As I was creating some stuff yesterday, I realized that I've learned a lot in the last year and a half since I started making games and printables for my classroom. As a first year ESE teacher (what we call sped), I didn't have a lot of resources. Another ESE teacher who was about to retire had given me a bunch of stuff, but a lot of it was old and it felt overwhelming. Usually I was wanting something very specific that was tailored to my students' needs. That's when I decided I would try to make my own stuff, and it took off from there! I wish I had a copy of the very first game I made, but I've since revamped it and saved over the original. I'm amazed at how different my creating is now compared to when I first started out.
I thought I would share with you guys some of the awesome things I've learned that make it easier to create your own stuff. Some of the things I've learned through tutorials from other great bloggers and others have just been trial and error.
I use Powerpoint to create things so this video will show you how to group several objects at once. This will let you move several objects at once as a group. I also show you how to use the nudge feature (amazing & simple) and how I measure distance to keep things evenly spaced. Please ignore my loud children in the background!!!
One video that I've found from I Teach, What's Your Super Power? teaches you how to change the color on a background or picture. How awesome is that? I've been LOVING it!!! The only word of caution I have is to make sure that the vendor that you brought the background or clip art from allows you to do color changes. Click on her blog button to check out the video.
Making It As A Middle School Teacher has an awesome tutorial on how to use the website Wordmark.It to easily see your fonts and choose the best one for a printable. Click on her blog button to check it out.
If you're like me, you have a font OBSESSION! I love fonts, especially FREE ones! Hello First Grade! is an awesome blog by itself......but then she started adding free fonts. Oh man, you can't get better than that! Click on her blog button and it will take you to her page. As you scroll down the page, you will see she has a list of all her fonts on the right side.......then set aside half an hour to download them all!