An Indispensable Google Scholar Tip for Teachers and Academics

March, 2015
The power of Google Scholar as an academic search engine lies in the various hidden gems it contains. Digging a little bit deeper into the features it provides, you will definitely discover some amazing functionalities indispensable for academics and research students. We have already covered a number of these features in previous posts which you can access through this page.

Today, we are introducing you, in case you don’t know it yet, to another useful functionality integrated in Google Scholar.The citing feature is  by far one of the hacks we love the most about Google Scholar. The Cite button that appears under links in a Google Scholar search result allows you to generate citations of that reference with a single click. These citations are offered in 3 main formats: MLA, APA and Chicago. And if you use a citation manager such as BibTex,Endnote, RefMan, or Reworks, you will find links to easily export your citations to these managers.

To locate the cite button, head over to Google scholar and conduct a search query. Look for “Cite” under the links that are displayed in the search results as shown below.

When you click on it a pop up window will be displayed featuring the citation formats together with links to citation managers

Thanks to Mashable for reminding us about this excellent feature.
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A Very Good Resource of Educational Posters for Chemistry Teachers

March 29, 2015
Here is an interesting resource we want to bring to your attention. Compound Interest is a blog by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK. Andy creates and shares a wide variety of educational posters and graphics on everything related to chemistry and chemical reactions. We spent sometime browsing Andy’s collection of graphics and we found them really worth mentioning here.

Andy’s graphics are licensed under Creative Commons License, free for educational uses. You can find more about this site's copyright guidelines from this page. Also, the graphics are available in high quality PDF format which you can download and use with your students in class. Andy’s graphics have been featured in several popular media sites including:The Guardian, Huffington Post, Forbes, Business Insider and many more.

Here is an example of one of Andy's posters on how to spot bad science. We learned about this poster together with Compound Interest from Educational Technology Guy.

Some Amazing TED Talks on How to Be A Leader

March 28, 2015
Leadership comes with hard work but successful leadership entails more than just laboriousness, it calls for special traits that only a select few possess. Whether these traits are skills that can be developed or are a matter of biological endowment is something which still needs scientific back-up. Generally speaking, successful leaders do have something in common. They share a set of common characteristics such as : confidence, focus, trust, far-sightedness, accountability, enthusiasm, persistence, communication, determination, love of their work, and patience. Also, successful leaders are a joy to be around. They listen empathically and are a source of inspiration and zeal to the people around them.

The TED list below features some really wonderful talks on how to be a leader and how to inspire others to action. If you have sometime this weekended you might want to watch some of them. our favourite talk in the list is Simon Sinek’s “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”.

1- How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek

“Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers…”

2- What it takes to be a great leader by Roselinde Torres

“The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.”

3- Listen, learn ... then lead by Stanley McChrystal

"Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure."

4- Why we have too few women leaders by Sheryl Sandberg 

"Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite."

5- Learning from leadership's missing manual by Fields Wicker-Miurin 

"Leadership doesn't have a user's manual, but Fields Wicker-Miurin says stories of remarkable, local leaders are the next best thing. At a TED salon in London, she shares three."

6- Everyday leadership by Drew Dudley

"We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives."

7 Effective Ways to Use iPad In Your Teaching

March 27, 2015
You have probably already used iPad on your lessons before, and you know that children love everything connected with modern technology. In this article, we will go through 7 interesting and fun ways to use iPad in your classroom. Let’s see what we have.

1- Coding
Do you want to be the first to teach kids coding? allows you to use kid-friendly programs to learn the basics of coding with nothing more than an iPad. Colorful blocks and AngryBirds animation will make it easy and fun for you and your little students to learn one of the most needed subjects today. Connect your iPad to projector and get ready for children age 6 and up to write their very first program.

2- Educreations

You can use Educreations to explain a difficult Mathematical concept or assist in a difficult homework task. The app allows you to engage students with a video or colorful infographics. You can also engage students to take an actual part in making a video.  Make a table with questions and record each student while giving the answers. After you are done, you can send the video to your students and their parents, which will be an exciting memory to share in future.

3- Google map treasure hunt
Imagine changing a boring field trip into a fascinating treasure hunt. To do so, you will need to create pins on a Google map and ask your student to find them. Orient student to most important places during your trip, whether it is a lesson on a local history or geology it will make a big difference for students. If you are having an open air lesson nearby your school you can even use Skype as a walkie-talkie.

 4- Video conference
 If you want to upgrade your pen pal projects you can make an online video conference with your sister school via Skype. Make it a big deal, ask your students to prepare 5-7 sentences about your sister school’s culture, language, traditions etc. Add ethnic dresses of your school or learn their national anthem. This will teach your scholars to respect another culture and will be a great surprise to your colleague teacher on the other side of the world.

5- Augment reality

Take Layar app or Aurasma to create a fantastic lesson using augment reality. Take geography lesson as an example, ask children to scan the black map for the answers. You can make multiple layers, quizzes and games. Be sure, students will love your digital ideas.

6- Drone lesson
Practically every school has a robotic program, so why not to use modern technologies and our beloved iPad to navigate a very first personal drone? With a help of this video you and your students can enjoy an easy and fun lesson with lots of creativity and technology included.

7- Stop motion movie
 Add some digital storytelling to your lesson with Lego movie maker application. Use iPad to create clay figures, illustrate historical event or explain a difficult mathematical concept.

 P. Green is an author of “7 ways to use iPad on your lesson”. She is an IT specialist who is taking an active part in technological education for children. Right now she works as a contributor for college papers writers.

Geogebra- An Excellent Platform for Math and Science Teachers

March, 2015
Geogebra is an excellent platform that provides a wide range of materials and resources on everything related to mathematics and science.Materials featured in this website are various and work for all levels of education. Geogebra brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package.

Some of the materials you can access and use with your students from Geogebra include worksheets, books, tools, links, and spreadsheet data files. Geogebra is also a powerful community that hosts millions of users brought together by their love for STEM subjects. You can join discussions, rate materials, comment on what others share and even upload your own materials to share with others. Geogebra is a free open source software freely available for non-commercial users.

Some of the features Geogebra provides for its users include:

* 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
* 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
*Geogebra works across different platforms

Make The Best of Your Gmail with These Excellent Apps

March 27, 2015
The tools we have curated today are particularly useful for Gmail users. The purpose is to empower you with some interesting apps that would enable you to  tap into the full potential of Gmail. These tools will help you enhance your mailing experience and boost your productivity. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: a quick way to compose a Gmail message embedding the URL of any webpage you want to share with others, easily manage multiple email accounts, create, edit and manage tasks in Gmail, track your emails to know when they have been read, schedule emails to be sent later, access your Gmail offline and many more.

1- Send from Gmail

This extension will open a Compose window in Gmail when you click any email address on a webpage. It also provides a button that will create a Gmail message when clicked, using the page title as the subject and selected page text and link address as the message.

2- Checker Plus for Gmail

Get desktop notifications, read, listen or delete emails without opening Gmail or Inbox by Gmail & easily manage multiple accounts.

3- Todoist for Gmail

The new Gmail plugin keeps you organized, focused, and more productive. Todoist is there wherever you need it—on Google Chrome, your mobile device, desktop, browser, Gmail, and more.

4- MailTrack for Gmail

Straightforward email tracker that tells you when the emails you send have been read. Without any cost or sending limit for Gmail.

5- Right Inbox for Gmail

Right Inbox integrates seamlessly with Gmail and lets you schedule your emails to be delivered at a future time. You may set reminders to the conversations and create recurring emails.

6- Gmail Offline

Gmail Offline beta is a Gmail app built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched and archived without network access. After first start-up, Gmail Offline will automatically synchronize messages and queued actions anytime Chrome is running and an Internet connection is available.

A Handy App for Converting Google Sheets into Google Docs

March 27, 2015
Save As Doc is an excellent Google Sheets add-on that you can use to convert any spreadsheet created in Google Sheets into a Google Document.The app is especially helpful in improving the legibility of lengthy cell text entered manually or through a Google Form. Some of the features Save As Doc provides to its users include:

The ability to choose any number of adjacent cells to output
Customize column headings by choosing any heading style you want
You can add a page break after each row of data
Generate a Google Doc to keep in your Google Drive

Here is how to use it:
1-Choose "Save As Doc > Start."
2. Select the cells to include or choose "Select all data".
3. Enter a file output name.
4. Modify the output settings in the sidebar.
5. Choose Save as Doc.