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The Case for Teaching Digital Arts

November 2, 2016

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You may be wondering why Ms. Computer Teacher focuses on providing “easy, fun digital arts projects for kids”. Or you may be thinking what are digital arts anyway, and what do they have to do with teaching my subject area? A Little Background Info Who is Ms. Computer Teacher? I am a middle school computer […]

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The K-12 Educator’s Guide to Buying a 3D Printer

September 15, 2016

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So you want to buy a 3D printer? After all, isn’t that what all the schools are getting these days? With makerspaces, STEM, and STEAM all the rage, it’s no wonder 3D printer sales are at an all-time high with schools being one of the fastest growing purchasing groups.  Before you run out and spend hundreds […]

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From Cyberbully Victim to YouTube Star: The Rise of Bethany Mota

April 22, 2015

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How would you like to earn an estimated half million dollars a year from making YouTube videos? That’s exactly what Bethany Mota has done! When Bethany was just 12 years old she, like many young teenagers, became a victim of cyberbullying and consequently suffered from anxiety and depression. Eventually Bethany decided to make a YouTube […]

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Time to Vote! The Results are in: Vote your Favorite Middle School Web Design Competition Entries!

October 30, 2013

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Update: Voting is now closed. Congratulations to 1st place winners Lindsay S. and Natalie M., 2nd place winner Emily S., and 3rd place winner Idara C.! After a lot of hard work the finalists in the first Web Design Competition held by Ms. Computer Teacher are ready to be announced!  This competition was open to […]

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How to Use Symbaloo – an Awesome Bookmarking Service

April 8, 2013

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If you’re anything like me, you visit 100 websites a day.  Ok, so maybe 100 websites is a slight exaggeration, but it feels as if I visit 100 websites a day sometimes.  I’ve tried several online bookmarking tools to help me keep track of all those URLs, but the one I’ve found to be the […]

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Say What?! Google Nose Launches Today!

April 1, 2013

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What is Google Nose you might ask?  According to its website, Google Nose is the latest and greatest breakthrough in technology.  Instead of just typing, talking, hearing and touching, we are now able to SMELL through our computers, tablets and smartphones using Google’s Aromabase with over 15 million available “scentibytes”!  Users can smell scents such […]

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Google Glasses – Super Cool or Super Scary?

March 21, 2013

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So by this point most of us have heard of these new Google Glasses that Google is testing, right?  If not, Google Glasses are a pair of “smart” glasses  that when worn can actually do much of what a smartphone can do.  Some people even think that at some point in the future Google Glasses […]

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Google Sites: How to Add Attachments and Links

March 21, 2013

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This video tutorial reviews how to add attachments (such as Microsoft Office, iWorks, and PDF documents).  Sometimes it is also necessary to add a hyperlink to a Google Site.  These hyperlinks (or just “links”) link to other places on the web.  If you are working on a cool website or have a presentation such as a Prezi you’d like to show, having links […]

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Google Sites: How to Edit Navigation

March 21, 2013

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Editing the navigation (links to pages) on a Google Site can be tricky.  Pay attention to this video!  It will show you different ways to customize how links to other pages appear on your Google Site or digital portfolio.

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How to Create a Google Account

March 20, 2013

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In order to create a great digital portfolio or Google Site, you must first have a Google account.  If you already have a Gmail address, then you also have a Google account.  Gmail is just Google’s version of email. A Google account includes Gmail, but also many other “Googly” products like Google Docs/Drive, Google Calendar, Blogger, and many, many others.  If you already […]

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