Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tech Tip - Screenshot Tip



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Before I begin, I want you to know that I will not have a new tech tip posted next week.  I will be back on 5/12 with my next tip.  That means today's linkup will be open for 2 weeks.  If you choose to write a tech tip this week and next, please link up both posts!

Today's tech tip is a short tip for Windows users.  I have Windows 8.  Not sure if it works for other versions, but you can certainly try it!

Have you ever wanted to take a screenshot of your whole desktop?  Sure, you can use the snipping tool or another tool, but I found a faster way!



Look on your keyboard and find the Print Screen button.  Sometimes it is abbreviated as PrtSc like mine is.


When you find it, you can push it once.  That will take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it to your clipboard.  You would have to open up paint or PowerPoint or Word or another program in order to paste the picture of your screenshot.  Then you'd have to save it.

Now there's an easier way that eliminates a step!

Hold down the Windows key and then push the Print Screen button. 

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This will automatically save a picture in your Pictures/Screenshots folder.



Then you can rename the file and move it to any folder you'd like!


If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive. Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones. You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like. Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish. If links aren't working when I check after 7 am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.





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Monday, April 27, 2015

Movie Clip Monday - Punctuation Explained by Punctuation



Time for another Movie Clip Monday!  Each week I will feature a movie here on my blog.  It might be a video clip from YouTube, a Brain Pop video, or some other video I've found online.  The videos might be motivational, educational, or just funny things!

Here's the best part... I'm inviting you to link up with me each week.

Here's what you need to do to link up:

1.  Find a video that you'd like to share with your readers.
2.  Download the Movie Clip Monday graphic above by right clicking to save as. Save your picture in a convenient place for you.
3.  Write about your video and include the Movie Clip Monday graphic with a link to this post.
4.  Come back to this post to add your link to the linky.
5.  Visit other blogs and leave comments for someone who linked up before you and come back to leave a comment for someone who linked up after you!


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Such a cute video to show the different punctuation marks.  My students need help with this!

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If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive.  Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones.  You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like.  Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish.  If links aren't working when I check after 12am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.



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Friday, April 24, 2015

Freebie Friday - Math Freebies



Welcome back to the new Freebie Friday!  I hope you enjoyed last week's spring freebies!

If you want to submit your freebie early, please let me know here.  If you want to suggest a theme, you can do so by commenting on this blog post.

What is today's theme?





Start getting those writing freebies ready!


Feel free to link up any freebies that fit this week's theme.  Include a direct link to the freebie (either on TpT or hosted elsewhere).  Your freebie does not have to be hosted on TpT.  It can be hosted elsewhere, but I'd prefer a direct link to the freebie.  No links to blog posts please!  Freebies do not have to be your own.  They can be created by other people!


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tips for Mentoring a Student Teacher - Giving Feedback



Did you like part 6 of this series about observing your student teacher?  If you missed it, you can click on the picture above to see all the posts in this series!

Today, I'm going to share some tips with you about giving feedback to your student teacher.  Last week's post and this week's are pretty similar, but I was able to find some new information for you this week.  Keep reading to see what I have to say!



When your student teacher plans lessons, you need to give feedback.  Your feedback needs to be honest and you need to clearly give your student teacher ideas on how to improve.

I use Microsoft Word and Google Docs when giving feedback to my student teacher.  She emails me her plans using Word.  I use the comment feature to give specific feedback on parts of her lessons.  Since the comment feature lets you highlight different words and sentences, she knows exactly what part of her lesson I am talking about.  She doesn't have to guess if I tell her to fix the middle of her lesson where she needed to group students.  She knows exactly what part of the lesson she needs to fix.

We just recently started using Google Docs for planning.  I can add my ideas and she can add her ideas at the same time.  No need to email multiple copies of the same lesson plan.  In addition, Google Docs has their own version of the comment feature.  This means I can still give her thoughts on specific parts of her lessons.

We've been using Google Docs as informal plans and then she uses those ideas in formal lessons.  She runs ideas by me and I give her suggestions right on her informal plans.  We've started using this at home to plan because we run out of time during the days she is in school.  We don't feel as stressed on Wednesdays and Thursdays because we know we can use Google Docs to have conversations about her plans.

It is important to give your student teacher positive feedback in addition to things he/she needs to work on.  He/she needs to know that she is doing things well and not what he/she needs to improve on.

I like to phrase some of my feedback in the form of questions.  In other words, I ask my student teacher how she could have done things differently.  This gets her thinking and reflecting instead of just listening to how I would have taught the lesson.

Verbal feedback is as important as written feedback.  Use a combination of verbal and written to make sure your student teacher is making progress.  I make sure to discuss things with her that I've written and even things that I haven't written done on her plans.

After my student teacher is finished teaching her lesson, I make sure to encourage her to provide her own feedback.  I want to know what she think went well and what she wants to work on.  Also, before lessons, I ask her if there is something specific she wants me to watch.  Does she want me to watch how she phrases her questions?  Maybe she wants me to give specific feedback on her timing.  I want to make sure she reflects on her lessons and gives herself feedback.

To go along with these blog posts, I have created a guide. This guide will be for sale in my TpT store. It is currently $5 in my store! If you purchase it now, you will be able to get all the updates for free just by downloading it again when I add tips to it. The graphic below shows you part of the printables you will get in addition to the pages of tips that are summarized here.



You might be wondering why you should purchase it since I'll be listing the tips for free here. Well, in addition to keeping all the tips together in a uniform guide, I will be creating printables that you can use with your own student teacher. You won't be able to get those here on my blog.

Remember, the price will go up in 2 weeks when I post the next tip here on my blog!

Here's a guide for you so you can see when to expect the tips.




What other tips about feedback do you have?


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tech Tip - Instagram - Share to Facebook After it is Published on Instagram



If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!

Click {here} to fill out my form if you are interested in helping me improve my tech tips. If you give me an idea of what to write as a tech tip and I actually write about it, you will get to choose a product from my store for me to send to you for free as a thank you present.

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Last week I showed you how to make sure your Instagram account was set up to share on a page you manage on Facebook instead of on your personal Facebook page.

Have you ever published a photo on Instagram that you wish you remembered to share it on Facebook as well?

I used to do that all the time.  I'd hit share and immediately remember that I hadn't clicked on Facebook.  Since I wanted it to be posted to Facebook, I'd delete the photo from Instagram and start over.  This meant typing the caption and hashtags again.  What a waste of time!

Imagine my surprise when I found out how to share previously posted Instagram photos!

I hope you are excited as I am about this.  No more wasting time if I forget to click on the Facebook option.  I can just go back to the post to share it.


Here's how...

First, find your published photo on Instagram.  Then click on the options.  This is available by clicking on the 3 dots.


Once you click on the 3 dots, this menu will appear.  Click on the option that says share.


Now, you can see my original caption and hashtags.  Since I used Instagram specific hashtags, I want to delete those before sharing on Facebook.  Sometimes I change the caption completely.  You can also add new hashtags or text at this time.  Then click on the Facebook option.


Now you can see the caption and hashtag I want to share on Facebook.  I know that the Facebook option is selected because it is blue.  Once I'm ready, I just have to click the share button in the top right.  Now it'll publish on Facebook.


Here is my published photo on Facebook with the new caption and hashtag!  I published this photo about 7 hours after I posted the original photo on Instagram.


This tip works really well when you want to try to reach a wide ranch of followers.  I had 15 likes on Instagram when I published this to Facebook.  In 20 minutes, I had 6 more likes on the photo on Facebook.  If you know when your followers use each social media account, you can try to reach more people at the peak times.

Try it out and let me know how it goes!


If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive. Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones. You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like. Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish. If links aren't working when I check after 7 am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.





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Monday, April 20, 2015

Movie Clip Monday - Math Monsters Geometry



Time for another Movie Clip Monday!  Each week I will feature a movie here on my blog.  It might be a video clip from YouTube, a Brain Pop video, or some other video I've found online.  The videos might be motivational, educational, or just funny things!

Here's the best part... I'm inviting you to link up with me each week.

Here's what you need to do to link up:

1.  Find a video that you'd like to share with your readers.
2.  Download the Movie Clip Monday graphic above by right clicking to save as. Save your picture in a convenient place for you.
3.  Write about your video and include the Movie Clip Monday graphic with a link to this post.
4.  Come back to this post to add your link to the linky.
5.  Visit other blogs and leave comments for someone who linked up before you and come back to leave a comment for someone who linked up after you!


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We just started our geometry unit last week.  I showed my students this Math Monster Geometry video to get the students excited about our new unit.  There are a few different topics in the Math Monster series.

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If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive.  Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones.  You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like.  Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish.  If links aren't working when I check after 12am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.


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Friday, April 17, 2015

Freebie Friday - New Format - Spring Freebies



Welcome to the new Freebie Friday!  I'm changing the way I do things around here.  You will still get to read about freebies on Fridays, but I'm no longer going to be featuring just one freebie.

I'm going to pick themes for each week.  I'll start easy - math, reading, writing, etc.  I will pick my top 4 for the theme and then I will ask you to link up any additional freebies that follow the theme.  See why I'm starting easy?  I want you to be able to link up your freebies early and often!

If you want to submit your freebie early, please let me know here.  If you want to suggest a theme, you can do so by commenting on this blog post.

What is today's theme?






Start getting those math freebies ready!


Feel free to link up any freebies that fit this week's theme.  Include a direct link to the freebie (either on TpT or hosted elsewhere).  Your freebie does not have to be hosted on TpT.  It can be hosted elsewhere, but I'd prefer a direct link to the freebie.  No links to blog posts please!  Freebies do not have to be your own.  They can be created by other people!


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tech Tip - Instagram - Share on Facebook Page you Manage Instead of Personal Page



If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!

Click {here} to fill out my form if you are interested in helping me improve my tech tips. If you give me an idea of what to write as a tech tip and I actually write about it, you will get to choose a product from my store for me to send to you for free as a thank you present.

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Do you use Instagram for your TpT store?  If you don't, you should start! It is quick and easy. Many sellers are using it to drive traffic to their stores and blogs. Jump on the bandwagon now! You won't regret it. While you are there, you should follow me.

Next question - do you manage a Facebook page for your store?

If you've answered yes to both of those questions, you'll want to keep reading. I have a tip that will make it easy to connect your Instagram account to your Facebook page.


Instagram defaults to sharing on your personal Facebook page. But I know you don't want that! You want to share your Instagram photos on your store's page.

Follow these directions on a phone or an iPad. It won't work on a computer.

Log in to your Instagram account on your phone or iPad. Go to your profile by clicking on the option on the right. Then click on the wheel in the top right corner. This will take you to your account options.
Once you are in your options, scroll down until you see the settings and find the linked accounts option. 

You will see the sharing settings. Click on the Facebook option.


You will see that it'll default to sharing to your timeline. This is your personal page. Click on it to change it.


You want to check the button next to the Facebook page you'd like to link. Since I only own the one page, it is my only option under pages. Once the button is clicked, it automatically saves it for you.


Then when you try to post a picture, make sure the Facebook option is on. You can see that it is because it is blue. When you share your picture, it'll upload to Instagram and your Facebook page.


Try it! Makes it easier to share with your followers when you only need to upload the photo one time! 



If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive. Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones. You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like. Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish. If links aren't working when I check after 7 am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.





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