Monday, January 27, 2014

Chinese New Year - Connecting With Family

While doing research for my Chinese New Year unit, I learned some interesting facts and traditions about the celebration.

- Chinese New Year festivities last for 15 days.
- It begins on the first day of the new year of the Chinese calendar
- Before the celebration, homes are cleaned thoroughly to get rid of the bad fortune and bring in good luck. Homes and markets are decorated in the traditional red colors, lanterns, etc.
- On New Year's Eve, families get together for a traditional feast. Family members who have moved away make sure to come home to be be together. It is a time to pay respect to elder family members. Younger children visit their elderly relatives.
- After the New Year's Eve dinner, firecrackers are exploded to drive out evil.
- Children are given red packets filled with coins from their parents or older relatives for health and long living.

I love family traditions and I love to learn about other cultures. I appreciate the importance of family in the Chinese culture. I hope the younger generation continues this wonderful tradition on Chinese New ear.

If you want your students to learn about Chinese New Year, just click on the image above. I've created a great Powerpoint, a min-book and other activities.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Adding Transparent Links in Powerpoint

I love creating interactive PowerPoints for students; especially ones that are editable. Teachers who want to use technology in their classrooms and work under time constraints love using these.

I use transparent links in PowerPoint games and ones for review. I'm adding a link which gives step by step instructions but I want to share a PowerPoint I've already created.

Invisible Hyperlinks

Adding invisible links to multiple choice questions:

Under the Insert menu - add a shape; choose a rectangle.

Draw the Shape over one of the multiple choice or T/F answers.

Right click on the rectangle and select format shape.

Select a color, then drag the transparence line all the way over to 100%. (Make sure there is no line around the rectangle.)

Right click on the transparent rectangle again and select Hyperlink. Click Locate and choose the location of where you want to link to in your PowerPoint. (I've chosen to go to the slide for the correct answer.) Or, you can choose to go to a slide for the wrong answer.)

Test your link and that's it!
I created a slide for the wrong answer and slides to build a snowman as the students get the correct answer. You can create a slide for the correct answer.
Make sure to create a button that links back to the next question from your correct answer or back to the question if the answer is wrong. And, you can copy and past the wrong answer links for multiple choice questions. (since they go to the same wrong answer)
I hope this helps. You'll find many uses for the transparent links.

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