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This weeks web tools, apps, and more. Some great ones from the NETA14 Conference too!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Web Tools and Resources:

Try the Getty Search Gateway to Find Neat Historical Images (More Than 85,000 of Them) Great for info graphics

Check out -annotate text, add questions, & upload pictures & media to a piece of text. Comment form NETA14 was...  A must for any teacher! LEGO digital designer. Can use on a Mac or PC (No app yet.) incredible correlation with textbooks giving help with lots of information... throw away your textbook.

Spanning the Technology Divide - A NETA 2014 presentation.

GoNoodle - 5 minute brain breaks - There’s a short brain break activity for every part of the day. Calm the classroom or energize your students depending on the time of day.

Make Your Images Interactive - ThingLink. ... Did you know that you can embed ThingLink images almost anywhere? is an awesome site. A virtual bulletin board. Great of brainstorming or sharing take aways or big ideas. Web based, but works on 

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

Take your Students on an awesome visual filedtrip without leaving your classroom!  •  360° Aerial Panorama  •  3D Virtual Tours Around the World

Browse the Digital Public Library of America

A free Social Studies website "Go Social Studies Go"

Favorite Presentation Tools for Chromebook Users | A Listly List -There are a lot on this list that I have not even checked out. 

Vocaroo is a free and very easy-to-use online audio recording creator. There is no login required and the audio file is stored on the Vocaroo server and cannot be downloaded.  A great tutorial can be found at

IOS and Android Apps:

25 Best Free Android Apps 

Receipts Collector iPhone App Scans, Stores And Organizes Receipts - Not sure if too many will need this for school, but it gets great reviews. This article has a few nice scanners listed, and the Fine Scanner looks great!

Reading Level:
This Juicy Studio resource will analyze the text of a URL.  The information includes total sentences and words, the number of syllables in all words, the percentage of words with 3 or more syllables, as well as the Flesch-Kincaid Grade level.

Augmented Reality Resources: 
Thanks to Neal Topp, University of Nebraska at Omaha for these great augmented reality (AR) resources.
Learn AR Biology
uses Augmented Reality technology to help students explore and discover a variety of subjects by combining the real world with virtual content using a
web camera and an internet connection. All 10 of the learnAR augmented reality resources are available at no charge. All you need to do is print the markers from the resource pack and use your webcam to get started.
is a
 Free/Paid site brings student coloring activities to life using Augmented Reality. No accounts are necessary unless you intend to buy some of the advanced coloring packages. This site is easy to use and is a powerful strategy for storytelling and creative writing.
32 Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom 
from edshelf is a 
web site that lists 32 educational mobile apps that utilize augmented reality technology in learning environments. Point your device’s camera at something that the app recognizes, and it will generate a 3D animation or video superimposed over whatever is on your camera’s screen.  
buildAR is a great site if you would like to learn how to build your own Augmented Reality environments visit.

Amazing foreign language tool! 
Forvo is the largest pronunciation guide in the world. (Free)  Ever wondered how a word is pronounced? Ask for that word or name, and another user will pronounce it for you.  They do have apps too, but they charge a small fee for them.  IOS ($2.99)  Android (Free)

Google apps and tools:

More amazing tools for Google Docs users: 
Are you still having students hand in papers and giving them feedback??? Why!  Go paperless with Google Docs... and add some awesome voice comments with Kaizena. It is so simple to use, and integrates reight with Google Drive.  (Combine this with the new Doctopus add-in, and your life will be simplified!)  8 Minute tutorial for more info. It's so easy to use... just jump in and try it!

New mobile apps for Docs and Sheets — work offline and on the go. Read more about them here, or just get the apps on Google Play [Docs] [Sheets] and in the App Store [Docs] [Sheets].


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