QR Code Treasure Hunt Creator

This site looks like so much fun!  I wish I worked with older kids who had smart phones.  A modern take on the age old scavenger hunt, simply enter your questions, the site creates QR codes for each question.  You hang them around the school/classroom, then students use their smart phones to interact with the content.  Give it a try, I bet the kids would love it!

QR Code Treasure Hunt Creator

Happy Computing,
~Katrina

 

More Screen Real Estate when using Google Docs

When using Google Docs, you can gain a bit more screen real estate (aka viewing space) by clicking on the “compact” button to hide the menu while you are working.  It’s a toggle switch, so getting those menus back is simple — just click it again!  Oh, and in case you missed it, Google Drive is now where you go to get to your Google Docs.  There’s a button at the top next to your calendar button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Computing!
~Katrina

 

 

 

Sweet Search

Here’s a new search engine for you to have students check out … Sweet Search.  The site claims that “Every Web site in SweetSearch has been evaluated by our research experts.”  The site also includes a link to biographical profiles for over 1,000 significant people, and a link to Social Studies specific content.  The site has been added to the search engine links portion of our Jr/Sr High Media Center webpage.

Happy Computing,
~Katrina

Election Resources

MeL (The Michigan Electronic Library) is always a great place to look for resources on any topic and finding election information is no different.  Check out the MeL 2012 Election Resources page to get quick access to websites such as:

  • Factcheck.org
  • League of Women Voters
  • MI Department of State
  • Obama-Biden (Democratic Party)
  • Polifact.com
  • Project Vote Smart – MI
  • Romney-Ryan (Republican Party)

Happy Computing
~Katrina

Embedding Videos into PowerPoint

A while back I had shared the Zamzar website with you.  This website enabled you to download and convert videos from places like YouTube that you could then embed into PowerPoint presentations.  Google, the owners of YouTube have asked that Zamzar no longer download and convert videos in this manner as it is in violation of YouTube’s TOU (Terms of Use).  The Zamzar site is still very useful for other file conversions you  may need/want to do, but leaves us needing a different way to get those videos into our PowerPoint presentations.  A quick search lead me to the following video (from YouTube of course 🙂 which shows an easy way to embed those YouTube videos into PowerPoint and since you are using the code provided by YouTube, there is no violation of the TOU!

How to Embed YouTube Videos into PowerPoint 2010

Happy Computing!
~Katrina

Computer Jargon

Not sure what a router is?  How about PVP, or RPG?  Check out Webopedia, a free online dictionary that gives visitors definitions of computer and Internet technology words, phrases, and abbreviations in simple, plain language.

According to the site:  new terms are added daily, and many of the new terms are suggested by the site’s users. In addition to a definition of the term or phrase, Webopedia also provides links to sources of further information on the topic, where applicable.

Check it out … you might find yourself learning a whole new language!

Happy computing,
~Katrina

My Garbology

Here’s a cute webpage to help teach students about garbage and recycling.  Students have to choose where each item goes.  Should the item be reused, recycled, sent to a landfill or composted?  As students make their choice they then get to watch a short video that tells them a little more about the process — did you know it takes 250 gallons of water to grow the cotton for just one t-shirt?

There are also supposedly some teacher resources, although at the time this post was written, I was unable to access them.

I believe My Garbology would be enjoyed by kids of all ages, but is probably most appropriate for upper elementary through middle school.

Happy Computing
~Katrina