Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to Make Clipart From Your Own Drawings!

This is a question that people also put on the Technology Tuesday request form... so I knew it would be popular with the polls!  Teachers always ask me how they can make their own clipart using their pictures... so here it is (finally, I know!)


Here was the poll:

Now, for the tutorial!

 

 


 



 

I know it seems like a lot, but so many of the steps are optional and/or just for troubleshooting purposes!  It's definitely not as hard as it looks!

You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
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!

As for next week's tutorial, I'm going to add something that a few people have asked me for: how to open ZIP files.  Be sure to vote!



Monday, May 20, 2013

Phonics Worksheets Mega-Pack, Soft C Freebie, and a Giveaway!

I had to do report cards this weekend... so of course it was time for some major procrastinating!  I decided to "cute up" some items for RTI for my struggling students.  I mostly have to focus on beginning short vowel sounds with a few of my little ones, but of course, I was on a roll, so I decided to re-vamp the whole alphabet!  Here's the whole set of letters... with a whopping 13 pages per letter!!!


Since I really only need to review phonics for short vowels with a handful of students, I decided to print these pages in a binder and use dry-erase markers for  those targeted for Response to Intervention!  I printed it on colorful paper since it was almost all black and white ink... and I LOVE how it looked (as did the kids!)  Check it out below!






And of course, next year, I'll be using many of the worksheets earlier in the year when I teach phonics.  Now that I have so many cute worksheets for phonics, I kind of wish I taught a Letter of the Week, but I know I wouldn't have time for that!



Since I'm also working on Soft C now, I decided to make a coordinating set of worksheets to go along with my soft c lesson plans... and as a thanks to all my loyal followers, here those are for free!



If you want to win this set for the whole alphabet along with some other amazing items, be sure to check out my friend Liann's blog for her Spring Giveaway!  Click the link below to check out her giveaway (which ends May 27th!)




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Make Cute Center Cards Easily!

The other week I posted a tutorial on how to make your own center cards, and I realized that each time I make center games I always start from scratch!  I figure it would be much easier to make my own cards if I had a super cute template for them... so I took one of my cutesy frames and reformatted it 24 times to make it fit perfect in 24 different sized center card templates!  It was well worth the effort since I think I made a million new cards already! (Okay, okay... I only made a few sets... but it took way less time than usual!)


I have these cards up on TPT, and they're on sale today only for 20% off!  In the meantime, the first two people to comment will win them for free!



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to Crop a Photo in PowerPoint!

It's Tuesday again... and it's shockingly much earlier in the night than my typical Technology Tuesday post!  The winner for this week's poll is a nifty option that is sure to save you some time when you create your own items!


Here are the poll results:


Now, for the tutorial!




You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!


As for next week's poll, I'm going to add how to turn your hand drawn images into clipart.  I had a few people request this a while back and I promise I didn't forget about you!  I've been keeping an ongoing list of things to add to the poll eventually and I will eventually get to all of them!!!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

How to Erase to Reveal Hidden Text/Images in Smart Notebook

This week's poll as a nail biter, but I am so excited to finally blog about an option that's been on the poll for a while... how to erase to reveal hidden text/images in Smart Notebook!  I love all these Smart Notebook tricks!



Here are the (incredibly close!) poll results:



Here's the tutorial! :)





You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!


I'm adding two new options to this week's poll since I didn't add any last week: how to crop an image in PowerPoint and how to click to reveal a hidden image in Smart Notebook!