About Kimberly Larson

I am a high school graphic design & communications teacher who loves to teach other people about things that will make their lives easier.

For those of you who are traveling over

For those of you who are traveling over the holiday season – U.S. State Dept. to change #passport policy http://bit.ly/1T8dhAS


Some Awesome Things Happening In Education

I just returned from the GaETC conference and I started thinking about all of the amazing things happening in education. Long are the days of the teacher standing in the front of the classroom and lecturing all week only to have a test on Fridays! Check out these amazing things we are doing in the classroom nowadays:

  • Pear Deck – Gain student engagement through interactive presentations. The students can answer questions through your PPT type presentation and results can be displayed on the board and saved.
  • LinoIt – Sticky notes galore! Have students answer questions by adding a Post-It to your corkboard.
  • EDpuzzle  – site that allows users to select a video (YouTube, Uploaded, etc…) and customize it by editing, cropping, recording audio, and adding questions to make an engaging presentation or lesson. You can track who did/didn’t watch the video or answer your questions, the progress of students, and so much more. It’s completely FREE!
  • IF (formally known as IFTTT) – set up some recipes for success and productivity with the use of IFTTT.
  • SMALL Learning Labs – This might be the basis for the classroom of the future. Imagine walking into an empty room that becomes whatever learning environment you want it to be!
  • iAuditor – Originally created to assess safety on the worksite, iAuditor can be utilized in education by teachers to assess students or by administration to complete walk through observations quickly and easily.  The best part is when the observation is complete, iAuditor will email a document to the student or teacher who was observed with the results.
  • Quizizz – Quizizz is a free multiplayer quiz game for the classroom, similar to Kahoot, but the questions and answer options show up on participant’s device instead of on the teacher’s LCD projector screen.
  • Google Tone –  turns on your computer’s microphone (while the extension is on) and uses your computer’s speakers to exchange URLs with nearby computers connected to the Internet. You can use Google Tone to send the URL for any web page, including news stories, pictures, documents, blog posts, products, YouTube videos, recipes—even search results.
  • eMaze –  the next generation of online presentation software. Simply select any of our professionally designed free presentation templates to easily create an amazing visual experience for your audience. emaze features a proprietary state of the art HTML5 presentation maker that will create the slideshows,video presentations and even 3D presentations that you always dreamed of. (sample)

GaETC 2015 – Google Apps, Add-ons & Extensions (& other websites) from AP to IEP

GaETC 2015

Session Title: Google Apps, Add-ons & Extensions (& other websites) from AP to IEP

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:25 PM
Room: Marriott Salon A-B
Description: Share and explore some of the amazing Google Apps, app-ons, and extensions (and other websites) that will aid not only you but your students in productivity and professionalism. Differentiate assignments and lessons by providing tools that connect with their learning styles.

Note: To view my speaker notes, click on the gear icon above and click “open speaker notes”

Adobe Brackets


I’m in love with Adobe Brackets for web coding! The fact that you can have your HTML and CSS up side-by-side makes me smile! I’m still working on a way to get more than two columns. I admit, I like that Sublime Text allows you to have up to 4 different windows open at the same time.

Below you’ll find a list of some of my favorite Adobe Brackets Add-Ons! I’d love to hear what your favorite add-ons or themes would be by replying to this post!

Waka Time
Automatic time tracking and analytics about your programming.
More info…
Brackets Css Color Preview
preview the colors within css file
More info…
Brackets Trello
NeoBrackets Working Group
Sync tasks with Trello
Translated into 3 languages, including yours
Konstantin Kobs
Show colors you used in your CSS file before as code hints.
More info…
Directory Search
Louie Almeda
Search files within your project directory in an intuitive and simple way.
More info…
Sergey Chikuyonok
High-speed HTML and CSS workflow
More info…
Jean Spiteri
Export a file or a selection to PDF.
More info…
Extract for Brackets (Preview)
Preview of Extract functionality inside Brackets. Extract design information and assets from a design comp via contextual code hints for CSS.
More info…
HTML Skeleton
Easily insert a variety of HTML elements into your document.
More info…
HTML Wrapper
Format <ul>, <ol>, <nav>, <select> and <tr> children tags with a single command. NOW with live demo.
More info…
Indent Guides
Lance Campbell
Show indent guides in the code editor.
More info…
Insert Copyright
Joe Ireland
A Brackets extension to insert a copyright notice at the top of your documents (Hotkey: Alt+C)
More info…
Lorem Ipsum
Lance Campbell
Generates Lorem Ipsum text automatically in any Brackets document.
More info…
Lorem Pixel
Alex Bardanov
Generate placeholder Images for every case
More info…
Senko Anton
The minimap shows a smaller version of your code at the right of the screen. It can be used to quickly scroll to a certain part of your file. This is a fork of brackets-wdminimap by Brian Adams
More info…
New Html5 Document
Yasin Kuyu
Brackets New Html5 document
More info…
Quick multi-cursor selection
Louie Almeda
Sublime’s quick text selection of next matching text (ctrl + D) implemented in brackets
More info…
Replace In Selection
This extension allows you to do a find and replace all within selected text. Shortcut is Ctrl-R
Simple To-Do
Oleg Koshelnikov
Simple to-do list for Brackets. Tasks can be stored in text files or Trello.
More info…
Jochen Hagentröm
Spell checking the Adobe Brackets Web Editor.
More info…
Mikael Jorhult
Display all TODO comments in current document or project.
More info…
Raymond Camden
Adds W3C validation support to Brackets.
More info…
Zoom wheel
Denis Gorin
Increase / Decrease Font Size with the Mouse Wheel
More info…

My Favorite Web Design / Development extensions / sites

Below you’ll find some of my favorite websites and extensions that I’ve used for web design / development but I’ve love to hear what are some of your favorite websites, software, extensions, and add-ons that you use for Web Design / Development? Reply to this post with your favorites!


Chrome Web Extensions:

  • Rescue Time
    • Tracks the time you spend in the active tab or window of Chrome, or your ChromeOS device. This gives you a clear picture of what you were actually doing all day, to better manage your digital life.
    • Click Here
  • CSS Viewer
  • Blue Button
    • Get an index of building blocks from any webpage, instantly. See title tags & meta description, scripts, stylesheets, images & fonts
    • Click Here
  • ColorZilla
    • Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Gradient Generator and other colorful goodies
    • Click Here
  • Page Ruler
    • Draw a ruler to get pixel dimensions and positioning, and measure elements on any web page
    • Click Here
  • Web Developer
    • Adds a toolbar button with various web developer tools. The official port of the Web Developer extension for Firefox
    • Click Here
  • Window Resizer
    • Resize browser window to emulate various screen resolutions
    • Click Here
  • Evernote Web Clipper
    • Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.
    • Click Here
  • LastPass
    • password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.
    • Click Here
  • Evernote Clearly
    • makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read anywhere.
    • Click Here
  • Disconnect
    • lets you visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history.
    • Click Here

FireFox Web Extensions:


  • Adobe Brackets
  • Sublime Text
    • Sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose.
      You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.
    • http://www.sublimetext.com/

#AdobeGenPro – App Development

Adobe Gen Pro - App

Adobe offers wonderful professional development opportunities via their Adobe Education Exchange! I’ve had to ability to take a number of amazing courses! Last year I started the App Development course but was unable to finish due to scheduling. Luckily, Adobe is now offering the course again!

We are learning how to create apps by writing HTML / CSS / JavaScript coding using a program called Brackets. (Brackets is a FREE coding program by Adobe. If you get a chance you should really take time and check it out. Download it here.) After we write our “app” using code we when send it to PhoneGap. (PhoneGap is another FREE program by Adobe! You can download it here.)

Watch a quick overview of Adobe Brackets

Watch a quick preview of Adobe PhoneGap

If you are interested in creating apps, I would take time and explore the possibilities of Brackets and PhoneGap. You might exactly what you need!