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How to Use Buncee with Elementary Students


Ask your students to write poems by using Buncee and then read that poem. They can also create an audio file while reading the poem and then insert it into the presentation.

Description of Buncee

Buncee is a presentation tool that can be used by both; teachers as well as students. You can create interesting presentations for different purposes and all you need to do is create an account on Buncee and start creating presentations. Buncee also allows its users to edit their content by using their iPhone. Your creations can also be synced between your iPhone, iPad, and web. Apart from this, you will also be able to share your creations with friends and family by using multiple platforms such as social media, email, embedded code, text message, and print.

How Buncee Works

Here is how Buncee works:
1.      Write  www.edu.buncee.com in the address bar of your browser and click enter.
2.     Create an account and then log in.
3.     Now click on the project name that you want to do and then click on “Let’s do this!” button.
4.     Click on “create now” button to start creating a new project. Start editing.
5.     If you want to add a new slide, click on “+ add slide” button.
6.     If you want to save a draft of your file, click on “save draft” button.
7.     You can edit your slides just like you want. On the right side of your screen, you will find many editing options including adding stickers, animation, drawing, messages, quotes and so on.
8.     Once you are done with editing your presentation, the next step is to save it. Click on “Done” button for this purpose.
9.     If you want to share your buncee with other people, follow the procedure given below:
-          On the top right corner of your screen, you will find a blue colored “share” button. Click on it.
-          An email tab will appear on the screen. Write the email address of the receiver in this tab. You can also write a message if you want.
-          Once you are done, click on the “send” button to share your creation with others.

Using Buncee with elementary students

There are several ways by which you can use Buncee with your elementary students. Here are some of the best ideas:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Writing a book summary

Read a storybook to your students and then ask them to write a summary of that storybook for the reading project. They can also use audios, videos, and images if they want. Once they are done with presenting their book summaries, ask them to share their projects on a Buncee board to encourage discussion and collaboration among students.

Making Quizzes

Teach a topic and then ask students to create a quiz on that topic. This activity will enhance their understanding of that particular topic. Apart from this, ask them to create an answer key as well. Once they are done with creating quizzes, they can exchange it with a partner and then they both can check the answers together.

Poetry Writing


Poetry writing is a great activity to practice speaking and writing skills. Ask your students to write poems by using Buncee and then read that poem. They can also create an audio file while reading the poem and then insert it into the presentation. 

You might also like the blog post How to Use Google Docs with Elementary Students

Ask your students to write poems by using Buncee and then read that poem. They can also create an audio file while reading the poem and then insert it into the presentation.

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Digital Breakout Challenges for Tech Class


You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.

 What is a digital breakout?

You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form. 

Using Digital Breakouts in the Tech Lab

Most tech labs don't have a lot of room for group work. This makes digital breakouts ideal. We want our students to collaborate but it can be a challenge with standard lessons and units. Digital breakouts can be made for absolutely any topic! So far I've made them for the lab rules, some internet safety topics, and online testing practice. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.


Students could certainly complete the challenges independently, but this is also a great opportunity for group work. There is bound to be some conflict along the way, which will help students work on their soft skills along with the academic skills in the clues and codes. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.


When I design the challenges for my digital breakouts I create them in layers. Students may need to solve 2-3 problems just to get one "lock" code. This brings the student engagement to another level because there are easy wins along the way of some serious challenges. Not every group will succeed in finding all of the codes, but they will all learn the topic in a meaningful way. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.

If you're using Google Classroom, these digital breakouts are a breeze. Share the web page or Slides file with students and let them go. If you're using another system it is still possible, you'll just have to set your copy of the Google Form so that anyone with the link can view it. 
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.

Do you want to try a Digital Breakout with your students?

You can check out the ones I have already created here:
You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.
On my Curriculum Website I also have compiled a list of Holiday Themed Digital Breakouts that are free online. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see them. 

Creating your own Digital Breakouts

Be forewarned, this is a monumental task the first few times. It took me about 10 hours to make my first digital breakout. Getting the puzzles, codes, and clues right is a real challenge. 
There are tons of great resources online for making digital puzzles. You can use crossword puzzles, rebus makers, digital puzzles, fake ticket generators, fake text messages, really anything can be turned into a puzzle. 
I put together these templates and instructional video if you want some guidance and don't want to reinvent the wheel. Check it out when you get a chance. 

You've probably heard about "room escapes" by now. People working together to solve several problems to unlock locks and break out of a locked room. Digital breakouts move this process to the computer. No need to set locks, buy expensive kits, prep clues, or manage materials. The codes and clues are all set on a web page or in a Google Slides file and the locks are a locked Google Form.
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How to Use Book Creator with Elementary Students



You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic.

Description of Book Creator

Book Creator is an easy to use tool that allows users to create beautiful eBooks. Users can make their eBooks interesting by adding text, choosing right images, and picking background colors of their choice. You can include as many pages as you want in your eBook. Apart from this, book creator also allows its users to add images by using the camera of your device. You will also have the option to change text attributes, reposition images, and change the size of images as per your requirements. Finished eBooks can be opened by using Google Play books, Dropbox, Evernote, iBooks and many other apps. You will also be able to share your creations with friends and family through email or by saving your eBook on iTunes. Book Creator also won The Best Educational App award in 2015 by BETT Awards.

How Book Creator Works

Here is how Book creator works:
1.      First, open the Book Creator app on your iPad.
2.     On the top left corner, you will see a “New Book” button. Click on it.
3.     The next step is to choose the orientation of your book. There are three options available; portrait, square and landscape. Make sure to pick the same options for all students if you want their pages to combine into a single book.
4.     For editing the book, click the + sign on the top right corner of your iPad screen. Once you click on this sign, you will see multiple options by which you can edit your book.
-          To add a picture from your mobile device, click on “Photos” under the + sign.
-          To take a photo with your camera and then adding it to the book, choose “Camera” under the + sign.
-          You can also add recording to your book. To do this, click on “Add sound” and then record your voice or choose any other recording from your phone.
5.     Once you are done editing your book, the next step is to save it. To do this, click on “My books” and your book will be saved automatically.
You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic.

Using Book Creator with elementary students

There are several ways through which you can use Book Creator with your elementary students. Some of the best ideas are:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Creating a “How to” eBook

You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic. A few examples of “How to” eBooks are “How to tie a shoe”, “How to bake a pie”, “How to create an MS Word document” and so on. Ask your students to explain the whole topic by using different aids such as pictures, recordings, videos etc.

Creating a collaborative eBook

Creating a collaborative eBook is also a fun and interesting idea. You can pick a topic of your choice such as a history topic from the textbook, divide this topic into sub-topics and then create a group of 3-4 students. Each group should be responsible to create a book about their specific topic. Once they are done with it, combine the small books of all groups into a single eBook. 

Digital Book Companions would make a great starter before using Book Creator. 

You can ask your students to pick their favorite “How to” book topic and then create a book on that topic.
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Technology Lab Essential Supplies


In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money? 

Well, Amazon has made it really easy to put all of these essentials on one page so you can see my Product Recommendations. These recommendations come from me and from experienced tech teachers, so know that they are going to be worth the money. 

I've split up the recommendations into categories here. I'm always adding more to my Amazon page so be sure to check back often. Let me know if you have something to recommend for the list. 

*All links are Amazon Affiliate Links, which means I make money if you click through and purchase. This helps me keep this blog running. 

In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

 Tech Lab Essentials Recommendations


In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

Tech Lab Robotics Recommendations

In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

Tech Lab Toys and Games Recommendations


In the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group we talk about tech lab supplies all the time. What are the best bulk headphones? What mice do you buy? How do you keep your devices clean? What robots are the best for the money?

Tech Themed Picture Book Recommendations



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How to use Microsoft Paint with Elementary Students


Users can paint in different colors and apart from this, it also includes variously shaped stencils that can help its users.

Description

Microsoft Paint (commonly known as paint) is a simple program included with Microsoft Windows. It is basically a graphics editor and a painting utility that allows its users to create simple and interesting graphic art on their computers. Since the launch of Microsoft Windows, MS paint has been included in every version of Windows. It can be used for drawing and painting purposes. It can also be used to edit and color existing pictures. You can also edit pictures that are imported from your camera. Users can save their creations in different formats such as .bmp or .jpg. Users can paint in different colors and apart from this, it also includes variously shaped stencils that can help its users.

How Paint Works

Here is how paint works:
1.      To launch the Paint program, go to the start, click on “Accessories” and then choose “Paint”.
2.     Once you click on the “Paint”, a white screen with multiple tools will appear. This screen is known as “canvas”.
3.     On the left-hand side of your screen, you will see several tools. This section is known as the “toolbar”. There will be several icons present on this toolbar. Each icon will perform a unique purpose such as drawing, erasing, etc. Pencil mode will be selected by default. This mode is used to draw anything in a free-form.
4.     On the bottom left side, you will see a number of colors. This section is known as “Color Palette”. You can choose any color that you want to use in your drawing.
You will see many different tools in your Paint. Every tool performs a different function. Some of these functions are:
Line width: This tool is used to change the width of a line.
Rectangle tool: This tool is used to draw a rectangle.
Curve line tool: This tool is used to draw a curved line.
Ellipse tool: This tool is used to draw a circular shape or an ellipse.
Rounded rectangle tool: This tool is used to create a shape of a rounded rectangle.

Using Paint with elementary students

If you want to introduce your students to different art software, then paint should be your first choice. It is not only easy to use but it is also a fun way to learn about art and using technology to create art. Here is how you can use paint with elementary students:
*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Creating a Name Art

Students can create a name art by using paint. Here is how it can be done:
1.      Open Paint program.
2.     Adjust your canvas size i.e. 800 width and 600 height.
3.     On the toolbar, you will find a button with “A” on it. Click on this button as it will be used to enter text on the canvas. Drag this text box towards the canvas. After this, a dialogue box will appear.
4.     Set the font size to 70 and then write the first and last name in the dialogue box.
5.     Customize the name by using different font sizes and colors.

6.     Save it as “My name”. 

You might also like this blog post: 1st Grade Technology Lessons and Activities

Users can paint in different colors and apart from this, it also includes variously shaped stencils that can help its users.

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Anchor Charts in the Tech Lab


Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.
Do you ever find yourself saying the same things over and over in the computer lab? Like the instructions for allowing Flash, or to wait for the page to load and stop clicking?

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

This collection of anchor charts should help you to create your own. If you do, I'd love to see pictures of them! Tag me on social media if you post any tech anchor charts.

Tech Anchor Charts Displayed

This first set of pictures shows the anchor charts displayed. Scroll down to see the close up shots. 
Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.
Generally I only have one anchor chart displayed at a time, but I keep them close by in case I need to switch them out between classes. If you have any advice for storing them, let me know!

Tech Anchor Charts Close Up

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.

Whenever I have to say something to more than one class more than about 5 times, I know it is time for an anchor chart.
What should we add to the list? If you send me a picture of your tech themed anchor chart(s) I'll add them to this post.

Do you want to just print them and not have to create them by hand? Check out this resource for digital versions of these and 6 more tech anchor charts.
Do you want to just print them and not have to create them by hand? Check out this resource for digital versions of these and 6 more tech anchor charts.

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How to use Tinkercad in the Elementary Classroom


Building a Tinkercad house is a fun project. Here is how you can do it:

Description

Tinkercad is an online tool that is used to create different types of 3d designs. It is also used for 3d printing. It is used to create toys, Minecraft models, prototypes, jewelry, home d├ęcor and so on. It is one of the most popular tools that is used in classrooms to create simple 3d designs from scratch. It also allows its users to modify existing 3d designs without the need to download any software. It is an easy-to-use tool that comes with a lot of built-in tutorials to help you get started. Basic models like houses, furniture, snowmen, etc. can be created within minutes.

How Tinkercad Works

Here is how Tinkercad works:
1.      Go to the Tinkercad’s website and sign up for a free Tinkercad account.
2.     Click on “start new project”. This will lead you to an empty work plane.
3.     From this step, you can start creating your project. Tinkercad will have pre-defined shapes and you will need to follow a Lego approach. Lego approach means you will need to work with the existing geometric structures and shapes.
4.     On the right-hand side, you will see a “geometric” button. Click on it.
5.     Using drag and drop features, create any geometric shape that you want. This may include pyramids, spheres, etc.
6.     You will see different dots and arrows around your design. Zoom in by using your mouse wheel so that you can get a better view of your design.
7.     You can also change the shape and size of your design by using the drag feature.
8.     You can use different tools to adjust your design. For example, you can use a ruler to check the dimensions of your design.
9.     In a similar way, group together different shapes to create any model or design that you want.
10.  There will be a Tinkercad logo on the top left corner of your screen. Once you are done with the designing, click on this logo to 3d print your design or to download a 3d printable file.

Using Tinkercad with elementary students

Teachers around the world are using Tinkercad to help their students in creating amazing projects. There are many types of projects that you can do by using Tinkercad. If you want to use it with your elementary students, you can start with building a Tinkercad house.

*Ideas are inspired by members of the Technology Teacher Tribe Facebook Group

Building a Tinkercad house

 Building a Tinkercad house is a fun project. Here is how you can do it:
1.      The first step is to create the outer part of the Tinkercad house. To do this, place a box on your work plane. It should be 10 mm tall.
2.     The next step is to create the walls. To do this, click on the box and select the duplicate button. Shrink this second box by using the black dots.
3.     Once done, select the smaller box and make it a hole by using the shape dialogue box of graphics.
4.     Make a roof by using the round shape.
5.     Make a doorway by using any shape that you want.
6.     Align the shapes so that the walls and roof can be grouped together.

7.     Congratulations! You have successfully built your house!

Check out the blog post Makerspaces in Schools


Building a Tinkercad house is a fun project. Here is how you can do it:

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