Some Useful Blank Social Media Templates to Use in Class

April 1, 2015
One of the recurring requests we keep receiving from our readers is about social media templates to use in class.What we have published so far in this regard are some downloadable Facebook templates which you can access from this link.We also did an extensive search for other sources that provide social media templates usable in educational settings but we were unable to identify any reliable source that we can recommend here other than "Social Media Template Pack" featured onTeachers Pay Teachers.

Social Media Template Pack is a resource that provides some interesting blank educational templates of major social media platforms : Twitter, Facebook,and Instagram. Teachers can use these templates for a variety of tasks including: analyzing book characters, historical figures, or for 'get to know you' activities. Also, the templates can be used with grades 4 to 12 and in different schools subjects (e.g English language arts, social studies, history…etc).

Besides blank social media templates, this pack also includes instructions on how to use each material. The pack is not free. It costs $5.

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Facebook Launched A New Tool for Making Collaborative Videos

April 1, 2015
Facebook launched today Riff, a collaborative video making tool. This app which is available for both Android and iOS allows users to create collaborative videos that can be shared on Facebook as well as on the web. The way it works is pretty simple: you start a video on Riff, when your Facebook friends see it they have the option to add clips to it. Riff puts a limit of maximum video runtime of 20 seconds.

Facebook Riff app

 According to Facebook, “Anyone can start by creating a video. All you have to do is give it a topic, like #AprilFools, then your friends can view it and choose to add their own clips on that topic. Once a friend adds a clip to your video, your friend’s friends will also be shown the video in Riff and will be able to add to it. The potential pool of creative collaborators can grow exponentially from there, so a short video can become an inventive project between circles of friends that you can share to Facebook, or anywhere on the internet, at any time.”

Watch this video to see an example of a Riff video. Curtesy of TNW.

Two Great Resources for Flipped Classrooms

April 1,  2015
Flipped classroom or flipped learning is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse the traditional role of classroom time. If in the past, classroom time is spent at lecturing to students , now in a flipped model, this time is utilized to encourage individualized learning and provide one-on-one help to students, and also to improve student-teacher interaction. While the instructional or teachable content is still available in class, however this content is mainly designed in such a way to be accessed outside class which is a great way for struggling students to learn at their own pace.

Here are two great resources packed full of tools and app to help you flip your classroom:

This is a list curated by technology coordinator Cassie Holewinski.

This one is curated by education researcher Meghan Arthur.

6 of The Best Web Tools for Organizing and Managing Citations, References and Bibliographies

April 1, 2015
One of the onerous parts in essay and academic writing is the bibliography section. Managing, organizing and citing references can sometimes be a real challenge especially if you don't keep track of what and who you cite. The last thing you would want after a strenuous writing task is a messy bibliography  with one reference missing page numbers the other needs publication date or, worse of all, having to go back to your sources to check for the source of  that quotation you included in your conclusion. If you find yourself constantly grappling with  problems  such as these, the web tools below are absolutely something you might need to consider. These are some of the best applications for organizing, managing, and publishing bibliographies, citations and references. Some of these softwares are integrated with Google Scholar.

1- Zotero

"Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes."
2- RefWorks

RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
3- Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Here is what you can do with Mendeley:
  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app

EndNote gives you the tools you need for searching, organizing and sharing your research. It allows you to easily create bibliographies while writing your next paper with features like Cite While You Write . Maximize your time with features like finding full text for your references and automatically updating records. Whether you’re on your desktop, online, or iPad, EndNote’s syncing capabilities let you access all of your references, attachments, and groups from anywhere.

5- EasyBib
Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to's popular bibliography management service.

Citeulike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.Some of its features include:
  • Easily store references you find online
  • Discover new articles and resources
  • Automated article recommendationsNEW
  • Share references with your peers
  • Find out who's reading what you're reading
  • Store and search your PDFs

Stickyboard2- A Wonderful Sticky Note App (Free Today It was $9.99) Grab It

March 31, 2015
Stickyboard2 is a very good iPad app for creating sticky notes and mind maps. Actually, Stickyboard2 turns your iPad into a giant whiteboard with a never-ending stack of sticky notes. The regular price of the app is $9.99 but it is on sale today for free, at least here in Canada and also in the States. Not sure if it’s free in other places.

Taking notes and creating sticky notes on Stickyboard2 is super easy.The app supports a number of coloured markers you can use to write your notes. Arranging and organizing notes is also another powerful feature provided by this app. You can easily select a bunch of notes, then swipe with 3 fingers to instantly arrange them into neat piles or fan them out into a grid, columns, or rows. And the best thing of all is that you can export and share your stickies in text or PDF format.

Other features supported by Stickyboard2 include:
  • Easily manage multiple boards and quickly switch between them with the gallery view.
  •  It supports multiple colors with stutter-free drawing.
  • Unlimited undo/redo and Copy/Paste: Undo/redo works with notes and ink, just as you would expect.
  • zoomable board to capture all your ideas. Zoom by pinching, and pan with 2 fingers.
Watch this video from iPadagogy to learn more about Stickyboard 2.

Courtesy of Apps Gone Free

Get The Most out of Google Maps with These Excellent Apps

March, 2015
Google Maps is an excellent tool to use with students to develop their spatial thinking. Beyond getting driving or walking directions, this tool enables students to discover the world right from their classrooms. It is also a very good way to teach students about geography concepts, distance measurement, map readings and other fundamentals of mapping such as longitude, latitude, locations and many more.

Today, we are introducing you to 3 interesting extensions that you can use on your Chrome browser to get the most from Google Maps.

1- Tools for Google Maps

This extension provides you with several tools to use with Google Maps including distance Measurement,Query LatLng on Google Maps, Geography Encyclopedia, Capture screen of Maps and many more.

Watch the video below to learn more about Tools for Google Maps

2- Mini Maps
It is a handy tool to look up the map of any location in the world and explore its nearby places of interest. It is simple and easy, without leaving your current page. 

3- Send to Google Maps
"Send to Google Maps allows you to send a selected address or POI on any website directly to Google Maps. This extension adds an item to the Context Menu if text is selected. By right clicking on the selected text the context menu opens and you can click on "Send address to Google Maps".

Courtesy of Lifehacker

Everything Teachers Need to Know about Evernote (Great Tutorials)

March 31, 2015
Evernote is definitely a great utility to have in your EdTech toolkit. Evernote combines a bastion of  powerful features all in one single platform: you can use it to create notes, add reminders to your notes, separate your notes into notebooks, clip web articles, snap photos to add to your notes and many other interesting features.

To help you learn more about Evernote and tap into its full educational potential, the video tutorials below are a must-watch. They will introduce you to some interesting things you can do with Evernote and expose some of its hidden gems.

1- Evernote Scott tutorials

Scott’s YouTube channel features some wonderful tutorials on Evernote. This playlist includes 28 videos that cover a wide variety of Evernote tips such as:
2- Dottotech’s tutorials

Dottotech channel is one of our favourite go to places for EdTech tutorials.  Dottotech has some excellent video tutorials on Evernote. Some of include:
3- Evan’s tutorials

Evan Carmichael’s channel on YouTube has some very good video tutorials on Evernote. Here are some that stood out to us: