A Handy Visual Featuring 6 Essential Skills for Doing Online Research

June 26, 2016
Digital search literacy is one of the key literacies for the 21st century students. Knowing how to conduct effective online searches and being able to easily locate, assess and evaluate online information is an essential asset for today’s learners. Digital search literacy is not only about knowing how to operate a search engine but goes beyond that to include critical thinking and assessment skills. In other words, digital search literacy is not solely about finding content but, more importantly, about evaluating the validity and authenticity of content. In today’s post, we are featuring a handy infographic we have shared here a few years ago. The visual, based a blog post from Glow Scotland, features 6 skills for doing online research (and traditional research as well) students should know about. Check them out below and share with your colleagues.

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6 Good Educational iPad Apps Free Today

June 25, 2016
Below is a collection of some good iPad apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time.  This deal is valid at least in the Canadian and American iTunes App Store. Some of the things you can do with this app include:  create a trajectory on the map and share with others, learn basic math through a series of interactive games and activities, create photo reminders about important events, learn cursive writing and many more.

1- DrawOnMp
 'DrawOnMap allows you to indicate your position, annotate the map, and share with your friends. Some of its features include: Add custom marks, use different kinds of color and size of stroke to annotate on the map, and send it by email, messages, share the map to Twitter, Facebook,or other apps,save the map to albums, so you can use other apps to process…'

2- Chemio

'Chemio is an interactive chemical reference. It provides a set of useful instruments, which allow you to perform search and calculations faster. Our app's purpose is to replace traditional chemical books and to help you with your research or education.'

3- Intro to Math

'Learn to read, write and understand numbers from zero to nine, through a series of interactive, guided and challenging activities.Intro to Math was featured in the iPad 2 Commercial and Apple's Best Apps of the Year!'

4- MailTime Pro

'Email message anyone with an email address on MailTime and send photos, documents and assign tasks right from your phone. We sync all your desktop emails and smartly sort them into conversational emails and newsletters so you can deal with your inbox easily on the go.'

5- Photo Reminders

“Photo Reminders” is the opportunity to make a reminder quickly and clearly about any event: a meeting, a birthday gift purchase, a concert, an important call or simply an evening walk with your pet. It’s enough to * Choose the photo from the Photos app, * Make a photo or * Record a voice message”. “Photo Reminders” enables to create reminders instantly, without spending time for the description of the forthcoming event, which is also convenient while driving. '

6- Cursive Writing Apps

'This is an iPhone app to learn cursive writing. Some of the things kids get to learn from this app include: cursive letters, learn how to connect cursive letters,learn cursive words, see cursive writing animation and onvert any words to cursive by using the Cursive Writing Converter.'

Courtesy of Apps Gone Free

3 Very Good Chromebook Tools for Creating Educational Timelines in Class

June 24, 2016
For those of you asking about Chromebook tools to use for creating timelines, the collection below is a good place to start with. It features three of our favourite tools we have repeatedly covered in previous posts here in EdTech and mLearning. These tools are web based, simple and easy to use. Students will definitely enjoy working on them. Check them out and share with your colleagues.


HSTRY is a very good web tool for creating multimedia timelines in class. The process is very simple and easy. Just sign up either as a teacher or a student, choose the timeline you want to work on and start adding your events. You can add images, videos, and audio. The great thing about HSTRY is that it allows teachers to create a classroom and invite students to join it. Within this classroom, teachers will be able to share timelines with their students and view the ones they create. Teachers can also make their timelines interactive by adding questions for students to answer.

2- Tiki-Toki 

Tiki-Toki is easy to use and does not require any software download. All you have to do is sign up for a free account and start designing your timelines right away. The free account includes the basic features to create a timeline and is limited to one timeline only. There is however a special account for teachers for $125 a year which includes access to all new features.

3- Timeline

Timeline, as its name indicate, is a very good tool from Read Write Think that you can use to create web based timelines. The tool is very simple and students can use it to graphically represent a sequence of data (events, facts..,etc) along a chronological line. These timelines can be arranged by by date, time or event.To start creating a timeline, head over to this page. Type in your name and project title then hit “start”. Now click anywhere on the timeline to add an item at that location. To edit an item, double click it. You can then customize the content and placement of your items as you like. Drag to adjust positions, click on the bin icon to delete and when you are done click on “finish” to save your work to your computer or share it with others.
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Make The Best of Google Drive with These 5 Add-ons

June 23, 2016
Below is a collection of five good Add-ons to help you make the best of your Google Drive. Some of the things you can do with these add-ons include: Easily save web content (images, videos, audio, documents, HTML5) to your Google Drive; quickly create a Google doc, form, spreadsheet, or presentation with a single click;  use a browser button to easily access, search, open, or delete documents in your Drive; view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files -- without needing Office installed on your computer; and sync and back up anything from Dropbox, Box Evernote and several other cloud services right to your Google Drive.

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1- Save to Google Drive

‘This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'. You can save the currently viewed page using the 'Save to Google Drive' browser action. The directory location and format of saved HTML pages can be controlled with the extension's options page (Choice of Entire image (default), Visible image, Raw HTML, MHTML, or Google Doc). You can automatically convert Microsoft Office files or comma separated files to Google Docs format.’

2- Google Drive Quick Create

‘A simple extension to make it quicker to create new Google documents, forms, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings.Supports multiple Google accounts through the options as well as shortcuts to custom templates.’

3- Checker Plus for Google Drive

Quickly browse your Google Drive files without opening a webpage and get notifications of modifications to your shared documents. Features provided include: browse, open, search or delete your files and documents right from a browser button (without waiting for Google Drive's page to open), get desktop notifications when any of your files/documents are modified or updated by a shared user and many more’.

4- Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides

‘View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files -- without needing Office installed on your computer. Once the extension is installed, Office files that you drag into Chrome, open in Gmail, Google Drive, and more, will be opened in Docs, Sheets, and Slides for viewing and editing.’

5- ExtensionSync Google Drive

‘With this browser extension you can sync, backup and integrate anything from your Dropbox, Salesforce, SharePoint, Google Gmail, Evernote, Box, OneDrive, Egnyte, or Basecamp account with Google Drive. Your sync setup can be done directly from your Google Drive™ interface with no complicated downloads.’

16 Great iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs (Infographic)

June 23, 2016
Here is another handy visual we created for those of you teaching students with special needs. This work is based on a chart we posted here a few months ago. The visual features some very good iPad apps for teachers and parents of kids with learning disabilities. We have arranged the apps into four main categories: apps for dyslexic learners, apps for autistic learners, apps for the visually impaired and apps for learners with writing difficulties. We invite you to check them, print and use the visual with your students in class and share with us your feedback. Enjoy

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Top 36 Educational Podcasts for Teachers

June 23, 2016
This is a quick post to share with you this excellent resource from Fusion Yearbooks. This is a collection of some of the most popular educational podcasts to energize your teaching. This collection comes just in time for summer holidays when you have more time to spend on your personal as well as professional development.

‘ podcasts are easily ported around with you, so you can listen while you’re out walking the dog, cooking dinner after a long day, or commuting to and from work. Because just about anyone can make a podcast, they can range the gamut from professionally polished episodes to those that are a little rougher around the edges — but this second kind of podcast still does an excellent job of connecting us listeners with a passionate community of educators with a thing or two to say.’ 
 We are sharing with you the first five educational podcasts and you can check the full list from this page. Enjoy

Image source: Talks With Teachers