Did you know that you can type in present mode in PowerPoint? No? Well, you're in luck, because this post gives you a tutorial of how to do that! Click through to read the steps, look at graphics, AND watch a video showing you how to type in present mode in PowerPoint!
I'm counting down to summer break with SIMPLE spring tech tips. Here at the end, we want to mix things up and engage the students, but amid review season, we don't want to throw anything too complicated into that mix.

Did you know that you can type in present mode in PowerPoint? No? Well, you're in luck, because this post gives you a tutorial of how to do that! Click through to read the steps, look at graphics, AND watch a video showing you how to type in present mode in PowerPoint!I've written about a simple website called Learning Apps to engage your students in review and how to insert Poll Everywhere into your presentations to make the dreaded lecture more interactive. This week I'm talking about a very simple trick you can use to type on PowerPoint Slides WHILE you are presenting.

I use this trick for a few different things:
1. Keeping score as part of a review game
2. Filling out graphic organizers during a lecture
3. Categorizing information for test review

I'm sure there are many more ways you can find to use this. But for now, here is Spring Tech Tip 5--

Type in Present Mode in PowerPoint

It's just a couple of simple steps. I've listed them here, or you can download the cheat sheet and watch the tutorial below.

Did you know that you can type in present mode in PowerPoint? No? Well, you're in luck, because this post gives you a tutorial of how to do that! Click through to read the steps, look at graphics, AND watch a video showing you how to type in present mode in PowerPoint!

Did you know that you can type in present mode in PowerPoint? No? Well, you're in luck, because this post gives you a tutorial of how to do that! Click through to read the steps, look at graphics, AND watch a video showing you how to type in present mode in PowerPoint!
Download the Cheat Sheet
Now, put it in slide show mode, and type away! It's as easy as that! And be sure to check out the video below.
You can get the game I used as a demo HERE, or as part of a money-saving bundle HERE.

What are you doing to keep your students engaged right up to the end? Leave a comment below, and let me know! And be sure to check out all of my other simple spring tech tips:








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Even at the end of the school year, sometimes a lecture can't be avoided in the secondary classroom. However, you can make that lecture more interesting and engaging by using Poll Everywhere. I give a quick tutorial about how to use Poll Everywhere in this blog post.
The irony of spring is that while it's the time of year that arguably matters most (photo finish with the curriculum, not to mention testing season), it's also the time of year that is the most difficult to engage our students.The seniors have their caps and gowns and the underclassmen have their summer daydreams.

But we still have to teach them. And more often than not, we have a lot to teach them. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the classroom knows that's no easy task once the flowers are blooming.

So I'm counting down to summer break with Spring Tech Tips that are guaranteed(ish) to engage your most reluctant spring-time learners (uh-hem...everyone). Last week I wrote about learningapps.com, a super awesome, free platform that allows you to create fun activities for your classroom. If you missed it, don't worry, you can check it out HERE.

This week, I'm going to talk about something that I try to avoid. It's a thing that I don't like and that students HATE. I've written about avoiding it HERE. It's none other than the the dreaded lecture....

But sometimes it just can't be avoided. And we all know that finishing a content-heavy course can be like stuffing your entire wardrobe into a carry-on. You want to do engaging activities for everything, but it just won't all fit in. When this happens, you have to crumple topics up into the tiniest possible bits and just hand them to your students. The trouble is, they don't want to take them.

So that leads us to Spring Tech Tip # 6

Even at the end of the school year, sometimes a lecture can't be avoided in the secondary classroom. However, you can make that lecture more interesting and engaging by using Poll Everywhere. I give a quick tutorial about how to use Poll Everywhere in this blog post.Wake Up Presentations with Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is nothing new. It's an app/website that enables you to create polls or even interactive word clouds. Your students text a code or visit a special web address, and they can respond to the poll and see the results in real time.

That alone is pretty cool, but you can add the app to PowerPoint Presentations and Google Slides in order to make your presentations interactive. Below is a How-To for PowerPoint and Google Slides (it works the same in both). 
Even at the end of the school year, sometimes a lecture can't be avoided in the secondary classroom. However, you can make that lecture more interesting and engaging by using Poll Everywhere. I give a quick tutorial about how to use Poll Everywhere in this blog post.
Download the Cheat Sheet!
If you opt for the free version, then you can only poll 40 people at a time, but I find that is fine for most classrooms. The word cloud option (and the tax write-off) is the main reason I'd shell out the $50 a year. 

With the word cloud, students type in words from your prompt. I've always started topics with these on the whiteboard. So if we're discussing the Industrial Revolution, I might write, "Consumer," and students would create a word cloud with ideas that came to mind when they thought of that word (shopping, buying, taking, money...). With Poll Everywhere, students can type the words on their devices, and they appear in your presentation as a nice word cloud graphic.

Now, the word cloud does come with the free option, but the paid version allows the presenter to, uh-hem, make an undesirable word disappear with a click--quite often a necessity with secondary students.

Whether you use the free or the paid version, Poll Everywhere is super useful for encouraging your students to be more than passive viewers at your lecture--it enables them to become participants.

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LearningApps is a free website that teachers can use to engage their students in interactive reviews, games, and quizzes. I'm sharing more about how LearningApps works and how you can get the most of out of it in my new Spring Tech Tip series post!
The school year is winding down, the natives (teachers and students) are getting restless, and it’s time for my annual countdown to summer vacation. In the past, I’ve written about Spring Survival Tips and Google Classroom Hacks to help us all survive the heady springtime. 

This year, I’m moving in a different direction. I want to discuss technology, but I want to branch out from only Google Classroom (although one Classroom tip has made the cut, and I am an avid Google Classroom user), and discuss technology in general that will help you hold your students’ interest right until the bitter, bitter end. There is so much available out there for technology that is truly innovative and engaging. 

My goal with this series is to bring you the seven most innovative and engaging (oh, yes, and easy to use) technology tools out there to keep your students' minds off the beach and on their class work as we count down to the holy grail of holidays--summer break. 

I’ll be bringing you seven weeks of Spring Technology Tips. Some are technological marvels that I’ve used in my own classroom and some are technology that my colleagues swear by. 
LearningApps is a free website that teachers can use to engage their students in interactive reviews, games, and quizzes. I'm sharing more about how LearningApps works and how you can get the most of out of it in my new Spring Tech Tip series post!

So here is Spring Tech Tip #7: 

Add Variety with LearningApps

LearningApps is a free website that allows you to create interactive reviews, games, and quizzes to share with your students by link, or you can create a classroom within learning apps for your students to join via a special link (once they have created a free account for themselves). 

The site itself is German, but there are TONS of resources in English. You can search the site by grade range and subject for already created activities or easily generate activities of your own. It is very simple to create these apps--you decide the format you want to use, click the app template, and fill in the information.

Here's How to Get Started with LearningAppsLearningApps is a free website that teachers can use to engage their students in interactive reviews, games, and quizzes. I'm sharing more about how LearningApps works and how you can get the most of out of it in my new Spring Tech Tip series post!


LearningApps is a free website that teachers can use to engage their students in interactive reviews, games, and quizzes. I'm sharing more about how LearningApps works and how you can get the most of out of it in my new Spring Tech Tip series post!

LearningApps is a free website that teachers can use to engage their students in interactive reviews, games, and quizzes. I'm sharing more about how LearningApps works and how you can get the most of out of it in my new Spring Tech Tip series post!
Click HERE to Download the Free Cheat Sheet

Watch Me Make An App with LearningApps

Tomorrow, I'm giving notes over the Industrial Revolution in my world history class. The tenth graders are freshly back from spring break, it's a full moon, and this can be a dry topic, but it's an extremely important one. I'm creating this app to share in Google Classroom. Students will play in pairs as an alternative to a note quiz for a review. I'll also embed it right here for you to try.



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