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Easy Wireless Streaming for the Classroom with Airtame

Thursday, March 22, 2018 / Leave a Comment

Easy Wireless Streaming for the Classroom with Airtame

Easy Wireless Streaming for the Classroom with Airtame: Great for student collaboration, sharing and mirroring screens from any device!

Airtame is a company that has created one of the easiest solutions for wirelessly displaying on bigger screens. Simply plug an Airtame into the back of a television screen or projector, connect it to your network, download the Airtame app to your computer or tablet and start streaming!

Easy Wireless Streaming for the Classroom with Airtame: Great for student collaboration, sharing and mirroring screens from any device!

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Airtames plug into any HDMI port. If you have older equipment in your classroom then you could always purchase a VGA/Ethernet adapter.

Using Airtame in the Classroom

Both teachers and students can quickly mirror their device to any screen (even multiple screens if you have them!) so easy sharing and collaboration can take place. Airtame is device agnostic so it will work with Chromebooks, laptops, computers, iPads and other tablets. Note: Must have Windows 7 or above/Supports Mac 10.9 (Mavericks) and above. AirPlay iOS mirroring is also available. 

Quickly connect to any Airtame in your building by searching for the name. Remember, you can stream to more than one Airtame at once. 💕

Check out this video about Desert Sands Unified School District's experience:

Activating the Pin Code

Some teachers might be interested in activating the 4-digit pin code connection.  This allows only one person to stream so others from another room can't interrupt and won't stream to the wrong screen by accident.

Customize Your Screens

Each Airtame has the ability to customize the main screen. So when you are not streaming you can have a customized wallboard displayed. Images can be uploaded or you can set the background to be a website url. This is nice for school offices, hallways, conference rooms, etc. to display an information screen with the school's logo, Google calendar, lunch menu, website, slideshow (made with Google Slides) and more. Classrooms could upload a class picture, class calendar, class blog, school logo, you name it!

Free Cloud Management

All Airtames come with free cloud management. It is truly an IT administrator's DREAM. The easy remote access allows admins to monitor all of the Airtames from anywhere! The lifetime support from REAL people is also a huge perk.

Comparison to Similar Products

What makes Airtame stand out from the rest is how it is optimized for large organization and school district deployment. Also, the ability to stream to multiple screens/projectors at once is really nice. Above all, I found this streaming tool to be incredibly easy to install and work consistently. To read more about all of the other comparisons with similar products click HERE.

My Experience

Easy Wireless Streaming for the Classroom with Airtame: Great for student collaboration, sharing and mirroring screens from any device!
Using Airtame to demonstrate how to use this Vocabulary Choice Board in Google Slides™

I was pleasantly surprised how seamless the Airtame was to install and it took me less than 3 minutes to set it up. 

I took it to a school to try out with a small group of students who were using iPads and once again it was seamless. I was able to stream my iPad to the big screen for students to easily follow along the steps I was taking to complete an activity. I even allowed the kids to stream their device to the big screen. Students love sharing their own work on the board right from their seat!

Money Back Guarantee

Airtames come with a 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee so if for some reason it doesn't work with your setup, you can return it! Bulk orders qualify for a discount. For more information, click HERE.

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The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did receive an Airtame in exchange for this post.
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PhET Simulations and Nearpod

Sunday, March 18, 2018 / 2 comments


PhET Simulations and Nearpod make a great way to learn and review different math and science concepts!
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Rug-Ed Protective Cases for the Classroom

Thursday, March 15, 2018 / Leave a Comment
If you, your school or district are looking for protective cases for your technology devices, I highly recommend looking into Rug-Ed cases. The company has sent me two different iPad cases and I have been very impressed with both. Providing solid protection is essential for maintaining the lifespan of any device.

Be sure to enter to WIN one of their iPad cases at the bottom of this post!

Looking for protective iPad, iPhone, Macbook Air and Chromebook cases? Rug-Ed creates amazing cases that are great for any school or district.

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How to Find Free Images and Stock Videos for Classroom Projects

Friday, March 9, 2018 / Leave a Comment

How to Find Free Images and Stock Videos for Classroom Projects

How to find FREE images and stock videos for classroom projects. Use these in presentations, green screen videos, and so much more!

Since I published my Getting Started with Green Screen in the Classroom blog post, I have received several questions from educators asking where they can find free images and stock videos to use for their green screen and classroom projects. There are many different websites available! Here are some of my favorites.

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Digital Activities for St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 1, 2018 / 2 comments

Digital Activities for St. Patrick's Day

Digital Activities for St. Patrick's Day: Ideas for iPads, Chromebooks, Computers, Seesaw, Google Slides, Google Drawing, Coding and Ozobots

Are you looking for some FUN and academic activities for the month of March? Here are a few St. Patrick's Day inspired activities:

Three years ago I wrote the post, Leprechaun Yourself iPad Project for St. Patrick's Day. The app I used for that project has not be updated for the latest iOS so I had to track down a new one. Leprechaun Me is a similar and FREE app that will do the trick! Note: It is rated 4+. However, there is a folder of images that contains adult beverages.

Students can change the background, add provided images, upload their own images, add speech bubbles, type text, and draw!

Once students turn themselves into a leprechaun, have them write a story about what life would be like if they were a leprechaun.

Seesaw users can assign students THIS free template:

Students can draw their face and the things they consider make them lucky. They can add labels or sentences too. Afterwards, have them record their voice telling about their creation.

Decorating a clover in Google Drawing is fun. Click HERE  or the image below for this free template I made. You will be prompted to make a copy.

Decorate a clover in Google Drawing

Students can decorate the clover with their picture and find images or draw images of things that make them feel lucky/fortunate. You could print them to hang up in your classroom or as a bulletin board. Students could also save their shamrocks as png images (File>Download As>png) and import into a collaborative Google Slides presentation. Or students could upload to Seesaw, Google Classroom or a Padlet wall to share with others!


Digital St. Patrick's Day Activities in Google Slides™ is one of my newest resources that is available in my TeachersPayTeachers store.

Activities include:

💚Highlighting the important information in a paragraph about the history of St. Patrick's Day
💚View an embedded YouTube video about St. Patrick's Day and answer 4 comprehension questions
💚Shamrock Facts: 4 links to outside kid-friendly websites are embedded for students to click on to research facts about shamrocks. They will type their 3 favorite facts on the leaflets of the shamrock.
💚Summarize It! Students will type a summary of what they learned from slides 3-5
💚If I Were A Leprechaun: Students will take a selfie and crop to shape (directions included) to add under the leprechaun hat. They will then type a paragraph describing what life would be like if they were a leprechaun. This activity is similar to the ones in my Seasonal Collaborative Digital Books Resource.
💚ROY G. BIV: Students will create a rainbow in the correct color order by using the fill tool to fill in the provided rectangles.
💚Acrostic Poem: Students will type an acrostic poem using the word LUCKY.
💚Making Words: Students will type 3 letter, 4 letter and 5+ letter words they can make from the letters in ST. PATRICK'S DAY.
💚Find It! Word Search

I also have a St. Patrick's Day Collaborative Digital Book your students can work on together!

Jamie from Edutech for Teachers has a FREE St. Patrick's Day Magnetic Poetry activity you can download HERE. Students could use this independently or collaboratively!

Tynker Coding for Kids has a St. Patrick's Day activity for students in which they build a "Clover Chaser". Students program four-leaf clovers to drop from the sky when the screen is clicked and then the leprechaun chases them down. A tutorial is provided to walk through the steps and then they can create their own version. They could code their own activity in which the leprechaun only chases compound words, polygons, long vowel words, you name it!

Do you have access to Ozobots? Their resource library has a Who Can Find the Pot of Gold? activity that is perfect for March that uses the Ozobot Bit that you can find in the Amazon affiliate link below:

If you are just beginning to use Ozobots in the classroom, want to know more or looking for more ideas, I highly suggest checking out Stephanie's posts from The Learning Chambers about how she uses them in her math classroom.

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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 / 9 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 / 1 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 / 2 comments

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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