Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy (Belated!) Presidents Day!

I know that President's Day was technically a week and a half ago, so I'm technically a little late on this post.  That being said, I actually just read this interactive e-book on the smartboard to my class today!  (In my defense, we were closed last week and didn't have time to talk about it yet.)

The students were so interested in learning about the holiday, which is officially still referred to as "Washington's Birthday."  Learn about the history of how this federal holiday came to be through this fun Smart Notebook file!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Presidents-Day-Interactive-E-Book-for-Smartboard-1125309

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Presidents-Day-Interactive-E-Book-for-Smartboard-1125309

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Presidents-Day-Interactive-E-Book-for-Smartboard-1125309

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Presidents-Day-Interactive-E-Book-for-Smartboard-1125309

I'll email this product to the first three people to comment on this post!  Be sure to leave your email address!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How to Make a Bibliography (Easily!)

I remember sitting next to my APA citation guide in college and struggling to find the right page... and it was a painful process.  Then, I stumbled on this website and my life changed.  This book turned bibliographies from a stressful thing that I needed to do (just when i thought i was finished) to a breeze.

What format do you use? APA? MLA? Chicago? Turabian?  What do you need to cite? Books? Websites? Journals? Newspapers?  Whatever it is... you can probably make a bibliography in 5 minutes... no joke. 

 






 You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WPihx63tTnS3gyOGpzdnlMNkk/edit?usp=sharing
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  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 the option how to search on any blog, which is particularly helpful when a pin leaders you to a main blog page and not directly to the post you want!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Step By Step Tutorials Now Sorted on Pinterest

With 84 tutorials (and counting!) my Technology Tuesday page is starting to look a little bit overwhelming!  I've played around with different ways to organize this page but finally decided to do it on Pinterest!  I've sorted all of the tutorials into five boards:

  • Making Products for Teachers Pay Teachers
  • Blogging Tips and Tricks
  • Using Technology to Make Your Teaching Life Easier (a.k.a) "Make technology work with you and not against you!"
  • Smart Notebook Tips and Tricks
  • Web 2.0 Tools
You can check out/follow each of the boards by clicking on the pictures below:





Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How to Make a One Page Folding Book!

I recently realized that it's been a while since I posted a tutorial on how to make a specific product, so it was no surprise to me that this was a winner on the poll!  So, here it is... how to make a one page folding book!


This took more than half (and nearly 3/4) of the votes on the poll... wow!

Now for the tutorial:







 You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WPihx63tTnVFBncjBjNlh5ZU0/edit?usp=sharing
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  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 actually going to gear towards middle/high school students and teachers, as well as even college students by adding the option "How to easily make a bibliography (MLA -or- APA)."  I hope I can blog about this option before teachers start year end research projects with their students!!!!

PS: This was a request from my "Technology Tuesday" request form.  I read it over every week and try to pick from those options for upcoming tutorials, so be sure to leave me a note if there's anything you want to learn how to do!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to Recolor an Image in PowerPoint

This week's poll had a clear cut winner... how to recolor an image in PowerPoint!


I actually wrote this tutorial months ago (back in March 2013, yikes!) for my TPT book "How to Make a Cute Cover Page for Teachers Pay Teachers."  This item organizes some of my most important tutorials in a way that is easy to follow and prints perfectly on letter paper.  If you like this tutorial or my other tutorials, be sure to check out this product on TPT!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Make-a-Cute-Cover-Page-For-Your-Items-on-TPT-637201

Anyway, onto the poll!







If you have an older version of PowerPoint or are looking for more color customization options, be sure to check out the tutorial below:

 You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WPihx63tTnektrbE5tazRrNjQ/edit?usp=sharing
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

For next week's tutorial, I'll be adding "How to Create a One Page Folding Book" to the poll (just like the one below).  Be sure to vote!




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

How to Make a PowerPoint Legal Sized

This tutorial is pretty easy, but not as easy as you would think.  In theory, if I change the paper size in one area of the document, shouldn't everything sync and know that my document is legal sized?  Unfortunately, that's not the case!  Either way, it's pretty easy to do (and very helpful when you make your own classroom items!







You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4WPihx63tTnTF9EYmtRX2w3UTA/edit?usp=sharing
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Drive.  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 add the option to recolor an image in PowerPoint.  Be sure to vote for whatever choice you want to win!  Also, be sure to add any other ideas you want me to write about on my Technology Tuesday form!