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Productivity Technology Ideas

Productivity Technology Ideas

Avoid Pop-Up Ads in YouTube

If you type _popup before the question mark on the web address of any YouTube video, then it will take off all of the ads and any other surrounding videos that the students could possibly click on. For example, this video on adding fractions has a YouTube URL of If I change it and add the _popup, it looks like this: Now it opens full screen without any annoying ads.


Use the Awesome Screenshot Extension to Annotate Quickly

This fabulous free Chrome extension allows you to annotate on any website and take a screenshot of it. This makes it perfect for creating handouts for students or adult learners. You can even blur out things on the page, like student names.


Stop Accidentally Closing a Critical Tab

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly closing out the tab of a website that I need to continue using in Chrome. Now there’s a way to prevent that. Open the site you want to keep open. Right-click on the tab of the site and select Pin Tab. Now the tab won’t close, even if you close out of the browser. It will still be there when you reopen Chrome. To unpin the tab, do the same thing and select Unpin.


Make a New, Fun Background for Your Computer Desktop

  • Open a new Google Slide

  • Right-click on the slide and select Apply Layout — Blank.

  • Click on Insert — Image — Search the Web. (By the way, did you know that the graphics you find here are legal to use in your work and for your students?)

  • In the Search for Images box on the right-hand side of your screen, type in something you would like to use as the background for your desktop (clouds, beach, brick wall, etc.). Find one you like and drag it onto the slide (or click on the background and then click Insert on the bottom right). Resize the picture by dragging with the handles until it covers the slide.

  • Send it to the back.

  • Go to Insert — Shape — Shapes and find some shapes that you want to use to create boxes on your desktop. (These boxes can hold shortcuts to your folders and files and help to keep them organized.) Create the boxes and place them where you want them to appear.

  • Add color with the Fill option.

  • (If you have a Bitmoji of yourself, feel fee to add it in now.)

  • Save the whole thing as a JPEG.

  • Go to your computer settings and the JPEG as a background.


Flaticon, the largest database of free vector icons

Download all icons in SVG, PSD, PNG, EPS format or as webfonts

Would you like to take a Computer slide and be able to bring it to a printer to make Vector graphics to use on a T Shirt?

Word Art, Text and Shapes can be converted to a Vector Graphics. If you want an image on your T-shirt, then use Flaticon has free and for pay images to use.


Bitmoji – your own personal emoji

Bitmoji is your own personal emoji. Create an expressive cartoon avatar, choose from a growing library of moods and stickers - featuring YOU! Put them into any text message, chat or status update.

There are a variety of uses for Bitmoji. Look at You tube videos for creative ways to use bitmoji's in your classroom.


Slides Mania | Free Google Slides themes and PowerPoint templates.

The best Google Slides themes and pptx templates. Your PowerPoint or Google Slides presentations will never be the same! 100% Free for personal or commercial use. Welcome to SlidesMania!




No child ever has been, or ever will be deeply, personally invested in a worksheet. Amy Mayer, founder FriED Technology

Education technology and general education

This is a link to a tutorial videos by FriED Technology. The Google Trainings (both educator and administrator) have helped us leverage our staff to better promote (google Toosl)." Cody Levrets Tyler ISD Coordinator Instructional Technology

Doodle Buddy – Instructional Technology

Tutorials and suggestions on using Doodle Buddy

Doodle Buddy

An app of endless possibilities!

Doodle Buddy is a FREE iPad or iPhone application that is literally like an enhanced, digital whiteboard. It can be used for so many purposes and by people of all ages from Pre-K to an adult, and by people of all technological capabilities. It is user friendly, easy to use, and the possibilities are endless. Using Doodle Buddy, you can draw, write, virtually finger paint, and even stamp pictures onto fun backgrounds that are provided within the app.
Doodle Buddy has endless possibilities and never gets boring. You don't have to draw a picture with just one color, there are over 44,000 colors to choose from in the form of a paintbrush, a glitter pen, chalk, and text. You have the option to free hand your drawings and creations, use a stencil, or even become an artist and smudge the image you have created. In addition to the drawing features, Doodle Buddy also provides fun stamps and backgrounds to include in your app. If you mess up, you can use the eraser tool to erase what you have done, or you can simply shake the iPad to clear the screen. This is a great way to create a piece of digital art, or even a great way to make practicing math and writing a littler more interesting.
Doodle Buddy doesn't just end on your iPad, you have the option to save your Doodles and e-mail them to a friend. This means if you are particularly proud of your creation, you can save it and share with everybody you know, or even better, if you have been working really hard on a school assignment, like writing sight words or math facts, you can save them and e-mail them to yourself or your teacher to use for studying later.




Simply take any photo, draw a line to make a mouth, and record your voice. Then share your Pix with friends and family as silly greetings, playful messages, creative cards, or even fancy book reports. And best of all, it’s FREE! AGES: 6-12.

“ChatterPix Kids” does not collect any personal information or include sharing features.

Remove Background from Image –

Remove Image Background: 100% automatically – in 5 seconds – without a single click – for free.

Use this to add a picture and remove any background image elements that are not transparent that you do not want to show in your picture.


Putting a Spark in Remote Learning | TechNotes Blog

Remote learning is causing all students and teachers to step outside their comfort zones. Adobe Spark can bring energy back into education.

free powerpoint game

15 Free PowerPoint Game Templates for Teachers

A list of free PowerPoint game templates for Jeopardy, Family Feud, Price is Right, Deal or No Deal, Wheel of Fortune, Cash Cab, and more.

You can include question on these game templates to encourage, letter knowledge, number identification, vocabulary enrichment, and much more. Some of the games are more appropriate for older children. However, most of these have a feature that you add the question. The only limit is your imagination.

Stay at home games

These are very funny game templates for children. All the slides contain cute illustrations to set your kids’ imagination in motion. Bright colors are a good way to keep their attention at all times, and the typography is casual and cool. But the main highlight here is the proper slides: there are several trivia questions with audio clips and clickable buttons, turning it into an interactive experience. This means you can enter your own questions and then link them to other slides according to your needs. Go ahead and design your own quiz game!


Create unique experiences with interactive images, videos & 360° media — ThingLink

Seamlessly make your images, videos, and 360 content interactive with text, links, images, videos and over 70 call to actions, creating memorable experiences for any audience.

Make your own linking activities that children can use when they hover over that icon on the image. or can link to a video. Your imagination is your only limit.

digital digs

Pre-K Digital Digs

Dream It, Digitize it, Drop it here!

This padlet is a collaboration of prekindergarten teachers in Texas. The padlet was started by ESC 9. All prekindergarten teachers in Texas are invited to contribute and use these resources.


Wakelet – Save, organize and share content

Wakelet is a combination of Pinterest, a bookmark manager and padlet. Use Wakelet to organize and store your favorite website links and ideas.


Gimkit | Live Quiz Learning Game

Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win.

Create your own games that are similar. The format is similar to kahoot.


Welcome Back

Virtual Classroom Signs | TechNotes Blog

If you've created your own virtual classroom, library, or office, learn how to use text and word generators to add fun background signs.

Bitmoji Classrooms

The Latest Educational Tool: Bitmoji Classrooms | TechNotes Blog

Join other educators in learning how to create a Bitmoji of yourself and a virtual space for learning in this fun, two-part webinar series.

This shared google slides link will take you to over a dozen premade art frames to use in your google slides.


Nature Cat

Virtual Field Trip: Explore the Outdoors with Nature Cat | PBS Education

Your source for teaching inspiration, blogs, and online professional events.

Virtual Field Trips from PBS teacher lounge/blog

Virtual backgrounds

Distance Learning in Style – Virtual Backgrounds from PBS KIDS | PBS Education

Your source for teaching inspiration, blogs, and online professional events.