Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to turn a document into a pdf

This may seem like a simple thing, but I wanted to give you a reminder in case you need one.

How to turn a document into a pdf
1. Open the word document

2. Click “File” then “save as”

3. Change the file type to pdf

4. You are set to go! (you can save the file anywhere, just like you do with a regular document)

5. You can do this with most file types (including PowerPoint files)

Is there another tech tip that you need?  Ask and ye shall receive!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

StudyBlue - flashcards and quizzes

StudyBlue is a site that I started using with my classes this year and the students are really getting into it.  I set up my classes and then invited my students to join.  The site allows users to create flashcards and then share them with the other members in the class.  Not only can definitions be added, but the cards can have pictures on them as well.  The flashcards can be turned in a review sheet and an online quiz.

I have been setting up folders for each unit and then the students make the flashcards.  This way it is not extra work for me and the students get the added learning experience of making the flashcards.

StudyBlue is not just a website; it has android and apple apps as well.

How do you review vocabulary with your classes?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Remind 101 - send text messages to students without sharing your phone number

I've started using Remind101 for the clubs that I lead. It's a great way for me to send messages to the kids without having to have their phone numbers or giving out mine. Below is some information about Remind101.

Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message students and stay in touch with parents for free. Teachers use remind101.com, the Android app or the iOS app to send texts to students and parents phones without ever having to share their own phone number. Students and parents also never have to share their phone number with teachers. Ever.

Field trip reminders, motivational messages, homework, exam reminders, schedule changes, fun facts, and trivia. It’s a great way to communicate information to students and parents safely!

Students and parents sign up by sending a text message or email. They never need to visit the Remind101 site or create an account.

Add your Remind101 messages to your class website or blog with the simple, embeddable, and beautifully designed Remind101 widget. You can also preschedule all your messages to be sent at a later date or time

Teachers never see their students’ phone numbers. Students never see theirs. Remind101 is a one way broadcast system. Teachers cannot send individual messages to students or parents, and students/parents cannot reply. Remind101 also keeps a log of all message history, which can never be edited or deleted. Teachers never see their students’ phone numbers. Students never see theirs. Remind101 also keeps a log of all message history which can never be edited or deleted.

 How do you communicate with your students?

Saturday, November 2, 2013