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How to Transfer Files from Your Phone to Your Computer

Sunday, February 25, 2018 / Leave a Comment

How to Transfer Files from Your Phone to Your Computer Using Google Drive™

How to transfer files from your phone, iPad, iPod or tablet to the desktop of your computer using Google Drive™

Last week I had three different people reach out to ask how they could easily transfer files/photos from their phone to the desktop on their computer. This is a question I get often, especially from friends and family members😁Therefore, I created this video tutorial below that walks you through the steps using Google Drive. This process can used on any devices, not just phones!

All you need is a google account (you can create a free account HERE) and the Google Drive app if you are transferring files from a phone, iPad, iPod, or tablet. Click for the iOS app and Android app. If you use gmail for your email platform then you already have a Google account. You get 15GB of free space with your Google Drive account. If you have a Google for Education account through your school district, then you have an unlimited amount of space.

If you are interested in the animated emojis I showed in this video, check out my Turn Yourself into an Animated Emoji post.

There are a lot of different ways you can transfer files, this is just one of them!

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Abraham Lincoln Augmented Reality App by AR Flashcards

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 / 2 comments
AR Flashcards just released their latest augmented reality app, Abraham Lincoln, that is available for iOS. (Coming to Android this week!) It is FREE with in app purchases. You can still do some neat things without purchasing any extras.
Students will have a blast studying Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address with this augmented reality iOS app created by AR Flashcards.

You don't have to print anything. All you need is the app.

This app is rated 4+ and requires iOS11 or later. The free version will gain you access to 4 doorways that will lead you to real places in Kentucky where Abe was born. You also get an animated Abraham Lincoln who will recite the Gettysburg Address with the tap of a button. Earn badges along the way!

For $0.99 you can gain access to 5 more doorways in Indiana where Abe grew up. Even more content will be added throughout the year! Read more HERE.

Just in time for President's Day!

Here is a quick screen recording I did when I first tested out the app:

Ideas for Classroom Use:

Students can jump into the frame with Abe or one of the locations and snap a picture. They could also do a screen recording of Abe reciting the Gettysburg Address. Students can add these images or videos to their projects about presidents, Abraham Lincoln, famous speeches, etc.. Younger children could upload their pictures to Seesaw and record themselves reading facts about Honest Abe! 

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Turn Yourself into an Animated Emoji

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 / 4 comments
Turn yourself into an ANIMATED emoji to add to presentations or student projects. Bitmoji fans will love this iOS app!

If you are a Bitmoji fan then you will LOVE these animated emojis you can make with the free iOS app, Emoji Me Face Maker. They also have a kid friendly version😋 Your personalized emojis COME TO LIFE! Customize your emoji, choose a theme and the app will export your image as an animated gif like these below:
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Fun Ways to Use in the Classroom

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 / Leave a Comment A Website That Generates Digital Ransom Notes

Make digital ransom notes with this free web tool! Works on any device with a web browser. Fun ways to use in the classroom!
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Getting Started with Using Green Screen Technology in the Classroom

Saturday, February 3, 2018 / Leave a Comment

Getting Started with Using Green Screen Technology in the Classroom

Learn how you can get started with using green screen technology in your classroom. Lots of low budget options, apps, and software are shared!
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Affordable Standing Desk for Your Home or Classroom

Thursday, February 1, 2018 / 2 comments

Affordable Standing Desk for Home or the Classroom

Affordable standing desk for your home or classroom

Are you like me and work behind a computer for hours at a time? When I create my teaching resources at home, I SIT at my desk and always feel like a big blob.

Therefore, back in October I started saving up for a treadmill desk after reading Tickled Pink in Primary's blog post, Why I Love My Treadmill Desk. But then life happened...

My trustworthy 2012 Macbook Pro took its last breath and I found myself at the Apple Store purchasing a new laptop 10 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Needlessly to say, my treadmill desk fund was quickly depleted.

January 1st I set out for a more affordable option, a standing desk. I posted this image on my Instagram and Facebook accounts and have received a ton of messages asking all about it. That is what prompted me to write this post because it seems that there are many people, just like me, who need a better option for their time spent behind their desk.

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I could not be happier with my $40.00 purchase (which Amazon has now bumped up to $43).

Reasons Why I Love It:

  • light weight (I can easily transport it to the basement when guests come over)
  • doesn't take up a lot of space
  • on wheels to easily move from room to room
  • wheels have a lock
  • main desk top tilts
  • height adjusts so you can sit or stand
  • contains a side table for my phone and drink😀

It is so nice to be able to sway, dance👯, and do some squats💪 every few minutes. LIFE CHANGING.

Classroom Use

This affordable standing desk would even be a great option for the classroom! Teachers and students could benefit from working at one throughout the day. Since this standing desk is on wheels, you could easily transport it from room to room. Schools could even provide a check out system in which teachers could check out several standing desks at a time when students are working on projects, papers, or other assignments.

What kind of desk are you working behind?

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Helpful Ideas for Teaching Haiku Poetry

Sunday, January 28, 2018 / Leave a Comment
When I taught 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade I always liked to kick off my poetry unit in February. My goal was to have students learn about the various types of poems (haiku, acrostic, cinquain, limerick, free verse, and the list goes on) before Valentine's Day. The day before Valentine's Day they would choose any poetry form and write a Valentine poem for someone in their family.
Learn about some helpful ways for teaching haiku poetry in the elementary classroom. Free visuals and writing templates can be downloaded. Technology integration ideas are also included!
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Digital Activities for Groundhog Day

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 / Leave a Comment

Digital Activities for Groundhog Day

Digital Activities for Groundhog Day: A livestream webcam and educational resources that can be use on Chromebooks, laptops, computers and iPads can be found in this post!

One of my FAVORITE memories from elementary school was celebrating Groundhog Day. I LOVED learning all about Punxsutawney Phil and making predictions about whether or not he would see his shadow. I created this Groundhog Day Digital Activities in Google Slides resource last year that I couldn't wait to try out with students. They LOVED it! Some of the activities involve visual literacy, comprehension, writing, poetry, geometric shapes, pictographs, making predictions and more! Click HERE to check out this resource in my TpT Store
A closer look:


Be sure to tune into the Groundhog Day 2018 Livestream!

Groundhog Day Livestream 2018

Easy iPad Project

Have students use the FREE app, My Little Groundhog, to dress Phil and save the image to the camera roll. NOTE: This app does have ads appear at the bottom. Once saved to the camera roll, teach students how to crop the picture. For some reason this app saves the images with the setting icons at the top:

Import the picture into an app like ChatterkidAnimate AnythingPhotospeak, etc. and have students record their prediction but talking as if they are Phil! Here is one I created this morning: 

If time allows, have your students share their prediction videos on Padlet, Flipgrid, Seesaw, Google Classroom or your LMS!

Online Activities

Primary Games offers a bunch of different Groundhog Day activities like online word searches, basic math fact practice (addition, subtraction and multiplication), puzzles, hangman and more!

Highlights has a Groundhog Day Pipe Puzzle in which students use logical thinking to create a path that will lead Phil to either 6 more weeks of winter or an early spring.

Students can research about Groundhog Day and then take this 10 question online quiz!

Links to Other Groundhog Day Resources for the Classroom:

Groundhog Day is right around the corner! Have fun😊

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Coding Themed Children's Book for the Elementary Classroom

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 / Leave a Comment
Recently I added a new read aloud book to my techie book list that I wanted to share!
Coding Themed Read Aloud Book for the Elementary Classroom: Students can learn all about coding vocabulary terms in this high interest story! Selfie Sam's Coder Club Adventures in Scratch would make a great addition to any classroom or library!
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Easy Ways to Group Your Students Digitally

Friday, January 12, 2018 / Leave a Comment
Do you ever want to quickly arrange your students into groups or partners and have those groups projected on the board for everyone to see? Here are a few ways to digitally group your students.

Easy ways to group your students digitally. Many options are offered in this post that can be used on Chromebooks, laptops, computers and iPads. There are also an option for Google Drive!

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How to Personalize Your Google™ Homepage

Friday, January 5, 2018 / Leave a Comment

How to Personalize Your Google™ Homepage

Are you interested in personalizing the background image on your Google™ homepage? Stylish provides a whole bank of Google Themes/Skins  but why not make your own?

Learn how to personalize your Google™ homepage and tabs in your Chrome browser using a Chrome extension. Also learn how this could benefit students and grab a FREE download.
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Top 10 Techie Teacher Tips Year in Review

Saturday, December 30, 2017 / 2 comments
Here are my Top 10 Techie Teacher Tips from 2017. These tips are a mixture of blog posts I have written, tips I have shared on social media and things I have learned this past year.

Top 10 Techie Teacher Tips Year in Review: Chrome extensions, iPad/iPhone tips and tricks, productivity tips and more!

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