Monday, August 26, 2013

QR Code Attendance I'm not sure if I'm the first one to blog this idea, but it came to me today as I spent the first day in my classroom.  I'm thinking about doing QR Attendance codes so the kids can just scan themselves into class.  I came across an app for the iPad called FancyQR.  What's cool about this QR code maker is that it can be made with images and colours instead of just boring black.  Here is a peek below.  Now I am a newbie to QR codes, but wouldn't this be fun?


This is the one I made for myself.  I typed my name and gave myself the number to create the attendance from here....this was just a random idea I had while staring at the blank canvass of my classroom! So....any thoughts on how to proceed from here?

Also, stay tuned for my classroom pictures.  I hope to have a transformed room tomorrow!
Happy Monday!

Friday, August 9, 2013

I Can Do It Boards - Classroom Decorating Here I Come

Ok, so I have been doing a lot more blog hopping than I have been writing lately, mainly because there are so many great classroom ideas and reveals going on that I can't help myself.  I am gathering ideas for my own classroom and am thinking of planning for September now!  I admit, I have stolen this idea from Joann over at Teaching in Cardigans, who used it in her favourite pins post from pinterest. From there I found it was Michelle from My Own Twist on Things.  Thank you Michelle!!!

So, the idea?? Well, we all know how important it is for the kids to know their goals for the day.  The problem has been posting these in a way that students and administration can walk in and know what is going on during the day! So the idea that was posted used picture frames as wipe off boards for the "I Can" Goals.    The original post actually described getting 8x10 picture frames from Michaels for $1.50, but I went there today and didn't want to spend $10 per frame, but I did find these and they were only $7 on clearance!!  The awesome thing is that they can be posted to a bulletin board using push pins or mounted by the magnetic strips already attached to the back!

Here is the original idea that had me inspired...don't they look lovely? here is what I found at Michaels for $7!!!  It came in a pack of ten!

Here is a view of the package - Multi-Purpose Acrylic Magnet Frames

You can see the magnetic strips on the back - they are heavy duty!!  Perfect for a chalkboard! here is what they might look like when I finish them printer needs some adjusting for sure, but this is what I have.  If you are looking for the copy from the original author (Michelle at My Own Twist On Things), you can download the form here.  I'm so glad that she shared with everyone!!  Go to her website to see the step by step!!  I just wanted to share how excited I was about her idea!!

I've only shown you the first four that I have made, but there is one for every subject.  The nice thing about the cases that I have bought, is it is very easy to take a page in and out, so if you didn't have science every day, you would just pop it in on the days that you do!!

Sorry about the flash!!  These are only four - there are more!!

Thanks again Michelle!  Maybe if I do a project a day, I will be ready for September and all I will have to do is put this stuff up!  Stay tuned for my next project!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Calling All iPad Users, I'm a Newbie!

Guess what?  My hubby and family got together this year to buy me an ipad mini for my birthday!  I'm so excited to be able to start out the school year with my new toy, but am soooo in need of advice.  I have to admit that I have no idea what I'm doing but have gotten this far anyways to be able to post in my blog and access my google drive.

So, what are your most favourite apps for school?  I don't have much time so I need your input as soon as possible!  I have downloaded Evernote, but am not sure how to use it!  I just remember someone posting that it was good!  I also downloaded the icloud app as well to be able to use Word and PowerPoint and also have BlogLovin  but that is it!  So bring on the tips!

Happy Monday!