5 Good Photo and Video Journalling Apps for Teachers

November 17, 2017
Below is a collection of some good iPad apps you can use for photo or video journalling. Whether you want to immortalize those teachable moments that stand out to you the most or you want to chronicle those important details of your daily life, the apps  below are definitely a good place to start with. Of course you can do photo or video journalling using the camera and the default video app that comes with your iOS device but these apps add an extra layer of functionalities that will tremendously enhance your journalling experience. For instance, with few clicks you can combine your photos into time-laps videos, create animated GIFs, make a movie out of your pictures, add captured photos to your calendar and many more. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback.

5 Good Photo and Video Journalling Apps for Teachers

1- Leap Second

‘Leap Second is the only one-second video app you’ll ever need! Capture your favourite memories and showcase the finest moments of your life in style. We make it super easy to trim your videos and stitch them together to form a mini montage of your life. Remember, every second counts!’

2- Close-up, daily selfies

‘Close-up reminds you to take a photo of yourself each day and lets you make time-lapse videos or GIFs. Photos can be backed up and synched using Dropbox and geotagged with Foursquare.’

3- Stop Motion Studio

‘Create beautiful stop motion animated movies anywhere instantly on your device. Everything you need is right at your fingertips. No computer needed. It's simple to use, deceptively powerful and insanely fun to play with. Create fantastic movies your friends will enjoy or share it with the world on YouTube, Facebook and other sites. Cool themes, titles and sound effects are easy to add, too.’

4- Project 365

‘Take a picture every day of the year, become a better photographer and never forget a day in your life.’

5- Daily Snap

‘Turn your daily snaps into a stunning movie. Watch your life transforms, relive best moments and share your movie, super simple. You are the life director.’

Here Is A Wonderful Tool for Creating Trading Cards in Class

November 17, 2017
Trading Card Creator is a web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with your students for various educational purposes most important of them all is to help them enhance their writing skills. Trading Card tool provides card templates which students can use to describe characters, places, abstract topics, events, and objects. Cards come with a set of questions to guide students responses and to help them focus on the aspects that matters most to their descriptive narrative. Students, for instance, can create trading cards for  characters drawn from their favourites TV shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels..etc. When their cards are ready they can easily print and share them with the whole class.

Trading Card Creator is simple and easy to use. Here is how to start creating your own trading card: click on Trading Card tool and type in your name in the displayed window and hit ‘Start’. Next, enter a topic and select a type for your card. There are 7 card templates to choose from: Fiction Person, Real Person, Fictional Place, Real Place, Physical Object, Event, and Abstract Concept. Alternatively, you can design your own card from scratch by clicking on the ‘Create Your Own’ button. Once you select the card you want to work on, provide answers to the questions embedded in the card, upload a photo and  click to save, print and share your final production. For ideas on how to use Trading Card Tool with your students, check out this page

5 Excellent Google Forms Templates for Teachers

November 16, 2017
Yesterday we wrote about tips on how to better collect and manage Google Forms responses and today we are sharing with you another important Google Forms resource which several teachers overlook. Pre-designed templates are ready-made forms you can appropriate for a wide variety of purposes. You do not have to spend tremendous amount of time working on a form template that is already created and provided for free. You can search the template gallery, pick the form you like and customize it the way you want. Below are some examples of templates you may want to consider when creating: an event feedback, assessment, worksheet, course evaluation, or exit ticket. To access and use any of these templates, head over to Template gallery, click to expand the gallery and scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find them under the label Education.

1- Exit Ticket

There are several web tools you can use to create exit tickets, however, if you want an easy and quick way to do so, this template is for you.

2- Event feedback

This is a handy form to use to collect feedback following an event you organize.  Unlike other templates this one is located in Template gallery under the label 'Work'

3- Assessment

You can use this template to create assessments. Using the editing tools on the right hand side you can add more sections, questions, and content.

4- Worksheet

If you want a quick way to create a worksheet form this basic template is a good place to start with.

5- Course evaluation

As its name indicates, this template is for creating course evaluation forms.

Here Is A Great Web Tool to Help Students Become Better Writers

November 16, 2017
Quill is a great educational platform you can use with your students to help them enhance their writing skills. It provides a wide variety of materials designed specifically to help students become better writers. Using Quill is simple and easy. Teachers set up their classrooms in Quill and invite students to join using unique codes. If you use Google Classroom you can import your class with a single click. Once created you can then start using the different services provided by Quill. These include:

1- Quill Connect
‘Help your students advance from fragmented and run-on sentences to complex and well-structured sentences with Quill Connect. Using the evidence-based strategy of sentence combining, students combine multiple ideas into a single sentence. They then receive instant feedback designed to help them improve the clarity and precision of their sentences.’

2- Quill Lessons
‘Quill Lessons enables teachers to lead whole-class and small group writing instruction. Teachers control interactive slides that contain writing prompts, and the entire class responds to each prompt. Each Quill Lessons activity provides a lesson plan, writing prompts, discussion topics, and a follow up independent practice activity.’

3- Quill Diagnostic
‘Quickly determine which skills your students need to work on with our 22 question diagnostic. The diagnostic covers vital sentence construction skills and generates a personalized learning plan based on the student’s performance.’

4- Quill Proofreader
‘Proofreader teaches your students editing skills by having them proofread passages. Students edit passages and receive personalized exercises based on their results. With over 100 expository passages, Proofreader gives students the practice they need to spot common grammatical errors.’

5- Quill Grammar
‘Quill Grammar has over 150 sentence writing activities to help your students practice basic grammar skills, from comma placement to parallel structure. Our activities are designed to be completed in 10 minutes so you have the freedom to use them in the way that works best for your classroom.’

Give Quill a try and share with us what you think of it.
Courtesy of Google Blog

4 Great Search Extensions for Teachers and Educators

November 15, 2017
In today's post we are sharing with you four practical Chrome extensions that will enable you to search the web in more efficient and effective ways. More specifically, using these extensions you will be able to easily access and search for scholarly articles, find similar web pages to the page you are currently browsing, initiate a Google search using images, and many more. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.
1- Google Scholar

If you are using Google Scholar to search for academic papers then this extension is definitely a must have. It provides you with easy access to Google Scholar allowing you to ‘find full text on the web or in your university library, transfer your query from web search to Scholar, format references in widely used citation styles…’

2- TinEye Reverse Image Search

This tools allows you to search images to know where they come from and how they are used. ‘When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or 'fingerprint' for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches. TinEye does not typically find similar images; it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized.’

3- Google Similar Pages

As its name indicates, this extensions allows you to search for and find web pages similar to the page you are currently browsing. ‘When you click the Similar Pages button, your browser will send a search query to Google to see if there are any similar pages for the page you are viewing.’

4- Search by Image

‘This extension allows you to initiate a Google search using any image on the web. By the Google Images team.’

7 Handy Tips to Help Teachers Collect and Manage Google Forms Responses

November 15, 2017
Google Forms is a great free web tool that allows you to create a wide variety of forms (e.g., surveys, polls, questionnaires..etc). Your forms can include various multimedia materials such as text, images, videos, and charts. Our Google Forms section here in EdTech and mLearning has a number of interesting guides and tutorials to help you make the best of Forms in your teaching. In today's post we are sharing with you some handy tips on how to collect and manage your Forms responses. More specifically, you will get to know how to :
  • View responses by question
  • View responses by person
  • View responses in a spreadsheet
  • Download all responses as CSV file
  • Stop collecting responses
  • Turn on/off response notifications
  • Collect respondents email addresses
1- View responses by question
  • Open a form in Google Forms
  • Click ‘Responses’ at the top of the form
  • Click on ’Summary’

2- View responses by person
  • Open a form in Google Forms
  • Click ‘Responses’ at the top of the form
  • Click on ‘Individual’

3- View responses in a spreadsheet
  • Open a form in Google Forms
  • Click ‘Responses’ at the top of the form
  • Click on Spreadsheet icon on top right

4- Download all responses as CSV file
  • Open a form in Google Forms
  • Click ‘Responses’ at the top of the form
  • Click on ‘More’ and select ‘Download responses (.csv).’

5- Stop collecting responses
  • Open a form in Google Forms
  • Click ‘Responses’ at the top of the form
  • Turn off ‘Accepting responses’

6- Turn on/off response notifications
  • Open a form in Google Forms
  • Click ‘Responses’ at the top of the form
  • Click on ‘More’ and select ‘Get email notifications for new responses’.

7- Collect respondents email addresses
This feature allows you to collect email addresses from your respondents.Anyone who wants to fill in your form will be prompted to provide their email address.
  • Open a form in Google Forms.
  • In the top right, click Settings.
  • Check the box next to "Collect email address." 

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