Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Oh, Good Lord...I am in Heaven....

You have to check out Wordmark.it.... I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to view the various fonts from my computer in an easier format.  Oh, the simple things that bring so much joy....

According to the website:
"Choosing the ideal typeface for what you are trying to communicate can be frustrating with the available font browsing interfaces. Wordmark.it is designed to help with this font selection process by quickly displaying previews of any text with the fonts installed on your computer."



  • Type a word or a phrase in the text box (1) and click the load fonts button.
  • Scroll through the previews and choose the ones you are interested in by clicking on them.
  • Click the filter selected button (2) to isolate selected previews.
  • Finally note down the names of the selected fonts to be used in your image or text editing software.


You can also:
  • Adjust the size of the previews by entering a pixel value 3 or by clicking the smaller / bigger buttons (4)
  • Invert preview colors (5) to test the fonts on a dark background.
  • Toggle between lower case (aa), Title Case (Aa) or UPPER CASE previews(AA) (6)
  • Adjust letter spacing (tracking) of fonts in selections (<> button when you move your mouse over preview tiles)
  • Zoom in to explore intricate details of fonts in selections (+ button when you move your mouse over preview tiles)
  • Drag and sort the order of previews in selections to compare similar fonts side by side.

How It Works?

"Wordmark.it detects the fonts installed on your computer with the help of a simple Adobe Flash script and displays the results using HTML and JavaScript. You need to have Flash plugin installed and JavaScript turned on. Font rendering relies on browser's capabilities and some of your installed fonts may not show up due to their names not being recognized by some browsers." 

Now, how cool is that....
The site was created by Fahri Özkaramanlı. "He is a freelance visual communication designer living in İstanbul. He received his BA and MFA in Visual Communication Design at İstanbul Bilgi University. He is currently teaching Web Design courses as a part time instructor at İstanbul Bilgi University and Sabancı University. He has examined design processes as part of his academic research and aims to design tools that could help designers within these design processes. Wordmark.it is his first project within this context."
Peace,
Kiki



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 




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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Techie Tuesday Link Up

Welcome to Techie Tuesday Link Up!
Every Tuesday we are hosting a linky for you  to link up with your best technology post.   Please link directly to the techie blog post you are featuring. We are looking forward to seeing your great ideas! 





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Monday, September 15, 2014

Juno Tower... You Had Me at Hello!

              

I have written several local mini-grants to purchase speaker-type systems throughout my teaching career. The Juno Tower is my 4th system! This by far is the best system that I have ever used! 
It's NO Tom Cruise, but it had me at HELLO!! 
                       IT COMPLETES ME :) 
Everything I ever wanted and MORE! 
We have been using our JunoTower System since the end of August. Team Newell Students are very attentive and motivated to learn! 
The student microphone keeps students on their toes! It motivates them to participate! 
The teacher microphone saves my voice. I am learning to speak clearly and calmly. 
 
The software has motivated me to improve instruction. We record lessons so students and parents can review them on our YouTube Channel. 
Team Newell Students beg to learn a new cursive letter each day to watch the videos made by using the FrontRow Software. I am modeling how to use the software for a few more weeks. Students will be making videos soon too! Here are a few of the videos. Visit our channel throughout the year to see how our Juno Tower enriches learning!
                                  
                                  
                                  
                                  
                                  
Did you know... kids farthest from the teacher can miss up to 40% of what's being said? Did you know that 25% of what the teacher says in class never reaches students' brains? Write a grant or speak to someone who might be able to purchase you a Juno Tower TODAY :)
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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Free Internet Scavenger Hunts

Have you ever tried out an Internet Scavenger Hunt?  Many people see my blog posts about internet scavenger hunts and ask – are these webquest?  Well, yes and no.  Webquests tend to be a teacher led guided activity through websites.  Internet Scavenger Hunts, on the other hand, provide students with websites, games and videos that they hunt through on their own – or with a partner – to find information to answer a series of questions or complete a graphic organizer.  Never tried these out, not sure if they will work with your class?  Well, there are 5 internet scavenger hunts – all of varying levels – available for FREE in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  Stop by and grab them today.

 

Free Internet Scavenger Hunts

 

 Free internet scavenger hunts include: American Holidays, Producers & Consumers, Ecology, Geography of the US, and Constructive and Destructive Forces.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Top 10 Science Websites for the Elementary Classroom

Top 10 Science Websites for Kids - Great online resources to get kids engaged in learning science.  Suggestions made by Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad ResourcesAre you looking for a great website to use in your elementary classroom?  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources – for a list of 10 AMAZING science websites that are completely free!  Also available on my blog are: Top 10 Reading Websites for the Elementary Classroom, Top 10 Writing Websites for the Elementary Classroom and Top 10 Math Websites for the Elementary Classroom.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Google Forms - New Themes!

For a long time, Google has not updated the "themes" for their forms. We had a very limited selection, but today that all changes! 

Google Forms now has 24 new themes to choose from, as well as the option to customize your own theme by choosing a heading and background image. 

To choose a theme, click on the usual "Change Theme" button in the toolbar, and you will get a sidebar with new options:


Once you click on "Customize", you get several options:


You can choose an image from your computer for the header and page background, as well as customize font options. 

So you can go from old:

To new!

-Lauren



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Differentiating Technology Suggestions

Before we start on our wonderful technology projects, we should always know what technology knowledge and access students have.  One way to find out what technology students have at home is to send home a technology survey to parents at the beginning of the school year.  You can find the technology survey pictured below in my newly released Parent Communication Forms and Surveys packet.

Use this technology survey to know what technology your students have access to.  This information will help you differentiate your homework and better help all of your students.  Raki's Rad Resources

 

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