I regularly get teachers asking me for a website with timers and yes, there are cute and exciting ones I can share but if you want a quick one, check out Google!
Just open Google Chrome and type in the word Timer and the amount of time you want on your timer then watch the countdown begin! It's a fast way to get a timer going especially if you're like me and always have an Google Chrome window open. Remember in Google Chrome, your address bar (known as your omnibox) does everything.
When you're on a website and want to get back to the homepage, what do you do? Many people look for the "home" button but there's an easier way that I learned about 13 years ago when I worked for an online store. Most websites make their logo clickable and it will take you back to the homepage. It's surprising to me how many people don't know this little trick. In fact, I showed a teacher just this morning.
Watch this 1 minute video to see it in action!
A few weeks ago a teacher asked me how I got two windows share the screen so quickly and evenly. Several years ago Microsoft advertised this one click feature before they released Windows 7 and as soon as I got a computer with Windows 7 I figured out how to make this feature work. Here's a pic if you're not sure what I'm talking about:
This is a great tool to use in the classroom (and one I use often) because you can show two things at once equally without having to click back and forth! Below is a short video of how to make it happen. This is seriously one of my favorite tricks because it's so useful!
This is something teachers often ask me to show them how to do and it's really quite simple. If you want to create a shortcut to a website on your desk top, you can just drag the small picture by the web address to the desktop. Below is a picture of what you drag to your desktop. You'll need to have your desktop and the website showing.
This super short video will show you how to do it too.
About Tech Bytes
This idea stemmed from a Twitter chat with the my #connectEDtl PLN when we were talking about how better to break down technology in to simpler chunks. Cate Tolnai from Loomis USD decided to partner on this to put it in to action! This is true collaboration in action!
If you have a Tech Byte you'd like to share or something you'd like to know how to do, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org