Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Free whiteboard app, great clip art site, Google tools, and more in this weeks tech tips!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Web sites and tools:
Free Clip art, media and more... 
If your students are looking for media for a project they're working on, AllTheFreeStock is a great place to begin that search. Link:

Dozens of Story Starters in One Free eBook via Free Technology for Teachers - Make Beliefs Comix ...

Need to make a motivational poster - This one is a Winner!  Quozio is a handy website for making quotes look stylish: 

Fun & free animated video lessons for English Language Learners. (You will need to click on this link on a computer with iTunes or on your iPad.) 

IOS apps and tips:

Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera (For the iPad.) <-- Free until 7-4-15 Reg. $4.99

Tons of iPad Resources - iPads for Teaching by Kathy Schrock

Talkboard – Sketch and Talk With Others in Realtime…

Google Apps - Tips and Tricks:

15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own

Tech Edge, iPads In The Classroom - Episode 165, Nutrition Apps

Google Apps - Tips and tricks:

Google for Education newly designed Training Center - 

Some tips from the Guru:

Collections is the newest feature to be added to the Google+ platform. By giving you the ability to create blocks of themed content, Collections is the ultimate way to organize the items you have posted to Google+ and get them seen by the right people.
The paintbrush tool in Google Sheets provides a pain free way to copy the formatting from one cell to another. When you are copy and pasting information into a spreadsheet this tool will help you keep the fonts, colors, and conditionals consistent throughout.
Email Schedulers: Which One Is Right For You?
Scheduling an email is a great way to get ahead on work and take care of that Father’s Day email before you forget. Boomerang, Right Inbox, and SndLatr, all allow you to schedule an email to be sent at a later date. We took all three for a test drive and put together this comparison to so you can pick the right one for your needs.
Mute annoying group threads (Gmail)
We’ve all been there. A group email thread quickly deteriorates into lunch discussions and inside jokes, popping up in your inbox each time another irrelevant reply is sent. Did you know Gmail offers the option to mute these threads so they don’t distract you from your real work?
How To Access Your Desktop From Your Phone
Viewing and interacting with your desktop is necessary when you need to view items that are not located in your Gmail or Drive. This extension brings your computer desktop to the small screen and replaces your mouse or trackpad with your fingers. Your computer should not chain you to your desk, Remote Desktop will break you free.

Share Individual Tabs In Google Sheets 
Sometimes you want to share one tab of a spreadsheet while keeping the other tabs private. Protecting the cells prevents collaborators from editing particular tabs but they can still view the contents, so it is not a valid solution. The ImportRange function in Google Sheets allows you to create a dynamic copy of particular tabs in a spreadsheet that you can share without worrying about collaborators viewing information in the other tabs.