I always have my kids earn their "writers License" so I was trying to change this into that. Is it possible to change the picture in the background without losing the rest? This is a really neat template and I would like to use it for this. Thanks
Next year, I will be working with student with extreme behaviors. All boys. The behavior system we use has 5 levels. I created a behavior bulletin board similiar to a race track. The students will attach their license to the race cars as they move around the track to the different levels.
I am from Missouri and as I posted above http://www.acme.com/licensemaker/ is what I use, its license plates though, not licenses. I have a race car theme in my classroom. I used this site to make a Missouri License Plate for each of my students. On my door it says "Licensed to Learn" and I have a license plate with each child's name. Here is an example of one:
I'm supposed to be getting my things ready for a vacation, but I just haven't been able to resist ProTeacher!
(Now, boys and girls, can we say "ADDICTED"???
Do we know anyone who IS 'addicted' to ProTeacher? Hmmmm??? )
Here's what I did:
I made the text boxes and tables first. Once I approximated the colors and lines, I went for the background image.
I got the background image from Google Images- state capitol or the state building. (That's also where I looked to find out what the Driver's licenses look like for each state.)
Once I got that, I saved the image to my computer.
Next, when working on MS Word, go to "Insert...Picture"
Double click on the picture to open up "Format Picture"
Click on the "Layout" tab. Click on "In front of text" so I can move it around on the page.
Then, click on the "Size" tab and make it larger. (Or drag it larger from the 'handles' (little squares around the border).
Next, click on "Picture" and play with the 'brightness' and 'contrast' usually increasing the slider to slightly higher percentages.
(Anytime I don't like what I see, I immediately hit CTRL+Z to 'Undo' whatever I just did.)
(This is where I'm not sure what I do because I just fiddle with it 'till it works ...) When I'm ready, I slide the picture over the text and then I think I used the drawing toolbar and... I either use the 'Draw' pop-up menu to ORDER the picture with 'send to back' or 'send backward' -OR- I click on the text box and format the picture to go 'behind the text'. I truly don't know how I do it. As I said, I just click through it by trial and error... Sorry I can't be more precise, but I learned this stuff all on my own fiddling through it all. Oh! And using the CTRL+Z (Undo) as my best friend!
Anyway, here's the Missouri License-2 per page.
P.S. Note to CageyBee: Are you sure you're not my Mom? I feel like you're my own personal cheerleader! Guess I'll have to put a check in the mail!
The Missouri license looks great! I played with it a long time yesterday and could not get what I wanted. I even had my son helping and he couldn't come up with it either! Now I am ready to go back to school and use it (NOT) I do thank you so much and hope your vacation is perfect!!!
I'm glad I ran into this post! I wanted to make a drivers license for my class. I think I will use it as a "Licence to Multiply." I'll keep track of the multiplication facts on the back. So, I've spent the past hour (using your instructions Risa) making the California driver's license. It's the best that I could do. I hope someone can use it to suit their needs!
Thanks for the ideas and inspiration! It's only one per page.
Oh! After posting this, I realized that I might take the yellow background off and just print it on yellow stock card so that I don't use so much ink!
Last edited by TeachAbroad; 09-25-2008 at 08:33 PM..
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