Thursday, December 15, 2011

Let the Readers Speak

What would you like to hear about in 2012?  Are there any techie topics you are dying to learn more about?  I want to hear from my readers.  Please click on the link below.  This will take you to a Google Form I've created.  Feel free to fill out multiple responses!  The more the merrier!  Your contact info is completely optional and will be kept confidential.  I promise not to sell your info to any annoying companies!  Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chromebooks Coming to Leyden

As you may have heard during the announcements today, the rumors are true!  Each Leyden student will receive a Chromebook at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.  Want to learn more about the Chromebook?  Check out the video below.  Also, be sure to stay updated through the informational website made for the Leyden Community.  If you want to see a Chromebook in person, see me anytime!  Next year is going to be an exciting year at Leyden!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Logotype Maker

A few days ago on Twitter, I heard about Logotype Maker.  So I went to the website and found a goldmine!  I simply typed in "Mrs. D" and it generated a slew of logos.  You can even make simple changes to the logos and save them.  You don't even need to create an account, which is a huge plus!  I'm very impressed with this free site.  I thought of a handful of ways this could be useful:

1. Brainstorming ideas for our logo projects
2. Creating a quick, simple logo for websites or blogs
3. Add a logo as a signature in email
4.  Personalize projects for your other classes

I could go on all day.  I highly recommend you check out Logotype Maker!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I don't know about you all, but I'm sick of PowerPoint!  I've starting using Prezi and SlideRocket more and am currently in the process of kicking PowerPoint out the door!

Check out SlideRocket in the Chrome Web Store.  You can surprise your teacher with a dynamic, creative presentation.  SlideRocket takes the same amount of time as creating a PowerPoint.  When you open SlideRocket for the first time, you can take their 5 minute tour, which will show you the basics.

Some other great presentation tools to check out are Vuvox and Prezi.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Is There a "Free" Photoshop?

I often get asked by my design students if there is a "free" version of Photoshop.  Yes there is, but only for 30 days!  I'm sure this is not the answer they were looking for.  The good news is there are plenty of image editing apps out there for free!  My personal favorite is Aviary Image Editor.

Aviary is the closest I've found to Photoshop.  It doesn't have as many bells and whistles, but it does the trick for basic image editing and creation.  I do have to admit some of Aviary's features function differently than Photoshop, which does take a little getting used to.  You can find some great tutorials on Aviary's YouTube Channel.

I am a big fan of the Aviary Suite.  For Adobe Illustrator users, Aviary Vector Editor a great free alternative.  It contains several key features from Illustrator, including the pen and pencil tools, text, gradients, and shapes.  In addition to their visual applications, Aviary also has an audio editor and music creator.  You can find the entire Aviary Suite in the Chrome Web Store!