4 Interesting New Updates in Google Apps (G Suite)

January 20, 2017
Over the last few weeks, G Suite (formerly Google Apps) has released a number of interesting new updates covering some of its major apps especially Google Sheets and Google Calendar. if you have missed these new updates, below is a quick over of what has been released so far.

1- Insert and delete groups of cells in Google Sheets


This update allows you to easily insert cells into your spreadsheets without messing up your sheets. ‘you can add a rectangular block of cells to any spreadsheet on the web, and it will simply shift the surrounding cells down or to the right. You can delete chunks of cells in the same way.You can insert cells from Insert menu and delete cells from the Edit menu’.

2- New iterative calculation settings 


This new update is for Sheets on the web. Iterative calculation ‘allows you to set the maximum number of times a calculation with a circular reference can take place. In addition, you can specify a “convergence threshold,” and when results from successive calculations differ by less than that threshold value, the calculations will stop (even if the maximum number of calculations has yet to be reached).’

3- New scheduling features for Google Calendar


Google Calendar on the web is now supporting ‘ Room Suggestions’ and ‘Guest time zones’ which were available only on Calendar for Android and iPhone. Room suggestions is a feature that enables Calendar to provide you with suggested rooms based on your previously used rooms. The second feature helps you find and collaborate across different time zones

4- Streamlining group chat creation in Google Hangouts on the web


Google Hangouts is now ‘streamlining how you create group chats to make it easier to create group chats for projects or teams. In the improved flow, you can now name your group chats more easily when you are creating a group chat. Once the group chat has a name, this allows you to create "placeholder" group chats which you can then share with a link.’

A Handy Visual Featuring 12 Useful Chrome Extensions for Student Researchers

January 20, 2017
Here is another of our popular infographics we published in 2016. If you haven't seen it yet, the visual features some of our favourite Chrome extensions we recommend for student researchers. 'We arranged these extensions under four main headings: Search and Curation (Diigo Web Collector, Google scholar, Evernote Web Clipper), Reading and Annotation (Readability, DocHub, Notable PDF), Taking Notes ( Google Keep and Note Anywhere), Bibliography and Citations (EasyBib, Cite This for Me, Zotero Connector).'

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A Handy Visual Featuring 12 Useful Chrome Extensions for Student Researchers

Free Literacy Resources to Help Students Develop Advanced Reading and Writing Skills

January 19, 2017
 CommonLit is a free website that helps students develop advanced reading and writing skills. It serves hundreds of thousands of students in classrooms across the United States. CommonLit gives teachers access to a full free digital curriculum that enables teachers to assign texts to students, score written responses, send real-time feedback and collect analytics on student progress. Its mission is to ensure that all students get access to quality instructional materials.


CommonLit  has recently released a new feature called text sets. Each text set contains 5-20 individuals lesson resources that share a common topic or historical period. This feature is available for free. Like all of the materials on CommonLit’s free website, the texts themselves can be assigned to classes or individual students through the platform. Students answer a set of text-dependent questions online and teachers access data analytics on student progress. Each text also comes with a discussion guide, recommended paired passages, related media, and a parent guide. Schools with limited technology can download a printable version of the resources.


Another exciting new feature from CommonLit is Guided Reading Mode , designed specifically to help struggling readers make meaning of difficult text. Watch the video below to learn more about this new feature.


From a communication with Anna Hodges, director of content development, CommonLit

Wizer- An Excellent Tool to Create Engaging Worksheets to Use in Your Instruction

January 19, 2017
Wizer is an excellent web tool that enables you to create engaging worksheets to share with your students. Wizer’s digital worksheet builder allows you to create as many worksheets as you want. You can include a wide variety of multimedia materials to your sheets such as videos, audio clips, images and different question types. And when you are done designing your worksheet you can then share it with students through Google Classroom or any other virtual learning management systems.


Wizer’s automatic grading and checking features facilitate your grading process and helps you provide individualized and personal feedback. If you use a grade book, you can easily download students answers in csv file and use it on your book. Additionally,  ‘Wizer worksheets are a great way to check in and get a quick picture of where students are in their learning process. It is also is a wonderful tool for dual immersion classrooms. Any worksheet can easily be duplicated by another teacher and translated to the other classroom language, allowing an identical learning experience in both languages. Also, Wizer’s audio recording feature can be used to easily add voice recordings in either language to help understanding and listening comprehension.’

Wider is free for teachers and works across different devices and platforms. Watch the video below to learn more about how to use use this tool.


10 Great iPad Apps to Help Students with Their Homework

January 18, 2017
iPad provides students with amazing learning opportunities. There are tons of educational apps that students can use to learn almost anything they want and in their own pace.  From learning a new language to organizing virtual field trips, you name it and you will find an app for it. In today's post, we are sharing with you a collection of some of the best educational apps students can use to help them with their homework.  Check them out and  share with us your feedback.

10 Great iPad Apps to Help Students with Their Homework

1- Photomath

‘Simply point your camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result with detailed step-by-step instructions.’

2- myHomework Student Planner

‘This homework helper contains additional features that make it easy to use for high school students with a block class schedule. Keeping track of assignments has never been better! The myHomework student agenda is today's students favorite way to focus and reduce anxiety. With this school tracker, the information normally hidden in the academic planner is now available everywhere.’

3- iStudiez

‘iStudiez will change the way you lead your daily student life. Spend half an hour ONCE to input all your schedule and teachers info, and then enjoy notifications, saving your grades and tracking your progress during the whole semester.’

4- Study Cal

‘Study Cal helps you manage your classes, organize your assignments, and track your grades. With Study Cal, your entire academic life is simplified, and you’ll always feel ahead.’

5- Exampl

‘The best on-demand personal tutoring app! Connect with experts from the world's top universities on demand. Snap a photo of your homework, and quickly get help with algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, math, science and more!’

6- PBS Students

‘PBS Students is the app for learning, exploring and homework help, designed specifically for K-12 students. Access thousands of resources covering all subjects from math and science to English and social studies available at your fingertips including favorites like Ken Burns, Jim Henson Company, NOVA, National Archives, NASA, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhoods, Curious George, Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train and more.’

7- Snaptutor

‘Need help with homework? Just use Snaptutor you will get a personal tutor in no-time! Really, it's that fast! You will be matched with the best tutors from all over the U.S. ready to help you understand difficult concepts, study for an exam and go over hard homework problems together.’

8- inClass

‘No matter how complex your school schedule is, inClass will help you keep track of all your courses. Not only that, but it will help you keep track of your tasks by reminding you that one is due soon, that way you have no excuse to not do your homework.’

9- StudyBlue

‘StudyBlue provides the digital tools and study material needed to help every student realize their potential! Don’t miss out on what 10 million students use to get better grades, save time, and stress less. Master your next chemistry, Spanish, AP, or econ exam – browse over 350+ million flashcards, notes, and study guides from tens of thousands of colleges and high schools’

10- Kahn Academy

‘Learn using videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles in math (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, linear algebra), science (biology, chemistry, physics), economics, and even the humanities with playlists on art history, civics, finance, and more.’

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20 Educational iPad Apps Perfect for Every Classroom

January 18, 2017
Here is a list of some useful iPad apps we have been working on over the last few days. We tried to come up with what think are 20 educational apps perfect for every classroom. We were actually inspired by iTunes app list under the same title but the apps included there were definitely not what we expected to see. So we went ahead and dived into our archive and picked out the titles below. We know there are several other wonderful apps to be added here but for practical reasons we only limited our collection to 20 apps. If you are a teacher using or planning to use iPad in your instruction, the list below is definitely a great place to start with. Enjoy

You can download the visual below in PDF format from this link.

20 Educational iPad Apps Perfect for Every Classroom

1- iBooks Author

‘Now anyone can create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books, and more for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Start with one of the Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. Add your own text and images with drag-and-drop ease. Use Multi-Touch widgets to include interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote presentations, 3D objects, and more.’

2- Skitch

‘See something that sparks an idea? Use Skitch to snap it, mark it up with simple tools, and send it on in an instant. Your bold ideas stand out even brighter with Skitch.’

3- Explain Everything

‘Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Using Explain Everything, you will be able to create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.Add existing photos, objects, import PDF documents from local storage, Google Drive, Dropbox or insert a fully functioning web browser window.’

4- Book Creator 

‘Book Creator is the simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad.
With over 25 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children's picture books, comic books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.’

5- Google Keep

‘Google Keep is an excellent tool to use for creating digital sticky notes. You can use both text and images to capture and share your notes.  You can also use it   to create to-do lists and bookmark content from the web.It has an intuitive and user friendly interface that makes it way simpler to navigate and control than is the case with several other note-taking apps out there.’

6- Keynote

‘Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation — complete with animated charts and cinematic transitions — as simple as touching and tapping.’

7- Classroom

‘Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.’

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.’

9- Shadow Puppet Edu

‘Easily create videos in the classroom! Students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain ideas, or document their learning. 30+ lesson ideas supporting Common Core make it easy to get started!’

10- Hopscotch

‘Learn to code by making things you enjoy playing. Our award-winning block-based language was built from the ground up to be used on your touchscreen iOS device. With Hopscotch, you get a blank canvas for your imagination, a community filled with inspiration, and an audience to begin using your products the moment you publish them.’

11- Trello

‘Whether it's managing a team, writing an epic screenplay, or just making a grocery list, Trello is your sidekick for getting things done and staying organized.’

12- Adobe Spark Video

‘Spark Video helps anyone create compelling animated videos in minutes. Easily add and trim video clips to make your videos stand out on social. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images or add your own photos to highlight what you have to say. Select the soundtrack that works best. Then Spark automatically adds striking cinematic motion to your story — no design experience needed. ’

13- Google Drive

‘Get started with Google Drive for free and have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.’

14- Khan Academy

‘Learn using videos, interactive exercises, and in-depth articles in math (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, linear algebra), science (biology, chemistry, physics), economics, and even the humanities with playlists on art history, civics, finance, and more.’

15- Notability

‘Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work.’

16- WolframAlpha

‘Building on 25 years of development led by Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram|Alpha has rapidly become the world's definitive source for instant expert knowledge and computation. Across thousands of domains--with more continually added--Wolfram|Alpha uses its vast collection of algorithms and data to compute answers and generate reports for you. ’

17- Yousician

‘YOUSICIAN - the fast, fun way to learn, play and master the piano, guitar, bass or ukulele. Enjoy thousands of songs on your REAL INSTRUMENT! ’

18- Seesaw

‘Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school and share it with their teachers, parents, classmates, and even the world.’

19- Tellagami

‘Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. The possibilities are endless!’

20- Aurasma

‘HP Aurasma is changing the way we interact with the world. Discover augmented reality experiences, create your own Auras, and share with friends. Bring photos, posters, birthday cards, and more to life. We can’t wait to see what you create!’