Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Totally Terrific Teacher Tools @ Home

Totally Terrific Teacher Tools @ Home Linky

In honor of my new Silhouette Cameo that just arrived, I want to host my first linky!

There are linkys about teacher resources at school.  BUT, I want to know what tools you have at home that you absolutely can’t live with out!  Because we all know, despite popular opinion, that a teacher’s workday doesn’t end when we leave school…we keep working, many of us for hours. 

So, what tools do you depend on while you’re at home to create for your classroom?  What tools do you use  to create your own products?  To make other teachers drool with envy?  What tools make your life easier when you’re “not working” at home?

Think for a second what tools you’ve invested in that make creating easier and fancier…it may be something as simple as a printer, a glue gun, a really awesome teacher bag or maybe something fancier like a special software, crafty tool or Silhouette or maybe a never-ending supply of caffeine (like my tea collection)!

Here is what to do:
*Copy the picture at the beginning of the post/or grab the code and include this in your post*
*Link back to this post*
*Share at least 3 totally terrific tools you depend on.  Share why you depend on them and why other teachers might want to invest.  Include pictures of the tool if you can and maybe projects you’ve created with it.*
*Share at least 1 teacher tool on your teacher wish list – something you know would change your teacher game*

Totally Terrific Teacher Tools I Own
1.  My printer/scanner/copier.  We went for ages with no printer at home.  I got this as a birthday present, and it’s made such a huge difference.  Probably 99% of you have had a printer for years, so I don’t need to explain how amazing it is to have one.  Only down side, this is just a black & white printer…I love that it scans, you wouldn’t believe how often it comes in handy to scan things.  Mine is the Brother brand and works perfectly - even prints double sided!
2.  My Silhouette – that I haven’t used yet, but am absolutely sure will change how I create at home!  If you have any pointers or tips, please share!  If you’ve created a Pinterest board, be sure to leave a comment!  I have a lot to learn. 
Even Ellie is excited!
3.  My teacher bag!  I know this seems lame, but this Thirty-One bag has helped me keep my super disorganized self, semi-organized.  This bag really helped me get my act together!  Plus everyone loves it – even the cats!
4.  A scotch laminator.  I can’t technically write “my” before this tool, because a special family member lends this to me when I need it.  I was doubtful after buying the laminating sheets. They seem so thin, but once they go through the laminator…holy moly they rock!   I’ve heard you can get the laminating sheets cheap at Costco… This little laminator puts to shame the laminator we have at school and I’ll have to make sure to control myself and only laminate things I really want to last.

Totally Terrific Teacher Tools on My Wish List
1.  A color printer.  I love my printer/scanner/copier, but oh how I long for a color printer!  If you have a color printer, share what brand you have.  Is it crazy expensive to refill the cartridges?  Any recommendations?  Our school’s color printers are notoriously lacking ink.

2.  I'm dying for a Thistle Girl Designs membership.  I just don't know if it's worth it...

I wish I had more amazing tools to share, but I’m still new to the creating at home game.  I’m dying to see what you all use to create all the amazing things I've seen on your blogs.

Thanks for linking up!

Mrs. Castro
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  1. I love this linky! Thank you for starting it :)

    Miss V's Busy Bees
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    1. Just wanted to let you know about the laminator being on sale at Amazon! It's about $30.00 ... click here for it! :)


  2. Love everything you shared! I will be linking up for sure!

  3. This is a great idea for a linky. I'm going to think on it and link up later this week. We don't have a printer at home and I really want one. I keep telling Chris but he says we need to wait until we get a new computer. I still want one though!
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

    1. The printer is a game changer! But a color printer would probably be a dimension changer!

  4. Other than my Cricut and the same laminator, I can't really think of more tools. hit the nail on the head with that laminator! It's such higher quality than the one at my school as well and it's very easy to use. My only complaint is that you can't laminate anything bigger than a standard piece of paper. That's just a tiny complaint though! :) Newest follower!

    Classroom Compulsion

    1. Thanks for stopping by Rebecca! I absolutely LOVE your blog! You've inspired me to do an owl theme next year!

  5. Printers... well what you really want is an all-in-one and wireless doesn't hurt! I have 4 printers, crazy I know but tech is my thing, not clothes and jewelry or shoes. Three are HP and I love them. I confess I broke down and got a Cannon printer for my classroom only because it was super cheap. My favorite is my HP Photosmart Wireless All-in-One and if you print multiple pages then you should make sure it has a top loader. Like a packet you want to print out has 5 pages, u put them all in the loader at once. I hate having to put a paper, print, repeat. Also make sure you check how many pages per minute it can print. As for ink, best to get one with multiple cartilages. You might think, but 4 instead of 2? Yes! There was a huge court case over this. One black ink and one colored ink cartilage meant that you had to replace the colored ink cartilage when a color you needed was out but the other colors might still have plenty in it. Our schools logo is mainly blue so I go through a lot of blue. I replace it more often than the others. I could not imagine my life without my all-in-one printer, well after my computer of course. :)

  6. I must get a laminator!! We have a big one at school that I use all the time, but it takes 5 years to warm up! It's great for big things, but a personal laminator would be the BEST for labels & little things!

    1. Honestly, that laminator takes forever! This little laminator is so much better!
      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. Love this linky idea! I want a laminator at home very badly. We also have a big one at school that takes forever to warm up AND it's on the other side of the school. I am going to think for awhile on this as well and then link up with you.


    1. Can't wait to see what you share! I keep borrowing the laminator from my Dad's work...but that can only go on so long. I should just break down and get one.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. The Thistlegirl lifetime membership is totally worth it, in my opinion! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  9. Sorry it took me so long to link up!

  10. You'll have to let me know how you like the Silhouette, and if its worth the money! I'm kind of dying to get one now! oh p.s. I just linked up! Amber@ The Teacher Life

    1. Thanks for linking up Amber - you have some great tools! *jealous of some*

  11. The Thistle Girl Designs membership is totally worth it, in my opinion. I signed up for a year, then web it was time to renew- I went for the lifetime membership. I use her graphics all the time for school things and my class web page.

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