An Excellent Digital Learning Platform for Teachers and Students

March 25, 2017
Smithsonian Learning Lab is a powerful learning hub where teachers and students can create, explore and share a wide variety of learning materials. Created by the Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access, Smithsonian Learning Lab provides teachers and students access to a treasure trove of learning resources that include over a million images, recordings and texts. The internal search functionality helps users easily search for  and locate relevant materials .

An important feature provided by the Smithsonian Learning Lab is that it enables students and teachers to personalize materials they find on the site. They can add their ‘own notes and tags, incorporate discussion questions, and save and share. The Learning Lab makes it simple. By encouraging users to create and share personalized collections of Smithsonian assets and user-generated resources, the Learning Lab aspires to build a global community of learners who are passionate about adding to and bringing to light new knowledge, ideas, and insight.The Learning Lab infuses real-world experiences into learning to build lasting knowledge and critical skills that take learners from simply finding resources to thoughtful selection, organization, and creation of new resources.’

Watch the video below to learn more about the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Here Is A Wonderful Tool to Annotate Images and Videos and Create Interactive Content to Use in Class

March 25, 2017
ThingLink Edu is one of the best web tools you can use to annotate images and videos and create media rich visuals to share with your students in class. ThingLink enables you to add different layers of interactivity to your content. There are actually over 70 call to action tags to layer your content with including; web links. text, video, image, audio, maps and many more. The process to add Rich Media Tags to your content is ‘as simple as copying the URL into the Link field of the ThingLink tag editor.’

ThingLink offers three unique editors to help you create interactive content:video editor for annotating videos, image editor for annotating images, and 360°/VR editor for annotating 360° images. To use any of these editors, you simply upload your asset, add content and when you are done share with others through an embed code.

‘ThingLink 360° photo editor empowers students to create virtual tours of their favorite places, engaging students like never before. Providing students with opportunities to design and create an interactive 360° image helps students develop critical thinking skills as they construct knowledge through research to demonstrate learning. Images can be explored on desktop, mobile, or with mobile VR headsets such as Google Cardboard.’

As a teacher, you can use Thinglink Edu to annotate videos and images you want to share with students. You can for instance, add text over any part of an image to explain a certain point. You can also  embed a link directing students to an external resource with more details on the topic you are covering.  Watch the video below created by Susan Oxnevad to learn more about how Thinglink can help you in your teaching.

10 Powerful iPad Apps to Organize Teachers' Workflow and Enhance Their productivity

March 25, 2017
When it comes to organizing one's workflow and enhancing productivity iPad can do wonders. There are a wide variety of wonderful apps you can utilize to transform your digital experiences and be more productive. The collection below features some of favourite picks in this regard. These are apps that can help facilitate your workflow, manage your tasks and to-do lists, create, share  and sync your files and documents across different devices and platforms. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

10 Powerful iPad Apps to Organize Teachers' Workflow and Enhance Their productivity

  1- 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.

2- Evernote

Like Google Keep, Evernote is another handy app to use for taking notes, creating to-d lists and saving things you find online. You can also your device’s camera to scan and digitize your printed or handwritten documents and notes.

3- Workflow

‘Workflow is your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows for your iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Workflow includes over 200 actions, including those for Contacts, Calendar, Maps, Music, Photos, Camera, Reminders, Safari, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud Drive, and Health, to name a few.’

4- Trello

‘Trello gives you perspective over all your projects, at work and at home. 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.’

5- Google Sheets

This is an excellent app to use for creating editing and collaborating with others on spreadsheets. All of your sheets are saved and synced and can be accessed across different devices and platforms.

6- InFocus Pro

This is a pricy app but combines four functionalities: a calendar, to-do list, checklists, and notes and projects.’A great tool to easily get organized. InFocus Pro comes with indispensable tools for staying organized so you can get things done quicker and have more free time to do the things you love.’

7- Notability

Notablility is a powerful note taking and PDF annotating app. You can use it 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. And with iCloud, your notes are always up to date.’

8- DocuSign

Looking for a good app to use for electronically signing documents? DocuSign is a good option to start with. It enables you to fill out and sign documents for free, send documents for others to sign, and securely save, manage and access your documents from anywhere.

9- Scrivener

This is one of our favourite writing software out there. We have reviewed it several times in the past. It provides some really good features to help you take your writing experience to the next level. ‘Whether you plan or plunge, Scrivener works your way: meticulously outline every last detail first, or hammer out a complete draft and restructure later. Or do a bit of both. All text sections in Scrivener are fully integrated with its outlining tools, so working with an overview of your manuscript is only ever a tap away, and turning Chapter Four into Chapter One is as simple as drag and drop.’

10- Google Drive/ Dropbox

These are two of our favourite file storage platforms. They allow you to save, share, sync and access your files anywhere you are.

16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom

March 24, 2017
Google announced yesterday that Google Classroom is now open for users without G Suite for Education accounts. With this new update Classroom will be available for more teachers and students. We have already published a wide variety of materials, tips and guides on how to make the best of Google Classroom in teaching and learning, check out our archive to learn more. Today. we are sharing with you some of the applications that work with Google Classroom. These apps, featured in Google for Education Products section, will help you add a number of excellent functionalities to Classroom and facilitate your workflow.

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  16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom

3 Very Good Apps for Creating and sharing 3D Models

March 24, 2017
Below are three good iPad apps students can use to create and share 3D models and animations. Some of these apps support 3D printing. Students can use the apps to engage in a wide variety of creative tasks from creating simple designs to constructing complex objects. They can create figures, build modules, design  pixel arts and bring them to life through 3D technology. Check out the featured apps below and if you have other suggestions to add to the list, share with us in our Facebook page. Enjoy

1- is an iPad app that lets you easily build, share and 3D print various designs.’3DC uses basic shapes (cube, sphere, cylinder, cone etc.) to create any 3D models. From the simplest design to the most complex objects – you can build anything by simply moving, rotating and scaling primitive objects.'

2- Makers Empire 3D - Easy 3D Modeling

‘MAKERS EMPIRE 3D is a powerful but simple to use 3D modelling app that rewards you for creating! Level up as you design, socialise with other makers and complete daily design challenges. Unlock new design tools as you go…Makers Empire 3D is capable of incredibly detailed 3D designs yet is so simple anyone can use it! Pick a design module like BLOCKER, our feature rich voxel editor, CHARACTER, our avatar builder or SHAPER, our traditional free form 3D modelling module. ’

3- Toontastic 3D

‘ With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around onscreen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video. Toontastic is a powerful and playful way to create interstellar adventures, breaking news reports, video game designs, family photo albums, and anything else you might imagine!’

Google Maps Is Releasing An Important New Feature

March 24, 2017
Google announced the news of a new feature coming to Google Maps called location sharing. Users will soon be able to share their location in real-time from their Google Maps app on Android and iOS. With a few taps you can let your friends know the exact location where you are and the time you are expected to arrive. Whoever you share your location with will be able to see you on they map and they will also know about your trip progress, follow your journey and view your expected arrival time. Data about your location can be shared with people in your Google contacts, or with friends and family through a generated link sent via  your favourite messenger app.At any time you can stop sharing your location. This new feature is rolling out soon worldwide.

Google Maps Is Releasing An Important New Feature

‘Whenever you want to let someone know where you are, just open the side menu or tap the blue dot that represents where you are. Tap “Share location” and then select who to share with and how long to share—and you're done! You can share your real-time location with your Google contacts, or even share with friends and family by sending a link on your favorite messenger apps. When you’re sharing your location, the people you’ve chosen to share with will see you on their map.’

Watch the video below to learn more about location sharing in Google Maps.