Hi y'all! I hope this Monday was fab for you! Today I posted this pic on Instagram and had some questions so I thought I'd share the template I used!

Since this week is Read Across America week, I made these shirts for my fellow team members in first grade. 

It was so simple and took about 1 hour of my life to design and make all 4. Add in an additional 20 minutes for shopping for the supplies and this was the quickest project I've done in awhile11

First, I bought this
Avery Dark Fabric Transfers
Found it in the crafts section near the fabric. I also know it can be found near the office supplies with the labels.

I got this pack of 5 sheets for about $10 at my local Walmart. You can find it HERE on Amazon for $8.99. 

Then I headed over to the men's department at Walmart (because the women's shirts are too fitted!) and searched for some red short sleeve tees. Bought 4 Fruit of the Loom tees for a STEAL at $4.72 each. 
Red Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Then I just designed the pic in PowerPoint. There is this new awesome feature in PPT 2016 called Draw. It means you can draw. 

On the slides. 


Yeah-free form and all that jazz. I'm really excited for it!! 

Draw in PowerPoint
This was done just using my finger-yeah, my last name got a little sloppy but I was so excited!!

From there I just printed out the designs onto the Avery transfers-BEST THING ABOUT THE DARK FABRIC TRANSFERS-------

You do not need to flip the image before printing!! 

Just print. Trim. Peel the backing. Lay on shirt, top with the included tissue paper. Iron on the shirt. 

Presto-manifesto, you've got a simple homemade Seuss inspired shirt for the birthday celebrations Wednesday!

Sound like something you would like to do? 

Click {HERE} for the template designs. I've made slides for Teachers 1-10. 
Teacher 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, ,7 8, 9, 10

Thanks for reading! 

Hi friends! I know it's been a little while since my last post but you know, life happens!! I do hope everyone has had a fabulous year so far!

I wanted to talk today a little about my journey to become a Google Certified Educator.

Have you heard about this? It's fabulous. I have learned so much about tools that are available to teachers and students to help make learning more accessible and easier!

And, best of all, it's FREE. 

Yep, Google is so awesome that it's offering PD to teachers that they can complete in the comfort of their own home at their own leisure. And it's unbelievably helpful. Go {HERE} to read all about it, but this is the gist: 

There are Google Apps for Education (GAFE) which include Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and many others. These are free Cloud Computing apps that anyone can use. Google Training is simply helping educators to learn how to better incorporate these tools into the classroom. 

There are four types of training: 
Certified Educator Level 1 - basics
Certified Educator Level 2 - advanced
Devices Training - Chromebooks, tablets, mobile devices 
Trainer Training - become a trainer to other educators

To get started, all you need is a free Google Account. That's it. So go and sign up.

Then log into the Training Center and start your training.  

The lessons are pretty straight forward. They start with a title, an introduction, overview of tools used, and end with a lesson check.

The lessons vary per unit. Some have two or three lessons, some have more. 
The first unit, Get Ready to Use Technology in the Classroom has four lessons that you work through. 

Google walks you through step by step. 

 They usually have videos or examples of other educators explaining how they use Google tools in the classroom. The training also gives scenarios and an opportunity for you to jot down your ideas. 

At the end of each unit, you complete a lesson check. And Google lets you know if you have it correct or not with a Check Answer button. 

After you complete the unit, you take a Unit Review test. This involves some multiple choice and short answer questions, along with some performance tasks. 
 You can take the test as many times as needed. You can also review any lessons at any time. Google records your answers and progress for you. When you are finished working through all 13 units, you can choose to take the test to become certified. It's only $10. 

Sorry! I can't help you out there :(
You have to agree to not disclose anything on the test when you take it. I can tell you that its a mix of multiple choice and performance tasks. You have 180 minutes to complete the test. You use Google Chrome and you must have a working webcam because they take random pics to make sure you are you. 

When you pass (and if you have completed the training you will!) you receive a badge to place on your profile or resume and a certificate to proclaim your expertise!
The certification is good for two years when you must re-certify. 

And that's it! It really is amazingly simple to complete! After Level 1, move onto Level 2! The training and test is exactly like Level 1, but the final test is $25 this time. 

After you've taken and passed both exams, celebrate and move forward with taking your classroom and school google! 

If you are an accredited school, you can get Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for FREE. Yep, free. Google wants to put technology into schools hands as easily as is possible. You get unlimited accounts for your school and unlimited storage in Drive. UNLIMITED. All you need is a domain. I purchased one for my school for $12 from eNom. 

They will walk you through it all - though I do suggest you have somewhat of a knowledge of technology to set up a domain and administration of a GAFE account. I would highly suggest you recommend it to your district tech team, though. Google opens a world of possibilities for you school, district, classroom, and professional life. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about Google Certification or any questions about possible uses in the classroom. 

Thanks for reading!

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