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Some awesome sites, tools and tech tips to get the school year started!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wow... Summer is about over, and school is around the corner.  Here are a few great tools, sites, and tips to get us started!

Web sites and tools:

Crunchzilla's Code Monster ( teaches kids Javascript programming.

Online museums you can explore for free:

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 From -  American Association of School Librarians (AASL) (Notice links to other years at the bottom of the page.)

Attention music teachers! Acoustica is offering a free work@home Mixcraft 6 license for your evaluation. Mixcraft 6 is used in over 1500 schools worldwide. To receive your free Mixcraft 6 work@home license, please send your name, email address and school affiliation to

10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried -  Edudemic

81dash .com is a TodaysMeet for education, built by an educator.

Draw a video game on paper, snap a picture, & play it w/ free iOS app Pixel Press Floors:  (Yes you read this one right... watch the short 3 min. video on their site to see how it works.)

Link to list of Smackdown websites & apps from #hacked14

Recommended websites and webtools from the summer ISTE

Have you seen ? Interactive grammar lessons. Great for bell ringers

10,000 Newspapers On Google Maps

Google Maps now allows you to measure exact distances.

Cost Of Living Map” Is A Nice Interactive 

10 sites with stunning visual data that will change your world view Via PCWorld - A picture is worth a 1000 words!

5 Ways To Use Word Cloud Generators In The Classroom - via Edudemic

BioDigital Human: Anatomy and Health Conditions in Interactive 3D

Plickers - The Student Response System for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1 another alternative to clickers in your classroom. Uses QR codes too!

Desmos Graphing Calculator - Free online graphing calculator, worth checking out for the classroom. 

Want to make great-looking photo books for free? Do it with Lucidpress! Here's How.  You will see more on Lucid Press from me soon!  THIS BABY ROCKS! If you are missing Publisher... STOP! You can even upload your own fonts... can you say DJ Inkers. :)

Access and Use More Than 20,000 Historical Maps from the New York Public Library

TwistedWave - Create Audio Recordings and Save Them in Google Drive has several great tools including randaom name slectors, timers, and more. An oldie... but still a goodie. 

eBooks are changing reading habits, and it's for the better:

Chrome and Chrome Extensions:
Daum Equation Editor - If you need additional Equations for Google Docs and Sheets, check it out!

 The “Cite This For Me” Chrome Extension is a nice Chrome Extension worth checking out for research papers and research. 

Google Apps:

New feature in Google Docs -  Suggested Edits in Google Docs - -Great for group writing projects! A must watch 3 min. video with great teacher tips on this new feature.

5 Google Drive Add-ons You Need To Use

Working with images in Google Docs, Slides & Drawings just got easier with two new features: reset & replace images

OK, Google is adding the ability to edit Microsoft Docs inside of Google Drive... but please, just convert those to Google Docs.... but ... in case you do not, here is more about this new feature. 

The Google+ cheat sheet Google should have produced years ago - Nice visual graphic. 

50 quick Google tips for students and teachers - tons of info here!

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs

Every Gmail Shortcut You Never Knew Existed. Best tip on Google Shortcuts - Hit the Ctrl + ? key to get a list of all of them! 

A Handful of Google Calendar Tutorials for Teachers -


How to Create Audio Slideshows in YouTube

IOS and some Android apps:

Need a walkie talkie app... Push to Talk with these apps: Voxer and HeyTell have IOS and Android apps for this purpose. 

Nice math app for the younger kids ... Bitsboard Math - Cool Math Games For Kids By  is free and the in-app Pro features are free to unlock for a short time.  Get it while you can. (I have not personally tried this app, but it gets some good reviews.) 

Free Books - 23,469 Classics To Go - The Ultimate Ebooks And Audiobooks Library In Your Pocket  IOS App - Free  Android App - Free

Here is one for the Chemistry Teachers - NOVA Elements
By PBS is a Free App - IOS (iPad)  or WIndows 8.1 App

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab has a bunch of great - Free Apps. Check them out here.  


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