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Some web tools, apps, and tips for the Thanksgiving Week!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Web 2.0 tools and web resources:

TVO, like PBS, has tons of videos on topics like science, nature, business, tech, education, and culture: http://ww3.tvo.org/

Looking for a source of short videos to improve grammar and writing? http://grmr.me/

100+ GeoGebra Tutorial Videos ow.ly/qtHGl

9 Amazing math websites you should explore goo.gl/6isNWd 

Some great mapping websites: seekoutlearning.blogspot.com/2013/11/10-fan…

Five Visual Dictionaries and Thesauri for Students http://goo.gl/f1kWlw

This great Google apps add-in deserves another plug from me. :) 
eduClipper - Getting Started with Assignment Portfolios - See what can happen with this great tool! - Nice Video to get you started.  (Remember, all Google Docs are web links, so it's easy to collect assignments, etc...) 

Check out the lesson Photosynthesis on Blendspace - http://edcvs.co/UEvGW6  There are a lot of other great topics on this site too! 

7 outstanding science based websites you may not know http://goo.gl/m9xKLc


Make your video's interactive - A great classroom flipping tool!
eduCanon - Awesome for flipping your classroom.  It allows you to stop a Youtube, insert questions or other content and really make it interactive.  Free web site too!  Here's a nice example of educanon - combining video with questions: educanon.com/public/185/445… (Y9ou even get to see a cool Air Canon in this demo of Newton's Law.)

IOS Apps:
A Handful of Free iPad Apps for Creating Videos ow.ly/qgcrS

How to Create an iTunesU class presentation

Have you seen the new features Google has added to their IOS seach app? Set reminders & be notified when you've reached the corresponding location and more!  <1 min YouTube shows you these highlights.

Trading Cards for iPad has been updated to work correctly with iOS 7! http://goo.gl/9cFNfK

Google Play Music is now available in the App Store  itunes.apple.com/us/app/id69179…  (Remember, Google Music allows you to upload up to 20,000 songs for free!)

For $.99, Math Slicer – Is Fun Alternative to Flashcards  But 123 Ninja - The First Numbers Slicing Game for Kids is free and looks pretty good too. 

Google Now is here for Android and IOS devices, and has a ton of features. "Google Now's voice commands brought together in a useful infographic" ift.tt/1fMeXN6 ift.tt/1bGddnO

How about some math apps?
Both of these games allow you to connect two iPads (Via Bluetooth) and play agaist another person.  They get great reviews from classroom teachers. 
5 Dice, is a free math game intended for upper elementary and middle school students that works on practicing their order of operations.
4 Dice is not free ($1.99), but a similar game for fractions. 

Early Jamestown is a free program that is an interactive textbook exploration of the early days of the Jamestown settlement and the state of Virginia. Great for the heistory teachers who cover this subject. 

Comic Touch Lite is a free app for the iPhone that allows you to draw and annotate pictures on your phone (or iPad) There could be several classroom uses for this type of app.  

Google Apps Tips and tricks:
I do like Google's calendar appointment options, but here is one more way to do it... Calendly - Conveniently Schedule Meetings Through Google Calendar goo.gl/fb/tpT1n

Add Voice Comments to Google Documents With Kaizena ow.ly/qgdkM

How to Add Attachments to Google Calendar Events ow.ly/qgdsE

18 Google Calendar tips and tools for power users - via InfoTech article. Get the most out of Google Calendar with these 18 tips, tools, and tweaks for power users

Five Apps to Render your Google Drive Much More Powerful ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Major Updates to Google Plus Hangouts, Photos-Videos-SMS | Via Google Gooru

Do you use Google to Search Certain Sites? If so, this amazing little chrome tip, will save you a ton of time! Short 2 min. YouTube on how. 

CTRL+SHIFT+V will paste text without formatting universally to anywhere. But Google also adds a remove formatting button that works great.  Remove Formatting of Text in Google Drive and Gmail. 

 14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed 

Good collection of little-known Google tips: ly.tcea.org/grgdd

18 Tips for Google Apps Users and Admins 

Online courses - Free from Google for teachers!
Learn how Google apps and other web tools can help you meet your teaching and learning goals.

Become a Spreadsheet Gooru  Here's the Hangout on Air

YouTube:

Google released a big update to their iOS Capture app this week. Nice run down of these features on PadGadget  <--- This is a great update to the IOS app! 

YouTube and Your Classroom - Nice handout to get you started with channels, playlists, and more.

8 Overlooked Useful YouTube Tools: freetech4teachers.com/2013/06/8-over… <--- This is a short must read if you are starting to upload and work with YouTube videos.

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