Make your life easier with Chrome extensions

I am a huge fan of chrome extensions. It makes you life so much easier with a lot of different tools. Google Chrome Extensions are “applications that run inside the Chrome browser and provide additional functionality, integration with third party websites or services, and customized browsing experiences.” While there is some grey area between Google apps, extensions, and simply shortcuts to websites, the right extensions can turn your browser into a Swiss-army knife of utility and efficiency.

I love checker plus, google calendar, print friendly, awesome screenshot, qr code, drive,  and one tab.

What Is The Benefit Of An Extension For Teachers?

They can make things simple, more accessible, more visible, more compelling, more convenient–there are dozens of potential benefits to you in your classroom. Clip a web page to Evernote with a single button push. Look up a reference. Model for students how to add a citation. Send a link to colleagues without opening another tab. Find a useful resource for a lesson? Scoop it. Tweet it. Pin It. Find a post you want to read? Don’t email it to yourself–use Pocket.

The criteria we used to choose each extension? The extension had to increase your efficiency, provide a benefit to content/curriculum, allow you to connect with other teachers/parents/students, or enhance your workflow as an educator.

Chrome extensions for teachers

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Make a presentation with SlideIdea

SlideIdea is a wonderful presentation application that helps students create powerful presentations. Slide Idea is a FREE app for your iPad that will convert PDF’s, PowerPoints into digital books, filmstrips, and more. Check it out, it’s FREE.

The app has creation and play functions that transform the boring powerpoint into a captivating experience. You can simply add your content and SlideIdea can design your slide. You can also record, publish and browse featured slides within the app. There is also a digital whiteboard option that allows students to display their knowledge in a visual way. It is truly the next generation of presentations on the iPad. It is simple to use and creates beautiful presentations.

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80+ Must Have Apps for your iPad

This may not be a traditional post but I thought I would share a list of iPad apps I sent to my principal who is in the process of rolling out iPads in the high school. These is a list of some of the “hottest apps” in education.  Happy downloading!


Study Tools 
1. Infuse Learning (add bookmark to home screen)

2. Quizlet
3. Socrative (student)
4. Regent’s Prep (add bookmark to home screen)
5. Study blue
Important Resources 
1. Cloud On
2. Drive
3. Dropbox
4. My Big Campus
5. Evernote
6. Nearpod student
Useful Tools 
1. QR Code Maker
2. Easy Bib
3. Sticky Notes for iPad
4. new.Annotate+
5. QR Code Scan
6. Side by Side
7. Camscanner
1. Geometry Pad
2. Free Protractor
3. Whiteboard Lite: Collaborative Drawing
4.Smartstocks (add bookmark to home screen)
5. Bloomberg
6. Mathination
7. Rover
8. Quick Graph
9. SketchExplorer
10. Numbers
 11. Calculus wolfram
12. Algebra wolfram
13. Learns that
14. Geoboard
15. Sat math lite
Digital Creation 
1. Scrap it HD+
2. Animoto
3. Skitch
4. EduCreations
5. Pic Collage
6. Dragon Dictation
7. Doceri
8. Haiku Deck
9. Perfect Captions – Your Life With Subtitles
10. Voicethread
11. ShowMe
12. ibook creator
13. ShowMe
14. Prezi
15. Toontastic
16. Hokusai
17. fotobabble
1. Earth-Now
2. Essential Skeleton
4. 3D brain
5.3D cell stain
6. Science@vl
7. Molecules
8. DNA model
9. The elements
Social Studies
1. CNN
2. The States
3. National Archives DocsTeach
4. This Day in History
5. Student Friend (add bookmark to home screen)-
6. Humanitarian Kiosk
7. UN CountryStats
8. UN News Reader
9. Constitution
10. Today’s doc
11. AP us gov McGraw hill 5 steps to a 5
12. Perspective
13. My Congress
14. Constitution for ipad
15. Stats of the Union
1. Khan Academy
2.  Snagfilms
3. Tedtalks
4. Vimeo
5. CNN
1. Destiny quest
2. Nook
4. My school
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Simplify your iPad with CloudOn

I recently discovered CloudOn from a colleague at work. CloudOn brings Microsoft Office to your iPhone and iPad. With Cloud on you can create and edit files in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on your iPhone or iPad. You can Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 10.06.09 PMmanage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts. You can track changes and set notifications while editing the document.


CloudOn also automatically saves documents so you will never lose your work.  The application is a direct and wireless link between your desktop and your ipad, which will allow you to work without any issue.  CloudOn is completely free, so you have nothing to lose by trying it out. Click here to download it for the iPad.






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Digital Ways to Engage your Students

I am running a professional development session after school this week about digital ways to engage your students in their own learning. These are a few of my favorite apps or web-based programs that I plan to introduce at the workshop. 

  1. Infuse Learning: (online) Infuse Learning allows teachers to push questions, prompts, and quizzes out to students’ devices in private virtual classrooms. This is wonderful for a quick assessment or review activity on the spot. My student’s love the draw something feature where I give them a vocabulary word and then they draw it and send it to my screen. I have done this with AP and regular US history, both courses had wonderful results.
  1. Socrative: (online or app) Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.  This is great for a quick assessment or review game. For sample teacher codes visit:   
  1. Gooru-:(online or app)  Gooru Collections allow any user to have access to more than 3,000 educational materials. The website is organized into playlists and is designed for every 5th-12th grade student. The options are endless from videos to games, to digital textbooks, useful teacher approved websites, quizzes, and so much more.
  1. Today’s Meet: (online) helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime. Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.  I use today’s meet to have my student’s back-channel during a classroom debate, video, or resource sharing session when I do not want “verbal” discussion.
  1. Skitch:  (online or app) Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster. This works well in groups. I assign each group a different topic and they need to create Skitch slide about that topic. They send their slides to me or their mirror their ipad through the Apple TV and teach the class about their topic.
  1. Evernote: (online or app) Evernote lets your take notes, sync files across your devices, save webpages, capture inspiration, and share your ideas with friends and colleagues.  There are so many wonderful ways to use Evernote for file sharing, lesson plans, digital portfolios writing submission. The ideas are endless!
  1. Animoto (online or app) or iMovie (app) Create a digital movie with photos and text slides.  Remember to create a teacher account. For sample projects and handouts
  2. My Big Campus (online or app) My Big Campus extends the classroom to a safe, engaging online environment that balances educational use of Web technologies with network and student.

Useful Resources

-Ipads In the Classroom by Annalisa Kelly Itunes Store. Free ebook

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Gooru provides high-quality learning resources for every student and teacher

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to teach completely using the iPad. The only exception is when I show a DVD in my classroom. So far it has been fairly easy since I got this wonderful Longitech keyboard, which makes typing so much easier.  In my classroom I have an Apple TV, which allows me to mirror anything from my iPad or my student’s iPad to the projector.

I am always looking for new ways to make my iPad more efficient and save me time. I recently discovered Gooru, which any user can use on their mobile device or on a regular computer browser. Gooru Collections allow any user to have access to more than 3,000 educational materials. The website is organized into playlists and is designed for every 5th-12th grade student.The options are endless from videos to games, to digital textbooks, useful teacher approved websites, quizzes, and so much more.

Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every 5th-12th grade math, science and social science topic, with more subjects coming soon.

One of my favorite features is that you can save  any resource to your username so anytime you want to access a particular resource it’s right on the home screen or “shelf.” The best part is that it’s FREE and has NO advertisements. Check it out today, you will not be disappointed!

Features of the iPad app:
-Gooru Collections will always be free
-Browse collections on 5th through 12th grade topics
-Search for collections to find exactly what you need to study
-Bookmark your favorite collections for later review
-Enable narration written by teachers to guide you through every resource in a collection
-Get the best collections delivered to you every week in “Featured Collections”
-Swipe to move on to the next resource, or tap the top navigation bar
-Customize your experience by logging in to your account and accessing the collections you saved on the Web
-All materials are vetted by teachers to ensure what you study is high quality and safe
-Much more to come!

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EduCreations the “personal recordable whiteboard for the ipad”

I recently learned about a new app called EduCreations. It’s like a “personal recordable whiteboard for the ipad” that captures user’s voice, digital handwriting, images, and text for the creation of a video lesson or screencast. You can annotate images with handwriting.
Another unique feature of the app is it’s hosting service, which allows you to share any created projects with a class or select # of users.  As a teacher you can create a class and add your students. They can create their own projects once they are in your “class” with the app. The projects they create automatically go into your your class. You can also “push out” lessons to your class.
If you don’t have an ipad- You can used the web-based version of the app that works with any browser. Best Part about the app it’s FREE.
Tons of cool features-
  1. Handwriting and text tool
  2. import multiple images
  3. great editing tools
  4. animated play back
  5. multiple upload or share options
  6. 9 compatible languages
Hope you get a chance to check it out:
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Take Notes with Notability

I love using Evernote but sometimes I want a diferent way to take notes. I stumbled upon Notability, which has a lot of wonderful note taking features. You can use the handwriting feature, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organize your notes. Notability  allows you to draw or write every detail and create beautiful notes. Students can annotate PDF’s with handwriting, typing, or recording. “Christina Weltmer, a science teacher at Garden City High School, was actually taught by one of her students on how to use Notability, the iPad app that enables the user to take notes, record lectures and annotate PDFs.”


Another neat feature of Notabiluty is the ability to add audio recording to link notes with your own thoughts and interpretations of the readings.  Students can even use the recording feature to capture your own voice for memos, presentations, or speech practice. With auto-sync and the ability to upload to Google Drive or Dropbox. Students will never have an excuse to not have their notes!



Citation: Savenije, Davide. “18 Ways IPads Are Being Used In Classrooms Right Now – Edudemic.” Edudemic. N.p., 11 Nov. 2012. Web. 29 Dec. 2012.


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5 free mobile apps to capture student work written by Justin Stallings

Mobile technology has provided new opportunities for students and teachers to both capture and organize data.  With the advent of mobile technology in the classroom, students can do a number of things like capture notes from their spirals or the whiteboard to capturing pictures/video of a project they’ve been doing in class.        This allows students to both share and reflect upon their learning.
Here are 5 mobile apps to capture student work:
1.  Evernote (IOS, Android, Blackberry)
Evernote is a mobile app that is cross-platform friendly–so regardless if your students prefer the Iphone, Android, or Blackberry they will be able to install the app and use it.  With the Evernote app, students can take picutres of classroom activities (not to mention activities assigned outside of class) or they can take audio notes as well.  So if you have your students taking notes in a spiral or journal, they can make them into digital notes with the Evernote app and have access to them 24/7.  More importantly, once they’ve created the new note from the app, they will have it access to it on any other device which they have downloaded Evernote or they can simply access it from the main website
2.  JotNot (IOS)
Jotnot is a very impressive mobile app which makes pictures or “scans” very crisp and clear.  Depending on how new your mobile device is (which I still have the Iphone 3GS so the camera on it is not as good as some of the new models) taking pictures may not exactly be as clear as you want–especially when reading text.  With JotNot, you can take a picture and change the settings on it to make it clearer to read.
The only downside to the free version of JotNot is that can’t share via Evernote or Dropbox–that is only with the paid version ($1.99).  With the free version, you can still save the image to your phone’s photo library and upload it into Evernote or Dropbox app from there.
3.  Whiteboard Share (IOS)
Whiteboard Share is a app that I just recently started experimenting with.  Essentially, with Whiteboard Share you can take a photo and share via Evernote or email.  The main benefit of this app is that it when the image is uploaded into Evernote, it makes the text more readable (
The other benefit to using Whiteboard Share is that it gives you a “zoom” feature on the camera, which the standard camera on the Iphone (3GS model at least) doesn’t allow for that.
4.  Pinterest (IOS)
Pinterest is quickly becoming a fun and easy way to both capture and share photos.  With the Iphone app you have access to your previous “pins” and can take photos directly from the app and assign them to a “pin board” for easy organization.  The pin boards can be a easy way for students to organize photos into different categories (i.e. Group projects) and be able to reflect on what they did later on.
5.  Voicethread (IOS)
Voicethread is a very engaging tool that students can utilize in the classroom.  With the Voicethread Iphone app, you can take a series of pictures and categorize them into different “threads” and make them into a type of “slideshow” presentation.
What sets this apart from the other apps is that once you take the photo, Voicethread allows you to make comments on it either by voice, text, or video.  So instead of students just making a caption description of the photo, they can also take audio notes or even actually video of them describing what is going on in the picture.
Honorable Mention:
CamScanner (IOS, Android)
CamScanner is also another excellent app that students can use to capture there work.  With Camscanner, you can take a snap shot from your Iphone or Android device and save it as a PDF or upload directly into your Evernote account.
Thanks to Melissa Seideman (@mseideman) for suggesting the app!
If you are looking for a cross-platform app, Evernote is the way to go.  Of course, if students have the Iphone or even a Ipod Touch they have a few more options to choose from (for now at least). I’m sure that there are a few that I may have overlooked, which ones would you recommend?
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Top 10 iPad Apps for Elementary Teachers written by Wesley Exon

This post was written by Wesley Exon cross posted at the Public School Review.

iPads have made their way into the classroom, all the way down to elementary school. If you are a grade school teacher looking for fun apps to use in the classroom, this list is perfect for you. The options below make classroom learning fun and exciting, and you could share them with parents to enhance their children’s education.

Image obtained from Digital Trends

Here are the top 10 iPad apps for elementary teachers.

  1. Math Magic: This app is all about making math fun. It involves interactive games for adding, subtracting, word problems, and more. Your kid will feel like he’s playing a video game, when he’s really getting an education.
  2. Alphabet Fun: This app creates a game out of learning the alphabet, and it also teaches students about numbers and colors. Students can trace over letters with their fingers to help them learn how to write.
  3. Star Walk: This app teaches students about the stars, and it has won several awards for its outstanding graphics and interactive features. It shows more than 9,000 solar objects for students to learn about.
  4. Miss Spell’s Class: This app is designed to make students better spellers. It asks them to find missing words and then re-spell them correctly for points. Students can correct their simple mistakes and have fun at the same time.
  5. ArithmeTick: This app forces students to answer math questions under time constraints. They must struggle to beat the clock or risk losing points for their answers. That’ll get the hearts pumping!
  6. VideoScience: This app features short videos with cool science experiments. The videos are created by an award winning developer who uses creative techniques to make science easy to understand.
  7. This app is a full dictionary right on the iPad. Students can use it to look up words they don’t understand or discover new words they might not know yet.
  8. Wikipanion: This app gives students easy access to Wikipedia. You may not like using that site in the classroom, but it can be a good reference point or your students to start from.
  9. National Geographic’s World Atlas: This app gives students access to maps from around the world. It’s perfect for geography lessons or simple exploration in the classroom.
  10. Read Me Stories: This app offers a new talking picture book every single day. Rather than taking books home to read, students can just download the app and learn right at home.

Check out some of these free and low priced apps for elementary teachers and you’re sure to find something to use for your students.

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The “secrets to success” in breaking the ban on cell phones

This post is crossed posted at The Innovative Educator written by Lisa Nielsen


Mobile devices have become one the fastest and most popular forms of communication.  They can be an important classroom tool, however many many schools regard them as disruptive, distracting, and have implemented zero tolerance policies that prohibit them. The reality is that students still use cell phones in school even if they are banned. According to Time Magazine, “even though the vast majority of students own cell phones–something like 80% by eighth grade–more than half of schools prohibit the use of any mobile device.” I  am amazed that teachers of the 21st century are not embracing the power of technology in their classrooms.

Surrounded by Mobile Devices
As a member of the millennial generation, I grew up surrounded by mobile devices. I find it difficult to go to meetings with paper and pen, or store papers in a file cabinet, or even use a book for my lesson plans. My life is digital and I think it is time for educators to teach our students to become members of the 21st century. Our students need to be taught to use technology to adapt and THRIVE in this ever-changing world.


Breaking the Ban in Four Schools
Since my very first year teaching, five years ago, I have encouraged other teachers and strongly persuaded my administrators to approve mobile devices in the classroom. Due to my husband’s job relocations, I have taught in five schools in both New York and Pennsylvania. Every school, except one in Westchester County, embraced this new form of technology. I have used mobile devices in my classroom for parent communication, polling, instant response, peer to peer contact, first day of school sharing, QR code web searches, and so much more.

As a first year teacher, I went to my principal in Geneva, NY and asked for permission to use cellular devices in class with my 8th grade students. His response was an enthusiastic Yes! My students looked forward to coming to my class because it was cool to learn through this new method. When I moved to another school in Trumansburg, NY, my principal was on the fence about it. I was able to win him over with the line “do you want

Image from Edudemic

to see it in action?” before you give your response. He came to observe my classroom. My students were placed into groups of two and I posted questions using Polls Everywhere as an instant response tool. My principal was amazed to learn about this new method of assessment and class participation that he had me demonstrate it at a faculty meeting.

When I moved to Hanover, PA, my principal at South Western High School highly supported the use of technology. Unfortunately, I felt like I was in a league of my own as I was the only teacher embracing it. As the year progressed, I took great pride in demonstrating to colleagues ways mobile devices could be implemented in a safe, supportive, and educational way. I showed teachers how to use in the classroom.  With administrative and parental approval, I use to send text messages to my students with reminders, announcements, polls, questions, etc. Students could text me and ask a specific question such as “what is on the test tomorrow?” or ask “what did I miss in class?” when absent. One student named Meghan commented that she enjoyed using because “I could ask you a question at anytime and you would always be there to answer it!”


Improve Parent Communication
Mobile devices have the potential to bridge the gap between the home, school, and social media world. At Hanover, PA, I encouraged parents to join my text messaging cell classroom group. I was surprised by the results. Of my 55 US history students, 35 of their parents participated. Parents commented that they appreciated the text message reminders about homework & tests, updates about their child’s progress, and even enjoyed the in-class texting activities. Parents are now more informed about how their kids are doing and are better able to help their children with their schooling, which is key to student success.


Ways to Use Mobile Devices in your Classroom
One activity in which I involved parents and mobile devices I call “text a friend.” For example, my students text a family member or friend asking the question “Did you vote in the last election? Why or why not?”  Through the responses our class received we were able to learn firsthand far more than just having the textbook or teacher’s perspective. Mobile devices truly bring the

Two high school students participate in a QR code scavenger hunt about the Civil Rights Movement. One student in each group used their mobile device and a QR code scanner app to unlock the website and respond to the teacher’s prompt. Students explored the school looking for clues to learn about the movement.

world into your classroom.


This year I will be teaching in Cold Spring, NY, which is a very supportive and innovative district. This is the first year I am actively ENCOURAGING my students to use their mobile devices in the classroom. I made clear mobile device classroom expectations on an infographic. I am providing a student guide to technology assignment for homework during the first week of school.  I will be  urging my students to use applications on their devices: My Homework app to keep track of their assignments, a QR code reader for QR codes in my lessons, Easy Bib to properly cite sources, Evernote to take notes, SoundGecko to take any online text and convert it to mp3, just to name a few.   


Goals for the Future
My hope is that I will teach my students to be responsible with mobile devices and encourage them to use their devices for more than just for social purposes.  21st century technology has the potential to encourage student growth, collaboration, research, and skills they can apply throughout their life. Schools across the country need to be more flexible with their policies. Mobile devices can enhance instruction and learning if done appropriately.

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Timeline Eons App: A graphic representation of history

Timeline Eons is a graphic representation of the entire natural and human history. The app features an extensive and wide range of topics from Big Bang theories and evolution to historical events. The events are easily displayed and reveal interesting information about historical events. It also has a fun facts section that encourages students to expand their own learning. I really like that is has a today in history feature. Check it out today!

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Dragonbox- The Math Game

DragonBox is a game designed for children to learn and solve algebraic equations. Students truly learn while having fun. Players go through different worlds as they go one level up and see their dragons grow. The game’s creator, Jean-Baptiste Huynh from Norway, was a teacher who got tired of the frustrating method used to teach maths in school. He wanted his children to learn algebra in a meaning way. Using tablets such as the iPad he created an app that encourages students or children to learn math by playing a game. Christopher Wanko said his “eight year old son immediately sat down and ran through the first two banks of problems without hesitation. It was amazing.”




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