Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Freebie, Exciting News, and a Giveaway!

I have so many exciting things to write about today!

First things first, I created another set of monthly frames (similar to my September/Back to School Frames).  This time, it's a set of 22 frames... and they're all FREE!!! On a side note, this is the 75th product I have posted at TPT and the 38th freebie!  Click the picture to grab them at TPT (and be sure to check out my other products and freebies while you're there!!)

 

I have so much making these frames and I'll definitely be making another set for November!



On another exciting note... yesterday was my birthday!  I took some time to relax and enjoy myself with some of my favorite people!  I made this fun e-card as a birthday present to myself.. and it was much more fun than cutting out the lamination that I'm still avoiding!



While I was making that fun e-card I got an email from Charity over at Classroom Freebies to let me that I've been moved up from Classroom Freebies Too up to the "big leagues" ... Classroom Freebies!   Thank you Charity!


Now for the giveaway shout out... Dana over at Fun in First Grade is having a MEGA giveaway!  You can literally win EVERYTHING in this giveaway... including gift cards to VistaPrint or Starbucks, a pencil sharpener, winner's choice from 28 TPT stores, 22 other items from TPT stores.  You don't want to miss it... so click the picture below to check it out now!!!


Whew!  I think that was enough for one post!  Have a great week... and be sure to cast your vote for the technology poll this week... it's a close one!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Find a Word or Phrase in a Document or on a Website!

It's time for another little tip for "Technology Tip Thursday!"

This one is a gem... it can be used in so many programs!  Use it in Word and PowerPoint... or use it in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari or Firefox!  As far as I've been able to find, it works in almost every program!  So... if you want a quick way to find a word or phrase in a document or on a website, this is the perfect tip for you!



Try it out and let me know how you like it! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to Embed Fonts in a Document on a PC!

Here we are again... it's Technology Tuesday!  The winner of this week's poll was How to Embed Fonts in Word and Powerpoint!


More than 2/3 of you voted for this option in the poll!


Unfortunately this is currently not possible to do on a Mac (unless you save as a PDF), but I included directions for how to do it on a PC and will keep my eye out for an update on the Macs that allow for it to happen!  Here are the directions:


You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

To grab a freebie I posted with an embedded font, click the picture below!


I have had so many requests come in on the "Technology Tuesday Request" above... thank you everyone!  I'm going to try to knock out as many of these requests as I can!  For next week's poll, I'll add one that's been requested by a few people... how to add a form to your website (just like the Technology Tuesday Request form!) I can't wait to see what you vote for!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fun Way to Get Your Kids to Stop Chatting!



This idea is actually a gem that one of my students thought of a few years ago!  One of my classes' favorite YouTube videos was this one... "If You're a Boy" from Harry Kindergarten. 




Well... my kids were chatty one day and I said "If you're a boy zip your lips."  One of my girls said "If you're a boy, a boy, if you're a boy zip your lips!"  And so a new tradition was born!

When my kids get chatty, all I do is start to sing the song!

If they're extra loud, I have them do actions that will get the other students attention (e.g. ones that make them move more or make more noise) such as: pat your legs, jump up and down or clap your hands.

If there's only one or two students chatting, I usually do more silent action, such as zip your lips, fold your hands.

I actually also use this to get my students to clean up at the end of their writing period.  I break it down step by step for them (since they're kindergarten), so I'll say "If you're a boy, a boy, if you're a boy put your crayon away."  Then I follow it by fold your hands, push in your chair, and walk to the carpet.

How do you get your kids to quiet down!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keyboard Shortcut to "Justify" Your Text!

It's time for another little tip for "Technology Tip Thursday!"

This one is also for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, but it might just work in other programs as well!  Basically, justified means it touches both edges of the paper (left and right).  When you look at a lot of chapter books the text is "justified."  It's definitely one of my favorite because I just love the look of paragraphs when they're justified! 



Try it out and let me know how you like it! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to Have Both Portrait and Landscape Slides in One PowerPoint! (-ish!)

This week's technology Tuesday post was another hit in the poll... which didn't surprise me since so many people have asked me about how to do this!


For those of you interested, here was the final tally of the poll!


Before I start the tutorial, I do have to post a slight "disclaimer" on this post!  PowerPoint itself does not allow you to have both portrait and landscape slides in the same presentation.  Since so many of you asked about this, I wanted to be sure to address your issues... even though I can't change the limitations of the programs itself!

I pretty much detail this in the tutorial, but you'll need to think about the reason you would want both portrait and landscape slides in a presentation.  Personally, I could think of two reasons:
  1. To make an actual presentation (e.g. using PowerPoint for what it was meant to be used for)
  2. To make printables for your classroom (e.g. the "teacher" way to use PowerPoint! lol!)
I've come up with workarounds for both of these reasons, but if you have another reason that you need help with let me know and I'll try to find a workaround for it as well!





I hope those workarounds helped!

You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For next week's poll, I'm going to add how to embed fonts in a Microsoft Word/PowerPoint document!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Keyboard Shortcut to Align Text on the Left!

It's Thursday again... which means it's time for another quick little technology tip for "Technology Tip Thursday!"

Just like the past few tips, this one is for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, but you should definitely try it in other programs as well... it just might work!



Try it out and let me know how you like it! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How to Make Easy Page Borders in Microsoft Word!

This week's technology tutorial is something that is easy but SO awesome!  I have to give a big shout out to my friend Katie for showing my this one!  She's one of my lovely co-workers and has the most amazing ideas!  And she absolutely needs to start a blog!  (Hint, hint!!!)  :)




This tutorial was by far the most popular on the poll this week! 


Before I start the tutorial, I just want to take a quick moment to think about all the lives that were lost eleven years ago today.  Being from NY (north of the city), the attack really hit close to home.  Two weekends ago I went down to the city and saw some of the new towers that they're building.  They're absolutely amazing, but it's unfortunate to think of the events that led us to the new construction. 

I'm sure you already have already, but just take a moment to think about the lives that were lost.



Now, here's the tutorial for the week...





You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For next week's poll, I'm going to add how to use both portrait and landscape lines in PowerPoint.  Be sure to vote!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Keyboard Shortcut to Alight Your Text on the Right!

It's time for another quick little technology tip for "Technology Tip Thursday!" 
This one is also for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, though you should definitely try it in other programs as well... it just might work!


Try it out and let me know how you like it! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How to Make Portrait Slides in PowerPoint!

It's time for another technology tip, and this one is actually surprisingly easy!  If PowerPoint is your go-to program for creating teacher resources then you'll love this one!



More than half of you voted for this in the poll, but the other options were definitely still contenders!  Don't forget to vote on next week's poll!


Here's the tutorial!


You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For next week's poll, I'm going to add how to make easy page borders in Microsoft Word!  Here's an example of one....


Monday, September 3, 2012

Apple Syllables!

Happy Labor Day!  What did you all do to celebrate the Monday off?  I ended up spending my whole day making curtains for my giant 20' window (yes, that's 20 FEET!)  I had so many problems with the sewing machine and will definitely be writing a post up about it at some point this week!  There are truly so many things to blog about and there is so little time!


In the meantime, I've been working on a cute little game to use in my class to work on syllables in the fall!  I wanted something that I could use whole group or at centers... so I came up with one set of cards and two sets of directions!  I can't wait for the school year to start up (my kiddos start in one week) so I can get to playing this game!  We'll be addressing one of the common core standards (K.RF.2b) the first week of school!

Click the picture to get it at TPT!