Two New Updates to Docs and Slides Apps

May 22, 2015
Google has recently announced a few updates to its Docs and Slides apps for Android and iOS. These updates are mainly concerned with the addition and customization of images in Slides and Docs. Users now can easily integrate pictures into  presentations or documents  right from their mobile device or tablet. They can either take a photo using the camera on their devices or use the pictures already saved in their camera roll.

Also, “When you’re creating a presentation away from your desk, double tap any image in Slides to enter crop mode. From there, trim the sides of your image, or tap the mask icon to crop it into a specific shape.”

The updates released today are also available for offline access with no internet connection.  To try out these new tricks, you will need to update your Docs and Slides app. Here are the links for Google Play and Apple Store  (Docs, Slides) .

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Create Professionally Looking Posters for Your Class Using Lucidpress

May 21, 2015
A few months ago we posted here a list of some powerful web tools to use for creating educational flyers and posters. Today, we were reminded by Briton that the popular Lucidpress does provide a very good poster maker that teachers can use to create professionally looking posters for their class. Lucidpress poster maker is an easy to use web tool with a simple drag-and-drop interface that allows teachers to design beautiful posters and flyers to use in classroom.

Besides the premium templates, Lucidpress maker provides a wide variety of inspirational templates to use with your posters. You have the flexibility to customize the size of your poster the way you want it. All of the poster templates in Lucidpress are set to 18” x 24”. The easy-to-learn image and text editing capabilities offered by Lucidpress renders poster making an enjoyable  artistic endeavour. There is also a section in Lucidpress where you can have access to some useful tips to help you create visually attractive posters.

The free Lucidpress plan offers only 25MB of storage space and few other features, basic and pro plans have more advanced features and a storage capacity that goes up to 5 GB.

Watch the short video below to learn more about Lucidpmess. Enjoy

Great Android Apps for Helping Students with Math Homework

May 21, 2015
While we were curating the 12 Android math apps that were featured in yesterday’s post, we came across some interesting apps that students can use to help them with their math homework. These apps are geared towards enhancing students mathematical skills by providing them with step by step explanations of a variety of math problems. From working on  simple calculations to figuring out answers to complex equations, these apps are  absolutely a must have.

1- yHomework- Math Solver

“yHomework is an easy to use Math solver, just enter your question or equation, and the app will immediately give you the answer together with the full step-by-step solution!”

2- Math Helper

“Math Helper Free is the best application on the market, which solves mathematical problems and shows step-by-step solution.
It's easy - you enter a problem and get the answer, detailed solution and a theory reference.”

3- PhotoMath

“PhotoMath is the world's smartest camera calculator! Just point your camera to a Math problem, and PhotoMath will instantly display the answer.
Join millions of users worldwide and make your learning progress faster and more enjoyable.”

4- Mathway

“Mathway solves problems in Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, Finite Math, Linear Algebra, and Chemistry.
Receiving answers on Mathway is completely free, but step-by-step solutions require payment.”

5- AuthoMath Photo Calculator

“AutoMath allows you to solve math questions simply by taking a photo of your math equations AutoMath is a great way to check your work, study or even to teach yourself math.”

Teachers Starter Kit for Creating Interactive eBooks Using iBooks Author

May 21, 2015
iBook Author is an awesome free app that allows users to easily create stunning multi-touch textbooks for iPad. It provides all the tools one might need to start creating and publishing ebooks including galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and many more.

iBook Author  provides you with a set of pre-defined templates to help you design the background of your textbook. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, like classic textbook, or photo book in both landscape and portrait orientations. You can also choose from a variety of page layouts in each template, or even create one of your own.

For those of you interested in using iBooks Author with students to create multi-touch books, iBooks Author Starter Kit is definitely a must have. This is free eBook is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. This book, which we have learned through a tweet by Sean Junkins, is “ a beginners guide to creating Multi-Touch books for teaching and learning. It walks a user through a set of step-by-step activities, and provides all of the materials — an iBooks Author template, color palette, copy decks, images, videos, keynote presentation, and more — needed to create an interactive book titled “The World of Living Gardens”.”

12 Excellent Android Apps for Learning Math

May 21, 2015
Today we curated for you this compilation of excellent Android Math apps. You can use these apps with your kids and students to improve their mathematical skills and sharpen their math mentality. The apps cover a wide variety of activities, games, exercises, and several other materials ideal for math teaching and learning. Check out the tiles below and share with us what you think of them.

1- Math Tricks

“This program is designed for those who want to learn interesting mathematical tricks to speed up the calculating. These tricks will help solve part of the mathematical problems and tasks much faster than classical. Will also be helpful to those who want to hone basics such as the multiplication table.”

2- Maths Formulas Free

“Available in many languages, this is a perfect app on Google Play that provides all basic formulas in mathematics. It's very convenient for all students in high school or university and engineers to look for any easy or complicated formulas.”

3- Mathematics

“Calculate any formula you want and show them in a 2d or 3d plot. The natural display shows fractions, roots and exponents as you would expect it from mathematics. In a few seconds you derivate or integrate your desired function, calculate the zero points of your function und show them in the function plot. See all maxima, minima or inflection points in one view.”

4- Math Flash Cards

“Children can build and improve essential math skills in: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.Some features include: select addition & subtraction or multiplication & division together, friendly and encouraging voice, adjustable countdown timer for test-like conditions, top and bottom number ranges can be edited adjustable countdown timer for test-like conditions, top and bottom number ranges can be edited…”

5-  Complete Mathematics

“Complete Mathematics App covers basic and high school maths with many options to easily learn mathematics with a maths solver. Complete Mathematics is categorized into tutorials, formulas, equations, practical application with solver, questions and solutions, maths dictionary and quiz.”

4- Mathematics Dictionary

Mathematics Dictionary is “equipped with quick dynamic search function (Fuzzy Logic) – The dictionary will start searching for the words while you type…”

5- Math Expert

“The application "math expert" is a collection of formulas out of mathematics and physics. The special feature is that the application can calculate the formulas. The calculation is based on the motto "Tell me what you know, and I will check which calculations are possible.”

6- GMAT Math Flashcards

“Master GMAT math formulas and solve GMAT questions with free flashcards for Android. Practice every day to prep for the test and get a better GMAT quant score!”

7- Graphing Calculator

“Graphing Calculator by Mathlab is a scientific graphing calculator integrated with algebra and is an indispensable mathematical tool for students in elementary school to those in college or graduate school, or just anyone who needs more than what a basic calculator offers.”

9- GeoGebra

“GeoGebra is free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Interactive teaching and learning resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at”

10- Geometry Pad

“Geometry Pad is a dynamic geometry application for Android tablets with universal appeal. Teachers can use it in a geometry class for better students engagement and deeper understanding of geometric concepts. Students would benefit from using Geometry Pad while working on geometry assignments at home as well.”

11- Mathway

“Bring the solving power of Mathway to your Android device, no network access required! Get free instant answers to your math problems, or subscribe to include step-by-step work and explanations. With hundreds of millions of problems already solved, Mathway is the #1 problem solving resource available for students, parents, and teachers.”

12- FreeGeo Mathematics

“Create geometric constructions and move, scale or rotate them with one or more fingers.
With the Freehandmode you can additional build your lines, circles, squares, rectangles and many more by drawing them on the screen. The system will detect it and create the object for you! For example, you can draw a freehand circle through three given points to create their circum circle.”

Geddit- A Powerful Tool for Collecting Students Feedback

May 20, 2015
Update: We just learned from Jonathan Wylie that Geddit will shut down this summer. Check out alternatives at the end of the post.

Geddit is a great web tool that allows teachers to check on their students understanding in real-time.  Geddit is a powerful response system ideal for inclusion in your classroom. Students can easily share with teachers feedback about the lessons being taught. All responses are recorded instantly so teachers can identify individual needs as they emerge.

Geddit also provides a set of quizzing features to help teachers with their formative assessments. These include multiple choice questions and short answer responses. Here is how to start using Geddit:

1- "Simply run Geddit during the lesson and start collecting real-time, emotive student feedback as they participate in your lesson.
2- Ask your students to check-in through Geddit, they usually make around 5 check-ins per lesson.
3- You'll see the confidence of every student is color coded on the teacher screen. This information is private, students can not see their peers' confidence. Students who select just one bar appear red on your screen, three bars appear green, and students who've selected all five bars are highlighted in blue."

Geddit is also available as iOS app and Chrome app.

Watch the video below to learn more about Geddit.

Other student response tools we recommend: