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Some Great Tech Tools - apps and more in this weeks list!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Web sites and tools
WOW - What a list!  The most comprehensive list of free online tools for teachers and students This PDF is worth the look! Put out by a California State College. 

Have your students use this free too to create animated maps: Animaps is a great tool!   Sample of what can be done here

Want to know how Google Apps can assist special-needs learners? Google for Education Certified Trainer, Stephanie Parretta, provides us with some great ideas in this blog post

Nice presentation on using GeoGebra and Desmos in the secondary science and math classroom. (Note it has you join a Desmo's class as a student as the demo.  You would not have to do this.) 

Student Centered Chromebook Classroom Curriculum Ideas - Great Google Doc with apps, sites and more. 

AWESOME site - pixabay.com for free images for use in your classroom!  

Are you using your Doc cam to it's fullest? 20 Fun Ways to Start the School Day Using Your Document Camera.

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – 5 Good Tools for Creating Audio Recordings Online

Google Apps Tips and Tricks: 

What's new in Google Apps - Jan. 2016 Newsletter by Google. 

WOW - I like this visual and quick guide!  A Visual Guide to Sprucing Up Your Google Doc.  Who needs... or even wants Word anymore! 

Create and/or send customizable rubrics/scores to students by email for any assignment with this Google Sheets add-on.


NEW Google Contacts look and feel - We just enabled the new Google Contacts View, so feel free to give a try! 

Become a Google Slides artist with these seven tricks!

Google Classroom:


A Deep Dive Into Google Classroom - A 50 minute training video

Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom. Some nice idea's from "Shake up Learning.". 

Google add-on's: 
If you haven't checked out the add-ons available on Docs, Sheets, & Forms recently, you need to do it!  There are some amazing tools available to you.  This Google Slide presentation <-- This is a GREAT LIST! has a ton of great info and recommendations for using these add-ons. 

Need a Twitter Archiving Google Sheet? - This one is for you!  Here is an example of the sheet used for the FETC convention hashtags. 

Google Draw:

Google Forms - Some great new tools!

9 Awesome Add-ons for Google Forms.


Alice’s Quick Way to Make a Google Form - This is a pretty cool tool for quickly making forms. 

IOS apps:
Virtual Heart from the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago for iPad is a great free app for students. 

Lapse It • Time Lapse & Stop Motion Camera • Free By Interactive Universe. Add's some features not found in the camera defaults.  (Offers a Pro version for $1.99 too.) 

Did you ever wonder why the periodic table is shaped the way it is, what gives each element its own unique set of properties, or even how elements combine to make everyday objects such as a cup of coffee? With “NOVA Elements,” explore an interactive periodic table, play a game hosted by David Pogue, or watch the two-hour NOVA program.

NASA App by NASA
Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA App for iOS.

Some great free apps for learning on a variety of platforms. 

Learn to create your own artwork by tracing photos →  A great tutorial by Tony V. using a free iPad app. The video features the free Adobe Illustrator Draw app for iOS and Android, and the techniques can certainly be used in other drawing apps.

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