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 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 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.