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15 Picture Books About Taking Care of Technology

Taking care of technology is important and the discussion can start with picture books at home or in the classroom. This list of read aloud books is a great place to start.

All of the books I recommend in this post are linked to their listing on Amazon. If you purchase through my links I receive a small amount of compensation. By supporting me this way, I can keep providing content on this blog.

The Berenstain Bears' Computer Trouble 

Noah's New Phone: A Story About Using Technology for Good

The Cyber Spying Glass (Christmas Edition): Children Picture Book about Staying Safe Online (Internet Safety for Children)

Basher Science: Technology: A byte-sized world!

Cici's Cellphone Circus: Passwords

Franklin and the Computer (A Franklin TV Storybook)

Clicker the Cat: Online Children's Book about Internet Safety

Little Red Hen Builds a Computer (Nerdy Baby Children's Favorites Book 1)

Webster's Bedtime (Webster Technology Book 2)

Webster's Manners (Webster Technology Book 4)

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Video Games

Wreck-It Ralph Little Golden Book (Disney Wreck-it Ralph)

Wreck-It Ralph 2 Little Golden Book (Disney Wreck-It Ralph 2)

Arthur's Computer Disaster: An Arthur Adventure (Arthur Adventures)


To see all of my recommended books with technology themes, check out my Amazon Recommendations Page

Do you have other books you love for this topic? Leave a comment below with your suggestions. 
Thanks for reading!

Brittany Washburn
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Identifying Fonts Using a Font Matching Website

Finding the name of a font quickly and easily

Let's say I purchase something from TpT at 8pm on a Sunday (because I napped through my planned planning time). The resource is great, but I know that I have one student who needs something slightly modified.

I don't recognize the font that is being used on the worksheet, which is weird because I'm a font-a-holic and use specialty fonts on my cricut all the time.
I could email the resource creator and ask what font was used, but I really need this activity for tomorrow. I know, I know, I should have planned better.

What to do?

Use a Font Identifier website real quick and then get on with my hectic Sunday night planning session!

Font Finding Websites

I have 4 websites that all work the same way to find the name of a font. 
What Font is? (this one even has a Chrome browser extension)

For each of these sites, I'll need an image file in order to do the match. This means that it won't work to upload that whole PDF I just downloaded from TpT. 

Here are the steps:
Step 1: Save the PDF as PNG or JPG. You can use a screen snipping tool to get one image file of the page you need. 

Step 2: Upload the image file to any of the 4 websites and allow it to do it's thing. Voila! The website will spit out the name of the font(s) and probably provide you with a link to download it. 
Finding the name of a font quickly and easily

Step 3: There might be a whole list of very similar fonts to look through. Look for distinguishing characteristics like how unique letters are formed. 

Step 4: You can search the font name on TpT or on a site like DaFont to find the downloadable version. Not all fonts are free, so you might need to pay for the one that is on the worksheet. If you need a free font, choose a really similar one from the results that is free. Your student likely won't notice the difference. 

Step 5: Install the font on your computer. Usually that just means double clicking on the file name and then pressing the button that says install. Google a tutorial if you need more than that. 

Step 6: Add the text that you need to the document. That is a separate tutorial too. By the way, the original creator still holds the copyright even if you modify it for classroom use. Please don't take credit for someone else's creative work. 

There you have it. No more waiting for the TpT seller to email you back letting you know which font they used. With a tiny bit of tech know-how you can be totally independent! Happy planning!
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Finding the name of a font quickly and easily

Brittany Washburn
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February Activities for the Computer Lab

February is a great time in the computer lab to take a deep dive into topics because there are weeks of uninterrupted classes.
February is a great time in the computer lab to take a deep dive into topics because there are weeks of uninterrupted classes. 

How to use this blog post: find the grade level you're interested in and then read about the activities. Click on any images to go to the product description to learn more about it. You'll see some activities in multiple grade levels. This either means that differentiation is provided to make the lesson appropriate for multiple grade levels, or it includes multiple grade levels of activities for the tech lab.

Kindergarten Activities for February

In February, kindergarten continues on with the Timely Tech activities. This time working on beginning letter, before and after numbers, number words, and counting by 10s. 
To keep their mouse skills sharp, students practice drag and drop with digital Pixel Art. These Valentine's Day designs are great for the first 2 weeks of February. I have Kindergarten do level 1 so that they don't need to copy and paste the color pieces. 

As a station activity and for early finishers, I use these mouse practice mats for spiral review. These are great for PreK students too if you have them on your schedule. 

If your students are working on CVC words in the classroom then consider adding this fun and engaging activity for the week of Valentine's Day.
If they're still working on letter matching then try this one instead:

First Grade Activities for February

All month in February I have 1st graders working on Timely Tech activities. I usually pick the hundreds chart puzzles, base 10 building, and vowel sorts, but also make the other slides available for review. 
It isn't February themed, but I have first grade students work on digital hundreds charts during this month to take a deep dive into Google Slides or PowerPoint. They really master using the toolbar to fill in each of the 100 cells of the hundreds chart. 
For a fun unplugged holiday activity we get out the robots. The classroom teachers love seeing students working on sequencing skills and it integrates a lot of great tech skills too. 

Sometimes a good drag and drop review can be just the thing to fit into February to break up the weeks. These shape matching digital secret picture tile puzzles are simple yet effective practice.

Second Grade Activities for February

Timely Tech is the main activity for second grade students this month but I'll also share some warm up and early finisher activities to use. I have 2nd grade do the Decorate a heart, make new words, ABC order, and Pixel art slides. 
Early finishers can do digital pixel art all month. I usually let 2nd graders choose between level 2 or 3 for these activities. 
The heart design for Valentine's Day is definitely simple enough for beginner typers. This makes a great bulletin board when students are finished!

A simple yet effective drag and drop practice activity like this one with February themed pictures is great for sub plans if needed. 

Third Grade Activities for February

The February design is a mitten and these text formatting activities really help us to see how students are doing with a variety of skills from keyboarding to following directions. This makes a great lesson for an observation. 
All month long 3rd graders can choose digital STEM challenges to complete as early finisher activities. You can decide whether or not to have students do the corresponding journal activities if you want it to be something you can track. 
To keep students' copy and paste skills fresh, we do the Snow Globe digital glyph. Students beg for more of these!
Alternately, try this one instead to do Virtual Valentines:

Fourth Grade Activities for February

Classroom teachers appreciate it when we review math skills in the computer lab. These 5 digital mystery pictures work on tech skills too so I let students choose them all month as early finisher activities. 

The main activity for the month is software lessons, even though these aren't February themed. Week 25 usually lands right around the first week of February, so we just follow the lesson schedule. 
Students can also choose digital Pixel Art as their early finisher activity. I have 4th graders do level 4 so it is great keyboard shortcut practice as they have to copy and paste or duplicate each color piece. 

Even big kids love a hundreds chart mystery picture. These ones are digital, which makes them great for the tech lab or classroom. It totally changes the skills addressed so students don't even realize how many tech skills they're working on for this activity.

Fifth Grade Activities for February

A great warm up activity to use all month is text formatting activities. Students can usually finish one design by the end of 4-5 sessions when it is used as the 10 minutes of typing warm up activity. 
February is a great time for a deep dive into software lessons. We follow the weekly guide to work on these lessons for Google Slides or PowerPoint for the month.
I let 5th graders choose any of the slides they want from the Timely Tech set for February as their early finisher activities. 

Another great challenge is to have students complete level 2 or 3 of these spreadsheet mystery pictures for Valentine's Day. 

There you have it, activities for grades k-5 for the month of February. Be sure to pin this blog post to get back to later!
February is a great time in the computer lab to take a deep dive into topics because there are weeks of uninterrupted classes.

Brittany Washburn
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