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Need posters for your classroom?

I wanted a poster of Steve Jobs’ quote about the crazy ones but couldn’t find exactly what I wanted so I created one myself. I created this one in two grayscale Photoshop files sized at 18″ x 24″ and saved them as jpgs. Then I uploaded them to the Staples website and had them printed as engineering prints. The paper is thin (like copier paper), and this is only good for black and white artwork, but it was less than $4 to print both posters. This would be great for classroom rules, etc.



August 11, 2013 Posted by | Hot tip | 1 Comment

Livebinder it bookmarklet for the iPad…

I love Livebinders. I love using it to organize papers and staff PD. The good folks over there have this tip for adding to a Livebinder from your iPad:

Adding “LiveBinder It” Bookmarklet to an iPad

There are two ways to add “LiveBinder It” to the iPad. One is to add it on to Safari on your Mac and then sync your bookmarks with the iPad. Here is an explanation of how to sync your bookmarks from your Mac to your iPad.

The second option isn’t easy, but it will add the LiveBinder It feature to your iPad. Hopefully Apple will soon come out with a better way to add bookmarklets!

In Safari, click on the square with the arrow icon at the top of your browser
Click on the “Add Bookmark”
For the name, type in “Livebinder It”
Click on “Save”
Click on the bookmark icon
Click on “Edit” in the top right corner of the bookmarks menu
Click on the “LiveBinder It” bookmark
Under “LiveBinder It”, cut and paste the following:‘’+encodeURIComponent(location.href)+’&description=’+encodeURIComponent(document.title),’LiveBinders’,%20’scrollbars=0,status=0,resizable=1,location=0,toolbar=0,width=850,height=700′);(function(){setTimeout(‘w.focus()’,1000);})();

Click on “Done” on the keyboard.
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February 9, 2013 Posted by | Hot tip | , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday hot tip!

We’re fortunate enough to have a number of iPads, which are centrally managed by our IT department. That’s great, except for when we have special projects that require the students to access specific websites. It’s too time consuming to have our IT department add web links for a short project (and, let’s face it, it’s entirely likely that we need those links available pretty quickly – too quickly to go through IT). Rather than worry about getting the web links on the iPads, we just generate QR codes for them and have the kids use the QR code reader on the iPad to get to the site. It seems obvious, now that I’ve written it out, but it, um, took us a while to figure that out.

January 31, 2013 Posted by | Hot tip, QR Codes | , | Leave a comment


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