Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Fluency Tutor

Helps busy teachers bring struggling readers up to speed.Great for time-stretched teachers, Fluency Tutor for Google makes reading aloud more fun and satisfying for students who need extra support. It’s a big help for struggling and reluctant readers, as well as students learning English as a second language. Easy to use, Fluency Tutor for Google lets students record themselves reading and share with the teacher - away from the pressures of reading aloud in the classroom environment. Ideal for schools using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), Fluency Tutor for Google integrates seamlessly with Google Drive and Google Classroom. And since it works with almost any online content, it’s great to use alongside other online instructional programs. 

App Store  |  Website

Features: 
- Friendly dashboard interface for teachers and students 
- Teachers can choose from hundreds of existing reading passages based on content, lexile level or reading age 
- Teachers can also create their own passages from web pages, docs or other content 
- Students can create reading passages from almost any web page 
- Share passages with individual students, or with the entire class using the Google Classroom 'share' button 
- Passages appear in student's Google Drive 
- Students can read and record assigned reading passages whenever and wherever it suits them 
- Extra help is provided including text-to-speech, dictionary, picture dictionary and translate tools 
- Quick Score gives immediate feedback to students without the need for full assessment 

- Analytical tools (Premium version only) allow detailed graphical review of each student's reading history over time 

Fluency Tutor for Google is truly a time saving tool for busy educators looking for ways to help their struggling or emerging readers. 

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Daum Equation Editor

▶ Create formulas with the click of a button. 
▶ Create formulas with TeX input editor. ( latex ) 
▶ Change the size and layout of the formula. 
▶ Create a text time or an image file with your formula and save it to your PC or to google drive
▶ Supports common text input. 

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Geogebra

The Graphing Calculator for Geometry, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics and 3D Math! GeoGebra is free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Interactive learning, teaching and evaluation resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at tube.geogebra.org. GeoGebra is the world’s favorite dynamic mathematics software, has received numerous educational software awards, and supports STEM education and innovations in teaching and learning worldwide.


* Free to use software for learning, teaching and evaluation 
* Fully interactive, easy-to-use interface with many powerful features 
* Access to an ever-expanding pool of resources at tube.geogebra.org 
* Available in many languages 
* A fun way to really see and experience mathematics and science 
* Adaptable to any curriculum or project 
* Used by millions of people around the world

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g(Math)

Google Doc, Sheets & Forms Add-On
This will be an invaluable tool for any math class or math teacher. Now creating math digitally in a collaborative document has become slightly easier. Create graphs (including plotting points) and complex math directly in your Google Doc or Google Sheet. You can use these to create a Form!

Create graphs and complex math directly from the sidebar in your Google Doc, Sheet, or Form. 

You can now use Speech to Math in Chrome to talk directly to g(Math) to create the expressions or use Handwriting recognition for expression entry! You can use LaTeX commands or the prebuilt codes to create complex math that is not possible using the built-in Equation Editor. 

Some examples include Geometric signs, custom characters, and formulas (like the Quadratic formula). With the graph creator, you can type in functions and inequalities and it will create the graph associated with the functions and inequalities. You can also plot points in the same graph, find the line of best fit of those points, and specify a viewing window. As a new feature, you can select a table in a Doc and import the data into g(Math) to create a plot! 

Sheets & Forms:  
Having this math in a Google Sheet will allow you to create questions in a Google Form as well using the g(Math) Quick Quiz Creator and the QuizNinja for individualized, differentiated forms!!

Create graphs, statistical displays, multiple choice questions, and write complex math directly in your Form! Create graphs and complex math directly in the sidebar and insert them as Form items. You can also deploy a Form to allow responders to craft responses using g(Math) tools! The multiple choice builder will allow you to input items in a variety of ways, including by webCam and inserting images from Google Drive.

Chrome Web Store  Google Doc add-on  |  Chrome Web Store  Google Sheet add-on  |  Chrome Web Store Google Form add-on

Website (includes "how to's"and examples)

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Save to Google Drive

Helps you save web content or browser screenshots directly to your Google Drive. 


* Adds a browser action to save the current page. 
* Adds a right-click context menu to save hyperlinks and media. 
* Configurable through an options page. 


- You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'. 
- You can save the currently viewed page using the 'Save to Google Drive' browser action.
- You can automatically convert Microsoft Office files or comma separated files to Google Docs format. 

After your content is saved, the progress dialog allows you to open the file, rename, or view the file in the Google Drive document list. From the document list, you can organize and share your new document. To save a file:// URLs, or to enable in incognito mode, go to chrome://extensions/ and enable the associated checkbox.

App Store  |  Website  (Chrome browser extension)

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

LastPass

LastPass remembers your passwords so that you can focus on the more important things in life.

LastPass, an award-winning password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.Only remember one password - your LastPass master password. Save all your usernames and passwords to LastPass, and it will autologin to your sites and sync your passwords everywhere you need them. 

"This robust password manager is a must-use free tool that supports multiple operating systems and browsers." - PCMag Editors' Choice 

Website  |  App Store    (Chrome browser extension)

Save Everything: 
- Store login usernames and passwords 
- Checkout fast by adding credit cards & shopping profiles 
- Attach docs, PDFs, images, audio, and more 
- Save any piece of data you need to keep secure and accessible 
- Manage everything from a simple, searchable “password vault” 
- Add, edit, view, delete, and organize your sites

Access Everywhere: 
- Install the LastPass browser addon on all computers 
- Login with the same LastPass account everywhere 
- Upgrade to LastPass Premium for unlimited sync across unlimited devices, including any desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Learn more: https://lastpass.com/go-premium 

Improve Your Online Security: 
- Generate secure passwords to replace weak ones 
- Create new passwords as you sign up for sites 
- Protect your LastPass account with multifactor authentication 
- Use the LastPass security check to review your passwords and flag weak and duplicate passwords 

Benefits of using a password manager: 
- Never forget another password 
- Generate strong passwords that you don't have to remember 
- Passwords are autofilled for you as you go to your sites 
- less typing! 
- Securely share your passwords with friends and family 
- Only worry about one master password 

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Plotly


Online, free, graphing and spreadsheet tool.  You can use Plotly for scientific-quality graphing - Line graphs, bar charts, heatmaps, histograms, box plots and more - Import data from files, Dropbox, and Google Drive. - Analyze data with fits, functions, stats, and more. - Collaborate by sharing projects with your team. - Share graphs online, in presentations, or to social media sites. 

Website  |  App Store  

What People Are Saying: 

"I am using the Plotly Chrome App to teach high school students how scientists really analyze and present data. This app goes well beyond anything else we have been able to find." -Dr. Michael Frank, 2011 Recipient, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 

"Plotly is my absolute favorite way to communicate data and complex ideas to my readers." -Dylan Matthews, Columnist, Washington Post 

"Plotly was key for getting NASA approval to launch a CubeSat for space exploration." -Professor Carl Brandon, Vermont Technical College

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Adblock for YouTube

Removes the video ads from Youtube™.  Never sit through ads again as you show a Youtube™ movie to your class!

Simply install Adblock for Youtube™ and all the Pre-Roll Ads on Youtube™ are gone, forever when you are signed in to Chrome!  

Permissions & Privacy:  Any video adblock detection happens on your computer, they do not see or track any of your browsing history. 

App Store    Google Chrome Extension

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Draftback

Draftback lets you play back the revision history of any Google Doc you can edit. It's like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write. 
Notes: - With Draftback, your data is kept entirely private. Draftback was purposely designed so that you could play back your own docs without having to share them with a third party. This is -your- data; Draftback just lets you see it in a new way.
- Draftback only needs access to docs.google.com to get the revision data for playback—but that data never leaves your own browser.
- New!: It's now possible to extract any part of a doc's playback and embed it on the web. (This, of course, makes that extract accessible to the public.)
When used in conjunction with Google Classroom it would enable you to see a student work on a document and their writing process. When used in group projects you would be able to see how much each students contributed to the document.
Below is a video detailing how to use Draftback with student writing.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Screencastify

Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio. Just press record and the content of your tab is recorded. So you can easily create a screencast for video tutorials, record presentations etc. It also supports desktop capturing, allowing you to record anything on your screen (not just tabs). Videos can be saved to disk or uploaded to Youtube or Google Drive with a single click. Screencastify does not depend on any external software (like Java, Flash or other plugins). So it also runs on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Video recording happens completely locally. So your recordings are not transferred to any remote system unless you choose to upload them. When choose to store your recordings on Google Drive, they are uploaded to your Google Drive account after recording and removed from local storage. This helps to save local storage space, especially on Chromebooks and allows access your recordings from other devices. The free version allows to record videos that are 10 minutes long.

App Store  |  Website   (Chrome browser extension)

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Add to Classroom

Save sites from around the web back to Google Classroom. Just click the Google Classroom button to save the site to visit to your selected Google Classroom, to share with students as an announcement or an assignment. Note - you need to have a teacher account on Google Classroom for this extension to work. 

App Store  |  Website   (Chrome browser extension)

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