Thursday, January 31, 2013

Delete One Word To The Right!

Similar to last week's tip, this trick is really neat! 

If you want to delete the word to the right of where your mouse is positioned, just use this little shortcut in Word or PowerPoint!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What Did They Say!? Wednesday (A Linky Party)

One of the best parts of being a teacher is getting to hear all of the cute and innocent things that kids say!

What Did They Say!?
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This week's story is another reminder that you have to always be careful what you say... even if it's "So-and-so stole the cookies from the cookie jar!"

I'm 99% positive that the first week of school one of my students went home and complained to his mom that I accused him of stealing cookies. Why am i convinced of this? 

We did "Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?" and he started to throw a tantrum when I put his name in the song.  In the cutest, most innocent voice, he yelled "But I didn't steal the cookie!  I love cookies and I didn't steal them! Stop lying that I stole them!" 

Yes... this only happens in the life of a kindergarten teacher!"



Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:
  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to Load the Full Version of a Website on your iPad/Smartphone!

I remember the days when my iPad automatically loaded the full version of a website... then I upgraded to IOS6 and all of a sudden the whole internet thought my iPad was a mobile device... yikes!!!

Unfortunately, there's no magic setting to switch the iPad back to the way it was before the update, but there are lots of ways you can load the full version of a website on your iPad!


Here's the poll for those of you keeping track!  And, for those of you who haven't been able to vote from your iPad/smartphone, do this tutorial now to load the poll so you can vote for next week! :)


There are three different options that you can use to load the full version of the site... and here they are!





 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 another iPad tutorial: how to take a screenshot on your iPad/iPhone... something that was necessary for me to write this week's tutorial!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Delete One Word to the Left!!!

This trick is so nifty!!!  I only learned it recently, but I find myself using it a fair amount already!!!

If you want to delete the word to the left of where your mouse is positioned, just use this little shortcut in Word or PowerPoint!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What Did They Say? Wednesday! (A Linky Party!)

One of the best parts of being a teacher is getting to hear all of the hysterical things that kids say!

What Did They Say!?
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This week's story is a reminder that you have to always be careful what you say!

In drawing a picture of myself, I drew flats on my feet.  The kids had asked me why I didn't draw high heels for myself. I said "I usually wear flats so that's what I'm going to draw. Maybe two days later, I wore a pair of heels to work. One of my girls comes up to me at the beginning of the day and says "You lied to us." I'm shocked... since it was first thing in the morning and I had barely said anything.  I say "What?" not having any idea what she was talking about. She obviously reminded me about the picture I drew of myself the other day (which i had totally forgotten about!) Go figure!  I had to explain that "usually" doesn't mean "always!"



Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:
  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!




Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to Place a Pattern Over Text in PowerPoint!

I have to say, when I realized how easy it was to put a pattern over text right in PowerPoint I was floored!  I had been doing it in Photoshop forever and it's much more time consuming! 


More than half of the votes were for how to give text a pattern/texture! 


If you're looking for some textures to put over your text, scroll to the end of the document to grab three free textures!




 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!


Now, for your three free textures!





To save the files, just click the image to get to the higher quality picture, then right click (or Mac: Ctrl + Click) to save the image onto your computer! 



As for next week's tutorial, I'll be adding a Smart Notebook option... how to "Erase to Reveal" an answer.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What Did They Say!? Wednesday (A Linky Party!)

Don't kids say the most hysterical things!  I just love hearing all of the cute things my kids say and I'm looking forward to all of the cute things your students say as well!

What Did They Say!?
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Since I'm sick this week, this story is from earlier this year!


One of the first weeks of school it was dismissal and I had two kids left... one who stays late at school and one whose mom works at the school. I said "Come on cuties! Let's go upstairs!) to which one of the students replied: "I'm not a cutie!!!!!!" I took him around to ask all of the teachers if he was a cutie and sure enough they all agreed!  All the while, he just kept saying "No I'm not! I'm not a cutie!!!"

Aren't they precious!?


Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:
  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!





Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Technology Tuesday Postponed!


I know so many of you were looking forward to this week's tutorial but I've come down with a nasty cold and I can't write up the post today!  I'll be visiting the doctor later today... hopefully it's not the flu!

I extended the poll for another week, so if you didn't get a chance to vote yet be sure to do that!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Single Space Your Text!

If you used one of the past two tips to double space or 1.5 space your text and you want to make your document single spaced again, this tip is perfect for you!  Again, this tip is meant for Microsoft Word.



Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What Did They Say? Wednesday! (A Linky Party!)

Don't kids say the most hysterical things!  I'm am looking forward to the cute things my kids say in 2013 and I can't wait to read your kids' stories as well!


What Did They Say!?
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This week's story comes from one of my most mature five year olds... he's definitely an old soul so this was especially surprising coming from him!

When we opened up Safari, there was a picture of an iPad on the screen.  

Student: I always wanted one of those but I forgot to ask my dad for one for my birthday.
Me: Oh yeah?  Well, maybe you can ask for one next year.  But iPads are very expensive.
Student: Do you know what else is really expensive?
Me: What?
Student: A lamborghini.
Me: That's right. A lamborghini is very expensive.  Much more expensive than an iPad.
Student. I know.  But a lamborghini is the coolest car in car city!

The best part is... he pronounced lamborghini perfectly!!!


Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:
  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How to Copy HTML/Embed Code to Your Blog!

This week was a three way tie on the poll... I was beyond shocked!!!  I was especially surprised since this is the first time there was a tie!  Since there was a tie, I blogged about the item that had been on the poll the longest, which was how to add html/embed code to your blog post!


Here's the poll:


It'll be interesting to see which wins the poll next week.  In the meantime, here is a short and sweet tutorial that shows how to copy that embed code to your blog post!


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!
 
As for next week's poll, I'll be adding something that a lot of you have been asking for... how to add a texture/pattern to text!  Be sure to vote!


Thursday, January 3, 2013

1.5 Space Your Text!

Does it leave a little bit too much space in between your lines when you double space it?  If so, you may want to 1.5 space your text!  This keyboard shortcut works perfect in Microsoft Word!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

What Did They Say? Wednesday! (A Linky Party!)

Don't kids say the most hysterical things!  I'm am looking forward to the cute things my kids say in 2013 and I can't wait to read your kids' stories as well!

What Did They Say!?
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This week's story has a little bit of tech humor... which I totally appreciated! :)

The students need to login with their username/passwords to use a certain program on the computer.   One of my girls said "You don't need to help me with it. My username is such and such and my password is three dots!"  Her password is actually 123 but when I type it, it looks like three dots so no one else can see it... I was almost tempted to let her look for the dot key on the keyboard!


I love these kids!!!

Now... it's time to share your cute kids story from this week!

Rules for the Linky Party:
  1. Share a story that one of your kids said on your blog!  If you don't have a blog, leave a comment with your story!
  2. Use the HTML code at the top of this post to link back to the post!
  3. Comment on the two blog posts before yours!








This linky party will be posted through 11:59pm on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, a new linky will be started.  I decided to host this as a weekly collection so that we can share numerous stories from our students! I'm looking forward to reading everyone else's stories!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Make a Transparent or Semi-Transparent Text Box!

Happy New Year everyone!!!  I am so excited to be writing up the first Technology Tuesday tutorial on the very first day of 2013!  The winner of this week's poll was how to make text boxes that are transparent and semi-transparent/translucent!


This week's poll was pretty spread out, but this choice was the clear winner!


I've outline how to do this in both PowerPoint and Word!  Enjoy!



 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 an iPad/smartphone tutorial.  Lately when I've been visiting blogs on my iPad, the mobile version of the blog has been loading, and it doesn't look as pretty!  So, I'll be adding how to change the view so it shows the full version of the blog you're visiting!