Using Padlet in the classroom~a bright idea!

Welcome to another Bright Ideas blog hop!!! 

I am super excited for this one because I use my idea all.the.time!

Have you ever heard of Padlet before? 

If not...you're in luck! This absolutely FREE and easy to use tech tool will be a hit in your classroom and your students will LOVE it. I promise:)

Padlet is one of the easiest ways to collaborate and communicate with your students! 

First create an account. You will have a dashboard that looks like this!

Click on create new padlet. Once you do, you will see what looks like a blank space with a side bar on the right. 

The bottom icon is the modify wall button. Click on that!

Once you click this button you will be able to add your Title, description, and change your portrait. I always find an image that matches my title. 



Next, I would make sure I change the layout of the responses. I recommend grid. I like to see the nice clean and organized boxes. When you choose free form, they get all over the place, often on top of each other. I don't like that.  Can we say, OCD??? 

Then when you are ready, you want to export your Padlet. I choose the embed one, copy it and paste it into my class Weebly website. This makes it super easy for the kids to respond. 



Once you have it embedded, you're all set! 
DONE and DONE:) 
Your students can now respond to your topic! 

Here is an example of one I did just Thursday night! I gave my students an assignment to watch a MLK short video. Then they had to post two things they learned and one question they still had. I used this for my lesson on Friday.  You can check it out HERE on my classroom website!
Once it is posted to your website of choice, all the student has to do is double click somewhere on the blank space and a box will come up. There will be a space for your name and your response!
SO EASY!

 Now it is your turn to try! 
I want to know how YOU will use this in YOUR classroom? Leave a comment on the padlet below:) 



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Have a fantastic weekend!!!


Good bye 2014 with a sale!

It's that time again, time to say good bye to another year and ring in a new one! I just wanted to write a quick post to let you all know my store is on sale TODAY and TOMORROW for 20% off!
thank you Megan from I Teach, What's Your Superpower for this really cute button!

Happy New Year!

See you in 2015!


2015 is SO close!~giveaway!

Happy holidays my friends! Like many of you, I am on break and enjoying every minute! This year I get 3 weeks off! It's SO exciting and very much needed! I fully plan on doing the following:

blogging
creating
updating
sleeping
going to the gym
working on quarter 3 plans
catching up with friends and family
organizing my new house
playing with my fur babies
spending evenings with my hubby
going to the pool
going to the beach
and most of all...RELAXING!

My husband and I had our family dinner the other night and that is all we had plans for. The rest of this break is me time....my husband works...A LOT:( It will be nice though to spend time with him when he comes home rather than working in my office!

Since 2015 is right around the corner, I wanted to make something that I could use for 2015!

I wanted to create something that was also not just for 2015, but teachers could use year after year. So...I made calendars with dates and without dates. I also made them with clip art and dates, and with clip art and without dates. All printer friendly black and white!
I really love how they turn out! I like to add text boxes for important classroom information! These calendars can go in their home/school binders!

I would love to give a copy away! Leave your email and tell me how you would use them! I will pick a winner tomorrow afternoon!

Plan on seeing a lot of me over break! I have a ton of catching up to do:)

Happy Holidays!

Cyber Monday Sale~Shop 'til you Drop!

I am so ready for this sale! My cart is full and I am ready to shop 'til I drop!

My store will be an extra 20% off!

I have marked a few winter items if mine an extra 50% off for this sale! Use the code to get another 28% on top of that! WOW!

One thing I do every year is have a Polar Express Party! I use my unit for all my fun activities! 


I also like to write some winter poetry! It's a bit harder to do here in Hawaii since we don't have snow! I still do this and they have so much fun!


I know you have heard of the Turkey in Disguise project! I have created a unit just for Frosty and his new suit! 

Have fun shopping!!!

Field Trip Fun~Polynesian Cultural Center!

Yesterday we heading out for an all day field trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center! 

It was  lot of fun and the kids had a blast!
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a Polynesian-themed park where students get to visit different islands that make up this culture! 

Here is a look at our day!

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We also got to see an IMAX movie! 

This theater was awesome. There is a tiny hole in the seat in front of you that sprays water and wind. The seats shake and move up and down! There is even speakers in the head part of the chair! SO FUN!


There is so much more to do at the PCC...if you are ever in Hawaii, I would highly recommend you go here! 

Have a great weekend!


Party Points~whole class incentive FREEBIE

How has your weekend been going? Mine has been super lazy! I took Friday off to, well, get a root canal! It's been a sleepy and painful weekend! I would have rather been to work on Friday then go through that! If you follow me on IG...you saw my picture right after...and boy was I numb! 

Well today is another day of rest and eating anything soft! 

I wanted to share with you something in my class that has worked wonders! 

I know you have heard of the marble jar, the brownie points, spelling out words to earn a whole class incentive! I wanted to do something simple yet fun for the kids. I call it...Party Points!

I printed this out on card stock and laminated it. Every day my class wins on the WBT scoreboard, I give them a party point by putting a smiley face in the box. . I never take party points away. If I win on the scoreboard, they just don't earn one for the day! 

Simple:) The kids have loved having an ice cream party, and extra recess afternoon!

Want to try this out yourself? Just click the picture above to get our freebie! I have them in 5 different colors:)

I'd love to hear what you think! 

Have a great start to your week!

Peek at the Week~editable freebie:)

Happy Monday Friends!
I am so glad to have tomorrow off....well, kinda. I have to get a root canal tomorrow..so...I take that back. I would rather be working:(

I want to share something today with you that has helped me plan for each week a little easier. This is my peek at the week!

I use this every week to help give myself an outline of the week! It really helps me gather my thoughts. This one is not as neat as I usually write them...oh well! 

Since I love this so much, I have made an editable freebie for you! I included 3 different formats. Each format has the boxes filled with text I have added. Then I took the text out and made a blank copy! This way you can add your own text boxes in!


I hope you can use this and it makes your planning a little easier:)

Grab it HERE for free!