7 Great Places to Find Free Literary Works

October 6, 2015
In a previous post we covered some very good websites where you can search for and access free eBooks. Today we are curating this list specifically for platforms where you can find literary works. Whether its poetry, classics, or even philosophy these web tools and mobile apps are definitely a good place to start with in your search for literary works.

1- Poem Hunter

Poem Hunter is all about poetry. It provides you access to a wide variety of materials including poetry eBooks, quotations, poets biographies, assorted works of each poet, poetry contests and many more.

2- Poetry Magazine

‘Today, Poetry regularly presents new work by the most recognized poets, but its primary commitment is still to discover new voices. In recent years, over a third of the poets published have been new to the magazine. Special themed issues feature poetry from around the world and various poetry communities in the United States, connecting readers to passionate conversations about poetry and translation.’

3- Harvard Classics

‘All classics you ever need to read in Philosophy or Religion are collected in one app. Guided by Dr. Eliot, the famed president of Harvard University, you will journey through the history of religion and philosophy. Along the way, Dr. Eliot will introduce you to 26 books selected from the famed Harvard Classics. ’

4- Project Gutenberg

This is another great resource for free ebooks. Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free ebooks and in different formats including : free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

5- The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. This includes a special modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, and a very interesting curated, modern collection for the world at large.

6- Open Library

OpenLibrary is a free, digital lending library with millions of eBooks that can be read in a browser or downloaded for reading offline. Originally developed to support the Print Disabled community, OpenLibrary now contains public domain and contemporary eBooks.

7- Bartleby

Bartleby is the preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse prodiving students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

6 Handy Chromebook Apps for Social Studies Teachers

October 6, 2015
Chromebook is a versatile gadget with a huge potential in education. Several school districts and classrooms have been using them over the last couple of years and they proved to be of tremendous help in the instructional process. Chromebook section in this blog features everything teachers need to know to make the best of these devices in class including things such as tips, apps and video tutorials.

Today, we are adding another resource which is basically a collection of some of the best Chromebook apps for social studies teachers. We featured apps that students can use to create presentations; write, save and share documents; create mind maps, and many more. You can also watch this wonderful Google hangout video to learn more about how some teachers are actually using Chromebooks to teach social studies and foreign language

1- Popplet

‘Popplet is the simplest tool to capture and organize your ideas. With Popplet you can quick jot down your ideas and sort them visually…Popplet is great for school and for learning in the classroom and at home. Students use Popplet to think and learn visually. By capturing facts, thoughts, and images, students learn to create relationships between them and generate new ideas. ’

2- Google Drive

Google Drive lets you create, share and keep all your stuff in one place.You can use it to access your files, even the big ones, from wherever you are. Share them with whomever you want, and edit them together in real time.

3- Google Classroom

‘Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.’

4- Haiku Deck

‘With Haiku Deck, anyone can create stunning, image-rich slideshows in a fraction of the time required by most presentation software. Easily import photos from Google Drive, Facebook, and other popular sites, or tap into millions of free Creative Commons images through the app's unique built-in keyword image search. Sizing, formatting, and attribution are all handled seamlessly, leaving you plenty of time to focus on your message. ’

5- TimesMaps

The World History TimeMap contains over 660 history maps and 1,000 pages of high-quality supporting narrative, wrapped up in a unique interface that creates a framework for world history.You can use it to easily navigate to any time and place in history.

6- Newsela

Explore a library of high-quality, engaging nonfiction that you need to meet the new, rigorous demands of the Common Core. Newsela’s constantly expanding archive helps students develop a love of reading while they expand their understanding of the world.
7- DOGOnews

DOGOnews is the leading destination for Current Events Articles for Kids and Teachers. Featuring award-winning content written for children, DOGOnews is rapidly becoming the defacto favorite for language arts, science and social studies lesson plans in the classroom and current events homework help at home.

5 Good Places to Find Educational Video Content for Your Class

October 6, 2015
Looking for educational video content on the web becomes almost synonymous with searching popular video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and to a certain extent TED. Important as these sites are but they are not the sole places where you can access school friendly video content. There are in fact some other powerful platforms that provide video content specifically designed for education community. Below are some good examples:

‘SchoolTube.com is the nation's largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for students and educators - exclusively endorsed by over twenty national education associations.Empowering students and teachers through the use of video, with a safe, informative, and fun video sharing experience.’

‘YouTube Teachers was created to help teachers leverage video to educate, engage and inspire their students. Here you will find tips and tricks for bringing YouTube into the classroom, as well as over 400 video playlists curated by CUE and aligned with the Common Core. YouTube.com/Teachers is part of YouTube's larger educational initiative, YouTube EDU, featuring more than 700K educational videos created by leading experts and organizations such as PBS, TEDEd, and Khan Academy.’

‘Whether you're doing research for a project, need help with homework, or just want to learn something new, YouTube EDU features some of the most popular educational videos across YouTube.’

‘Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.’

Khan Academy’s offers a  library of over 6000 educational videos that you can access across different devices and platforms. These videos cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with tutorials on finance and history.

6 of The Best Web Tools for Creating Educational Video Tutorials

October 6, 2015
Over the years, we have reviewed several web tools and mobiles apps that you can use with your students in class to create educational screencasts and video tutorials. Today, we are bringing to the forefront a select few of the tools that have been the most popular among teachers and educators. You can utilize these applications to create instructional tutorials and explainer videos to incorporate in your teaching. Simplicity, ease of use and user friendliness are features in common among all of these titles.

1- ScreencastO--Matic

ScreencastO--Matic is a wonderful web tool to use for recording your computer screen. ScreencastO--Matic  is web based so you do not need to install anything. The recording you create can be easily uploaded to your YouTube account, Vimeo, or several other social media websites.

B- Camtasia

Camtasia from TechSmith allows you to easily record your screen movements and actions and create step by step screencasts to share with others.Camtasia has all the editing tools to create the great video content you need to get the job done. Quickly record your webcam or screen, engage your viewers with a variety of effects, and easily share your videos to anyone, anywhere.

C- Cam Studio

CamStudio is another good web tool for recording screen and audio activity on your computer and create video files to share with your colleagues.

D- Screencastify

Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software (aka. screencast recorder) 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.

E- Google Plus Hangout


This is another great way to record your screen. The recording you make is automatically saved to your YouTube channel where you can share it with others. Here is a step by step guide on how to record your screen using Hangout.

3 Powerful Chromebook Apps for Creating Educational Infographics and Posters

October 4, 2015
Looking for tools to use on your Chromebook to create posters and infographics to share with your students? The apps below are good places to start with. Our favourite tool in this list is PiktoChart, we have been using it for few years now and never had any issues with it plus it’s very easy and simple to use which will make your infographic making a simple drag and drop process.

1- PiktoChart

PiktoChart is a web-based application that allows you to create beautiful visuals without the need for any prior design knowledge. You can choose from a wide variety of professionally made templates; customize the text, graphics, charts and color of your infographics, add interactive elements such as charts, HTML output then save and publish to social networks or download as an image.

2- Canva

Canva is another powerful tool to create visuals on Chrome. It allows you to design a number of things that include flyers, presentations, cards, invitations and posters. You can choose ‘from more than one million layouts, stock photographs and illustrations. Search for the best graphics, photos, and fonts then use Canva’s simple drag and drop tool to create a design.’

3- ThingLink

ThingLink is an excellent web tool that allows you to create interactive images online. The images you create can come alive by adding to them text, video, music, and links. ThingLink has also recently rolled out a new feature, which is still in beta, that allows you to add interactive pinmarks to YouTube videos. These pin marks can be links to other videos or websites

A New Free Online Collage Maker Tool for Teachers

October 4, 2015
FotoJet is a free online collage maker that helps us  create beautiful collages, posters, social media works, photo cards, and more without the hassles of downloading and registering. It has a very clean and straightforward interface. Using it is as easy as moving and dragging your mouse.

FotoJet offers some professionally designed templates. There are categories you can choose from like Modern, Classic, Art, Creative and even 3D templates. There are also  categories offered for Photo Card, Social Media, Fun Photo, and more. It covers almost all themes such as Anniversary, Baby, Wedding, Birthday, Valentine, Halloween, Christmas, and Easter.

Adding photos is also very user-friendly with the direct import from Facebook. Many editing tools for photo are available including Zoom, Rotate, and Flip. Further more, we can adjust the photo effects and colors by simply clicking. Also, the text can be edited with double-click and be customized with different font, color, and size.

One more thing, if you don’t start a design form templates, you can also work with the
“Classic” mode. It’s the method of creating a photo collage by adding photos into adjustable layout. We are allowed to add and edit text, or clipart image for retouching the layout. Background is also customizable with color, pattern and your own image.For a demonstration of its capabilities, you may like to check the various samples to see what you can develop with it!