An Excellent App for Annotating Documents and Webpages

March , 2017
LiquidText is a great iPad app you can use to annotate your PDFs, gather and organize your information across all your documents and webpages. You can create your own workspace in LiquidText and start importing your documents from popular cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, or email. And if you use Safari, you can send web content directly to workspace.

Using LiquidText will enable you to ‘Pull out key facts and connect them together, squeeze a document to compare sections, draw a line to connect ideas in different documents, comment on multiple pages at once, build upon your thoughts, and much more.’ Other important features of liquidText include:

  • ‘Pull excerpts from all the documents in your project into the Workspace area
  • Add your own notes (typed or written) to the Workspace area
  • Freely draw on your notes, or on the workspace itself
  • Organize excerpts and notes into groups
  • Connect anything - draw live “ink links” that span pages, documents, notes, and more
  • Create mind-maps by drawing “ink links” connecting your excerpts/notes to one another
  • Freely draw or highlight on your document, notes, or the workspace itself
  • Add margin notes/comments to text, images, notes, and excerpts
  • Comment on two or more selections simultaneously
  • Make comments that link to multiple documents at once
  • Export your project as a PDF (includes your Workspace and documents)
  • Export your project as a Word file (converts your notes/excerpts into a linear document) ’

LiquidText is free to download but it does offer in-app purchases.

12 Interesting New EdTech Tools for Teachers

March 27, 2017
The New EdTech Tools post for this months features a number of interesting web tools and mobile apps which you can use for a variety of educational purposes. From automatically generating citations in both MLA and APA styles to virtually exploring the most popular monuments in ancient Rome, check out the list to discover more.

'Anatomypal has several resources for pre health students! We have interactive anatomy models from which the student can view any model as if they were in the classroom. Check out our study guide videos. From the pituitary to muscle origins/insertions, we have an a endless amount of resources!'

2- Kingcitation 

'Kingcitation is an online bibliography generator service that will simplify the tedious task of creating a bibliography in the correct style formatting the necessary info on a source into a required citation. And there is no need to remember the minor details of every style for numerous sources. Our citation machine is available to students and educators. Our citation machine allows you to enter your bibliographic data into a text box and it will be formatted automatically.'

'This is a free program which includes spelling placement test, spelling & vocabulary (games, activities & tests), writing lessons, & novel study guides. It provides teachers and parents of K-12 students with over 700 grade-appropriate word lists, 18 interactive learning modules, and printables. All free.'

'Digital Explorer engages young people in global issues for a better future. Our unique projects provide inspirational lessons and resources direct from the world to your classroom.'

'Type a short piece of text to find out how fast can you type, test your typing speed in wpm and impress your friends or employers with your own typing certificate.'

'This  tool aims to bring engaging TEDx-style presentations into the classroom by enabling teachers (and students) to create entire presentations in under 10 seconds using Machine Learning (or AI) based around design.'

7- 'FMath Editor' Docs add-on

'The Add-on is a professional 'Mathematics Editor' used to build equations and insert the images into documents. The user can easily add variables, constants, operators, fractions, exponents, logarithms, limits, integrals, derivatives and matrix. Also the Editor has a built in Wizard to build complex equation.'

'zipBoard is a bug tracking and visual feedback tool which lets software teams take screenshots and assign tasks while browsing their web-based (web-apps, websites and E-learning) products. It makes collaboration among agile teams easier. You can either use zipBoard when iterating over a new product or adding features to an existing one. It makes communication easier amongst web developers, designers, project managers and QA.'

'Explore ancient Rome in virtual reality using Unimersiv app.As its name suggests, this experience lets you explore Ancient Rome in Virtual Reality (available on the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift for now). You will able to discover and learn about all the major monuments that made Rome such a fascinating.'

'Do you ever play along with a YouTube video to practice a song or learn from a music tutorial lesson? When you need to master a song in a different key you can use this tool to pitch shift the audio, repeat a section in a loop or slow it down to get a hang on it more quickly.'

'Simple Music Note Workout lets you practice where your notes are on your instrument, music notation reading, and note recognition by ear. Learn your guitar fretboard or your piano keyboard, with a teacher that’s always available and never tired.'

12- Nudge

'Nudge is an after school math app that is ideal for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades. It gently nudges you towards the solution one step at a time. The intuitive gestures and resulting visual transformations provide a unique sensory learning experience for an abstract topic like algebra. Parents and teachers get to see reports that provide comprehensive feedback including ratings for each concept that is used.'

12 Important Tips to Get Precise Google Search Results

March 27, 2017
After we have seen how to use Google Images to search for and locate free-to-use images, here is another handy visual to help you make the best of your Google search experience. The content of this visual is based on insights provided by Google Search Help. The 12 tips below will help you refine your Google searches and get precise search results using a wide variety of search operators. For instance, you will learn how to search for content published in social media or through hashtags, how to search for a specific site or related sites, how to search for an exact match and many more.
This visual is also available in PDF format from this page.

12 Important Tips to Get Precise Google Search Results

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (Book)

March 26, 2017
This week’s featured book is authored by Roy Peter Clark and titled ‘ Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer’.  While everybody can use this book to enhance their writing fluency, we think that it is a must read for student researchers who are usually engaged in extensive writing projects. The book highlights a number of practical tools  to help you master the craft of writing. In coming up with these collection of tools, the author has particularly made recourse to various sources including seminal writing guides (e.g., the Elements of Style), conversations with professional writers and editors, and insights from America’s popular writing teachers.

"Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer" is a book that ‘approaches the act of writing as less of a special talent and more as a purposeful craft.’ The tools included are supposed to help you learn the basics of the craft , and as Roy Peter eloquently stated:
These  practical tools will help to dispel your writing inhibitions, making the craft central to the way you see the world. As you add tools to your workbench, you will begin to see the world as a storehouse of writing ideas. As you gain proficiency with each tool, and then fluency, the act of writing will make you a better student, a netter worker, a better friend, a better citizen, a better teacher, a better person.(Kindle Location, 119) .

5 Good Educational iPad Apps Free Today

March 26, 2017
Here are some good iPad apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time.  Some of these apps are pricy such as Ap US History ($9.99). There is also the popular National Gallery of Art app which provides users access to the masterpieces of world art in the museum of the national gallery of art in Washington. As for the Workflow app, it has been acquired by Apple and is now free. Check out the other titles and see if you want to grab any. Hopefully by the time you are reading this post the apps are still free.

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1- AP US History 5 Steps to a 5

‘ With 500 flashcard-style questions closely aligned to the material in the current AP U.S. History exam, this study tool is a comprehensive guide designed to test your current knowledge and master any unfamiliar material. ’

2- Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple

‘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.’

3- National Gallery of Art HD

‘Take a walk through the virtual halls of the museum of the National Gallery of Art Washington (USA), where you will enjoy the masterpieces of world art.’

4- Mind Magnets Info Organizer—Visual Grid Checklists

‘Organize bits of info VISUALLY instead of using lists. TOGGLE your labeled “magnets” on/off with a tap. MOVE them, ARRANGE them, give them COLORS and SHAPES. It’s simple and fun!’

5- Madhat - Everyone's a Creative

‘With Madhat you can turn your photos into videos by animating and playing back your doodles on photos in amazing ways! Then, send your Madhats to friends for them to remix what you've created! Or share your Madhats through the social network or messaging app of your choice!’

Courtesy of Apps Gone Free

A Very Good Tool to Promote Deeper Learning

March 26, 2017
Trading Card is a great tool from  ReadWriteThink to use with students to engage them in a wide variety of creative learning activities. More specifically, students can use it to analyze characters and events in stories they read  or videos they watch. It will help enhance their reading comprehension by teaching them how to focus on important details of a story. Additionally, Trading Card provides students with a communicative channel through which they can express their views and impressions about what they read.

Trading Card is very simple and easy to use. Students start with typing in a name for their trading card then enter a topic and select one of the 7 card types: Fictional person, Real person, Fictional Place, Real place, Physical Object, Event, Abstract concept or they can chose to create their own. Next, students answer questions, insert an image,  and complete the information to create their own card. Once done editing they can add their card to an existing collection or create a new collection. Each collection can have up to 8 cards. ‘A planning sheet is available so children can start thinking about their answers before starting the online exercise. When finished, they can print the completed card (see sample), cut out the two pieces, and tape them together to make a two-sided card.’