Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Two Ways to Design and Print Valentine's Day Cards

One of the elementary school memories that most of us share is writing little Valentine's Day notes for all of our classmates. Back then we had sheets of cards that all looked the same. Today, students can design their own cards to print and sign,

Storyboard That offers templates for designing and printing Valentine's Day cards. To do this your students will first have to create a simple three-frame storyboard. Then they can print the story in a foldable card format. My video embedded below demonstrates this process with Christmas cards, but it works the same way for Valentine's Day cards.


Canva is a popular graphic design tool. Canva offers design templates for most card-giving holidays. That includes offering Valentine's Day card designs. In the video below I demonstrate how to use Canva to design cards.


Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

How to Add Page Tabs to Blogger Headers

Blogger has a bunch of little features and options that are often overlooked by new users. One of those options is adding static page tabs to the header of your blog. Someone recently sent me an email about how this option works. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to add page tabs to the header of Blogger blogs.


Applications for Education
If you're using Blogger for a classroom blog, adding page tabs to the header is a great way to make important, frequently used information easy for your students and their parents to find. In the past I've added page tabs for things like a course syllabus, a calendar of assignments, and a redirection to the school's library website.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Winning Words - Fun Word Games for Kids

Parts of this post originally appeared on one of my other blogs, iPadApps4School.com.

Winning Words is the developer of seven free word games for students to play on their iPads. All of the games use the same style as the classic Memory card game. For example, in Antonym Match students have to flip over one card that has a word written on one side. Then they have to flip over another card to try to find the antonym to the first word they saw. If a match isn’t found the cards flip over and the player has to start again.

Antonym Match can be played by up to four people at a time. You can choose a level of difficulty and the number of cards displayed in each game.

There are six similar games offered by Winning Words. Those games are Synonym Match, Homophone Match, Compound Word Match, Singular and Plural Match, Verb Match, and Double Letter Match. All of the Winning Words games can be found here.

Applications for Education
The Winnings Words games are free and do not require registration in order to play them. That makes these apps a nice option for a quick review activities in elementary school classrooms.

#ColorOurCollections - Free Coloring Pages from Museums and Libraries

The New York Academy of Medicine is currently hosting the #ColorOurCollections campaign. The campaign makes coloring pages and books available to download for free. The collection is comprised of drawings from 41 libraries and museums around the world. All of these black and white drawings can be downloaded and printed for free. The drawings contain space for coloring. The drawings are of a historical nature covering topics mostly related to various fields of study in science.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for fun, simple activities to have on hand, take a look through the #ColorOurCollections catalog and download a few coloring sheets.

H/T to Open Culture

To Geography and Beyond With Google Maps

When we hear “Google Maps” we often think that it is only useful for social studies lessons. In addition to social studies Google Maps can be used in physical education, mathematics, science, and language arts lessons. Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm EST I will teach you to use Google Maps in a variety of subject areas. Register here.

This webinar will be held tomorrow, February 8th at 4pm Eastern Time. Save your seat for the webinar. The cost for the webinar is just $20 including the live session, unlimited access to the recording, handouts, and the option for a PD certificate. The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live session.

Five things you can learn in this webinar:
1. How to create multimedia maps.
2. How to easily map spreadsheet data.
3. How to collaborate on the construction maps.
4. How to tell stories with maps.
5. Alternatives to Google Maps for students who don’t have Google Accounts.

Register here and join me tomorrow.

Richard, why is there a charge for the webinars? 
I explain the answer in this video