Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers!

Fern Smith's Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers Linky Party!
Each week I'm going to spend my Thursdays offering up some Technology Tips for Teachers! This is my first one, so please forgive me if everything doesn't link up or line up to a tee! :)
Some of the tips might be for making classroom games, PowerPoints or documents. Some of my tips might be for blogging and your web site. Some of my tips I don't even know yet, because if you leave a comment with a question, I will work it into my future Thursday's Tip! 
In addition to the tip, I'm going to make this post into a weekly LINKY PARTY! I do ♥love a Linky Party and I hope you will link up. You may link up any blog post that has anything to do with Technology. A product you've made for a Smart Board, an iPhone app you like, software you recommend for a classroom, anything, anything at all that you feel deserves a shout out!
Using Microsoft PowerPoint compared to Word for making all your documents! Then....turning them into a PDF.
I have used Word for over 20 years now and I love it. But I have almost stopped using it completely. The larger my documents became, the more graphics I would use, Word would get slower and slower. So I did what many people do, I went out and bought a new laptop with Word 2010! Yep, turns out it wasn't me, it was Word!
 BUT...the part I couldn't wrap my brain around was that PowerPoint makes "long" presentations, but documents are "tall" or more correctly, Portrait. 
Simple Fix...
Fern Smith's Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers Linky Party!
Fern Smith's Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers Linky Party!
When You Are Happy With Your Document:
Fern Smith's Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers Linky Party!
 Now you can send it easily by email, sell it on TPT or just print it and hang it up in your classroom! 
Update: REMEMBER to save it as a PowerPoint Presentation also so you can edit it and revise it. Once it is a PDF you will not be able to simply edit a PDF.
 If you link up, I would ♥love for you to grab my new button!
Fern Smith's Thursday's Tech Tips for Teachers Linky Party!

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  1. Thanks Fern...Great post! This is my kind of linky party. I added a link and grabbed your cute button too.

  2. Great post, but its important to know that once you save it as a PDF file, you can't edit it! So, I usually save it a a PowerPoint and as a PDF, that wy I can edit the original.

    My Journey to 5th Grade


    1. Thanks for the reminder, I will go back and add that!

  3. I just linked up! Thanks for hosting!!! :)

  4. I am always looking for new technology tips. This will be a great place to browse each week to find them. I just watched the video and learned how to add a "hot link" to my blog comments (let's see if I can do it correctly). I'm a wee-bit excited about that. Thanks again!

    Adventures in First with Mrs. Key

  5. Love your technology tips, and I have a technology question I was hoping you could help answer. I am new to blogging and I would like to be able to link my blog when I leave a comment (like Dawn linked hers to Adventures in First with Mrs. Key), but I don't know how. Can you help with advice or a website that can give me instructions on how to do this? Thanks, Michele @ The Lightbulb Lab

    1. Michelle at has the best one I've seen, she has a video. You can watch it once and then open a WORD document and listen to it again while you type. She also has a cheat sheet your can read and/or print out! Feel free to leave me another comment to test it out when you get it!
      ~Fern :)

    2. Thanks!! You're the best. I'll check that out this weekend! Michele @ The Lightbulb Lab

  6. Just got the tip from I'm going to try it on your blog and hopefully it will work! Fingers Thanks again, Michele
    The Lightbulb Lab

  7. Thank you for this post on Techie Tips. I am new to the blogging world so I find all these very helpful. I can't wait to try all of them.

    Krystyn Richards

    Ms. Richards's Musings


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