Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Tech tools, websites, video tools and more in this weeks list... as school winds down!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Web sites and tools:

Poll your audience/class with Hotseat - Studio by Purdue University.  Free!  Text -Chat -Vote features.  Via the web or apps. 

Take your students on a FREE, fun, fact-filled science field trip—without leaving school! - Sponsored by Purdue University. zipTrips™ at Purdue University  Some great trips!  WOW. 

A nice tip from our very own @WilhelmBecky
Watchkin. This is a nice site for searching and watching YouTube videos. It strips all the ads and comments, and is supposed to be more "family-friendly." Students were searching for videos of world music to include in presentations so I had them search through this site which worked well. There is no guarantee something inappropriate won't still pop up when they search, but my chances are a lot better than sending them directly to YouTube. I like to use it when showing videos of performances in class too. Even when I preview everything, you just never know what ads might come up.

BandLab allows you to create music in your browser or via the free Android and iOS apps: 

Annotating PDF Files on Chromebooks with Kami - Works on the desktop in Chrome too!  (Pst... we have this added to our domain, so look for it!) 

New Feature! - Embed charts from Google Sheets in Google Docs and Slides and update them with a single click. (Remember form data goes to a Google sheet... so that's a plus if you are pulling live data from a form spreadsheet!)

Android Apps coming to Chromebooks! - It's official. 

Android apps, coming to a Chromebook near you - With over 1.5 million Android apps... there are a lot more potential apps and uses for the Chromebooks! (If you are looking to buy a personal Chromebook... maybe a touch screen would make sense??) 

A Google Docs Add-on for Grading Writing
  • Improves efficiency when commenting on student writing
  • Integrates with Google Classroom
  • Includes a rubric builder - A top resource for MS & HS teachers! is a free, core academic website that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle school and high school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge.Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom learning and assign it for computer labs and homework. Students use the site in the evenings for study and exam prep. Users do not need to register or log in to use the site.

As an open resource for personalized learning, was designed as part of a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for everyone. HippoCampus is powered by The NROC Project, a non-profit, member-driven project focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use. NROC makes editorial and digital engineering investments in the content to prepare it for distribution by HippoCampus.

A little YouTube tech fun:

In youtube - Search for Use the force luke ... and see what happens. 

Or try the YouTube leanback - to put you in TV mode.

Make any website interactive with questions, videos and more -  with DOCENTEDU (Not free, but does offer a free trial.) 

Teachers can add questions, discussions, and insight directly into any website.

When students go to that website, they can respond to those questions and discussions, see that insight, and take their own notes.

iBooks & eBooks:

PBS Announces iBooks for K-8 Teachers  (Free)


Really cool!  Take a 360° Journey Through Antarctic Ice and see the penguins!  More videos from National Geo can be found here.  

The teacher's guide to using YouTube in the classroom. 

Google help for you and your students -- right at your fingertips! 

Remember last week we added Synergyse to our Google Apps Domain - Check it out! 


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