Wednesday, December 12, 2012

An Easier Way to find the Perfect Font! has a very clean and simple interface so all you have to do is type in the word or words you want to preview text for and then click ‘load fonts’. It will display your phrase in all the different fonts on your computer. You can simply click on the fonts your like and when you’re done going through just click ‘filter’ and it will display the fonts you liked while getting rid of the rest of them.

  • Adjust letter tracking (spacing between letters)
  • Adjust the size of the text
  • Invert preview colors to see white text against a black background
  • View the different cases (Lower, Title, Upper)
  • After initial filtering, drag fonts next to each other’s to look at them side by side.
  • Zoom in to view details of the fonts (nice if using a serif font)
The clean layout of, makes it easy to browse through fonts and easily detect fonts that will work for your project. It’s simple to use, extremely clean and effective; a productivity junkie’s dream come true.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday LiveBinder Shelf

Teachers often request holiday resources and online activities.  I have been collecting an assortment of holiday LiveBinders on my "Holiday" LiveBinder shelf.  You may access them from the tab/page above "Holidays" or go directly to my LiveBinder shelf for holidays:

Portable North Pole

For the 5th anniversary of the PNP - Portable North Pole console,  is sharing the experience of magic by offering a free personalized video message from Santa Claus to your loved ones! Portable North Pole will amaze your loved one with a free personalized video. Help Santa create a memorable video in 4 easy steps!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Online Math Practice takes all the math topics in your grade and gives you a large menu aligned to state standards or Common Core standards. As a teacher you have complete control, giving the kids specific areas that they need to work on. They log in and either work on the assigned homework, or do as many practice problems as they want on any number of topics, all of them relevant. Kids get to ‘earn’ games by showing mastery in tracks of knowledge and as a teacher you can see how well they are doing and download heaps of data on their progress.

The second tool is Scootpad is a lot friendlier than TenMarks and the setup process is simpler. Students join a ‘class’ have a ‘wall’ where they can see messages from their teacher and can even send encouraging messages to other students - these may also be restricted in the teacher account settings. One plus of this is that the messages and status updates come from a pre-approved list, leaving no room for cyber-bullying.

Scootpad takes a different tack to homework, each time they take a quiz the system learns a little more about the individual student, and assigns them questions based on the topics they need to learn. This means that each child gets individualized practice based on their need. Despite its cute looks, there are no games on Scootpad, but it also has reading help as well as math.

One tool lets you give surgical practice based on need. If you need a kid to have more practice on division, use TenMarks to assign lots of division problems. Need the kid to have general math practice and tired of running worksheets off the copier? Use Scootpad to take the place of that big box of math worksheets.

Both tools come with lots of hints, and tutorials and iOS apps.

**NEW for ScootPad**
Introducing The Personalized Learning Path™

See also:
ScootPad - Practice. Learn. Succeed!