A New Visual Featuring Some Interesting Google Search Tips

April 17, 2015
Here is an interesting infographic covering some handy Google search tips. This could be a very good material to share with students. Of course, as we have repeatedly argued here, searching Google is an indispensable skill for the 21st century students. An effective search query goes beyond composing a simple lexical phrase with key words and hitting the search button. The visual below captures some the most popular tricks students can use to enhance their search experience. We invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues.

Google search tips

Via: Veravo
Courtesy of eLearning Infographics

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4 Great Educational iPad Apps Are Free Today

April 16, 2015
In today's post we are sharing with you some  excellent iPad apps that have gone free today. You might be already familiar with them for we have reviewed them here several times in the past. Again, this deal is  available to our readers in the United States and Canada. We are not sure if these apps are free elsewhere but we hope they are.

1- MolaSync

With MolaSync specially designed for iPad, You can draw to record your inspiration at anytime, anywhere, insert pictures and words and even record to write notes and annotate to modify the PDF document. More exciting, by MolaSync collaboration function, you can exchange views and work together with your friends. Together complete a painting, a document, a design, a trip plan, and share your achievements or show them via social network.

2- ThinkBook: Write, Plan, Outline and Take Notes

ThinkBook is an immensely powerful app that combines note taking and task management. ThinkBook lets you take notes, create to-do lists, projects and outlines, organize your images and documents, all in the one app!

3- Curved Text

Curved Text helps you to add beautiful curved texts on your photo. With tons of curve shapes, text styles, artistic fonts and background templates, you can add unique texts in ways you've never imagined. You can also apply effects, frames and stickers to your photo with powerful photo editor.

4- Fluent MinMap

Generate and explore your ideas with this simple to use mind mapper that features an uncluttered and clean interface that gets out of your way leaving you free to focus. Use the clutter free designer to quickly generate and organise your ideas into an elegant mind map. Easily add new nodes, change text, and set colours for one or multiple nodes. Zoom in to focus on a handful of notes or out to see the big picture.

Fluent Mind Map- Create Beautiful Mind Maps on Your iPad

April 15, 2015
Fluent Mind Map is an excellent iPad app that you can use to easily map your thoughts and generate and organize your ideas into an elegant mind map. Fluent  Mind Map provides you with easy to use editor where you can add nodes, change text, make colourful nodes, zoom in and out, and many more.

Mind maps you create on Fluent Mind Map can be shared in a variety of file formats including PNG, PDF, and SVG. You can also share your mind maps directly to your Dropbox or through email using the document picker. iCloud Drive is also supported by the app so that you can seamlessly sync all your works across different iOS devices.

Other important features provided by Fluent Mind Map include:

  • Full screen chrome-less editing - add and edit nodes without any distractions
  • Set colours for individual nodes or entire hierarchies
  • Zoom in or out to get a big picture view
  • Collapse and expand nodes
  • Connect nodes to arbitrary nodes with a dotted line
  • Choose from a selection of colourful themes
  • Edit or create new themes with the theme editor
  • Save images of your mind maps directly to your photo library
  • Use iCloud Drive to access your documents from all of your iOS devices
  • Share mind maps with friends, colleagues and clients using email or third party storage providers and using common formats like PDF, PNG and SVG.
  • Save mind maps to the photo library
  • Import mind maps from email or document picker supporting applications
  • Use multiple pages
  • Uses an open human readable file format
  • Optimised for all iPhone and iPad models making best use of the available space
Fluent Mind Map is free today. Its regular price is $2.29.

Remotely Control Your Google Drive Presentations Using Your Smartphone

April, 2015
Presentation Remote is a Chrome app that allows you to use your smartphone to remotely control your presentations on Google Drive, Prezi, Scribd, Slideshare and Dropbox. Of course, to be able to do that you will have to have their app called De Modo installed on your phone. The app is free and is available for both iOS and Android. Here is how it works:

On your computer:
Add the Presentation Remote app from the Chrome Web Store to the browser or visit presentationdocs.com on Chrome or Safari.
Click the "Connect" button in the left menu and a QR code will show up.

On your mobile device:
Install "de Mobo" on Android 2.3+ or iPhone 4+.
Click "Create Connection" on your mobile device to scan that QR code.
Make sure the mobile device and computer are using the same wifi network for reliable performance.

Watch the video below to see Presentation Remote in action

3 Powerful QR Code Generator Apps for Chrome Users

April 15, 2015
Looking for some powerful QR Code generators to use on your Chrome? The list below has you covered. These are basically some of the most popular QR Code generator apps out there. You can  use them  to easily create QR codes from URLs of webpages, Text, Messages, pictures and many more.

1- The QR Code Generator

This App provides a dead simple way to generate QR-Codes from URLs, Text Messages, Phone Numbers, Free Text or Contacts (vCard). It also allows to scan/read QR Codes if a webcam is available.

2- QRCode Monkey

QRCode-Monkey let's you create all kinds of QR Codes and personalize them with logo-images and color-options. You can generate QR Codes for data types like urls, text, sms, email, phone, vcard, mecard, address, wifi and social platforms like facebook.

3- QR Code Generator by Unitag

The simplest and smartest QR Code generator available to create free and amazing QR Codes for all types of usage: URL, personal business cards (vCard), text, SMS and many more.

New Tools for STEM Education

April, 2015
Looking for new ways to make STEM education more engaging? From fundamental math and engineering to hands-on electronics and robotics, here are some new products that have been creating a stir in various STEM communities.

A wonderful Math website for students that works on tablets, phones and desktops and tests over 1200 CCSS-aligned math skills.
Made by Google, this free resource aims to teach a diverse audience with online exercises, mentors, events, and more.
 Designed for children as young as four years old, this do-it-yourself robotics kit is made to look and feel like a toy.
In this do-it-yourself electronics kit, children as young as five play a modified Minecraft game that requires building things both virtually and physically.

Or, build your own laptop, including 3D-printing your own laptop case and accessories, with this do-it-yourself computer kit.

Want more? Check out these collections of tools.

Must Have STEM Tools 
This is curated by new tech extension coach Chris Beyerle.
This one is Curated by middle magnet school teacher Angie Bolster-Epps.

The Four Popular Learning Evaluation Models

April 14, 2015
Evaluation is a central component of the learning process without which we would not be able to gauge learning objectives and identify learning needs. The instructional process as a whole is informed and guided (at least that’s how it should be) by results gleaned from evaluative procedures. There are actually different evaluation models out there, the infographic below, features 4 of the most popular among them. The one that stands out to us from the list is Kirkpatrick’s model of training and education. This model is composed of four major levels:

  • Level Four−Results: To what degree targeted outcomes occur, as a result of learning event(s) and subsequent reinforcement.
  • Level Three−Behaviour: To what degree participants apply what they learned during training when they are back on the job and attitudes based on their participation in the learning event
  • Level Two−Learning: To what degree participants acquire the intended knowledge, skills.
  • Level One−Reaction: To what degree participants react favourably to the learning event.
Read on to learn more about the other three evaluation models.

Popular learning evaluation models
Via: Reed learning
Courtesy of : eLearning Infographics

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