5 Ways to Show Your iPad on A Big Screen in Class

April 18, 2014
One of the versatile ways to use iPad in class is through sharing your iPad screen with your students. You can easily mirror your iPad screen to a projector and let students see what you see on your iPad. This can be used when sharing tutorials, presentations, illustrations and several other learning tasks. How to do it is what I want to share with you today.

image cropped from ' iPad as The Teacher's Pet '

There are actually two ways you can show your iPad on a big screen: wirelessly or through using a cable. Below are some of the tools that you can use either wirelessly or via cable to display your iPad on a big screen. I have copied these tools from Tony Vincent's new wonderful graphic "iPad as The Teacher's Pet". I highly recommend that you check that visual guide for more apps and tips on how to use iPads with your students.

This method requires devices to be on the same WiFi network. Networks must have open ports for Airplay. The tools to use wirelessly for iPad mirroring are :

1- Apple TV ($99)

Connect an Apple TV to your projector and use iPad's Airplay feature to mirror. Requires HDMI or HDMI to VGA adapter.

2- Airserver ($14)

Install software on your projector-connected computer and use iPad's AirPlay feature to mirror the screen.

3- Reflector ($12.99)

Install software on your projector-connected computer and use iPad's Airplay feature to mirror the screen.

This method uses a cable to connect iPad to a projector.

1- VGA or HDMI (#30-$50)
Connect directly from your iPad to a projector.

2- iTools
Install software on your projector-connected Windows PC and attach iPad using USB cable.

Grab The ExamTime Educational App Now While It’s Free!

April 18, 2014
ExamTime is a free online learning platform which students and teachers can use to create, share and discover learning resources (Mind Maps, Quizzes, Study Planner & more). The web-app combines proven learning tools and techniques with education technology. ExamTime has created a way to help teachers encourage students to fully engage in their subjects, enhancing the learning experience.

Below are 5 reasons why you should use ExamTime in your classroom:

1. ExamTime is 100% free and an easy-to-use website
2. The tools are effective ways to encourage students to actively learn
3. It promotes collaborative learning with an online community and sharing options
4. Teachers can set homework and classwork activities for students to complete
5. It's fun!

The website is available in English, Spanish, German and Portuguese and already has users in over 140 countries worldwide. Currently, access to the platform is completely free. However, a premium version will be released soon so make sure to grab it now and try it for yourself as it will only be free for a limited time.

See an example of an ExamTime Mind Map below:

Other ExamTime features include:

Mind Maps: Make connections between ideas to improve understanding and memory
Flashcards: Memorize study material better by challenging your memory
Quizzes: Quickly test student’s knowledge with fun and interactive online quizzes
Online Notes: Organize subjects better and collaborate to incorporate different ideas
Study Planner: Encourage your students to manage their study time effectively

ExamTime is a great education resource for collaborative work between students and teachers. If
you haven’t signed up yet, get started here.

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Remind101

April 18, 2014
Remind101 is a great web tool that provides teachers with a way to safely text message students and stay in touch with parents. You can send your Remind101 messages from your computer or phone. Remind101 apps for iPad, iPhone and Android are now available. One of the best things I like about this tool is the unanimity feature. Neither students nor teachers could see each others phone numbers

There are 3 simple steps to use Remind 101 : Create a class, share a code, and send messages.

Here is how it works:
Each class you create is assigned a unique code which is what students and parents use to sign up for your notifications.To sign up, they need to send Remind101 a text message with their unique code
The good thing about Remind101 is that it works on any phone and it does not have to be a smartphone. Once they do that they will be subscribed to your class and will receive a message anytime you send it. There is a section in Remind101 where you can review your messages to see when they were sent and who they were sent to.

Some of the features that Remind101 provides for teachers include:
  • You can schedule your messages to be sent later
  • Remind101 is safe because students are identified by name not number. This means that no teacher would ever be able to see a student cellphone number and also students would not see teachers numbers.
  • Remind101 allows teachers to download all or part of their message history. This can be done through 'export message history' feature .
  • Remind101 has recently added a new feature called "send a few" that supports sending text messages to subgroups of students and parents. Before this update, teachers could only send messages to the whole class.
  • Use Remind101 Attach to send photos, assignments and presentations to your students.
Subscribing instructions for your students and parents are now available in English, Spanish and French! Check them out here.

Here are some video tutorials to help you learn more about Remind101 and how to use some of its features:

1- What is Remind101

2- How to message individual subscribers

3- Remind101 Attach: Send photos, assignments, and presentations

4- Watch how Clintondale High school uses Remind101

10 Ways to Use Google Sites with Your Students

April 18, 2014
Google Sites is one of the best website creation software I have been recommending for teachers. There are a wide variety of reasons why Google Sites is an ideal platform to host your class website and here are some of them:

  • Google Sites is easy to use and has a student friendly interface.
  • You can set up your website within minutes without the need for any HMTL or CSS knowledge.
  • It provides highly customizable themes that you can easily apply to your site.
  • It is integrated with some other Google serves like Google Calendar.
  • Google Sites has a wonderful web-based editor that allows you to easily  create, edit and share you content.
  • It provides a set of collaborative features including multiple editors and commenting.
  • Inserting images, videos, and other multimedia materials is ridiculously easy.
  • It provides a modest cloud storage capacity for you to upload documents, files, attachments, and PDFs.
  • And it is FREE.
Here is a comprehensive guide to help you learn more about how to create a website using Google Sites.

Below are some of the tips and ideas on how you can use Google Sites with your students in class:
  • Create a website for your class where you can share learning materials with your students.
  • Use the file cabinet option to upload documents and PDFs that your students can access anytime they want.
  • Create a blog inside your Google Sites using the Announcements template and start sharing updates about your class with your students.
  • Encourage students to use Google Sites to create digital portfolios displaying their best work.
  • Enhance collaborative and group work by inviting students to contribute to the Google Site  or blog you created for your class. You can do this by adding your students as either owners (they can create new pages) or  editors ( they can only edit existing pages).
  • Use it in group projects by assigning students to create their own pages and share them with each other.
  • Encourage peer review and peer editing by allowing students to post comments and feedback on each others pages.
  • If you use Google Calendar then you can have your calendar featured in your class website.
  • Embed videos, audio, presentations, and images that students can use when working on their projects and assignments.
  • Use it as a wiki where students can edit, comment, and add to each others work.

The 9 Skills Students Must Master to Succeed

April 17, 2014
Of all the things I have read about the 21st century skills required for students success in today's info rich society, the visual below from edutopia captures the essence of these skills and touches on critical areas students need to work on to meet these skills.These skills are grouped in three main categories: learning,  creating and  collaborating:


  • Access, evaluate and use different forms of information
  • Exercise critical thinking
  • Exhibit fluency with tech tools


  • Use various forms of media when presenting ideas
  • Display originality
  • Employ problem solving skills


  • Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively
  • Work successfully as a team

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In-Class Flip Vs Flipped Classroom Learning

April , 2014
Have you heard of this teaching configuration called in-class flip?Well I am personally not familiar with the name but I know the concept, it is similar to blended learning. In the video below, Cult of Pedagogy explains the differences between traditional flipped learning and in-class flip. Here are some highlights from it:

Traditional flipped classroom:
Instead of using valuable class time delivering content to students then having them apply that learning at home,you pre-cord direct instruction and have students watch it at home then in class they work on homework or the application part.

There are two problems with this kind of arrangement: first is access. Traditional flipped learning is great when all students have access to technology at home but if they don't the flip can fall apart. Second, some homes are not conducive to the kind of learning that a traditional flip requires.
A working alternative that accounts for the inconveniences of the traditional flipped classroom is called 'In-Class Flip".

In-Class Flip
Whereas a traditional flip depends heavily on things going right at home, the in-class flip keeps all parts of the flip at school thus ensuring that more students benefit from the flipped concept. Watch the video below to learn how the In-class flip works.

3 New Digital Storytelling Apps for Kids

April 17, 2014
In today's post, I am sharing with you three useful iPad apps for storytelling. These apps are newly featured here and they are ideal for helping young learners unleash their creativity through story telling. Have a look and share with us what you think of them:

1- Amazing App Stories

Amazing App Stories provides a community space for collaborative fiction writing. Write a small paragraph and see how the stories evolve, and get a lot of amazing reading in return. Amazing App Stories covers the old game where persons in a group writes on the same stories. Each person writes a short paragraph and can then follow how the stories evolve.
2- Little Story Maker

Little Story Maker offers a good way to enjoy your personal pictures and stories with your child. The little ones will love to hear stories with pictures of people and places they are familiar with. Older kids, will love the stories and the ability to easily create stories all on their own.
3- Strip Designer

Strip Designer allows you to tell stories through comics. Select one of the many included page templates. Insert photos into the cells. Add a couple of balloons with fun words. Add additional effect symbols (stickers) like "Boom", "Splash", or "Bang" to spice up the story. When you are happy with your new graphic novel, share it with friends and family.

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