Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Teacher Blogger Meet Up Blog Hop & Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I attended the Indiana Blogger Meet Up in French Lick, Indiana.  I met so many bloggers and blog followers, won some terrific prizes, and learned a lot about blogging too!  Click {HERE} to read my previous post on all the fun we had!  
After lunch on Saturday, we had sort of a round table discussion on blogging shortcuts, classroom tips, and Pinterest tricks.  It was so informative that we thought we'd share what we learned with our audiences through a blog hop!
Frame by The 3am Teacher
Blog Touch is the best app I've found for blogging from my iPhone.  I like it because you can create links in your text and change the font.  If you like to blog from your phone, I'd recommend this app.  One thing to note- when you connect the app to your blog, the only posts that show up are the ones created on your phone, so don't freak out and think they are gone!
 
PicMonkey is a great FREE site to edit photos for your blog.  While you can upgrade and use every feature on the site, there are plenty that are free!  It's $33 a year or $4.95 a month if you're interested in signing up, but I just use the free features and I can do pretty much everything I want to with my pictures.  You can do all the basics like crop, add text, sharpen, brighten, straighten, and add your own image (blog button).  You can also whiten teeth, add lip & cheek color, give yourself a tan, and make yourself THINNER!  Yes, I said it.  You can make everyone thinner!  That's not even a paid feature!  
If you've never been on PicMonkey, go on and try it out.  Just click the image above!

My last blogging tip is how to leave your blog name as a link in the 
comment section of someone else's blog- like I did below.
Just follow the directions in the picture below:
Why don't you practice leaving your blog link in my comment section below!

Holly, our fearless leader of the weekend, had a great idea for a teacher tool swap.  We wrapped up one of our favorite teachery tools and after a cute story Amanda Pauley wrote, we all had a different gift.  Mine was Expo Neon Markers for dry erase boards and windows from Brenda Frady.

Holly lined up tons of great door prizes and mine was a Boogie Board!  I'd never seen these before, but now I want more so I can use them in small groups at school!
Click the picture above to see the company's website.

Now it's your turn to get in on the action...
 Someone will win all of the prizes pictured here {and more}! It could totally be you!  
Enter through the Rafflecopter on the very last post in the hop!
Thanks for stoppin' by!  Now it's on to Whitney's blog.
Click Whitney's blog button below for the next stop on this blog hop! Then, keep going until you find the pot of gold {a.k.a. Rafflecopter} at the end of the rainbow blog hop! :)

28 comments:

  1. I'm trying out your tip.....thanks for sharing fun things from the blogger meet up. Now I feel like I was there, (almost) :)
    Learning with Mrs. Langley

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    1. WooHoo! Glad I could be of help!

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  3. I love ya, Dana! It was so great to hang out again! You are so darn smart and inspiring! Can't wait to share more ideas and fun times in Vegas!!

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    1. Holly you're so sweet! You do know that next year's Indiana Blogger Meet Up will probably be triple the attendance of this year's, right?? You rock!

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  4. I hopped on over to your blog now. I am practicing how to add my blog name as a link. I was just really, not even faking it, trying to figure out how to to do that. Wish me luck!
    Renee at The Science School Yard

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    1. Renee- did you recognize my example? It's my comment on your Currently post! Ha

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  5. It only took me 17 times, but I got it. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I always hate to ask someone how to do something, so thanks for helping! Do you save it so you don't have to keep typing it over? Do you have a way to make it in color so it shows a link? Sorry, now I am so excited!

    Renee at The Science School Yard

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    1. Don't be afraid to ask!! I keep it in a Word document on my desktop so I can copy and paste it quickly and easily! As for the color, You might can change the color before you copy it, I don't know, never thought of doing that before...
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Sounds like y'all had a lot of fun! Thanks for the great tips and giveaway!

    Katie :)
    KTP: Keep Teaching and Planning!

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  7. I'm going to have to try the Blog Touch!

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    1. Let me know what you think of it! Thanks for hoppin' by Amy!

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  8. It was so nice to meet you Dana. THANK YOU for all of the tips you shared! I will be re-organizing my clip art. On my summer to do list!
    Teaching in Blue Jeans

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    1. Amy it was wonderful to meet you too!

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  9. It was wonderful meeting you! I am so jealous of your prizes! I must have that boogie board & those markers :o)
    Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations

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  10. I'm so glad you came to this meet up! I'm a big fan of yours! :)

    First Grade STARS

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  11. Love love loved meeting you!!! Thanks for all of the tips!!!

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  12. It was so great meeting you!! ...and your tips were fantastic! As a new blogger, I need all the help I can get! : ]

    Smack Dab in the Middle

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  13. I am so happy that I had the chance to meet and chat with you! You are awesome. I hope you are having a relatively easy recovery!
    Stacey
    Teaching Ever After

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  14. So glad you're enjoying those neon window markers! They're lots of fun, aren't they? It was great to meet you in person after having stalked you for a couple years! I'm so looking forward to our next meet up!

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  15. I've been hearing so much about these Boogie Boards lately and they look great!!
    It looks like you guys had a lot of fun. I know have those Expo markers on my shopping list!!
    Melissa
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

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  16. Glad you were at the meet up. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

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