National Teacher Day is May 3rd, 2016. This is a great day to honor our teachers, but the end of the school year is coming up soon as well. Time to think of gifts we can give to show our massive gratitude and appreciation for those that educate and nurture our children each day.
Here is how I feel about this. My child spends an hour with me in the morning (half awake) before school, then he goes to school for 7 hours. I get another 5-6 hours with my son before it is his bed time. So… 5 days a week my child’s teacher(s) spends the same amount of time, or more, with him as I do. There are so many emotions and thoughts that this simple fact evokes within me.
I am not saying you should feel obligated to spend a lot, or any, money on an extravagant gift. I am just trying to put things into perspective with one small fact. Teachers do so much for our children, and great teachers do even more. It’s rewarding with any job to receive recognition for a job well done, even if it is a small token that cost nothing more than your time.
I thought on this gift for a while, to be honest, it stumped me. I knew I wanted to give something for appreciation, but I also wanted it to be personal and from our hearts.
Schools now are so tech advanced. My son’s teacher is always sharing pictures or videos with the parents, and it is such a good feeling to see my son, what he is doing and how he feels. I thought it might be nice to give that good feeling back to his teacher.
So we made a short video. I asked him a few questions about his teacher, and within an hour (using my iPhone and free online tools) I had the below video ready to go. We then put it together in some awesome packaging to take to school. If you can give an hour or more of your time for the hours a teacher puts in, they will love this meaningful gift.
Make the Video
Gather up your child and a list of 5-10 questions. Using your phone, tablet or computer ask each question on video.
These are the questions I asked:
- What is (teacher’s name) favorite food?
- favorite color?
- favorite book?
- favorite animal?
- favorite thing to say?
- favorite place to shop?
- if he/she could go anywhere in the world, where would they go?
- if he/she could have a superpower, what would it be?
- what is something you do for your teacher?
- what is something he/she loves about you?
Also, film a Hello and a Goodbye.
Upload the Video
I used my phone to take the video and then uploaded it to Dropbox(free). I just needed to get the video to my computer quickly.
Edit the Video
I used Stupeflix. It is simple, integrates with Dropbox, and comes pre-programmed with themes, music and text. All I had to do was connect with my Dropbox, and choose the videos I wanted. I chose a theme for my video (Interview). I could edit the videos right in the browser, add some background music, and layover text.
**They do have a free version. Just know that your video will have ads on the side, and that it will be made public. For those reasons I chose to pay $5.00 for the Personal plan. It is a reoccurring monthly plan, but you can cancel at anytime. To me the $5.00 was worth the convenience, no ads, downloadable and keeping my video private.
How to Share?
Here is the fun part. You now create a QR scannable code for your video.
- Go to http://goqr.me/
- Select the URL type. (picture of the Earth)
- Copy the URL from your Stupeflix video and put it in the Website address content bar
- It will generate a QR code preview that you can test
- I have the Scanbot app on my phone and used it to scan the QR code preview on my laptop screen. The video pulled up perfectly on my phone 🙂
- Download the QR Code (JPEG) to your computer
Now, using this free printable card that I made, we will add your QR code.
You can simply print the card and your QR code then tape/glue the code to the card if you choose, and be done.
Or, if you want to finish up with one more free online service and print the QR code directly into the card I will show you how to do that also. No arts & crafts required.
- Save the card image to your computer
- Go to www.picmonkey.com
Click on the Edit button.
Open the card file you have saved to your computer
Click on the Butterfly button. (Overlays)
Click on Your Own.
You will now open the QR code you saved to your computer.
Simply resize and drag the QR code to the white space on the front of the card.
Save the card to your computer and print it off. Yay!
*I did make this printable as two foldable cards on page. We had two different videos for two different teachers.
Have your child decorate/sign the inside of the card, send it in with candy (maybe one that is a “favorite”), or a flower. Or just the card itself. The gift is in your child’s time, sweet words and the feelings they will bring.
Another Awesome Teacher Gift…
I teamed up with Victoria from Dazzle While Frazzled for this Teacher Gift post. You have to check out her site, she is super creative, crafty and such a kind friend.
She came up with such a creative teacher gift of appreciation. It is an easy DIY and takes little time as well, but will make a big impact those amazing teachers.
You can check it out here.
*While there are a lot of links to other resources in this post. This is NOT a sponsored or affiliate post in anyway. ALL of these resources can be used free of charge. I use them regularly and think they are great tools. As always, I only want to share with my readers what I myself would use and think would be of use to you.