Friday, January 17, 2014

Five for Friday by a Techie Nerd

Happy Friday my teacher peeps! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for "Five for Friday"!!

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/


I'm obsessed with techie stuff.  Yes, I admit that I'm a complete techie nerd!! Learning about technology makes me happy!

Most of my 5 random things have to do with techonology.  Geek squad here I come!

1) Dropbox 

     I've had a Dropbox account for awhile now, but I've used it mostly to share files between my work and home laptop or to share files with other teachers.  Thanks to one of my AMAZING coworkers I realized I can use dropbox for some very SUPER cool things.

    I'm fortunate enough to have iPads in my classroom.  I finally put the Dropbox app on all my iPads.  Now I can share pictures, documents, PDF files, etc. with my students instantly.

AWESOME!

I put a screenshot of a snowboarder in my Dropbox folder.  Two seconds later, the picture was on all my student iPads.  Voila! Great to use for descriptive writing!

2)IBooks

    Through Dropbox, you can share a PDF file of any book!! That means you can have multiple copies of any book!

I read Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg with my class this week.  My coworker showed me how to put a copy in iBooks.  Hurray!

  * Scan pictures of each page or take screen shots (if you have ebook)
  * Save the pictures as a PDF file
  * Drag the PDF file into your Dropbox folder


  * Open the PDF file in iBooks



Bam! Here it is on my cute "bookshelf" for all my students to enjoy.  This is FABULOUS for reading groups.


3) Instagram
LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Photography + great ideas + new friends = one of my FAV addictions! I've had a personal Instagram account for awhile, but I recently set up an account for my "Trendy in Third" followers.  I love all the creativity, styles, pics, outfits, and ideas from all my Instagram teacher friends.

http://instagram.com/trendyinthird
Check out my Instagram page!


4) Organize, organize, organize

    Organized iPads! Yes, please! I finally numbered my iPads.  This makes it easier for students to save their work on an iPad and be able to access it later .... AND it looks pretty! Anything cute ... I'll take it!


5) Little People Art
    I put these up at the beginning of each school year, but I thought it was fitting for the upcoming MLK holiday.



Happy T-H-R-E-E day weekend!!! Enjoy it!


Your techie nerd,

6 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to have iPads in your classroom. I'm jelly! Your little people art is adorable!

    Christy
    Crayons and Whimsy

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    1. Thank you Christy!! Every classroom should have iPads! Hopefully, you will get some soon. Have a great weekend!!

      :) Jayme

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  2. Hi Jayme! Discovered you through Doodle Bug's Linky! I love all things techie too - unfortunately, our district is a little behind the times...no iPads :( I hope things change soon!! I would love to use all the awesome iPad I see in the blog world. I am trying to decide which service to organize my files...Google Drive or Dropbox? What are your thoughts on both?

    Kate :)
    McDee's Busy Bees

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    1. Hi Kate,

      Thanks for stopping by. I actually haven't used Google Drive. I can say I love Dropbox though. I really like it for sharing files with other teachers or with my students. You can set up a shared folder for your team. I have a "3rd grade" folder that I share with my coworkers. We can add and edit items in there. It's way better than sharing files through email.

      I hope that helps. I'm planning on blogging more about Dropbox in the future because I'm finding that I'm using it more and more in my classroom.

      :) Jayme

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  3. Great ideas! I wish we had iPads in our school! I'm a new follower and I really love your blog!

    The Elementary Life

    Kayla Nelson

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    1. Aww thanks Kayla! IPads have really changed the way I teach! I hope you get them soon. I'm on my way to check out your blog. :)

      ~ Jayme

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