My first video tutorial! (Sidebar & Date Fonts)

April 24, 2011

My first video tutorial! (Sidebar & Date Fonts)

April 24, 2011

Eeek! I can’t believe I got this to work, but I made a quick video tutorial on changing sidebar titles and fonts!

I would love to hear your thoughts if you get the chance. I’m thinking of redoing my other tutorials as videos. Would anyone be interested in that? Thanks so much for checking it out! 🙂


  • Amanda K. April 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I am super visual and always need video tutorials!Thanks soooo sooo much for this!!!!


  • JenniferL April 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    That was fantastic! Good job!

  • S. Parker April 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks. It was nice to hear the "voice" behind this blog. Your blog is so user friendly. I love learning from it. Thank you.

  • Kathy Law April 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    You did a GREAT job!!

    First Grade a la Carte

  • Kristen April 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks guys! I hate hearing my voice and tried to do a video without it…but it was kind of necessary so I told myself to get over it, lol! Thanks again for watching it and commenting, I really appreciate it!

  • Hadar April 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Kristen!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your tutorial!!! Even though I already knew how to do that {woohoo, go me!} it was SO helpful! MORE, MORE, MORE!!!!

  • Ms. A's Class April 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I love it!!!! Please do more.
    Ms. A
    Oceans of First Grade Fun

  • Ms. Durning April 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    ahhhhhhhhh that was sooo fun!! LOVE it. You have such a calming voice.
    Happy Easter 🙂

  • Mrs. P's Kindergarten April 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I agree this is such a great idea. I already knew how to do this because I had read a how to on another blog. I really am a visual learner so I really enjoyed yours and I can't wait to see future tutorials.


  • Heidi Samuelson April 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Great job! I loved being able to see where to click, stop and see if I could apply to my own!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Kelley April 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    That was super clear. Thanks so much Kristin.

    Mrs. Randall’s Learning Library

  • Ms. Weisberg April 25, 2011 at 12:11 am

    You were AMAZING before and you SOMEHOW out did yourself!!!! The video tutorials are a great idea! I plan to watch ALL of them that you create! 🙂

  • Ms. Weisberg April 25, 2011 at 12:12 am

    P.S. – THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Jodi April 25, 2011 at 12:24 am

    This is great! I researched forever to figure out how to do this about a month ago. I finally figured it out, but your tutorial would have been perfect and would have saved SO much time!!!
    I'm so excited to see more!!!!!


  • Melanie - From the Pond April 25, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I loved it! And you have a beautiful voice!

  • Kristen April 25, 2011 at 1:21 am

    You are all so sweet…thank you so much!! I hope you all have a wonderful week. Thanks again!

  • Gladys April 25, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Awesome video tutorial! So excited to see more!


  • Boldy Go Where Ones Go April 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

    You are a sweetheart! I am so looking forward to your great sharing since I am a newbie!

  • Natalie Kay April 25, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Yes!!! I love love love it! I had no idea blogger than added new (cute!) fonts!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    (You can check out my personal blog – to see that I used your tutorial.

  • Ms.M April 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    As always that was fantastic. I love it. 🙂 You should do more. 🙂

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • Fuel the Brain April 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Enjoyed the tutorial. Thanks!

  • Sarah April 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    WOW! That was a fabulous way to teach! I actually understood, for once!

    A Teacher at Heart

  • Erica Bohrer April 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Thanks Kristen! I love your video tutorials.

    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

  • Ms. Garber May 19, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Love this!!! Can you do one on adding buttons to the side bar?

    Thank you

  • Nikki Greenfield July 25, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Thank you so much for these videos. They are completely priceless and and helped me (very new blogger) so much!! Now to find a way to create a button. Can you believe I'm not even sure how to share my stuff on Google Docs!? So much to learn!
    Miss Greenfield’s Room 5

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