Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sketchup for Schools

SketchUp for Schools is the core SketchUp 3D modeler now available for free online for any Primary and Secondary School signed up with G Suite for Education. You can use SketchUp on any device with mouse & keyboard input and access to internet. You can make anything you can imagine, from anywhere, anytime you imagine it.  The app must be deployed by your Google Administrator.  Contact them if it is not already installed for your Google account. 


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Friday, May 26, 2017

AutoDraw

Fast drawing for everyone!  Need to draw something but you're not good at drawing?  Open this app and choose the AutoDraw feature.  AutoDraw is a new kind of drawing tool. It pairs machine learning with drawings from talented artists to help everyone create anything visual, fast. There’s nothing to download. Nothing to pay for. And it works anywhere: smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, etc.  Making drawing and creating a little more accessible and fun for everyone.
Blog Post - Good Intro about the app.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SafeShare.TV

SafeShare.TV allows teachers to remove unwanted distractions from videos as well as set a specific start and end time to clip longer videos. SafeShare.TV works with both YouTube and Vimeo content.

  1. Visit YouTube or Vimeo to find the video you want to safely share. Copy the link for the video you selected.
  2. Visit SafeShare.TV and paste the copied video link in the SafeView box.
  3. Click Generate SafeView and you’re done! The cleaned up video will display and you can bookmark and save the link back to the safe video or share it with students.

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ViewPure

Watch YouTube videos without comments or other distractions.

With ViewPure, you clean up distractions and create a unique, safe URL to your video. The site offers a button you can even drag into your browser’s toolbar to clean up any video right from YouTube.

  1. Go to viewpure.com and drag the PURIFY button into your browser toolbar.
  2. Visit YouTube and select the video you want to clean up
  3. Click the PURIFY button that is now in your browser’s toolbar to de-clutter the video.
  4. Copy and share the unique URL to direct students to the “purified” version of the video clip. The link can also be saved as a bookmark for later viewing.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

TubeChop

Trim video to desired length and get unique URL with desired start and end points, free of distractions.
     1. Find the video you want to chop.
     2. Select & cut interesting part of the video.
     3. Share it with friends.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Verso

Activate student voice, gain authentic feedback and personalize learning. Use the Verso app to transform learning in your classroom. Verso’s peer anonymity and research-based workflows foster original thought from all students and nurture true collaboration, while leaving you in control. Free and simple to use, Verso is packed with useful well-designed features: 
 

Features:
  • Easily create rich media activities using any Internet resource or by simply recording straight through the Verso app! 
 
  • Send challenges to your class instantly with a single click. 
 
  • Student discussion and in-app formative data let you easily identify and respond to individual learning needs. 
  • Group your students based on their responses. 
 
  • Export student conversations as evidence of learning. 
  • Immediate visibility on student engagement lets you reflect and refine your own practice.
 With Verso students can: 
 
  • Provide an authentic response before viewing their classmates’ thoughts. 
 
  • Engage in safe, anonymous peer learning with their classmates. 
 
  • Reflect on their thinking in the context of anonymous responses from the class. 
 
  • Develop effective collaboration, communication, critical thinking and citizenship skills.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Seesaw

A student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document what they are learning at school.





FEATURES: 
  • Easily Capture Student Learning in Any Form
  • Students can use photos, videos, drawings, text notes, links to show what they know.
  • When students add to their Seesaw journal, content is uploaded, organized by student, and immediately accessible to teachers from any device. 
  • Teachers can browse work from the entire class or for a single student. Optionally, use folders to organize work by subject area or project. 
  • Teachers can flag items for follow up or to review at parent-teacher conferences. Sign In Options that Work for All Ages 
  • Google Account sign in. 
  • Encourage Reflection and Provide an Authentic Audience 
  • Seesaw helps capture the learning process not just the end result. Students can use Seesaw’s built-in audio recording and drawing tools to reflect on what they’ve learned or explain how they got their answer. 
  • Seesaw gives students an authentic audience of their peers and parents, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can control who can see what, and what feedback options are available, such as likes and comments. 
  •  Strengthen Connections Between School and Home ∙ Include families in the learning process by inviting them to view updates to their child’s Seesaw journal. Seesaw’s immediate, visual updates actually get seen by parents, provide encouragement for students, and cross language barriers. 
  • Teachers approve all new additions and comments before anything is shared with parents. 

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Edmodo

A safe and easy way for educators to connect and collaborate with students, parents, and each other.

Edmodo is a global education network that provides communication, collaboration, content and training tools. With more than 65 million users across 370,000+ schools worldwide, Edmodo provides a secure platform for students and teachers to connect and share resources. Free for teachers and students.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pixton

An easy to use comic and storyboard creator with simple click and drag tools.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NoteMoe

A light, clean and free note taking app. Take notes without distractions. Use it Anywhere 

• Your notes stay updated…NoteMoe is a light, clean and free note taking app. Take notes without distractions. Use it Anywhere 

• Your notes stay updated across all your devices. No buttons to press. It just works. 

100% Secure 
• Your notes are always secure and encrypted, only your login details get access to them.

It's Free 
• Create, store, edit, delete unlimited notes. — it’s all completely free. Markdown Support 
• Create rich notes using markdown syntax. Supports all types of markdown syntax.

Links Supported 
• Store web links within notes - Never forget a website address again, or use it to reference notes.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Google Arts and Culture

Created and run by the Google Cultural Institute. Explore collection from around the world.  

Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share with your friends.


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Story Builder

Google Story Builder is a fun Google tool that will get your students developing their basic writing skills.
You don’t need a Google account to participate and younger students can easily navigate through the Google Story Builder steps.
Once the students have finished writing their story, they can add music and watch the animated video of their writing experience.

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Tour Builder

What is Tour Builder?

Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.

What inspired the creation of Tour Builder?

We originally created Tour Builder to give veterans a way to record all the places that military service has taken them, and preserve their stories and memories as a legacy for their families. But we also thought it could be a useful tool for anyone with a story to tell, so we made it available to everyone.
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Smarty Pins

Smarty Pins is a geography game built by Google utilizing Google Maps.

From the website:
You know that Liverpool is the birthplace of The Beatles (or do you?), but could you locate it on a map? To encourage more people to interact with Google Maps, we created Smarty Pins, a fun and interactive game that tests players’ trivia and geography knowledge. Players can choose from six different categories from arts and culture to sports to entertainment and answer questions by dragging the pin to the correct location on the map. Players begin with 1,000 miles, earning more for quick and/or correct answers while losing miles for inaccuracy. The game currently covers the U.S., U.K., Australian and Canadian geography.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Story Maps

Esri Story Maps are a simple yet powerful way to inform, engage, and inspire people with any story you want to tell that involves maps, places, locations, or geography. They make it easy for you to harness the power of maps to tell your story.
Esri Story Maps are web applications that let authors combine beautiful maps with narrative text, striking images, and multimedia, including video. The applications are designed to be attractive and usable by anyone, which makes them great for education and outreach, either to the general public or to a specific audience.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Easelly


 Easelly is a website that makes it easy for students to create infographics. Free to use and loaded with many free templates.

The AASL (American Association of School Librarians) commended Easel.ly for being simple enough that even a child in the 6th grade could successfully navigate the site and design their infographic without adult assistance.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Class Messenger

Class Messenger was created to put Teachers, Parents and Students in sync. Each day millions of pieces of information fall through the cracks between these three groups. The results add up to create a huge drain on the education process. Teachers end up with unprepared students. Parents spend their time interrogating their children instead of supporting them.
By creating a constant stream of private communication specific to the needs of each class, student and parent, Class Messenger makes everyone’s lives a lot more simplified as well as keeping everyone on track in the same direction.
They offer 7 different types of specialized two way messaging critical to the pre-K to 8 classroom:
  1. Messages with pictures and documents (Dropbox & Google Drive integration)
  2. Surveys
  3. Timeslot Meetings (parent-teacher interviews)
  4. Group Meetings
  5. Donations
  6. Volunteer Requests
  7. Order Forms
Unlike chat products, your messages can be SCHEDULED and automatically REPEATED as needed.
Most important, Intelligent Messaging is built into everything so if you send out a Donation request, it will automatically send follow up reminders to Parents who have not answered you yet…but leave everyone else alone. It’s like having your own personal assistant to do your follow up for you.
Also included: STAFFROOM
Teachers and administrators can create a private messaging network just for the Staff of a school along with great tools for organizing Volunteers and Meetings.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides reference articles from more than 4,000 reference books. You can think of it as a search engine for encyclopedia entries. The guest version features the option to read the text aloud, related terms and links to articles, and a citation at the bottom.

This would be a great resource for students to use when they are beginning their research.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Kudoboard

Kudoboard is a platform designed to help you create and send digital greetings from a group of people. Similar to padlet it is a blank space where you add digital notes. Kudoboard lets you include pictures and videos in your notes. Just like Padlet you can invite others to write notes on the wall with you. What makes Kudoboard different from using Padlet is that you can specify a time to send your wall of notes to a recipient.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

GameOn World

GameOn World is a free geography game system developed by a teacher and student from Maine.  It is similar to Kahoot. The teacher projects the game questions on a screen and students reply from their phones, tablets, or laptops. One of the convenient features of GameOn World is that you don't have to create an account in order to start playing fun geography and history games with your students.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sqworl



Free bookmarking tool for teachers and students. In Sqworl you can create groups or bundles of bookmarks to share with your students and or colleagues. It provides a convenient way for you or your students to share collections of resources created while researching or browsing the web.

You can add descriptive notes to the individual visual bookmarks within a bundle. 


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Below are two videos showing the various features of Sqworl. 

From: Sqworl.com




From Free Technology for Teachers: 

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Monday, January 30, 2017

My Simple Slideshow

My Simple Show is a technology tool students can use to create explanatory videos. The best part is that students are required to write a script before they can begin creating the video. 

A new feature allows students to upload Power Point slides to help them create their script and slide show. 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Stencil

Instantly add text to any image - just right click!
The Stencil Chrome extension lets you highlight text anywhere on the web and turn it into an image instantly. See an image you want to add some text to? Just right-click any image and select Stencil.

Then you can start creating and customizing your image!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Nimbus Screenshot


Free extension and app that allows you to capture screen images and create screencast videos.  Screencasts recorded with Nimbus Screenshot can be saved to your local drive or to an online Nimbus account. Also allows you to annotate your screen shots. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ziteboard

Zoomable realtime whiteboard for shared teamwork collaboration. Vector design, sketch drawing, shape recognition, tutoring, meeting. Ziteboard is the best zoomable online whiteboard for collaboration on any desktop or mobile device. Explain, sketch, teach anything. Design layouts, workflows, prototypes. 

Extend video conferences with visual teamwork: discussions, meetings, daily presentations, online training, tutoring or even mind mapping. 

Use bold colors on zoomable boards with intelligent line smoothing and see how great you express yourself visually. Feel confident while drawing. Turn on shape recognition and expect perfect circles and rectangles to appear. If you need words, just click and type. Drag an image directly from the web (max. 4MB) or your own computer (max. 500kB). Have your boards customized, pick colors, get a unique domain or embed fantastic zoomable boards to your website or blog. Ziteboard is ready for all your ideas, so share them with anyone you wish via email or social media. Don’t be concerned about data security - SSL protection and private boards are at your service. Collaborate, brainstorm and start seeing the big picture together with others in real time. Shared whiteboards are regularly used by public speakers, freelancers, designers, developers, teachers, tutors and even creative agencies. Ziteboarding makes discussions more effective and improves communication. It's great in complementing both PowerPoint and Prezi presentations and it adds a lot to Scrum as well.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Web Paint

Annotate any web page.  Draw shapes, lines, and add text to live web pages and take screenshot.Web Paint provides the following easy to use drawing tools:


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Please click the extension icon in the upper right of your browser to enable the tools. UPDATE: the latest version added support for touch screen

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Schoology

Transform blended learning in your classroom with this CODiE-award-winning learning management solution. Schoology is an online learning, classroom management and social networking platform that provides educators and students with more effective, efficient and engaging ways to learn.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Blendspace

Create digital lessons in 5 minutes!  Engage your students and differentiate instruction by creating interactive digital lessons. TES Teach with Blendspace makes it easy to plan, build, and deliver a lesson by integrating content from YouTube, TES resources, your own files, and other digital media. Personalize your students’ learning with free lessons!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Calmly Writer

The best way to focus on writing. Traditional text processors include dozens of options for formatting text, distracting you from what really matters: writing. Calmly Writer is a professional text editor designed to focus on what you want to tell, with a simple, unobtrusive and distraction-free user interface. 


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Features 
*Cloud Backup: Your writing is automatically saved every time you make a change. 
*Import and Export: HTML, plain text, markdown, Microsoft Word™ .docx and PDF (print option). 
*Typewriter sound. 
*Full-screen mode. 
*Focus-mode, which highlights only the paragraph you are editing at the time. 
*Format your text by simply selecting and clicking on the toolbar. If you prefer, you can also do it using keyboard shortcuts or markdown. 
*Runs Offline. 
*Embed or link images. 
*Dark mode (white on black). 
*Estimated reading time. 
*Word and character counter. 
*OpenDyslexic mode: a font that improves readability for user with dyslexia (opendyslexic.org) *Responsive Design. 
*A carefully designed user interface. 



Announcify

Listen to your web. Announcify reads out loud every website you want. For example, if you're too tired but still need to study one more Wikipedia entry, Announcify can help your tired eyes relax. What others say about this extension: 

"This is a handy extension that will let you rest your tired eyes and at the same time, let you learn new stuff. This extension is similar to Chrome Speak, but is much easier to use, as it automatically reads out the entire page without requiring you to select text, so sit back and relax and listen to all those lengthy articles with Announcify." - AddictiveTips, http://goo.gl/LwSuG 

"Announcify is free and really handy for those times when your eyes are too tired but you're still eager to read." - Lifehacker, http://goo.gl/5xRPE 



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Grammarly

Check your spelling and grammar as you type. Grammarly's free writing app makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. Once you register your new account, you will start to receive weekly emails with personalized insights and performance stats (one of our most popular new features). Working on a large project, an essay, or a blog post? No sweat. You can create and store all of your documents in your new online editor. 

★ Contextual spelling checker Grammarly detects correctly spelled words used in the wrong context. You can stop worrying about misusing homophones like lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re, and many other commonly confused words. 
★ Grammar checker Grammarly can fix hundreds of complex grammatical errors, including subject-verb agreement, article use, and modifier placement, to name just a few. 
★ Trusted by millions of users Grammarly is trusted by students, writers, business professionals, bloggers, and plenty of people who just want to write better. Grammarly adapts to your needs and writing style, giving you the confidence of mistake-free communication every time you write. 
★ Grammarly in the news Forbes: “Grammarly quickly and easily makes your writing better and makes you sound like a pro, or at least helps you avoid looking like a fool.” Harvard Business Review: “...good grammar is instrumental in conveying ideas with clarity, professionalism, and precision...Good grammar is simply good business.” ABC News: “Poor grammar is just as offensive as gross pick-up lines.” 


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