Here Is One Of The Best Screen Recording Tools for Chromebook Users

October 20, 2017
Screencastify is one of the best screen recording tools you can use on your Chrome. We have been using it for the last couple of years and has always proved its efficacy. Screencastify is simple and easy to use and within few minutes you will have your screencast ready to share with others. The Lite version is free and supports 10 minutes per video and up to 50 videos per month. The premium version comes with more advanced features and unlimited video recording limit.

As a teacher, you can use Screencastify to create video explainers and tutorials.  You can even include your webcam in the screencast and use your voice for narration. You can also enhance the content of your video using a wide variety of editing tools and annotations. And when you are done recording you can then easily save and share your videos with others. Screencastify offers different sharing options: save your videos directly to your Google Drive or local desk  in different formats (e.g., GIF, MP4,etc), publish them on YouTube, or  share them using a generated link. Watch the video below to learn more about Screencastify.

8 Great Apps for Mobile Learners

October 19, 2017
Mobile learning is a relatively recent learning trend that has seen the light  due to the widespread of Internet-enabled mobile devices and the rise of what is known as ‘Apps Culture’. More and more learners are using the power of apps to connect, share, and learn on the go. From entertainment to navigational services, there is almost an app for anything you want to accomplish. In today’s post, we are featuring 8 of the best educational apps you can use on your iOS device to enrich your learning experiences and expand your intellectual growth. These are apps that provide you access to a diversified wealth of educational resources that include recorded lectures from leading universities, instructional videos covering different topics, best selling nonfiction books, courses on different specialization and many more. Have a look and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list.

8 Great Apps for Mobile Learners

1- The Great Courses Plus
‘Over 8,000 college level videos and lectures at your fingertips! Learn from the top college professors in the world. Stream videos to your device, or download and watch them offline!’

2- TED
‘Explore more than 2,000 free videos and learn from the world's most remarkable people. Search by any mood or topic, from tech and science to the surprises of your own psychology.’

3- Blinkist
‘Blinkist distills the key insights of 2000+ bestselling nonfiction books into powerful 15-minute reads or listens. Boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives to become a better, smarter you.’

4- Udemy Online Courses
‘Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where more than 14 million students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals from over 42,000 courses taught by expert instructors. Whether you're looking to advance your career or explore a new hobby, it's all in one place. ’

5- Khan Academy
‘Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.You can learn anything – for free: Over 10,000 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and much, much more’

6- Lynda
‘Learn technology, creative and business skills, on the go, with the iOS app.
Get the training you need to succeed in your current job or start a new career. Watch expert-taught courses in photography, graphic design, business training, web and interactive design, 3D animation, audio, and much more.’

7- Coursera
‘Learn on the go with the free Coursera App for iPhone and iPad. Access more than 2,000 courses and Specializations developed by 140+ of the best colleges and universities in the world, and advance your career or continue your education by mastering subjects from Python programming and data science to photography and music.’

8- iTunes U
‘iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments from students, start class discussions or talk with students one-on-one to answer questions and provide feedback.’

10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

October 19, 2017
Below is a handy visual we created based on Marcus post. It features  10 practical strategies you can use to foster a growth-mindset culture in your class. These include: avoid praising intelligence and sheer effort, use diverse teaching strategies, teach the values of challenges, introduce simple gamification elements, encourage students to expand their answers, explain the purposes of abstract skills and concepts, use success folders and many more. We invite you to check it out and share with us your feedback. Click here for a free downloadable PDF version of this visual.
  10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

New Google Calendar Has Been Released

October 18, 2017
Google has recently released a new revamped version of Google Calendar on the web. The new Calendar comes with a bunch of interesting features that will help you manage your time and tasks more efficiently. Some of these features are also geared towards enhancing teams schedule and collaborative work. Here is a brief overview of the 3 main updates that stand out to us:

1- Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites
‘Link to relevant spreadsheets, documents or presentations in your Calendar invite and open them directly from the new “Event Detail” view. This can help you create more detailed agendas and ensure all materials are in one place before your meeting starts.’

2- Manage multiple calendars side by side in “Day” view
‘Now you can view and manage calendars in separate columns. This makes it easier for employees who manage multiple calendars, like administrative assistants, to schedule meetings on behalf of their teams. Click “Day” view and select the calendars you want to compare.’

3- Access contact information of meeting participants
‘Now you can see contact information of meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite. There’s also a new way to view and restore deleted items in one place in case you accidentally delete a meeting invite. Additionally, "Day,” "Week,” and "Month" views are now more accessible, featuring better compatibility with screen readers.’

Check out this page to learn more about the new Google Calendar.

New Google Maps Feature to Explore Outer Space

October 18, 2017
Google Maps has made it possible for you to explore the moons and several other planets right from the comfort of your couch. You can now discover and explore the secrets of each of the featured planets and moons , 12 in total and include  Pluto, Venus, Titan, Mimas, Mars, Moon, Lapetus and many more. For extra fun, ‘ try zooming out from the Earth until you're in space!’

This project has been made possible through the millions of pictures recorded and sent back to Earth from the spacecraft Cassini that was launched into the space some twenty years ago. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer.'

Check out Google Maps Space to start your journey into the distant worlds of space.

7 Good New EdTech Tools to Try Out

October 17, 2017
Below is a collection of some good EdTech we are featuring for the first here in EdTech and mLearning. Some of the things you can do with these tools include: accelerate your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define, easily manage highlights and notes for Kindle and iBooks, control opened tabs in your browser, access tons of resources and articles covering a wide variety of global issues and many more.

‘SelfCad announces free licenses for all students and teachers for 3 years! SelfCAD is an online 3d printing software application which allows users to design and print in 3D. Teachers who have successfully been using TinkerCad for the past few years and have been searching for a more advanced 3D software without purchasing new expensive new licenses for their school, can now turn to SelfCAD to supply their students with advanced 3D models, sculpting, drawing, a built in slicer, and a 25,000 3D object library.’

‘Empatico, an initiative of The KIND Foundation, is in the early stages of creating a free tool for teachers to connect their students to classrooms around the world using seamless video conferencing technology. Activities are standards-based and designed to promote meaningful interactions and positive perceptions. As students learn together, they explore their similarities and differences with curiosity and kindness and develop practical communication and leadership skills.’

3- aText

‘aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define. E.g. make an abbreviation “myname” to insert your name “First Middle Last” in any application. With aText you can easily avoid typing the same thing over and over.’

‘Wrapper is an awesome tab manager that lets you control your tabs in the browser.
1. View/close open tabs.
2. Group tabs into wrappers and save them, view them and open them anytime you want.
3. Share wrappers with friends and colleagues.’

5- Klib

‘Klib is a new way to manage highlights and notes for Kindle and iBooks. Some of its features include: Import from Kindle, iBooks or Amazon.
- Read highlights in an elegant way.
- Review highlights in Kindle for macOS.
- Copy highlights in Markdown format.
- Export highlights to Evernote.
- Share highlights with friends.’

'YaleGlobal Online is a free and independent online publication that explores globalization and the connections of our world in the global economy, politics, the environment, security and more. The articles are reprinted in up to 40 newspapers around the globe.'

7- WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

'WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a cost-free academic Internet directory that is part of the volunteer-run WWW Virtual Library System, with over 2000 carefully selected, annotated links in 34 international affairs categories. It is frequently maintained, receives worldwide use daily, and is designed for teachers, scholars, students, researchers, diplomats, and the interested public, among others.'