Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Great web and tech tools for the week of 4-24-13

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Some great Web sites and tools: 

I know we have group video conferencing in Google Hangouts already, but in case you still get stuck using Skype, this allows you to do group video conferences for free: 
Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers: bit.ly/YCPAoA (This is like a $100 service for free!)  (Don't get me wrong... Google Hangouts are still better, but some still use Skype, so you just as well have both.)


50 Of The Best Resources For iPads In Education bit.ly/10oEJil

50 Sites and Apps for Digital Storytelling http://ow.ly/kk1JL hot off the Twitter resources of @ryruhl

I have promoted the ShowMe app before, but here it is again.  Here is a link to the app in iTunes. Here is a quick demo from a Nebraska teacher. Here is a link to one of his typical class lessons. This app, along with some other great screencasting tools can be found in this article on my blog

Here is a new site that just launched this month. It reviews Chrome apps & extensions for education. http://www.webappreviews.org/  (Thanks to Becky Wilhelm for this one!)

Sketchlot - A Collaborative Whiteboard for All Devices ow.ly/iQQce (Works on iPads, Notebooks, Chromebooks, etc...) 

National Archives DocsTeach app and DocsTeach.org is an online tool for teaching with documents http://goo.gl/pzPvm 

For the advanced Google Apps users:
Google Class Folders updated with new features: sites.google.com/site/gclassfol…

Presefy is a new web service that you can use to share your presentations to your students' mobile devices or computers. Through Presefy you can control your slides from your computer or from the browser in your iPad, iPhone, Android phone, or any other mobile device that has a web browser. The free version of Presefy allows you to store two presentations at a time. You can delete and re-upload presentations as many times as you want in the free account. More here: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/03/presefy-let-your-audience-follow-your.html


Monosnap is free screencasting software for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Chrome: http://monosnap.com/welcome


How to create a virtual bookcase, right inside your @evernote account! http://www.jamierubin.net/2013/04/17/going-paperless-my-virtual-bookcases-in-evernote/

Nice table of free and subscription ebook websites for librarians: bit.ly/XEgPjO (DOC format)

Who needs clickers when you can do them from phones, computers, iPads, and more!  Check Out The Great New Features in Socrative ow.ly/kd21C 

10 Good Video Sources for Math Students and Teachers ow.ly/k61eZ

50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today- a nice symbaloo page: http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/greatclassroomtools

ClassCharts.com, designed by a teacher, provides data-rich seating charts and behavior management. And it's free!

Google and Chrome tools: 

LIVEBINDER full of Google goodies-->goo.gl/Cwyrn

This is HUGE for the teachers wanting to ad voice comments to Google Docs.  Great 3 minute YouTube video on how is found here: http://goo.gl/y8j5W

13 Good Chrome Extensions and Apps for Students and Teachers goo.gl/fb/gY8jH

Some 70+ Google Apps Hangouts for educators.  Some nice in-services by Google staff! Here is the upcoming schedule:  https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/virtualization-for-chromebooks/hangout-schedule

Lucid Charts is a great add-in for Google apps. Have you checked it out yet? They have added some nice new features. Check out this page to see the organizational charts feature set: https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/examples/orgchart_software  (Lucid Charts is available from the More drop down menu in Google apps at Norris.)


iPad apps and resources
Essential Skeleton – An Excellent iPad App for Students


Five Free iPad Apps for Creating Video Lessons (AKA Flipped Classroom Lessons) http://ipadapps4school.com/2013/03/28/5-free-ipad-apps-for-creating-video-lessons-aka-flipped-classroom-lessons/


FreeiBook about using iPads:

The Student Guide to iPads – It’s Great for Teachers Too http://ipadapps4school.com/2013/04/05/the-student-guide-to-ipads-its-great-for-teachers-too/

YouTube Tools: 

How to Create YouTube Photo Slideshows - A Good Alternative to Animoto http://goo.gl/5zGsR

A Quick Start Guide for Using YouTube's Editing Tools ow.ly/jMzvW

Twitter resources: 

How To Sync Your Twitter and Facebook Status Updates http://goo.gl/EyG3o



Technology Wisdom:

From a recent edchat on Twitter came this pearl of wisdom from an educator and tech Evangelist:  "I've yet to have a student tell me they can't use technology in class because they haven't received any Professional Development on it."

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