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Free Apps, tips, Google Keep!, and other cool tech stuff in this weeks list.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Check your Spam folder on a daily basis - Make it a part of your routine.

95% of what goes in your spam folder is junk... so you can delete it right away.  But at time legitimate emails find their way into spam.  Check the spam folder on a daily basis. Short how-to video.  If there are certain emails that you want to make sure that do not land in your spam folder, you can set up filters. This short video will walk you through the process of setting up a filter. 



Web sites and tools:

National Geographic Videos for Your Next Lesson - 360-degree videos!  Check out their list here

Discovery News is a YouTube channel full of videos for use in your classroom.

10 great websites to access and find quality audiobooks for your students. 

Technology Task/App Challenges for Teachers by Ron Burke TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Use Toontastic 3D to Create Animated Videos. (Free IOS & Google Play apps.) 



4 Virtual Exit Slip Prompts to Check for Understanding with Spark Post.  (I love all the free Adobe Spark tools!  Post is one that can get overlooked in the classroom.) 

Use Google Drive to Fill Out PDF Forms - Via BetterCloud Monitor | If you don’t have the right software, filling out PDF forms on your computer can be a frustrating experience. Luckily, this trick using Google Drive makes filling out PDF forms a breeze.

How to Embed Charts from Google Sheets in Slides and Docs (And Update Them with One Click) - Via BetterCloud Monitor | If you use the same chart in multiple documents and presentations in G Suite, and that chart changes, it's time-consuming to replace it in each and every file. Luckily, with this update, you don't have to worry about that anymore.





Teach Your Monster to Read: This site is great for the younger students and ESL students.

inklewriter is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.

Sutori:  This is a place students can create their own digital story timelines. (Check out some of the samples to see what students can do with this tool. Pretty cool.) 

The end of passive viewing - Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and CTAs into videos.  I like EdPuzzle much better for it's features in education, but Vizia has some merits with a few videos too. (Vizia makes a quiz from any video and sends answers to a spreadsheet! Nice for creating more interaction with your videos.) 

Machine Learning?  --This one is fun to see in action. (Have your volume up to hear it.)  Quick, Draw:  This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. 

If you have not tried Google Keep - Now may be a good time! (This has turned into a great Google tool with many applications for teachers and students!) 

Google’s Note-Taking App Keep Joins G Suite, Now Integrates with Google Docs - Check out my Google Keep Tips and Tricks to get you started with this tool


Create a Shared Checklist With Google Keep - Via BetterCloud Monitor | Collaborating on a grocery list? Organizing tasks in a group project? Try creating a shared checklist in Google Keep. This short 1 minute video will get you started

Google Chrome:

12 Power Apps and Extensions for Chrome (This list contains a few of my favorites including Magic Actions for YouTube! Note- Snagit is no longer available, but Nimbus gets a nod ) 

Google Sheets:

Flippity now has a Google Sheets add-on!  <--- CHECK IT OUT   With this add-on Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff.  

Google Slides:

Advanced Tips and Tricks for Google Slides  Via -BetterCloud Monitor | You might already know the basics for making awesome presentations using Google Slides. But there are a few more features you can use to make your design and flow even better.

Google Sites:

If you use the new Google Sites and want a way to easily embed your recent Drive files or folders in a web page, check this out.

Google Docs:

How to Link to a Specific Paragraph in Google Docs - Short How-To Video.  Via etterCloud Monitor | If you ever have a Google Doc that’s tens or hundreds of pages long, it can be difficult to find a specific section of text. To save time, try providing a direct link to a specific paragraph in your document.

Check out these Add-Ons and Templates for Google Docs and Sheets developed for education. (You will not find these in the add-on store!) 

Google Forms:

How to Insert a Logo (or class graphic) in Google Forms - This short 2 -minute video will get you started. Extra tip - Need to create a graphic? Use Canva! 

Google Classroom:


IOS Apps:

Must-Have iPad Apps for Content Creation - Many of these are great free apps (Adobe Spark,  Shadow Pupets, etc... and a few of the paid apps we have licenses for. - Puppet Pals) 

Phonto: Add text to photo’s…a lot of great ways to use this in the classroom. (Free) 

Wordimals! - Free for today (3-14-17)- Unlock the full version! Fun word game for kids and the entire family!

Today only: Unlock the full version free of charge! Access the in-app store, tap on “No Ads and Infinite Keys,” and confirm your action. Wordimals is loaded with fun themed word searches that the whole family can enjoy. Pick a grid size and a category, and then get to work. At the bottom of the screen you’ll see how many words need to be found and the length of each word. Drag your finger over letters in any direction in order to connect them. Time is ticking, however, so move quickly. The game allows you to skip any level at any time, and features a forgiving hint system. It also includes more than 200 word searches.

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