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December 25, 2011

A Year in Review for 2011!

Greetings,

What a great year we had with 52 blog posts.   Here is a detailed list of all the articles. All you have to do is click on the blue underline link and it will take you to that specific article. If you click on the link for the month, it will take you to all posts published for that month.

January 2011
January 2, 2011: What is BrainPOP?
January 9, 2011: What is BrainPOP Jr.?

January 16, 2011: What is BrainPOP ESL?
January 23, 2011: What is BrainPOP EspaƱol?
January 30, 2011: What is Twitter and Why is it Becoming So Popular? Part 1

February 2011
February 6, 2011: What is Twitter and Why is it Becoming So Popular: Part 2
February 13, 2011: Teaching Podcasting and Vodcasting to Elementary Students!
February 20, 2011: What is Windows Live Movie Maker?
February 27, 2011: What is Animoto? Part 1 of 4 

March 2011
March 6, 2011: How to Sign up for a Free Animoto Account: Part 2 of 4
March 13, 2011: How to Create and Produce an Animoto Video: Part 3 of 4
March 20, 2011: How to Promote Your Animoto Video: Part 4 of 4
March 27, 2011: Great Student Centered Activities (Grades K - 1)

April 2011
April 3, 2011: Great Student Centered Activities (Grades 2 - 3)
April 10, 2011: Great Student Centered Activities (Grades 4 - 5)
April 17, 2011: More Elementary Reading Resources for Free!
April 24, 2011: How to Use the Sound Spelling Cards (Grades K - 5)

May 2011
May 1, 2011: Free PowerPoint Games!
May 8, 2011: More Free PowerPoint Games!
May 15, 2011: Who Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game!
May 22, 2011: Deal or No Deal PowerPoint Game!
May 29, 2011: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader PowerPoint Game!

June 2011
June 5, 2011: Have You Started Broadcasting on You Tube?
June 19, 2011: The A to Z of PowerPoint'ing'
June 26, 2011: How to Build a School Orientation Presentation

July 2011
July 3, 2011: The New Who Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game
July 10, 2011: Have You Heard of Open Office?
July 17, 2011 What is Cloud Computing?
July 24, 2011: How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Introduction

August 2011
August 7, 2011: How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Part 2 of 3
August 14, 2011: How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Part 3 of 3
August 21, 2011: Welcome Back to School!
August 28, 2011: What is "The ABC Song"

September 2011
September 4, 2011: The New Who Wants to Be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game Has Been Released!
September 11, 2011: How to Count Videos
September 18, 2011: Fun Skip Counting Videos and Activities
September 25, 2011: Learning How to Count Video Tutorials

October 2011
October 2, 2011: More Free Helpful Math Tutorials!
October 9, 2011: Paying Tribute to Steve Jobs
October 16, 2011: Can You Find The Numbers?
October 23, 2011: Counting to 10 with Colorful Cubes
October 30, 2011: Happy Halloween!

November 2011
November 6, 2011: Fun Read Aloud Digital Video Stories!
November 13, 2011: Free Counting on the Number Line Videos!
November 20, 2011: How Many Do You See? Part 1
November 27, 2011: How Many Do You See? Part 2

December 2011
December 4, 2011: How Many Do You See? Part 3
December 11, 2011: How Many Do You See? Part 4
December 18, 2011: Counting 1 - 10 with Fun Holiday Videos
December 25, 2011: A Year in Review for 2011!

If you are looking for more articles that were archived in 2009 and 2010 you can click here.  We will see you in the new year with more exciting topics to blog about in technology. Happy Holidays! See you next year.
 

December 18, 2011

Counting 1 - 10 with Fun Holiday Videos



Seasons Greetings,

Today we are sharing with you my Holiday Counting 1 - 10 videos.  These videos are becoming very popular on YouTube.  You will see colorful and moving Christmas stockings, Christmas trees, candy canes, jumping Christmas trees and holiday wreaths in the snow.

These videos are for your child who is learning how to count to 10.  You can watch them throughout the holidays and enjoy the colorful lights and moving holiday graphics.  You will also hear my voice as I practice with you and your child how to count to 10. 









Stay tuned for next week. We will be sharing with you some new video projects we have been working on. We hope you enjoy all the Holiday videos. Take care. Happy Holidays!

December 11, 2011

How Many Do You See? Part 4



Greetings,

We hope you are having a great December. Today we are sharing with you the last part of the fun counting videos. This is part 4 of the "How Many Do You See" videos. We hope you enjoy the following 5 videos.

These videos are counting animals from 30 to 40. When your or your child are watching the videos above and below, see if you can keep up with all the animals on the screen. 









Stay tuned for next week.  We will be sharing more fun counting videos for your child.  Have a great week. Take care.

December 4, 2011

How Many Do You See? Part 3



Greetings,


We hope you are having a great weekend. Today we are sharing with you even more fun counting videos. This is part 3 of the "How Many Do You See" videos. We hope you and your child have been enjoying the videos we shared in the last two blog articles.

Listed above and below are more fun animated videos. Most of these videos are counting animals from 20 to 30. After you have watched the earlier videos you can challenge yourself with your counting skills.  See if you can count all the animals in the video.













Stay tuned for next week.  We will be sharing more fun counting tutorials (Part 4), which will review the numbers 30 - 40.  Take care.

November 27, 2011

How Many Do You See? Part 2



Greetings,


We hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday. Today we are sharing with you more fun counting videos. We are finding out that The "How Many Do You See" videos are a lot of fun. Your child will enjoy interacting and watching the animals move on the screen as the learn valuable counting skills.

Listed above and below are more popular ones. These videos are becoming popular because the videos have challenging activities for your child to play. Once again, you will here my voice assist in counting many of the animated pictures.

Most of these videos are counting animals from 10 to 20. These videos are fun tutorials that will help your child practice counting. We hope you and your child enjoy all of the videos below.



















Stay tuned for next week.  We will be sharing more fun counting tutorials (Part 3), which will review the numbers 20 - 30.  Take care.

November 20, 2011

How Many Do You See? Part 1



Greetings,

We hope you are having a Happy Holiday during this Thanksgiving break.  Today we are sharing with you more fun counting videos.  The "How Many Do You See" videos are a lot of fun.  These videos will challenge your child to practice their counting skills with animated animals.

Listed above and below are a few popular ones.  These videos are becoming popular because the videos have built in assessments.  You will here my voice assist in counting many of the animated pictures.

Most of these videos are counting animals from 1 to 10.  These videos are fun tutorials that will help your child practice counting.  We hope you and your child enjoy all 10 videos.



















Stay tuned for next week.  We will be sharing more fun counting tutorials that will review the numbers 11 - 20.  Take care.

November 13, 2011

Free Counting on the Number Line Videos!



Greetings,

We  hope you are having a great week.  We have one more week until the busy Thanksgiving Holiday break.  This week we will be sharing with you our new Counting on the Number Line videos with Froggy the Frog.  The video above is a counting tutorial using a number line and Froggy the Frog. Watch Froggy the Frog as he jumps all over the number line.

This is a fun way to learn how to recognize where numbers fall on the number line.  Listed below are more of the Counting on the Number Line with Froggy the Frog videos.  These videos are great for anyone learning how to use the number line.  We hope you enjoy these free K - 2nd resources. 



















Be sure to stay tuned to next week, we will be sharing with you more counting videos and activities with animals. Take care.

November 6, 2011

Fun Read Aloud Digital Video Stories!

Greetings,

We hope you are doing well.  We will be sharing with you a few digital video stories we created for fun.  The first one is listed below and it is a remake of the "Brown Bear, Brown Bear Story".  The video is a fun and exciting story for your child.  Your child can read along with me.  This video is for Pre K - 2nd Grade.



The next digital video is a remake of the "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Story".  This video is also a fun and exciting story for your child.  Your child can even read along with me. This video is for Pre K - 2nd Grade.


The two digital video stories we shared with you will make reading fun and very interactive with your child.  We hope you enjoy these stories.  We will see you next week with more exciting topics to come.  Take care!

October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Greetings,

We hope you are doing well this weekend.  We know a lot of children will be busy trick-or-treating this Monday.  Today we are sharing 5 new Halloween videos we just produced.

These videos are counting 1 - 10 videos with Halloween characters.  These tutorials assist your children in recognizing and hearing numbers with objects.  We are sure your children will enjoy these tutorials











We hope you enjoyed all these tutorials.  We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!  Take care.

October 23, 2011

Counting to 10 with Colorful Cubes



Greetings,

We hope you are having a great weekend.  This week we will be sharing more elementary educational videos.  The video above is called "Counting to 10 with Cubes".  This video will assist you and your child in counting to 10 and help your child understand the relationship and patterns of numbers.  This video is for grades K - 2.

We hope you enjoy this colorful and wondeful video tutorial.  Coming soon we will be sharing with you fun counting and number activities that you and your child can interact with.  Stay tuned to more videos coming soon.  Take care.

October 16, 2011

Can You Find The Numbers?



Greetings,

We hope you are doing well.  This week we are sharing with you the "Can You Find The Numbers" videos produced a few weeks ago.  The video above reviews the numbers 1 - 5 and has a built in assessment where the viewer must identify the correct number.  I am sure you and your child will enjoy this fun activity.

Listed below part 2 of the "Can You Find The Numbers".  It will review the numbers 6 - 10.  This video also has a built in assessment, where your child can identify the numbers 6 - 10. You and your child can practice learning the numbers 1 - 10 with these two tutorials.  Both videos are for your Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade student. 



Stay tuned to next week.  We will be sharing with you more counting videos.  If you can't wait until next week you can view my YouTube site or my channel by clicking here.  We will see you next week.  Take care.

October 9, 2011

Paying Tribute to Steve Jobs

Greetings,

We hope you are doing well this week.  We want to pay tribute to the late Steve Jobs. He was truly one of our greatest innovators and creators, and his greatness will be missed. His legacy lives on with the Mac, IPod, IPhone and IPad, and his presentations on YouTube.



The video above was at 1 million views last Wednesday.  Just alone today, it hit 11 million views.  It also had 3,000 likes and has jumped to over 80,000. 

You can also download this video and the transcript of the commencement address.  Simply view the video on YouTube.

Have you ever noticed when he speaks or makes an apple announcemnt he does not look at his presentation screen.  He focuses his eyes on connecting with the audience.  If you want to know the secrets of his presentation, check out the article we published November 22, 2010: "What Are The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs"



We also want to share with you the new videos we published to assist your child to learn their basic colors.  They both have exercises or assessments to see if your child can identify the colors learned.  The names of the videos are We See Colors Everywhere. Part 1 and Part 2 are featured down below.





Here is part 2 of the video.  We think your children will enjoy these videos.



If the videos above are not working, click hereWe hope you enjoy these videos and we will see you next week with another exciting topic.  Take care.

October 2, 2011

More Free Helpful Math Tutorials!



Greetings,

We hope you are doing well.  This week we are sharing with you more helpful math tutorial videos for your children.  The video above is called What Are Alike and Different and it has an exercise built in where your child has to identify what does not belong out of a group of objects.  Your child will really enjoy this fun activity.

The video below is called We See Shapes Everywhere and this is becoming a very popular video for children who need to learn their basic shapes. We have been receiving a lot of positive comments on this video.  This video also has an exercise where your child can be actively engaged in the tutorial.




The video below is called We Can Sort Toys and this video tutorial teaches children how to sort objects by size, shape and color.  It also has an exercise where children can test their skills.  This video is for your 5 or 6 year old child.  We think you and your child will really enjoy this fun activity.


This last video below is called We See Patterns Everywhere and this video tutorial teaches children to identify patterns all around us.  There is also a fun exercise where your children can recognize and identify different patterns.  You and your child will enjoy this fun activity.



We hope you enjoy all these free video tutorials.  We had fun making them.  If you have an idea or if your child is struggling with an elementary math concept, contact us and we will see if we can create a video for you and post on YouTube.  Take care.

September 25, 2011

Learning How to Count Video Tutorials



Greetings,

We hope you are doing well.  This week we are blogging about my new counting video tutorials that we have posted on YouTube.  If you look above, you will see a counting exercise you can review with your child.

Listed below is the Which Group Has More video in which we have grouped different shapes and objects. In the video I review how to count and identify which group has more.  This video is for your Pre-Kindergartener or your Kindergartener.



In the Counting Baby Pink Teddy Bears video watch the balancing baby pink bears balance on a ball while we practice counting to 10.  This video is for your child who is learning how to count to 10.



In the Counting with Happy Faces video watch moving happy smiley faces wink their eye at you while practice counting to 10. This video is also for your child who is learning how to count to 10.




If you were unable to play the four videos above, you can visit my web site at www.youtube.com/complabteacher   In the month of October we will be blogging about math tutorials for addition, subtraction, multiplication and more.  We will see you soon.  Take care!

September 18, 2011

Fun Skip Counting Videos and Activities



Greetings,

We hope you had a great week.  Today we are sharing with you fun skip counting videos we created to assist your child to learn how to skip count.  Try these fun skip counting videos using the colorful 100's chart.  If you play the video above you will see the tutorial on skip counting by 10's.

Make sure you book mark this blog article or my YouTube site to practice skip counting with you or your  child.  You will notice down below other skip counting videos.  Once your child has mastered the 10's then you can have them practice on their 5's, 2's 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's and 9's. 

If you are unable to play the videos, then you can click here and it will take you to my YouTube Channel.  Stay tuned to the channel because more educational videos will be coming soon. 

These our great exercises to prepare students for multiplication facts. Now you can dowload and print a free 100's chart to practice skip counting with your child.  Simply click on the picture below to dowload the free PDF.
Have your child fill in the correct square when skip counting with numbers. Once the chart is filled out.  Check the answers with one of the videos below.  We hope you enjoy all the free resources.

The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 5's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 2's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 3's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 4's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 6's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 7's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 8's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 9's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 11's using the 100's chart.


The video below is a tutorial on skip counting by 12's using the 100's chart.

September 11, 2011

How to Count Videos



Greetings,

Today we are sharing with you a few Counting videos we have been working on to assist your children.  The video above is a counting to 100 video where the numbers will flash along with the correct number of smiley faces.  Your children will really enjoy this interactive video. 

Below is another counting video where you can practice with your children in grades K - 1 on how to count to 10.  This video will help your children work on number fluency.  Research has shown if children use their fingers to count then they do not have sense of where numbers fall on a number line.



Below this video is a longer video where we practice and review counting to 20 with smiley faces.  We hope you enjoy all these videos.  We will be sharing more videos in the future on more math concepts.  See you next week with another exciting and helpful topic.

September 4, 2011

The New Who Wants to Be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game Has Been Released!


Greetings,

We hope you are having a great Labor Day Holiday.  The New Who Wants to Be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game was officially released today.  If you are interested we have a limitted supply left.  Simply click on the picture above and you can contact us for more details.

Once we are sold out, we will produce more depending on the demand.  As of right now, we are only promoting it in the United States.  In a few weeks we may promote it internationally.  Talk to you soon.

August 28, 2011

What is "The ABC Song"?



Greetings,

Today we are sharing with you the A-B-C Song.  This is a video we produced with children singing in the background, while different colored alphabet letters are flashing on the screen.  We have also digitally slowed down the audio so your children can keep up with the flashing letters. 

This video has been getting a lot of views on YouTube.  By the way the video is for children who have trouble remembering their alphabet letters.  You can use this video with children from ages 2 - 7.  We hope you and your children enjoy it.


Next week we will be sharing with you how you can be one of the first ones to get a copy of the New Who Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game.  We have been getting numerous e-mails on this new PowerPoint game.  Stay tuned for more details this weekend.

In two weeks we will be sharing with you some math counting videos we have been working on.  If you want to see a preview then check out our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/complabteacher   We will be posting these videos in my blog article next Sunday.  We will see you next week.  Take care.

August 21, 2011

Welcome Back to School!

Greetings,

We hope you are doing well. Summer is almost over and we are still heating up here with temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit here in the DFW Metroplex. This week it's time to get back to school and procedures and routines. We encourage you to visit the following blogs published last year on how to move smoothly through your First Days of School.

August 15, 2010: How to be an Effective Teacher: Part 1 of 3

August 22, 2010: How to be an Effective Teacher: Part 2 of 3

August 29, 2010: How to be an Effective Teacher: Part 3 of 3

We hope you have a great school year as we are all pretty busy preparing for the 2011-2012 school year. We will see you next week with another exciting topic.

August 14, 2011

How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Part 3 of 3

Greetings,

Today is the final part of the tutorial.  Ok, let's get started this is part 3 of the tutorial. This is a pretty detailed hand out. The hand out will review how to set up your music and your rolling end credits step by step.  To get the free hand out simply click Here or on the picture above and you can download it as a PDF.

We hope you enjoyed this four part tutorial  We hope you try the exercise steps in the hand outs to create your own movie. We will see you next week. Take care.

August 7, 2011

How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Part 2 of 3


Greetings,

We hope you are having a great summer.  This is part 2 of the tutorial.  This is a pretty detailed hand out.  The hand out will review how to set up your PowerPoint background step by step.  It also will review how to set up your Special Effect TitlesTo get the free hand out simply click Here or on the picture above and you can download it as a PDF.

Next week we will finish the final tutorial.  We will review how to add the music to your movie and how to add rolling credits.  We will see you next week.  We hope everyone has a great week before heading back to school in a few weeks.  Take care.

July 31, 2011

How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Part 1 of 3


Greetings,

We hope you are having a great summer. We know a lot of you have been waiting for this tutorial.  Today we will be sharing with you how to make a stop motion digital movie using clay, props, digital camera and the computer.  Here are the steps you need to follow. 

1. You need to brainstorm and draw out what you want your movie to be about.

2. You want to start using the clay to place your props in the scene.

3. Slowly move the props to slightly different positions, as you take pictures with you digital camera.

5. When you are done taking pictures, you may have up to 30 – 50 pictures for a simple 10 second movie.

Now you are ready to bring in your pictures into PowerPoint 2010. To do this you can download the instructions in a PDF by clicking on How to Make The Bumpy Ride Movie or click on the picture below.



After you downoad the PDF document, you can view it step by step and see how we inserted the pictures in order.  You can also pring it so you can have it by your side as you make your stop motion digital animation movie. Next week, we will share with you how to add Your Colorful Background and Your Special Effects Titles

We will see you next week. Take care.

July 24, 2011

How Do You Make A Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint? Introduction

Greetings,


We hope you are doing well.  We have been baking today in the Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex.  I believe we had a high of 106 degrees.  Wow!  That's Hot!

Here is the question of the week, in which we have been receiving numerous requests on.  Can you really create a Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie in PowerPoint?  The answer is Yes!

First of all let me share with you that we will go into greater detail on how to start producing your movie next week.  The first thing we need to discuss is the materials you will need for your movie project.  Here they are.

1. A Digital Camera

2. Computer

3. PowerPoint 2010, 2007 or 2003 Software

4. Soft clay

5. Materials and props

That's it, just 5 materials for your movie project.  If you have not seen my movie the Bumpy Ride with Music on YouTube, you can view it down below and it will give you more ideas for more materials to use in your own movie.  Remember you can get as creative as you want.  It's your movie.



Next week, we will go into how to use PowerPoint to create your own Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie.  If you want to get a head start you can view my three week tutorial I wrote on Sept. 12. 2010, Teaching with Claymation: Part 1 of 3

We will be following some of these principles talked about in the Teaching with Claymation tutorials.  So your homework is to collect all the materials listed above and we will start showing you in greater detail how to Make a Stop Motion Digital Animation Movie using PowerPoint next week.  Take care.


July 17, 2011

What is Cloud Computing?

Greetings,

I hope you are having a Great Summer!  I know it has been pretty Hot over here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  Today I will be sharing with you a new term that is becoming very popular in mainstream.  In fact on Yahoo, this term Cloud Computing was featured the second most popular topic last week. 

If you look at the diagram up above, you can see that as a society we are bombarded with technology from tablets, laptops, desk tops and smart phones.  What if we could have one central location online to store all of our files? Well there is a solution and it is called a cloud.  In a cloud we can store all types of files and access them from our many digital devices. 

You can now access your files from anywhere and from any computer on the internet by using a cloud. Online file storage has been around for many years and is now becoming available to the average person.  You will be hearing more informaton on cloud computing in the future.

Clouds are becoming easy to use and people are starting to upload their files to them. One of the Great features about clouds, is they allow you to share these files with your friends and colleagues.  Clouds also allow you to keep your files safe and secure. 

If you want to get your own cloud, one of the best recommended sites you want to try is dropbox.  This site allows you to hold up to 2GB of memory in their cloud.  You can register with them and get more space if you want for a nominal fee.  Simply click on the picture below to get started sharing your files in a cloud.


We hope you enjoyed this blog article.  We will see you next week with another new and exciting topic.  If you want to learn more technical details about cloud computing, you can click Here. Take care.

July 10, 2011

Have You Heard of Open Office?


Greetings,

I hope you had a Great Fourth of July Week.  This week I will be sharing with you a free open-source office software suite for Word Processing, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Graphics and Databases and More.  There are a lot of people who are not aware about this free software.

If you click on the picture above, it will take you to the site where you can download this free open sources office software package.  That's right for free!  This is a program that has similar functions as the Microsoft Office 2003 software applications such as (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access). 

There are free tutorials on the web site and on YouTube where you can learn how to use all of the free open-source office software programs.  The best thing about this free software is you can use it for any purpose you wish and that includes commercial and educational. 

You can also install it to as many computers as you like.  You can make as many copies and give them away to family, friends, students and employees.  If you are not using the MS Office 2010, 2007 or 2003 software applications, I encourage you to download Open Office. 

You will want to learn, practice, create projects and then teach others how to use it.  I hope you enjoy this free resource.  Don't forget, if you are currently learning how to use PowerPoint 2010, you can check out my free tutorials on YouTube.  Just search for the Complabteacher channel.  I will see you next week.  Take care.

July 3, 2011

The New Who Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game!

Updated: September, 2011 The New Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game has been released.  Be one of the first to get it.  We will only offer a limited supply.  Click here for more details.

 

Greetings,

We want to wish all of you a Happy Fourth of July.  Today I am sharing with you a new exciting project I have been working on over the past few months.   I have been spending many hours and time working on a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire PowerPoint Game that you all deserve to have.  It will be released in a few weeks, so stay tuned. 

If you are watching the current Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Game Show on TV, it will reflect a similar blue and gold theme.  So stay tuned for this project and you can be one of the first to have it. 

In the mean time, you can download the free version by visiting my second most read blog article as of today.  Simply scroll up to the top and you will see a picture of the thumbnail on the left or you can click on the picture below.


Also, make sure you visit my number one blog article that is getting hundreds of visits on a daily basis.  You will be able to download additional free games.  It is titled Free Power Point Games!  You can click on the picture below and you will be taken to these free resources. 

But wait, before you click on it push the Control Key on your keyboard and hold it down, then press the letter key N and it will open up a new window so you don't close this window out.  You know how you are on a great web site with important information and you don't want to close it out, if you perform the actions above, it will open up a new browser so you can go back and fourth between windows.

Recently, we have been receiving numerous e-mails on how to perform certain activities in PowerPoint. So in a few weeks I will be releasing free YouTube Video Tutorials on PowerPoint 2010.  These tutorials will walk you step by step and hold your hand as you are learning all the new features of PowerPoint 2010.

So I am excited about that project which will be released in a few weeks.  Well I am off to join the family for a Great Fourth Of July Weekend.  We hope you Have a Great Fourth of July Weekend!

Before I go, don't forget to check out my new YouTube channel this week by clicking on the follwing link:  Free YouTube Videos from Mr. Ybarra.  This week I will be featuring more videos that will guide you to different blog articles I wrote last year where you can have access to additional free resources.  Take care.

June 26, 2011

How to Build a School Orientation Presentation

Greetings,

I hope you had a great weekend.  I have been creating video tutorials to add to YouTube to share with you.  Here is one I want to share with you today. If you click on the picture below, you can learn how to build a School Orientation Presentation for You or Your School Administrators.


Here are the instructions for the video tutorial:

You will build a School Orientation Presentation for your school administration.  The presentation will consist of 6 or more slides that you can use when having student and parent orientation meetings.

Step 1: Open up PowerPoint 2010 or 2007

Step 2. Learn how to create 6 slides

Slide 1: Type the title of your School and subtitle of (Your Name or Your Administrators Name)

Slide 2: Type the title "School Administrators" and the names of your administrators

Slide 3: Type the title "School Hours" and the hours of your school

Slide 4: Type the title "School Supplies" and the supplies your students will need.

Slide 5: Type the title "Important Phone Numbers"

Slide 6: Type the title "Uniform/Dress Code" or a Welcoming Statement for your staff, parents or students

Step 3. Add the Back to School Design Template to your PowerPoint.  To get the design click here.

If you follow these steps in the video tutorial, you will be able to create an effective PowerPoint.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I will see you next week with another exciting topic.  Take care.

June 19, 2011

The A to Z of PowerPoint'ing'


Greetings,

I hope you had a great Father's Day.  Today I am blogging about special effect animations you can create using PowerPoint.  If you click on the picture above you can download the free presentation.  Remember all the animations you will see were made in PowerPoint. 

If you look below you can download an activity that will let you build control text boxes.  You are probably asking what are control text boxes?  Have you ever wondered if you could type while a PowerPoint show was playing?  Well control text boxes allows you to do this.

Click on the picture above to download the Control Text Box Activity.  This is an activity in which you can type in the text boxes while the show is running.  For more details on this activity you can view my YouTube Video tutorial by clicking here.  Stay tuned for more exciting blog topics to come.  Take care.

June 5, 2011

Have You Started Broadcasting on YouTube?

Greetings,

Today I am so excited to let you know that I am now on YouTube. That’s right I have created my own broadcasts  or TV shows on YouTube. You can share ideas, how to videos and resources for free on YouTube.  To check out my channel, you can click on the picture above or simply click here.  As of today, I have posted 13 videos with more to come over the summer.

You can start your own broadcast with a digital camera and using Windows Movie Maker.  You can check out the blog article I wrote November 29, 2009 for the free online tutorial.  If you have the new Windows Live Movie Maker that comes with Windows 7, then click here for a free video tutorial or click on the video below.



Once you have viewed that tutorial and tried a few of the exercises, you can visit this second video tutorial by clicking here or clicking on the video below.



For more video tutorials click here.

To start your own YouTube channel simply visit: http://www.youtube.com/   and follow the instructions on how to start your own YouTube account. If you are an elementary, middle school or high school student, make sure you get your parents permission before starting your own YouTube channel.

Students remember never to give out any personal information online such as your real name, city, address, age or school. I hope you enjoy my videos I have posted on YouTube. I will be sharing more videos in the future.

If you want to start downloading any YouTube videos, make sure you check out my article I wrote on May 3, 2010.  This article will give you all the details you need to start you own library of videos.  We will see you next week with another exciting topic.  Take care.

May 29, 2011

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader PowerPoint Game!


Greetings,

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  Today I am sharing with you a very popular PowerPoint game "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Game Template."  With this game you will also get the catchy song "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader."  Make sure you have your speakers on when you play this game.

You will need to type the topic questions and the answers on the appropriate slides in the PowerPoint.  Take a look at the picture below and you will see the information you can type in.  When you play this game, make sure to click on the left hand side of the screen so the dollar amount shows each time the student gets an answer correct.


To play this game, randomly pick students to play the game.  The students can collect the money amounts as a team. The rest of the class will be in the audience.

I hope you enjoy this popular PowerPoint game.  You will have fun playing this game with your students.  I will see you in June with more exciting topics to share.  Take care.

May 22, 2011

Deal or No Deal PowerPoint Game!


Greetings,

I hope you had a great weekend.  I have been getting a lot of great feedback on all the games that have been posted on my blog.  Today I am sharing with you one of the students favorite games.  This is a game you want to save toward the last few weeks of school. 

Click on the picture above to download the folder for the Deal or No Deal Game.  Once you download it, you will need to keep the audio files in the same folder the game is in.  Here are the instructions on how the fifth graders played this game last week for our technology review. 

1. You can randomly draw the students and they can pick a number on the money game board. 

2. The teacher clicks on the number and reveals the cash amount and question.   

3. The student needs to get the correct answer to win the amount shown on the slide.

4. To get back to the money game board, click on the house on the bottom right of the slide.

5. The number the student just chose will be replaced with an X on it.  Also, you will need to click on the rectangle that had the dollar amount and it will go away.

6. Have some scratch paper ready where you can write the amount the student wins.  Give it to the student to hold.

7. The teacher continues to draw more names and students pick different numbers.

8. The winner of the game is the student who answers the correct question with the highest dollar amount written on their scratch paper.

Another option you can use are small rectangle post it notes with the dollar amount written on it.  If the student misses the question you can add an effect by tearing up the check.  Make sure you tell your students you are playing with play money.

You and your students will enjoy this game, especially with the deal or no deal music playing in the background. You will need to click in the boxes on the slides to type your own questions before you and your students play the game. 

You do not need to type the answers to the questions on the slides.  You want to make sure you have the correct answers to all questions at your fingertips.  I hope you enjoy this game.  I will see you next week with another exciting topic.



May 15, 2011

Who Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game!

Updated: September, 2011 - The New Who Wants to Be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game has been released.  To find out how you can get it simply click here.

Updated: August 2011  - Even Greater News: The New Wants to be a Millionaire PowerPoint Game will be released Sunday Evening, September 4, 2011.  Be one of the first to get it.  We will only offer a limited supply.   Stay tuned for more details to come.




Greetings,

I hope you are having a great weekend.  This is the PowerPoint that all of you have been waiting for.  Simply click on the picture above to download the free game.  Make learning a fun and enriching experience for your students.

All you will have to do is click in the text boxes to type the questions and the answers for your students.  Once you have saved it, save it again and rename it.  You can continue to create different Millionaire games by saving the template with a different name.

This game can be used with any multiple choice review or exercise.  As you move up to different money amounts the questions need to be more challenging.  One way to play the game is you select a student to come to the front to go through the questions. 

The rest of the students are going to be part of the audience.  If the student misses one question, then you can select another student to play. The student also is given three choices to get help.

1. 50:50 - With this option, you take away 2 wrong answers and let the student choose the correct answer.

2. Telephone Call: - With this option, the student can choose to talk to another student for 30 seconds regarding identifying the correct answer.

3. Take a Poll: - With this option, the teacher will take a poll for the correct answer.  While the teacher says the letters the students are suppose to raise their hand on the one they think is correct.

When you are playing this game, make sure you turn on your computer speakers and listen to the great sound effects.  Your students will love this game!  I will see you next week with another exciting topic.

May 8, 2011

More Free PowerPoint Games!


Greetings,

I hope you had a great Mother's Day today.  Today I will be sharing with you pre-made Elementary PowerPoint games for Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts and Art.  To visit this great site just click on the picture above or below and you will be directed to the site. 
Here are some fun games you will want to download for grades 4 - 5.


Here are more fun games like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Jeopardy and Undercover for grades K - 5.


Listed below you will find where you can find the instructions to the games.


I hope you enjoy theses free games.  I am not sure how long they will be posted for free. So if I were you, I would download all of them and save them in a folder on your computer.  Don't forget you can always modify them to fit your needs as well.  We will see you next week with another exciting topic.

May 1, 2011

Free PowerPoint Games!

Greetings,

I hope you are doing well this week.  Today I will be sharing with you how to download free PowerPoint games that you can use with whole group instruction with your students. 

All you have to do is come up with the questions and let the students play either individually or as a team.  I personally used the Sunken Treasure game with my students last week to help them review for a technology exam.  So, make sure you turn on your speakers to hear the special sound effects in the games.


1. Sunken Treasure: To download this free game, simply click on the picture above.

Instructions: Divide into Teams or use individuals.

1. Pick a board to play. All game boards have a treasure hidden in different places. So if you use the game several times be sure to choose a different game board to prevent students from guessing where the treasure is located.

2. Each team or individual is asked a question. If they answer correctly, they are allowed to choose the box on the screen which they believe the treasure to be behind.

3. Teacher then clicks that box to reveal what is behind it.

4. The first to find the treasure wins. If the teacher still has questions to ask, just start the PowerPoint over and choose a different board.



2. Align the Stars: To download this free game, simply click on the picture above.

Instructions: Divide into Teams or use individuals. There can be up to Six teams. However play by more than three teams is not recommend, as it is very difficult to get four in a row with so many teams. The colors are: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.

1. Choose the number of stars required to win. Such as 3, 4, or 5 in a row.

2. Each team or individual is asked a question. If they answer correctly, the teacher will click the star until it changes to that teams color.

3. First team or individual to get the desired number of stars touching wins!

4. Stars can align in rows, columns, or diagonally.



3. Car Race: To download this free game, simply click on the picture above.

Instructions: Divide into Teams.

1. Each team is asked a question. If they answer correctly, click their teams color button to move their car.

2. Five correct answers will cross the finish line and win the race.



4. Horse Race: To download this free game, simply click on the picture above.

Instructions: Divide into Teams.

1. Each team is asked a question. If they answer correctly, click their teams color button to move their car.

2. Seven correct answers will cross the finish line and win the race.



5. Boat Race: To download this free game, simply click on the picture above.

Instructions: Divide into Teams.

1. Each team is asked a question. If they answer correctly, click their teams color button to move their boat.

2. Ten correct answers will cross the finish line and win the race.



6A. The Big Wheel for Grades K - 2: To download this free game, simply click on the picture above.

Instructions: Divide into Teams

1. Ask a Question to a Team

2. If correct, click the Spin Wheel Button to choose the number of points that team will receive.

3. Type points from wheel into Team Score Box

4. Continue until out of questions.



6B. The Big Wheel for Grades 3 - 5: To download this free game, simply click on the picture above.

Instructions: Divide into Teams

1. Ask a Question to a Team

2. If correct, click the Spin Wheel Button to choose the number of points that team will receive.

3. Type points from wheel into Team Score Box

4. Continue until out of questions.

I hope you enjoyed these free PowerPoint games.  Your students will really enjoy playing these activities while making learning fun. When you are finished playing make sure you do not save changes. They work best in PowerPoint 2007 or higher.

Stay tuned to next week, I will be sharing with you Elementary Math, Science, Social Study and more PowerPoint games you can use in your classroom.  Take care.