Saturday, March 30, 2013

How to Make a Super Cute Cover Page for Your TPT Item! (Flash Giveaway!)

People always ask me if I can make a tutorial for how to make cute cover pages, but I have hesitated to do it because it involves so many different aspects of PowerPoint and so many different tutorials!  I finally worked all of this information into a book, which you can find over a TPT!

I reworked a number of my tutorials so that the fit perfectly on letter paper, and I added a number of new tutorials!  This book includes step by step tutorials with pictures on how to make an adorable cover page (just like the one below) in PowerPoint 2007/2010 for PC and PowerPoint 2008/2011 for Mac.  It shows you how to do this without spending any money on clipart (but still abiding by all copyright laws!!!)  Click the picture below to see the book... and grab it tonight only for 25% off!


This book includes a number of highly organized and detailed tutorials on all of the following!  It will be useful for people who are new to PowerPoint, and people who are experienced with it as well!


Now... for the flash giveaway!  My grandma, who recently passed, and I typically make spinach ravioli by hand every single easter. This year, my husband took on the task of helping me... and he did great!  My grandma and I normally make between 600-800 mini ravioli (about 1" x 1").  How many ravioli do you think my husband and I ended up making? (I'll give you a hint... it's in the range I just mentioned!)


This tray is one of 8 that we made!!!

So... how many ravioli did we make?!  Whoever has the closest guess will win the set!  Be sure to leave your email address!


Update at 10:54pm:
Thank you everyone for guessing!  Congratulations to Jen from Jen's Kinder Kids and Danielle from My First Love for both guessing one off from the actual number!  We made 723 ravioli and they guessed 722 and 724!  Congrats ladies, I'm sending you the packet right now!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Open a New Tab

I probably use this little tip at least 30 times a day!!!  How to quickly open a new tab in your internet browser!


For those of you who are a fan of my Thursday Tips, I am sorry to say t hat this is the last one I can think of!  However, this does leave me some time to start a new regular feature: Fonts on the First!  Stay tuned this Monday, April 1st for my first collection of seasonal fonts for personal and commercial use!




Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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

I love how funny my students are without even realizing it!

What Did They Say!?

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This is a story that goes to show how confused students can be about money!


One of my girls was talking about her dad's new phone.  She said "I want to download Temple Run on it but I can't because it's 99 dollars!"  

I tried to explain to her that it was 99 cents, but she insisted that since it had the dollar symbol ($0.99) not the cents symbol that it must be dollars!

I don't even know how to begin to explain that concept of decimals and parts of a dollar to my class!  She was so adamant that it was 99 dollars I couldn't think of any way to convince her otherwise!


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, March 26, 2013

How to Lock Down Clipart in a PDF!

This week's tutorial is one that many people have asked me about over time... how do I lock down clipart in PDF documents for TPT?  Well, the long-awaited tutorial is finally here!


Here's the poll for those of you who are curious!


I wrote up two separate tutorials... one for Mac users and one for PC users.  The steps are totally different on the two computers so it warranted two separate write ups!




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'll be adding how to save your files as ZIP files!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Super Cute White Frames for Your TPT Products! (Flash Giveaway!)

I have to say I think I have more fun making frames and playing around with shapes than anything else!  It definitely incorporates my love of math with my love of technology!

I finally decided to put together all of my white bracket/bubbly frames and make a set out of them!  Check them out below!  There are 38 different frames, each with and without a border for 76 total frames!!!  They're normally $8 but the first person to guess which state I'm going to be traveling to this summer will win them for free!

If you're not the winner, you can still grab the set while it's on sale for tonight only for $6 instead of $8!


Happy guessing and be sure to leave your email address!


Update 9:15pm:
Congratulations to Liann at A Grade One Nut and Her Squirrelly Crew ! I'm heading to Alaska this summer on a cruise with the hubby for our anniversary: 10 years since we started dating and two years since we got married!



Thanks to everyone else for all of your guesses!  As for everyone who asked about making a tutorial: I have considered it but I made the frames in Adobe Illustrator which is a pretty expensive program.  I've been trying to keep my tutorials to free programs and programs that a lot of people have.  I may write it up one day, but unfortunately it won't be in the near future. Sorry! :(

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quickly Switch Between Your Open Programs

Here is yet another keyboard shortcut that i use all the time!  How to quickly switch between two (or more) open programs on your computer!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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

I think I could write a novel with all of the funny things my kids say each week!  But... since I don't know a publisher I'll do another linky party instead!

What Did They Say!?

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This is possibly a story that only tech geeks will appreciate, so it obviously made my day!!


In class we were reviewing words with "w" at the beginning and one student said "windows."  Another student excitedly calls out: "I have Windows 7!"

I wanted to reply with "I do too and I love it so much more than I liked Vista!"  I honestly don't think he would have understood that response though!


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, March 19, 2013

How to Find Free Clipart and Images for Your TPT Items!

This week's tutorial is one of the most requested things people ask me... "How do I find free clipart to use in my commercial items on TPT?"  Well... this tutorial will hopefully answer that question!


This option won in the poll, but how to print on envelopes was a close second!


Here are the links to the websites I mention in the tutorial!  You can read the notes below to learn more about the websites and to see some tips as well!



 


www.pixelscrapper.com



Now... here's the descriptions and tips/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!


As for next week's tutorial, I'll add another TPT oriented option: how to lock down clipart in a PDF!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Introduce Your Students to Classical Composers!

Believe it or not, my Kindergarten students can name what a composer is and why they are important!  They also can tell you what classical music is and talk about how it makes you feel!  And the best part is... I haven't taught any lessons on either of those topics!!! 

I use a simple routine with my class that I call the "Composer of the Month."  Each morning while the students are unpacking, I put on classical music from a different composer each month.  When I turned off the music, I initially told them "The composer we were just listening to was ______.  He/She is important because composers write music."  After a few weeks, I asked "What composer are we listening to? What is a composer?"  It was so simple and made our unit on classic music far easier to teach!


13 cute signs to hang up to go along with this routine are included:
- Johann Sebastian Bach
- Ludwig Van Beethoven
- Johannes Brahms
- Frederic Chopin
- George Fredric Handel
- Joseph Haydn
- Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
- Felix Mendelssohn
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Franz Schubert
- Clara Schumann
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Antonio Vivaldi

If you would like me to add any additional composers, just send me an email at aturntolearn@gmail.com and I'll be happy to do so!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Copy Your Text's Formatting

This is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen!  It can be time consuming to find the perfect combination of fonts and text effects for your document (e.g. bold, font color, outer glow, bevel, etc).

If you found that perfect combo in Word or PowerPoint (particularly if you used fancy font embellishments) and want to use it elsewhere in your document, this will copy the text's formatting without copying the actual text!

Just highlight the text that is formatted and do Control + Copy + C, then highlight the next section of text (that you want to change) and use the second keyboard shortcut!

I promise you'll love it!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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

I just love all of the silly things my kids say!


What Did They Say!?

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My class is heading out on a field trip next week, and it reminds me about a funny story from last year!

On a field trip last year, we drove past a cemetery.  One student says: "Oh no that's where all the zombies live!"  To which another student replies, "No! That's where the undertaker lives!" 

They watch way too much TV!



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, March 12, 2013

How to Make Your Fonts Look Fancy in PowerPoint

I am just in love with the font options in PowerPoint!  I used to do so many of these things in Photoshop, but doing it in PowerPoint makes it so much easier!


This was a definite winner on the poll!


For those of you who saw my previous tutorial on placing a pattern over your text, you can add these options on top of the pattern to make your font extra special!  You can view that previous tutorial below:

Now... onto 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!


As for next week's poll, I'm going to add a question that so many people often ask... how can I find "royalty-free" clipart, pictures, and textures for free?  Be sure to vote for your favorite choice on the poll!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Go on a Leprechaun Hunt! (A Freebie!)

Growing up, I wasn't a big fan of St. Patrick's Day... but last year, I fell in love with it!  I had my students make traps so that we could catch a leprechaun and then a leprechaun visited, leaving our classroom a mess!  The leprechaun even left us clues, sending us on a wild goose chase around the building... only to find out that the gold was in our classroom the whole time.  It was AMAZING!

As one of my first items on TPT, I shared those clues as a freebie, but looking at them now, they are not so cute!  So of course, I had to fix them up!  Look at how cute they are now!    Click any of the pictures to download them for free!




I also made a cute St. Patrick's Day handwriting book, which is only $2.  Be sure to check that out as well!



Thursday, March 7, 2013

Zoom In Or Out... Easily!!!

I never realized how much I use this week's technology tip until the scroll button on my mouse stopped working today and I couldn't do it!!!

This tip lets you zoom in/out on a document or a website so easily.  It works in PowerPoint, Word, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Preview, Adobe Reader... and so many more!!!


Try it now and see how you like it!!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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

Kids say the darndest things!


What Did They Say!?

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This week's story really makes me question how well my children actually comprehend the stories I read to them!

The kids were listening about dinosaurs which discussed possible causes for extinction.  One theory is that a storm came and killed all the plants, which then left the dinosaurs without food.  The teacher who was reading the book asked, "Who remembers how the dinosaurs became extinct?"  One of my students replied, "A giant storm came and it was really windy, and the wind blew off all of the dinosaur's skin so all that was left was bones!"

I really question her listening comprehension now!!!

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, March 5, 2013

How to Find and Install Cute Fonts!

Cute fonts always seems to catch my eye!  This week's winner on the poll was how to find and install new fonts.  And... I added a little bonus... how to find free fonts for commercial use!!!


Here are the poll results:



Here are the links to some of the sites you can find free fonts:





Click the picture below to download that font as well!


 Click here if you need to download 7-Zip (Optional)



For those of you looking for some new fonts that you can use in your commercial products, check out the website below!


 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'm adding how to make fonts look fancy in powerpoint!