Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Some great web 2.0 tools and sites: 
Two great story telling tools from Google - add a new tools into you and your student's classroom presentations and projects! 

Use free service presentation.io to easily share your PowerPoint with students on their devices. (Remember, in Google Presentations, you  can easily download the presentation as a PowerPoint to use with this display service.) 

Three Places to Search for Free Online Courses ow.ly/reL3K

Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Tools That Make It Easy To Analyze Your Writing

60 ways to use Twitter in the classroom, divided by categories so it's easy to use: 

5 Seriously Amazing Science Education Websites bit.ly/18VjWd2

30 Apps Perfect For BYOD Classrooms (Make sure you look at the Symbaloo at the button, that has all of the direct links.)

LiveSlide: Create decks from scratch or import a PDF. Send out live polls and see the results instantly.

Blend space - Create some great blended lessons is about 5 minutes with this free resources. They also have a nice Chrome app

Are you a Math Teacher -- this one's for you... A collection of free apps that support or align with the CCSS Math standards ow.ly/rx2kU 

45+ Teacher Recommended Educational Apps : From Teacher Reboot Camp 

Great resources from our own Norris Twitter users!

Remember, it's all about who you follow. Twitter can be the best educational resource you have for your professional  development.  Set up your own PLN (Personal Learning Network.) today. 

From our own Lisa Spilker's Twitter feed (@LisaSpilker) -- Thinking about how to implement "Genius Hour" in our language arts block goo.gl/mTOaqH Inspiring! What a great idea-- give it a try in your classroom! 

20 Education Technology Tools Everybody Should Know About buff.ly/18iJmO5 Thanks to out own @CAHutzler for this great Tweet.

Google Chrome
Ginger is a grammar and Spell checker extension that get some great reviews.  (Here at Norris, I have added it to our nsdtitans.org Chrome Web store of recommended apps.) 

AMESOME TOOL!!  This may be one of the best accessibility apps for Chrome.  You have to check it out, even if you do not need it. Announcify.  It reads the web page to you, and greys-out the area's it is not currently reading.  Really Cool!   Combine it with the Clearly Extension for simply cleaning up the web page for online reading and you have a powerful duo! 

Google Apps tools and tips: 
25 tips & tools to make Google Drive better ow.ly/rbswv 

Synergyse Blog: Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education buff.ly/1ir8zQf  Thanks Charlie Hutzler (@CAHutzler) for this one! 

18 Google Earth Resources for K-12 ow.ly/rrd1F

Google Tasks: 
Do you use Google tasks to keep your task lists?
Did you know you can get a full page list of your tasks, by using this web address: http://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas 

YouTube:
Think YouTube is just about cute cats? Try these 197 different educational channels! ly.tcea.org/akudc

IOS apps:
USA Map Chart App (Free) is a powerful application that allows you to Create, Customize, Save & Share Map based (geographic) Charts on your iPad. With the Map Chart App, you can now present your ideas or information easily on a map. This app is ideal for personal use, school, business and other areas where data visualization is key.

Twitter tools
Some great apps for showing "Twitter Walls" in your class or educational events:

EDU Clipper - A nice free add-in to our Google Apps.

We recently added EDUClipper to our Google Apps Domain.  This product get a lot of great reviews, so if you have not looked at it, now may be the time to check it out. (It's located under the more apps here at Norris. If your school has not added it to their Google apps domain... Now would be the time!) 

EDUClipper, now has an app


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