Raise your hand if you are on social media. Chances are if you are reading this, you probably are on some type of social media account (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). If you love social media and you love saving money (who doesn’t!?) then I want to share with you some Facebook money-saving guru’s, that put a lot of work into their sites in order to help us save money. A BIG thanks you to these admins, by the way!
As a teacher who loves to teach with technology, I am always looking at new ways to teach my social studies classes. I have found a lot of apps but most of them cost money. There is a site that I am constantly looking at and it is a Facebook page called Free Technology for Teachers, (or on the web at freetech4teachers.com) created by a man named Richard Byrne. Apparently, I am not the only one that loves this site, because it has almost 300,000 followers! One of my favorite finds there, which I had never heard of before, is iCivics. They are games for students and teachers, teaching about the Supreme Court, the Bill of Rights and laws. My students loved these games so much that they have played them outside of school. Currently, one of the posts is “How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets.”
For those of you that use the Google add-on called Flippity (creating flashcards), this will come in handy for any type of review game. Other awesome ideas by the admin of this site are things like “how to import quizzes into Socrative,” and “How to create a multimedia timeline on Timeline.” So, if free technology in your classroom is your thing, check out “Free Technology for Teachers” on Facebook and give them some awesome credit for all their hard work!
Another Facebook site that I LOVE is called “Surviving a Teachers Salary.” The admin of this site knows how much teachers like to save money! This too is a very popular Facebook page with almost 350,000 likes! Apparently a lot of teachers like to save money! The description of this site is the following: “For educators & parents who promote educational values and are trying to live within their budget. Find Deals, Crafts, Resources, Reviews, and more!” Boy do they do that! Some examples for savings are links to things like Vinyl Wall Art, totes, balance ball chairs, tie dye kits, throw blankets and even shipping codes.
This site doesn’t just offer deals on stuff, they link to curriculum sites. One example, they link to FREE sites that teach kid’s to code, a lot of teachers pay for these sites out of their own pockets! They also offer FREE pin tables, writing prompts and much more!
One last site I want to tell you guys about is a site called TotallyTarget.com on Facebook or www.totallytarget.com on the web. This site has been one that I have followed for years! With almost 200,000 followers just on their Facebook site, it appears that lots of other people find this site helpful too. If you have been following my blog, you will know that I am already obsessed with saving money at Target. I am fairly certain that this site was one of the reasons why! Now, this Facebook site is a little different because it basically links you to the actual website of TotallyTarget.com and once you get there, you will NOT regret it! The author of this website finds the best deals at local Targets and shares the wealth. There are photos of the local deals right from the shelves of Target along with best ways to save money and mix and match. They offer links to online coupons that can bring the price even lower. How amazing, huh?
Check these sites out if you are looking to save some money! You will NOT regret it!
Kristi Reinke, 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher in Minot, North Dakota