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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Computer Alphabet Freebie

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Websites You Might Like

Looking for some websites that offer fun, educational games for your students? Click on the link below to download my free printable of my favorite educational sites.

Websites You Might Like

So which sites are the best? It really depends on the grade level, but each site offers educational games that your students will Love. Here are my favorites:

1. Hooda Math- This is my absolute favorite site for educational games. It is the only site on this list that entertains all my grade levels. Students from 1st grade all the way to 8th grade enjoy this site. All the games are engaging and fun, but also require the kids to think and use prior skills.

2. PBS Kids- This site is great for younger students. I use it mostly for kindergarten and 1st grade. They love choosing their favorite character and playing the games. This is great for early finishers or for a fun game day!

3. Crayola Digi Color- This site is a wonderful tool to engage your young artist. Students can create masterpieces on the computer using colors, markers, stamps, and colored pencils. My students love this site! It is very easy to use and gives the kids a chance to be creative and express themselves through art.
4. TVO kids- This site offers games and activities for students ages 2-11. The games are divided by subject and offer a fun way for kids to learn. The site is easy to navigate and visually appealing!
5.  ABCya- This site includes games for grades K-5. Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Great for reviewing previously learned skills.

These are the top 5 sites that my students use in the computer lab. There are so many more, but these are the sites that I think my students enjoy the most. Check out my free website printable for more educational sites!

-Elementary Techie Teacher




Monday, June 30, 2014

Flash Freebie: Computer Alphabet

One of my buyers requested my Computer Alphabet on a full page, so here it is! It's free until tuesday at 9pm. Get it while you can!


Computer Lab Makeover

I decided that I wanted to redesign my computer lab this summer. I have had a jungle theme in my classroom for years and it was time for a change. I went with simple chevron theme. I still have lots to do, but wanted to give you a peek at what I have been working on.

I found this adorable poster at my local teacher store and printed out the letters. It's a cute, easy way to make your own poster!

I found this bulletin board idea on Google about two years ago. I took some black bulletin board paper and drew the cutout of a boy. I bought some cheap headphones and used staples to keep them up. I printed out the words and glued them to some bright cardstock paper!

This is a picture of my Mouse Control wall (Ignore the string handing down from my intercom). This is a great way to remind the students what the right and left click are used for!

I completely redesigned my Control Shortcuts to match my new theme. You can still purchase my old set at my TPT store, as well as this fun chevron set. The file is actually just black and white with a grey chevron border. I glued them to light blue cardstock and laminated them to give them a pop of color.

My giant keyboard will stay this year. I would love to reprint it in new colors to match my new theme, but I think I will do that next summer! I use this keyboard daily to point out where the different keys are located! It's also a wonderful way to decorate a bare wall. I used three black foam poster boards and glued all the keys down. My boards were curving on the ends so I had to nail it to the wall. Good thing I have paneling and not concrete walls!

This is my original Lab Rules poster, but with a new boarder. I had a bright zebra border around it, but had to change it to match the theme. I used a black poster board, found these adorable bright cut out letters and numbers at Wal-Mart, and used a white paint pen to write my rules. I love the way this looks with the black background. I love it even more with the teal chevron border.

I haven't decided yet what I will use this bulletin board for, but I used my cute Chevron Alphabet Letters to add this title. I may just post some technology articles or ads for my students to look at.

I absolutely love this poster! There are many different versions on the internet, but this is one that I created that focused on the four main types of social media that my students use. It's a great reminder to THINK before posting anything!

Save vs. Save as.... This drives me absolutely crazy in my classroom. I never would have thought that it would be so hard for kids to remember which one to select. Even in middle school, my students are still asking me "Mrs. Smith do I use save or save as?" I have told myself each year that I will focus on this early on to eliminate the constant questions. I guess it's just a hard concept to grasp. These posters are good reminders for those that forget!

I'm posting this picture so you can see how one side of my classroom looks. I have some computers that need to be fixed so ignore the "help signs."
I found this adorable chevron rug for under $40 at dormco.com. It was the perfect addition to my new room. I still have a lot of green from my jungle theme, but plan to replace that will teal or light blue to match everything else. I also have some organizing to do on my shelf and desk.

Wanted to show off my adorable desk calendar that I got from Wal-Mart and my new mouse pad from Etsy. I am loving these colors and designs!
I will be posting more pictures of my classroom as we get closer to the start of school. I am very excited about this change! Check back soon!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Student email accounts

Ever find the perfect, FREE website for your kids to use in class and realize that each student will need a unique email address. It's frustrating, but Gmail has an amazing feature that allows you to add emails to your current account. Check out the blog post below to find out how!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014


What types of things are you working on for your classroom this summer? In the last few months I have taken on the roll of technology coordinator for my school. We are a small school so its not a huge job, but learning the ropes has been challenging. On top of all that, I have to do the normal teachers tasks.

I have been working on new lessons for the school year and decided I was tired of my colorful jungle classroom decor. I decided I wanted to do something simple, yet stylish. Like most of you, I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars buying decor at the teacher stores. I decided to design everything myself, well except for the cute bulletin borders. They were too cute to pass up. I took all my old posters and re-printed them on chevron bordered paper. I also designed some small and large chevron Alphabet flags. I used the large flags for a welcome sign and the small flags for my bulletin boards.

I am offering a flash freebie starting today until 9:00 pm on Thursday, June 26th. Visit the links below to get your free chevron alphabet flags. Grab while you can!!!!

Flash Freebie: Chevron Alphabet Large Flags

Flash Freebie: Chevron Alphabet flags

I will be posting pictures of my new classroom decor soon, so check back!