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Tech tools & tips, free apps-music-audio eBook.. and more! In this week's post.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Free Music as of 1-14-16:

21 Classic Rock Favorites  - Not bad for free! Some nice tunes in this mix. 

Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits - Hey who doesn't like Me and Bobby McGee... I used to hate this type of music, but now I kind of like it.... similar to broccoli. LOL   

The Very Best Of Grateful Dead - I have never listened to a lot of their music... but I remember a few... Touch Of Grey, Casey Jones, etc...  Hey the price is right.

Not free... but a couple 99 cent albums: 
"Complete Greatest Hits" by The Cars
"Greatest Hits" by Fleetwood Mac

Free eBooks:
Amazon has Moby Dick: or, the White Whale Kindle eBook + Audible Narration for Free.

Websites and Tools

10 Great Educational websites-- and now they are now integrated with Google Classroom too! 

IOS Apps:

Monster Math - Easy Common Core Games for iOS is free 1/14/16; normally $5.99 (Agers 9-11) 

15 ways to use the free iOS app Chatterpix for science lessons App demo - See a rock talk with this appUse your imagination with this app for the classroom - the K-8 kids will love it! . Downlaod the app here. (Free)  <<-- Check out a cart and give it a try in the classroom today! 


Great new, free iOS app Adobe Post lets you combine photos and text to create stories. 

Photomath - Camera Calculator - (Free IOS app) Photomath is the world's smartest camera calculator! Simply point the phone’s camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result with detailed step-by-step solution.

Google Docs & Drive:
Organize your folders and files in Google Drive more easily - Two new options added to Google Drive to make it easier to organize! 

4 Things You Can Do Right Now to Create a Perfectly Organized Google Drive 

An Extension That Notifies You Every Time A Google Drive Folder Is Changed - Rather than setting up notifications on every document you share, you may just want to know if any document in a particular folder is being edited. 

12 Free Add-Ons That Take Docs and Sheets to the Next Level - There are some great add-ons in this list to make your life easier in Google Docs. 

More fun add-on's for Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms

Five Google Docs features hidden in plain sight

Chrome extensions (add-on's to the Chome browser that add features). 

Clean Up Open Tabs Without Losing Them -  OneTab
Having over 8-10 tabs open at a given time can slow down your computer. OneTab adds a button to your chrome window that will close all your tabs at once and save their URLs to a list for you to access later. This means you can open the few tabs you need right now without losing track of the others you may need later. I use this one myself and love it.

Improve your grammar and spelling with this checker -  Grammarly
Grammarly is spell check on steroids. No matter where you are composing text in Chrome, Grammarly will check it for grammar and spelling errors... including Gmail, etc... 

Open Non-Google Attachments In Drive
Usually, if someone sends you an Excel file or a Powerpoint you have to download it, re-upload it to Google Drive, then choose the app you would like to use to edit it. Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides, built by Google, takes out all the extra work. Simply click on the attachment and it will open in the appropriate Google format.

Google Sheets:


This tool is equally useful to both businesses and educational institutions. By filtering and sorting you can create spreadsheets that can be analyzed and understood at a glance, whether it is your department’s annual budget or your third-grade class attendance sheet.

Add a 3rd Dimension to Your Charts - With the 3D charts add-on you can create beautiful three-dimensional charts and add a little depth to your data displays. (3D Charts)

How to create a progress chart in Google Sheets with Flippity This is pretty cool.  Flippity is also has a tool to make online flashcards from a Googel sheet.  (See one of my previous emails/blog posts on this tool.) 

How to email an individualized note to each student with Google Sheets (Some powerful tools to add with Google classroom.)  You could also use this to email parents in a group, etc... 

Google Classroom:

Have students install this extension to view Google Classroom directions side by side with their work.

10 Great Educational websites-- and now they are now integrated with Google Classroom too! (Repost from above section of Web Tools.) 

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