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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 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.
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.
The new on line version of Canvastic is ready. Try it!
News • Lesson Plan
• Links • Sponsor
Canvastic Dot Net is becoming a really popular
- 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 about it . Would you
be interested in an "ad-free" version? If so what
subscription fee would seem appropriate for your school or
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.
Share your templates with everyone else
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, just send them in
and we will probably include them in the next version for download
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 email@example.com.
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
We will be demonstrating Canvastic at an upcoming educational
- NETA - Omaha - April
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
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 and more.
Send us your templates and examples to share with everyone.
Check it out!
Canvastic Grants for Large Districts Continue
Canvastic is still granting huge free licenses to districts
that can help spread the word on our software. See the details
in the press release: here.
Can you easily change the size of photos when you use File
Menu > Insert or File Menu > Open Folder... to get them
Yes, but be sure you have one of the Object tools chosen first.
Use the Pointer tool for example:
Then when they are inserted the photos will be objects not
erasable paint. Photos will be scaled to the size of your canvas
automatically if they are larger than the canvas.
To change the size:
- First click the photo with the Pointer tool.
- Then just grab the magenta handle and drag "in"
to make the photo smaller or "out" to make it bigger.
- Then click-hold-drag the photo from the middle to move it
Bonus tip: If you use File
Menu > Open Folder... on a folder full of photos, they will
all be opened in their own Canvastic documents, scaled to size
and ready for a slidehsow or adding text.
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Title: Integrate Science with the New Science Notebook Templates
Using the science notebook strategy is a hugely popular activity
in elementary science....Science notebooks can be used to help
students develop, practice, and refine their science understanding,
while also enhancing reading, writing, mathematics, communications
and technical skills. Our new templates for supporting this
activity were designed by a Presidential Awardee for Excellence
in Science Teaching.
Contact your district science coordinator or use Science Notebooks
for K12 for information on how to get started with this science
strategy. But then you can use our new templates to create your
students notebooks or to enhance their traditional paper copies
with digitally published pages. Below are thumbnails of our
templates and some examples to get you started.
You can download the new templates here.
After downloading, uncompress the zip file then drag the Science
Notebook folder to your Templates folder which is in your Canvastic
The Blank Templates
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Home Page: www.canvastic.com
Science Notebook Templates Download: www.canvastic.com/support/download/files/ScienceNotebookTemplates.zip
Science Notebooks Site:
Community Page: www.canvastic.com/community/
DOT NET: www.canvastic.net
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