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Miscellaneous Educational Resources 10-29-12

Monday, October 29, 2012

Miscellaneous Educational Resources

I send a lot of tech resources out to my staff on a regular basis, I post these on my blog as well.  Enjoy.

Some nice Web Resources. 
ScribbleMaps lets you annotate and draw on top of Google maps:

Have your class create and publish their own online magazine with free Youblisher:

uSpeak HD - A Nice App for Learning Spanish

TOP 200 SPECIAL EDUCATION APPS  If you are Norris, this PDF document/eBook is on the O drive here: O:\eBooks -Free\iPad called "iPhone-iPad-and-iPod-touch-Apps-for-Special-Education.PDF"

Get a free copy of the children's iBook Wildwood by redeeming a code found at

Great video resource -  Crash Course World History now has 37 videos including videos on topics in U.S. History. As with any video resource -- PREVIEW these to make sure they are appropriate for your class and subject.  I always recommend using a YouTube Downloader to save the file for future use.  (I use the one from but read the prompts when you install it, or you will get an unwanted toolbar!)

Do you have an iPhone?? If so.. You need to check this out!  (Download from here:

IOS (iPad/iPhone) Apps

This looks like a great timer for the classroom, especially for the younger learners.
Stop Go! By Generate Learning  Description: A simple to use timer in the form of a traffic light. Set whether you want it to run red-amber-green or green-amber-red, set the times in minutes and seconds and then off it goes! A bell chimes as each light changes.

Great curriculum resource and eBook framework.
I know I have mentioned the ck12 organization before, but I wanted to give it another plug.  They have great free education resources that are standards-aligned and customizable. They offer great frameworks for developing your own eTextBook and more.  Here is what's new with them this month. 

Google Resources
Google Groups - Some great explanations and overviews:  Customized Google Groups an overview - Part 1

Uploading a folder to your Google Drive with Drag and Drop: 

Conditional formatting in Google spreadsheets is a great feature, if you have not checked it out... take look!   Here is Brent Catlett's (@catlett1) tutorial on it

Did you know that you can customize your theme in Gmail? It's nice to spice things up a bit every now and then -  

Uploading a folder to your Google Drive with Drag and Drop:

Google tip for the Day:

Miscellaneous Educational Resources 10-25-12

Friday, October 26, 2012

Miscellaneous Educational Resources

I send a lot of tech resources out to my staff on a regular basis, I post these on my blog as well.  Enjoy.

Web Resources

Two Handy Speech to Text Tools
30+ Really Useful Infographics Tools & Resources  (Remember, at Norris we have Lucid Charts as a Drop-Down in your Google Apps Too!) 
Welcome to Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything! 

So you want some more IOS apps?

APPY HOUR on the #nebedchat gave us this great spreadsheet with some great apps, recommend by other Nebraska Educators : Check it out!   (Remember what I said about Twitter, it's an awesome resource if used correctly by educators. This came from the #nebedcat that occurred on Twitter.  Remember the hashtag #nebedu is used to share resources with other Nebraska educators. Here is a link to that #nebedu to see whats being shared right now: 

Chirp is a magical new way to share your stuff – using sound. Chirp 'sings' information from one iPhone or iPad to another. Share photos, links, notes and more: all from your built-in iPhone speaker. What will you chirp? Could be a nice way to share a link, website, etc... with a class. FREE

Publishing with iBooks Author  An Introduction to Creating Ebooks for the iPad   This is a great FREE ebook that you will want to checkout if you are interested in getting into making your own iBook. If you are going to use it on your iPad, I would recommend the ePub format.  (If you are here at Norris, this is already for you on our network along with a lot of other free eBooks. Contact our tech staff for more information.) 

SET YOUR STORY FREE   Haiku Deck is the simple new way to create stunning presentations – whether you are pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement, it's fast, fun and simple for anyone to use. FREE

OK .... This one is just for Fun.   ★★★ FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!!! ★★★ THE MOST DOWNLOADED HALLOWEEN APP OF 2008 IS BACK - AND BETTER THAN EVER!!  Crazy Pumpkin   Download it Here

SKITCH is a great app to Annotate, edit and share your screenshots and images… fast and free.  (This company was just bought by Evernote, so it now seamlessly integrates with Evernote too.) Download from here. 

Miscellaneous Educational Resources 10-17-12

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Miscellaneous Educational Resources

I send a lot of tech resources out to my staff on a regular basis, I post these on my blog as well.  Enjoy.

Some great web resources: 

Did you know we have some great technology eBooks already downloaded and ready for you?  They are on the O drive and are ready to load into your iBooks, Kendel, or any other device.  O:\eBooks -Free   Check them out! 

Some Google Resources: 

iPads, apps, iBooks and more IOS stuff: 
  • If you have never tried an iBook... then this should be your first one! 
  • This is a great iBook for staff (and students).  The Student Guide to iPads & iOS 6 -
  • Wanna see a really cool gadget for the iPhone or iPod Touch?  This would allow you to record lectures or make your own documentary without a cameraman.
  • I know educreations has an awesome iPad interactive whiteboard program ...  but there are a few others that may be worth checking out.  Hot off the Twitter feed from a classroom teacher I know ... Couldn't be more excited that ShowMe sent out an update to allow student accounts! Awesome news!  Checkout the ShowMe app here
  • I know I have mentioned this tool before... and Josh Murtaugh just gave a presentation on this in the MS, which generated a lot of interest (Thanks Josh!) but if you have not looked at this teaching tool for the iPad carts... now is the time.  It's Called Nearpod.  It allows you to lock your class of iPads into your lesson.  It tells you if students are on task and watching your lesson.   Check out nearpod now:  The basic version is free: 
  • This one is free for limited time, normally $4.99. If you use quizlet, it can pull right from your cards online, as do many apps. Check out A+ Flashcards for iPhone and iPad  (I know Janelle Coady had sent something out on this several weeks ago too, but it's worth mentioning again.  Especially if you use Quizlet, which is a great free site!) 

Miscellaneous Educational Resources 10-8-12

Monday, October 8, 2012

Math Calculators and resources: 
Eight Alternatives to Buying Scientific Calculators
Microsoft Mathematics is an amazing FREE math calculator!  If you ae a Norris teacher... it's on your start menu.  If not, download it from here

Some great web sites and tools: 
Seven Whiteboard Tools for Teachers & Students  (Remember, last week I just shared the tutorial document on Educrations for the IOS (iPad) devices.)  

This site has everything from a great elementary typing game so some awesome ABC activities.  (I am pretty sure I have mentioned this one int he past.) 

60 Second Economics Lessons

A Nice Word Cloud Generator from ABCya!

Study Champs offers online interactive quizzes for math, English, science, and social studies:   They have great printable worksheets and more!  If you are an Elementary Teacher... you need to check it out! 

7 Services for Sending Group Texts to Parents and Students   I know I have promoted REmind101 before  but there are a lot of other services that offer some great features. 

So you want some apps.....
(I know I have shared this one before, but it may be the bets one for iPad apps and applications for education: )
Need some great apps for your iPad? Check out this recommended list of more than 1,400 at

Sumo Paint  A free drawing app.

Have you updated your iPad to IOS 6?
The best new iOS 6 feature that you don't know about:

Have you tried Dictation on your iPad? Fast way to input text using your voice. Tips here: 

New, interesting way for students to create slide shows on the ipad:…

Are you and your students just going to Google and typing your Question?  Shame on you!  

Need public data? Type in "population" or "unemployment rate" plus a state or county in Google search to find the information.

Google search offers a calculator function, so you can type any equation into Google's search box and get an answer.

Need a graph? Plot mathematical functions into the Google search bar and you'll get an interactive graph.

Great tips on how to better use Google search:  - Cover one a day with students?

How good a searcher are you? Try these Google challenges and find out. Also great for your students to attempt: 

Miscellaneous Educational Resources 10-1-12

Monday, October 1, 2012

Free tech eBooks!
Evernote, Google Drive, Gmail, DropBox and more! 
Dowload these books from here:  To get them free, click the Tweet button, and the download link appears. 

YouTube and Google Apps resources
7 Useful YouTube Channels for History Teachers
Five Google Spreadsheet features to help kick your Excel addiction by TechRepublic
Google Forms... a ton of uses in the classroom!
Nice presentation on using Google forms in the classroom:…
Awesome Tutorials on how Teachers can Use Google Forms 

Science resource for the primary grades:
Children's University of Manchester has animated lessons covering seven science subjects for primary students:  (I noticed these animations can go full screen too, but a few error on the full screen view... I am sure that is on their fix-it list.) 

You don't even need an iPad to use this site....
Using Show Me to Create Lessons on iPads - Guest Post    The site,, is not "just another Khan Academy".  As noted: The difference, I quickly discovered, was that on Show Me you can also create your own lessons...not just watch.  This makes Show Me a very powerful educational tool.