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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Center Horizontal Navigation in a Google Site

Now you can easily center your horizontal navigation in your Google Site. Watch the video to see how.

5 Great Tools to Teach Coding

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Coding teaches you how to think.
Below are resources for kids (and adults) to learn more about the exciting world of coding!
Web Apps 

Scratch – Developed by MIT, Scratch is one of the best coding sites out there. Scratch teaches and allows students to create fun games while learning all about coding. There are some wonderful video tutorials, so even if you know absolutely nothing about coding, you will be off and running in no time!
Blockly – nice tutorials which guide students in the basics of coding.
Mobile Apps 

Daisy the Dino – Learn the basics of computer programming with Daisy the Dinosaur! This free, fun app has an easy drag and drop interface that kids of all ages can use to animate Daisy to dance across the screen.
Hopscotch – Using this beautiful, intuitive programming language, kids can unleash their creativity and build their own games, animations and programs.
 
Kodable – Kodable is a free educational iPad game offering a kid-friendly introduction to programming concepts and problem solving. For kids ages 5 and up, and tools for grownups too!

5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

With the Hour of Code coming up (December 9-15), here is a great infographic from Kodable explaining why coding is such a useful skill for kids (and adults) to learn.

5 Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

Changing the Default Image Size in Blogger App for iDevices

If you or your students use Blogger for ePortfolios like mine do, at some point, you’ll want to try out the Blogger App for iPad and Android devices. It’s very straight forward, simple to use and enables student to post on the fly!  One of the issues that I’ve noticed though is that the default image size makes the photos too big and they begin taking over the side bar on the blog.  Here is an easy way to fix that issue in just a few easy taps.

Blogger Image Settings

Open the Blogger App

  1. Tap on the gear icon
  2. Tap Image resolution
Open the Blogger App

Change Image Resolution

Set it to Large (400×300) and tap done.

Change Image Resolution

Create New Blog Post

  1. Add a post title (remember to capitalize)
  2. Write your post
  3. Add appropriate labels (ie: gr3)
  4. Take a photo by launching the camera app, or add a photo from the camera roll.
Create New Blog Post

Before and After

Notice the way the X-large image takes over part of the side bar.
The large image does not.

Before and After
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