Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A different look...

One of my amazing followers sent me pictures of her computer lab after she purchased my bundle. I love seeing how people can take the same resource and create unique designs. A big shout out to Megan. Hopefully her ideas inspire you!

This is a picture of my "Do you have mouse control?" resource and a giant mouse that Megan created. I love this visual reminder for the students.
Do You Have Mouse Control?
What a great way to display the parts of the computer? This was not my idea, but I am happy to share it with you.
Every lab needs a giant keyboard! This is a picture of my Extra Large Keyboard Resource. Megan contacted me and asked if I could design a keyboard that would fit in her space. She wanted it to cover most of this wall. I LOVE the way that Megan decided to display it. She used my Keys to Success posters and used colored stickers to color code the keys. What a great idea.! My keys are printed on colored paper, but I love how visual this is with the hand posters.  I think I will be updating my keyboard this summer to look similar to this one.

 I really like how Megan displayed her Computer Alphabet. It is a little different than your traditional ABC line. The word wall is a great way to display computer terms that the students can use as a reference.
"Save vs. Save As! This is a constant battle in my classroom. One day my students will stop asking me which one to pick. I love the black background with these posters. it makes them stand out!
 Thanks again to Megan for purchasing my products and for sharing her photos with me.

Elementary Techie Teacher


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Inspired!

TPT is throwing a sale. Now is your chance to get everything on your wish list. I always love the start of a new year and the chance to changes things up a bit. I have my purchase list ready to go! Everything in my store will be 20% off. Click HERE to see my updated products!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Excel Hidden Pictures

I have finally bundled together some of my Excel Hidden Pictures activities. These activities are great for days before a holiday break or days when you need a quick lesson. I created 10 designs and grouped them into three levels.

Level 1 designs do not require any formatting, so these may be best for your beginners or your younger students. 

Level 2 designs requires cell format changes, but the designs are simple. I included easy to follow instructions on setting up the page.



Level 3 designs also include cell formatting, but the designs are more detailed.


I hope that your kids enjoy these activities as much as mine do. I like to give them the instructions without telling them what the design is. I love listening to them guess as they complete the design. What's great about this activity is that it is fun, but they are learning by navigating through Excel and practicing basic skills. Enjoy!

Get yours Here!

Elementary Techie Teacher

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Flash Freebie


This PowerPoint lesson is the perfect activity before the Thanksgiving holidays. Students can follow directions to create their own Thanksgiving turkey using shapes in PowerPoint 2010. I created this activity for my 4th and 5th graders, but you can use it for younger or older grades depending on their experience level.

Download this activity for FREE. Click here!
Let me know if you like this activity and I will create more!


Elementary Techie Teacher

Monday, November 9, 2015

Tech Ideas

Each week I share different tech ideas with my teachers. My goal is to help them integrate technology into their classrooms without having to spend all their planning time searching for the perfect website or game. Now I want to share them with you!

I learned about View Pure at conference this past summer and wish I would have learned about it sooner. This site lets you enter the URL of a YouTube video and it will create a new link that doesn't include ads. You can copy and paste the link to a presentation or save it as a bookmark to view later. You can also save the "purify" button as a bookmark and clean up ads with just one click. 

I taught 2nd grade for 4 years and wish that I would have known about Go Noodle. You can sign up for free and get access to short videos that get your kids up and moving and are perfect for brain breaks. I love the simplicity of the site! Go to Go Noodle now and see how cool this site is!

I recently stumbled across a blog page that includes an amazing amount of interactive websites and games. The best part about this site is that the activities are organized by subject. I definitely recommend checking this out! Click here


Elementary Techie Teacher

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Final Countdown......

With school just one week away I decided I needed to change some things up in my lab and I was not going to spend a lot of money!!!!! I went to the teacher store to get mavalus tape (the best tape ever) and ended up buying things I really didn't need, but hey it's really cute!

Last year I created these computer lab posters. I wanted to display them so I created my own bulletin board. I love how it came out. It is one of the first things I notice when I walk in the room. 

Last year I used this board to display technology articles. I realized that the kids didn't pay much attention to it so I spruced it up with my lab posters.
Computer Lab Posters

I love how this welcome board turned out. I don't have all my classes filled in because I am waiting on my schedule. The black chalkboard decor is my favorite this year.

Large Alphabet Flags

I needed a new bulletin board so..... Pinterest to the rescue! I love these cursor posters. They are great visuals for my students. I created this version so that I could share it.

I hope that the start of your school year is great! I hope to post more and share all my ideas with you! 


Elementary Techie Teacher

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Fun in the Computer Lab

If you are like me, you are always searching for new ideas and fun activities for your students. I have searched the internet for thanksgiving computer lab activities, but couldn't find anything fun that all my students could enjoy. I decided to create a hidden picture activity using Excel. The students follow the directions and use the paint bucket and border outline to reveal the turkey. This activity is great for my 3rd-8th grade students. I challenged my middle school students to see who could finish first. I gave candy to the first five students who finished correctly. My students are very competitive so this made it really fun. After the success of this activity, I think I will work on some more hidden pictures. I hope this is something you can use in your classroom.


Click the link below to view the activity.
Thanksgiving Hidden Picture

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Elementary Techie Teacher