Author Archives | Ms. Computer Teacher

About %s

The Importance of Learning to Code

March 1, 2013

115 Comments

Some schools do a fantastic job teaching students basic computer programming skills….others, not so much.  If your school offers programming classes, excellent!  If not, how can a student learn to code outside a traditional classroom?  Is it even important we all have at least a basic understanding of computer programming?  Why or why not? Let’s […]

Continue reading...

A Review of the iPad Mini

February 20, 2013

23 Comments

Note: This review is by Anna M., an 8th grade student.  Thanks, Anna, for being a contributing author for MCT! So you’re walking around the mall looking for the best gift to get little Jimmy and your husband Brian. What should I choose? What would they enjoy? Luckily you have a little help. Recently I got an […]

Continue reading...

An Introduction to Audacity – Free Sound Recording Software

February 1, 2013

0 Comments

This quick tutorial shows how to use the FREE software Audacity to record and edit sound. Among other projects, this is a great tool for creating podcasts and recording song. This video is just an introduction to Audacity. The software has many features beyond what is in the video.    

Continue reading...

Using Google Scripts – Flubaroo for Quick Grading

January 7, 2013

3 Comments

Ever heard of Google scripts?  Scripts are snippets of code that can be added to Google products to increase functionality.  Flubaroo is a popular script that can be added to a Google form that allows for quick and automatic grading of assignments.  Flubaroo can also create score reports and email scores to students (or whomever completed the form)….all very quickly and easily! […]

Continue reading...

How to Use Google SafeSearch

November 18, 2012

0 Comments

Sorry kids, this one is for the adults!  Did you know that the world’s #1 search engine, Google, offers a feature called SafeSearch that allows parents to set strict search filters for both text and images?  Even better, SafeSearch allows for password protection so that other computer users (children) can’t change the filter. Check out this video for how to […]

Continue reading...

Move over iPad, the Surface is (almost) Here!

July 2, 2012

241 Comments

Update: Microsoft recently announced  the RT Surface model (see below for the Pro/RT differences) will be available October 26th, the same day Microsoft is releasing the Windows 8 operating system.  The Pro model is expected to be released 90 days later. So a few years back  I used to show my students a video of this […]

Continue reading...

Technology for Change: Kony 2012

March 16, 2012

93 Comments

  Not a whole lot to say here, except for WOW. Questions:  In this example, how is technology used for positive change?  What can you do to help?  Other thoughts on the video and the situation in general?  

Continue reading...

Google Sites: How to Create and Set-up a Google Site

March 12, 2012

3 Comments

Now that your Google account is created, you’re ready to set up your Google Site/Digital Portfolio.  When setting up your site, you will select a template or theme, site name and URL (web address), as well as decide with whom you will share your site. Deciding how to share your site is VERY IMPORTANT!  If you’re creating a digital portfolio, you do not want your […]

Continue reading...

Google Sites: How to Change Site and Page Layout

March 12, 2012

2 Comments

Once you’ve setup your Google Site/Digital Portfolio, the next step is getting the layout (where things are on the site) where you want them.  There are two types of layout – site layout and page layout.  When changing the site layout, all pages within the site change.  When changing the page layout, the layout only […]

Continue reading...

Using the Web to Save Grandma

March 7, 2012

78 Comments

Noah Lamaide seems a typical 12 year old boy. He plays on the computer, skateboards, and loves his family. What may not be so obvious about Noah is that he is a hero. Noah saved his grandmother from losing her home. Last year, Noah’s grandmother was told her house had been foreclosed on. Foreclosure means […]

Continue reading...