Hide Your Desktop Icons in One Easy Click

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Hi everyone! Let’s start the new year off right by being organized (or at least pretending to look organized). 😆

I saw someone use this tool and I knew I had to install it on my computer. I love to store files that I am currently working with on my desktop and as a result, my desktop can become quite cluttered. When I am presenting in front of large groups of teachers or students, I don’t want them to see my desktop. Although I try to keep it tidy, sometimes it just isn’t the case. This solution is quick and easy!

Click here to see a previous post about organizing your desktop.

This is a FREE app called HiddenMe Free: Hide Desktop Icons. It is available in the Mac App Store. Download it and then you will have a small black circle in your menu bar. Once you click on it, you can hide your desktop icons like magic! Additionally, you can set up a hotkey that will automatically hide your icons when you press those keys you’ve set up. Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 10.39.07 AM

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Happy clean desktop to all! 👩🏼‍💻

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Classroom Screen: The Best Screen for Every Classroom

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Ok guys, this is cool. As soon as I saw it, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

When I have my students work on a project, I typically use my big screen to display a QR code, set of directions, maybe a diagram for students to follow, timer, etc. As you can imagine, that’s a great deal of various windows to have up on your screen at once. Well, that is no longer the case. Laurens Koppers, a teacher in the Netherlands, saw a need for this and he created one screen that has all of these options for teachers. This is one of those great tools for teachers to use on a daily basis. There are options for a random name generator, sound levels for classroom management, QR code display, text for directions or assignment guidelines, timer, clock, and a traffic light for students to monitor their behavior.

www.classroomscreen.com

All you do is pick which widget you want up on the board for that particular working period and your students can refer back to the board for the information they need while they are working.

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This is an example of the screen I was using today. I love to use timers because my classes are so short. Then, I always have the steps for our projects up on the screen so my students can refer to those if they forget a step.

 

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Tips and tricks from the creator of this site.

I hope that you find this as useful as I did when I saw it a few days ago. I think it’s a great tool for teachers!

Cheers! 🎉

Create Transparent Images in Keynote and Preview

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Happy New Year! I am so excited to share this cool tip with you all! It is with two of the most powerful tools: Keynote and Preview!

What I typically do is use Keynote and create images that I use in many other projects. After I create my graphic, I take a screen shot of my image or I save the file to my computer as an image. From there, I open Preview on my Mac and I use the Instant Alpha tool to erase the white background that came along with my screen shot. This was very time-consuming because I was making over 20 images to use in one project.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S AN EASY FIX FOR THIS!!! I discovered that you can create your image in Keynote and copy your entire image and use Preview for Mac to create your graphic with a transparent background. After you copy all elements of your image, paste to your clipboard and export the file as a .png (Portable Network Graphics) file. HOORAY! Don’t you love it when you find a simple solution! So, here’s how to do this on your Mac!

Visual Instructions:

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*Make sure you uncheck the Alpha box.

Text Instructions:

  1. Use shapes to create your image. This can be anything from photos to badges you want to make for your classroom.
  2. After you have everything the way you want it, select all (Command A) and then copy all of these elements (Command C)
  3. Open Preview
  4. Click File>New From Clipboard
  5. Your image will appear and it is the perfect size, too! Just the elements from your creation!
  6. File>Export (make sure you uncheck Alpha because it is saving it as a transparent image)
  7. Now you have your perfect image with no white in the background!

Cheers! 🎉