Sunday, October 25, 2015

How to Remove a White Background from Clip Art in PowerPoint Easily

Below is a scope by @brookebrowntpt that I thought was helpful. She just discovered another PowerPoint feature that is pretty awesome. You know how some clipart, ususally .jpgs, have a white box around the image? Well in this scope she shows you how to remove it. Most newer clip art images are .png's and don't have the white box but a lot of the older clip art does. Brooke has just saved a lot of older clip art from the dumper with her easy to do PowerPoint fix.

7 Free Readers' Theater Scripts for Halloween

Below are 6 readers theater scripts that can be used during the Halloween season. When I taught reading, my students and I loved to do readers' theater and turn them into "old time" radio shows, podcasts really. They would create a short intro, gather a few props we made need for sound effects and get to reading and recording. No fuss with costumes or scenery. Really helped with fluency and reading with expression. Sometimes we even listened to a previous years' recording and tried to guess who played what part and how they're interpretation was different or similar. We often read the script more than once.


Below are 7 more resources for free readers' theater scripts that can be used throughout the year. Includes a variety of levels.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Great message from Doc Brown on the Future


Doc Brown's message
Today is the day Doc Brown sent Marty McFly Back to the Future. So here is a message for you from the Doc himself.
Posted by news.com.au on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

How to Add an On Air Periscope Button to Your Blogger Blog - Easy!


I love Periscope If you don't know what Periscope is you have to check it out. It's a FREE live streaming app that is being used worldwide. Perfect way to connect with your followers and customers!

I'm really lovin' all of the new features Periscope has been rolling out. The "On Air Periscope Button" is especially cool for bloggers since it will alert anyone visiting your blog that your live on Periscope and with one click they can watch you. I haven't scoped yet but as soon as I get my courage up I will. I added the button so it will be there when I do.

Here's how you can add the button to your blogger blog too.
(You must have a Twitter account to do this.) 
Go to https://www.periscope.tv/embed. Now just add your broadcaster name (Twitter username) and choose the size button you want. I chose large. 
Click on "Create Button". 
Next copy the embed code and head over to your blog.

Go to "Layout". Then go to your sidebar and click on "Add a Gadget"

Find HTML/JavaScript.

Paste in your embed code. You can add a title if you wish. Click "save".

Lastly click on "Save arrangement".
Your "On Air Periscope Button" is now live on your blog. Your button is blue and will turn to red when your live on Periscope. Your readers can click the button, a new window opens up, and your broadcast begins automatically. They can view your broadcast from their phone, iPad or computer. Viewers will not be able to comment or give hearts from their computer however, only mobile devices.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Halloween Clip Art Mix it Up! - Frames and Elements and a Fun Freebie!

You can use this set alone or mix and match with either one of my page divider sets (see below). It includes 5 rectangle and 5 square frames, along with 4 characters and candy. All line art is included. 50% off for the first 48 hours in my store.
Click on any image to view in my TpT store.
And now for the freebie. I had fun making these cute Halloween paperclips. I think they turned out pretty awesome. I have included full and half clips as well as the striped clips. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Oodles of Halloween Page Dividers

I can't believe it's almost October. I just looked out the window and noticed the leaves are starting to fall. Oh my! Speaking of October, I have been working on these two Halloween page divider sets and finally got them into my store. They're both 50% off for the first 48 hours, so if you like them why not get both. The bright Halloween colors coordinate perfectly. Click on either image to view in my TpTstore.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Create your own Peanuts Character Online and Use as a Story Starter!

Hooray for Peanuts! I love when movie studios put out quality interactives that can be used in the classroom. The makers of the upcoming Peanuts movie have done just that with Peanutize Me which lets you create your own Peanuts character. It's an easy to use website with lots of fun options to choose from when creating your Peanut's style character. With a great selection of backgrounds too these could make great story starters. No sign up (or e-mail) is required and when your done you can download your character as a picture or wallpaper. Fast and easy. Pretty cool!
 
Below is a character I made. Cute!

Charles M. Schulz's characters from "Peanuts" will be making their big-screen debut on November 6th. Looks promising.

If you're interested in more about Charles Schultz I recommend these resources.

 Here's the trailer for the movie.
Below are two neat videos I discovered that kids will enjoy from Muffalo Potato. Learn to draw these characters using letters and numbers. Neat concept.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

3 Halloween Clip Art Collections to Spruce up your Printables and Product Covers

I just added these colorful Halloween themed clip art sets. The frames have a fun "shiny" look. Each frame set has 17 frames with 4 versions each. There are 68 png frames in each set. The frame sets are easy to mix and match with the coordinating papers. There are 33 papers in the paper set. Each set is 50% off for the first 48 hours in my TpT store.

Mega Halloween Background Paper Collection




Wednesday, September 16, 2015

You've been Framed! New Creative Clip Art for Commercial/Personal Use

I've added lots of new frame and background paper collections to my TpT Store. In fact, I've added so many new clip art collections that I can't show them all here. So after checking these out head over to my store and see the rest. Most of my collections mix & and match pretty well so they are easy to use. In the graphic above I've used a frame from my "Funky Chunky" frame collection and a paper from my "Scratched White Line" paper collection. I think they look great together. Don't you? Oh and one more thing. Make sure you don't miss the fun freebie at the bottom of this post. Thanks for stopping by!
     

   
 
Freebie!



5 Tools for Generating Blog Post Ideas and Titles that Attract Readers


Want to create blog titles that will catch the eyes of potential readers and get inspiration for new blog posts as well? I sure did and when I learned about Portent's Content Idea Generator, from social media expert Kim Garst, I just had to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised to see that a tool like this could actually work for me, especially when I get the dreaded "blogger's block". Now some of the suggestions from Portent's were rather silly so I thought I would see if there were other similar tools out there.
    
I looked around and found four others to share with you. I really liked BLOGABOUTBlog Title GeneratorHUBSPOT'S BLOG TOPIC GENERATOR and tweak your Biz. To use these generators all you need to do is add a key word or two and click to get suggestions for titles and posts.  Easy peasy! After reading some of the suggestions generated (see below) I can see how they will attract readers. For me these are terrific time savers. It's unbelievable how much time I have spent trying to come up with post titles. Hope they save you time too and maybe give you inspiration for future posts.
Click on any image to check it out.
To show you an example of what is generated I put "classroom behavior" into the search. Below are some of the titles generated. Not bad, huh?
  • Back To Basics. The 3 Fundamentals That Everyone Always Forgets About Classroom Behavior.
  • Seven Common Misconceptions About Classroom Behavior.
  • The Modern Rules Of Classroom Behavior.
  • Learning Classroom Behavior Can Be A Disaster If You Neglect These Seven Rules.
  • The Most Unconventional Ways to Learn Classroom Behavior.
  • Ten Ways To Have Fun Learning Classroom Behavior.
  • The Classroom Behavior you should be working on.
  • Not getting all you want in Classroom Behavior? Take these steps.

Check out these time saving generators and let me know what you think. 

BTW...I highly recommend following @KimGarst on Periscope and Twitter for super social media marketing strategies like this one.