Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Free apps, fonts, web tools, student cheating and more. My second set of Tools for the week.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Great web tools and sites:

Did you know there are hundreds of fonts available in Google Docs?  You can even install those fonts on your computer!  My tech doc should help with more information. 

Comprehensive beginner's guide to HootSuite for social media: ly.tcea.org/mphhy  (I love HootSuite for my Twitter uses!)

Amazing American Civil War Photos Turned Into Glorious Color http://goo.gl/an4jrW (Amazing what can be done with technology!)

From the Rumor Mill -- Google Hangouts 1.3 Will Reportedly Add SMS, Giving Android Its Own iMessage Equivalent and another great tool for educators. via TechCrunch

Student Cheating??
This came from a recent recent #nebedu Twitter chat on filtering: 
Check out www.slader.com  It basically is a place where students can register for an account, pick their text book, and the page they are on, and get detailed answers.  As one Tech person put it...We have some teachers that don't care as they grade on quizzes and tests only. And some that want it blown up :)

Erskine's Editorial... What can we take form this at Norris:  It's all about classroom management, how we access our students, and being aware of what is available to students 24x7. (I have mixed thoughts about the comment from the one school, who's teachers comment was ... " I grade on quizzes and tests only".)

Are you using IFTTT? Or maybe asking what the heck is IFTTT!  If that is you, you may be missing out on one of the best time saving tools out there.

As this guide says: "IFTTT is an automation that will enable you to connect 2 services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other." 

Visit the site, look over some recipes, and see what it can do for you!



IOS Apps:

goREACT - Create Virtual Chemical Reactions on Your iPad- Free App- http://goo.gl/eQ2jEG

Some nice free apps for today Only 10-11-13:

4 Dice Fraction Games http://ly.tcea.org/pbrso 

Pocket CongressPocket Congress http://ly.tcea.org/ksptw  

Rhythm Cat Pro HD http://ly.tcea.org/avlrp   

Puppet Workshop - Creativity App for Kids for iPad is free today and is a great app; normally $2.99: http://ly.tcea.org/xjhfz  

Remember, if there are any of these you think you would want on the iPads here at school... let your media center specialist know so they can get the free app on the iTunes account. 

PowerSchool apps:
powerSchool apps for the Android devices were just released. (IOS apps have been available.)  Links to these can be found on our Home page: http://www.norris160.org/resourcespowerschool/powerschool-app

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