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April fools fun, FreeApps, K-6 storytelling apps, web tools, and Google tips in this week's email!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Some April Fools fun - lirpA sloof nuf
Head on over to Google's site

Web Tools
Want to find Google Docs that other's have already made?  There is always the template gallery... it' great.  But here's another way - How to Find Publicly Shared Google Docs

Seven Alternatives to Google Image Search - Comparison Chart 

EDpuzzle Review: Easy-to-Use Tool Lets Teachers Quickly Turn Online Video into Lessons.

Get better, more accurate search results with these 12 Google search tips

Here at Norris... did you know we have this tool in each building for checkout?

Swivl - a robotic mobile accessory for you phone or tablet. -Great for filming class lectures, presentations and more! This Doc will give you more information on this great product! 

IOS Apps and tips:

Use your iPad as a Whiteboard with this free app from IPEVO. Check out my resource doc here. (Sent out a separate all staff email earlier on this tool - It' got a lot of potential!)

This video might have some iOS 8 tidbits that are new to you (time limits, zoom controls, speak screen & more): IOS 8 tips with Tony Vincent (@tonyvincent)

Three Free iPad Apps Students Can Use Over and Over. Facilitate creativity with these apps! (These are great apps for the K-6 area - Awesome for stroy telling and more!) 

Stickyboard 2 - Free today (3-31-15) !  Great app for classroom brainstorming!  Use your Apple TV to turn this app into a great classroom tool! Their homepage has a nice video about the app. 

Google Apps:

Google Sheets - The easiest way to split first and last names in Sheets.  Short 2 minute Video. - This is a cool add-in! 

class charts logoClassroom management made easier: Class Charts allows you to track and analyze student behavior over time, make seating charts, and share with colleagues and parents. They have a Chrome App too

Try these 5 undiscovered Google Drive tricks by PCWorld

Managing Student Workflow with Google Apps

Google Presentations:

FREE TEMPLATES FOR GOOGLE SLIDES PRESENTATIONS - This site is awesome! Slides Carnival has some amazing free templates you have to check out. 

What's new in Google Apps:

People using Google Sheets will now have more powerful conditional formatting options.

Google Drive allows you to store and access your files anywhere—on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. We’re now making it easier to store and organize your photos and videos in Google Drive as well.

A new version of the Gmail app for Android is now available on Google Play

Get these product update alerts by email <--- This will put you on the Google Apps email list, to stay current with all of the new features coming out in Google Apps! (They only send a couple a month, so they do not flood your inbox.) 

Posted this a few weeks ago... but it's worth making sure everyone sees it! Awesome new app! 

Have you heard? The new @YouTube Kids app safely opens a world of videos to little ones. Introducing the newest member of our family, the YouTube Kids app--available on Google Play and the App Store


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