyone
can sign up at www.canvastic.com/community/.
Issues will contain lesson plans or activities, tips, news and
useful Internet links. Your participation is encouraged. Please
send ideas for inclusion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
The new on line version of Canvastic is ready. Try it!
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Canvastic now has an on line version!
- Canvastic DOT NET is on line and ready to use with your
- It is very simple; nothing to install, nothing to buy, you
barely have to teach it at all!
- Just visit CANVASTIC.NET
- CANVASTIC.NET is
a really simple, fun version of Canvastic that runs on the
Internet. There is nothing to install. You just go to the
web page and start drawing and writing. If you have Flash
installed it will work for Windows, Mac and Linux.
This version was designed for Pre-K to 2nd grade but you might
be drawn into the new Replay feature as well. It "replays"
your brush strokes like a movie. Our crack team of testers
(Mtn. View Elementary's 2nd grade) had a seed growing into
a tree with leaves in just a few minutes. They loved it and
the computer lab teacher had visions of primary sequential
activities dancing in his head. SEE THE LESSON
PLAN BELOW FOR MORE ON THIS!
Canvastic.NET is completely free for now. It prints and saves
and makes primary publishing a breeze.
Try it now: http://www.canvastic.net
And let us know what you think: email@example.com
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 on line for download. You will be given full credit for your
work in the file and on line 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "Template
Submission" in the subject line.
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
- Colorado TIE - Copper
Mtn. - June 25-26
- NETA - Omaha - April 23-24
- MEC - Phoenix - March
- MACE - Manhattan, KS -
- METC - St. Louis, MO - January 27-28
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 make a web page with Canvastic?
Well, yes and no...while Canvastic does not yet have all the
tools and functions you need to create a web page with links
to other pages and all the other features we think of when we
go to an Internet page, but you can create a basic page pretty
easily. You can do these things:
- Create your page with all the Canvastic tools as you would
- It is best to use a landscape format so it will "fit"
on the screen.
- When you are sure you have everything correct, use File
Menu > Export > jpeg.
- Click OK on the image quality options screen. (Hint: you
can make your image look a bit better by choosing "high")
- You will save this image document with a ".jpg"
at the end. This makes it absolutely viewable by any computer
on the Internet.
- Then upload your image to your web host. You will have to
know what the URL and enclosing folders are.
- Jpeg images will display just like a webpage. See this one:
- It was uploaded to the images folder on the Canvastic.com
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Title: Sequencing with Canvastic DOT NET
Students draw a process in the correct sequence then play
it back and write about the steps. This uses the new Canvastic
DOT NET program not the installed program.
Launch your web browser and visit CANVASTIC.NET.
Choose the Ultra Simple version (just one paint brush tool)
or the regular. If you pause a few seconds the regular version
will appear automatically.
Have the students illustrate with the paint brush something
that happens sequentially. For example:
- A seed turning into a sprout, then a plant, then flowering
- A frog egg turning into a tadpole then growing into frog.
- A flower bud blooming and then turning to seed.
- The alphabet or counting numbers
- A tree turing colors in the fall
The trick is to do draw the parts IN SEQUENCE and not go back
Then use the Replay button to see the sequence come to life.
Have the students complete the activity by writing the steps
in the sequence.
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