Monday, January 21, 2013

Keynote Victories - Changing Slide Dimensions

I FINALLY purchased a Macbook Pro and am familiarizing myself with the Mac OS X Lion operating system.  In the Bay Area, we used Macs exclusively, therefore I am quite familiar with how they work but am retraining my brain since I have used PCs for the past 7 seven years.  During the PC to Mac transition, I decided to use iWork only and not install Microsoft Office on my laptop.  So far I have loved working with Pages, Numbers and Keynote mainly because there are fewer formatting headaches.

For the past few days, I have been trying to figure out how to change a Keynote slide to 8.5 x 11 so that it prints out on regular paper.  I was almost at the end of my rope when I found the answer in Apple Support Communities.  Hallelujah!

Here is the link:


  1. Open Keynote
  2. Select Inspector.  
  3. Select the first button in Inspector (as pictured below), then click slide size and custom slide size.
  4. Enter 768 x 1024, as you see below, and you will now have an 8.5 x 11 slide!  
Note to Self :  Command + Shift + 4 enables me to take a screenshot of a clip and save to desktop.  Amazing!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Common Core & Informational Text

Informational text has become quite the talk lately in education with the switch to Common Core State Standards.  This makes sense to me since in college, the workplace, and life this is the type of text students are required to read.  "According to international achievement tests, U.S. students do worse at reading informational text than they do at reading literary text (Mullis, Martin, Kennedy, & Foy, 2007). As with everything in education, the pendulum swung too far one way, and now we need to find the perfect balance between literature and informational text.

In effort to expose students to informational text, I revamped my Current Event Report that I used in my classroom over the years.  I came across DOGO News which is a fabulous news site for children.  Each article has a vocabulary list with the words bolded in the article, and both pictures and video.  Check it out!

Mullis, I.V.S., Martin, M.O., Kennedy, A.M., & Foy, P. (2007). PIRLS 2006
International Report: IEA"s progress in international literacy study in primary
schools in 40 countries.
Boston: TIMMS and PIRLS International Study Center,

Lynch School of Education, Boston College.