Monday, January 26, 2015

Did you know? Publish a Google Doc as a Webpage

Did you know.....
that you could publish a Google Doc or Spreadsheet as a webpage? 
You can! And it only takes two simple steps!

This is awesome if you don't want readers to have to navigate 
to Google Docs, you don't want them distracted by the editing toolbars,
 or if they don't have a Google account.  
{Of course I think it's CRAY CRAY not to have a Google account, because Google rocks!} 

Here's how:
While in your Google Doc, choose Publish to the Web from the File drop down menu.  

A popup window will appear, click on Publish and you are done! 

{NOTE: The default is to automatically republish when changes are made. If you want to change this, click the Published content and settings link at the bottom of the window and uncheck the box that is checked.}

As soon as you click Publish, you'll be given a URL to the published page. 
{If you need an embed code, click the word Embed.}
Just copy and paste it to send to someone. Easy peasy!

Here's what the a spreadsheet I made looks like as a Google Doc: 

And here's what it looks like as a published webpage: 

A great way to share info with folks in a quick and easy manner!  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Reading Bear Rocks!

Reading Bear is a super fun way to learn to read for kids ages 4-7- 
although younger kids could also enjoy and benefit from it! 
It is a self paced program,  includes over 1,200 vocabulary items, 
and every one of them is FREE! 

Their motto is simple- 
We sound it out- you learn to read. Totally free! 

Reading Bear combines carefully-matched text and audio with pictures and videos,
to show the student precisely how each letter is sounded out and what words mean. 

Each vocabulary item includes a quiz that gives immediate feedback.  
Quiz items include pictures and words spoken aloud. 

Be sure to check out the great Getting Started section that includes videos, advice,
 and any Q & A's you might have.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Money FUN

When I taught elementary school, I LOVED teaching money! 
I loved it because kids love money {don't we all?}
and there were so many fun games and activities. 

If you start looking for online money activities and games there are also TONS! 
Below are some of my favorites to use with your students!

Matching Coins

Count US Coins- an interactive site that allows 
you to learn coin recognition and counting patterns.

Matching Money- a matching game that allows you a timed or an untimed game.

Money Desk- has three different levels of difficulty 
and three different characters to choose from.

The US Mint has several different fun games for kids:

ABCya's Counting Money Game- three different levels of difficulty

Bank It! - 3 different difficulty levels

CA$H Out- includes three levels of difficulty and on screen hints

Piggy Bank- easy and hard levels

Money Printable Games from Fuel the Brain
Sparklebox Money Printables here including some great coin dominoes and price tags. 

Money As You Grow is a website created by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability that helps parents teach their children the things they need to know to be financially smart. It's separated into section based on age and it is fabulous!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Literacy Center Rocks!

Literacy Center is an amazing FREE website that was originally created
 by the US Department of Education.  

It's a site created to help preschool aged children and is fabulous for 
Dual Language Learners and English Language Learners. 

It includes tons of free education games, activities, and learning tools!
It's comprised of two different portions, 
Play and Learn Games & Print and Practice Games-
all in English, Spanish, French, or German. 

When you click on the Play and Learn games, you are given 8 or 9 different choices. 

Clicking on any of the images opens the game full screen in a new window. 
Across the top are numbers and each number is a different activity. 
The higher the number, the more difficult the activity.

Such a great FREE resource! 

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