Bloom's Taxonomy for The Web (Visual)

November 22, 2017
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet,here is a handy visual featuring what we think are some of the best educational web tools for Bloom’ taxonomy. For each of Bloom’s thinking levels we came up with a number of suggested tools that go with it. We have been very selective concerning the choices included and because of space constraints we  excluded several other tools that worth the mention here. Also, the visual is not hyperlinked, check out the chart at the bottom of the page for links of the featured tools. For an iPad version of this graphic, click here.

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3 Good Tools for Sharing Large Files

When it comes to sending large files , email providers are definitely out of consideration as they have strict limitations on file size. However, there are several other alternatives that facilitate this process top of them all are popular cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Box. All of these services allow you to easily upload and share large files with others. But if you are looking for more sophisticated platforms designed specifically for collaborative file sharing, we recommend the tools below.

1- Dropmark

Dropmark provides you with a single platform where you can organize all your files, links and notes into visual collections that you can easily share with others. It also allows you to invite colleagues to view and collaborate privately, engage in conversations and gather feedback from your collaborators and many more.

2- Dropcanvas

Drop canvas is another excellent web based tool that enable you to share files and images with others through generated links. ‘For anonymous and free accounts there is a set expiry time after uploading to give you enough time to share the content you wish to share and try out the service. If your canvas gets activity, for example views or downloads - it will reset the expiry timer.’

3- DropSend

DropSend lets you send files of up to 8GB. It also supports sending JPGs, PDFs, and MP3s. DropSend does not require any software installation and is completely web-based. It is also available for as a mobile app for iPad and Android.

4 Great Google Sheets Templates for Teachers

November 21, 2017
A few days ago, we shared with you this collection of pre-designed templates to help you create professionally looking forms  using Google Forms. In today’s post we curated for you this list of some  practical Google Sheets templates you can use to design different types of spreadsheets. More specifically, we included templates for recording class attendance, creating to-do lists, tracking assignments, and creating grade books. To use any of these templates, head over to Google Sheets Template Gallery, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find them located under the label ‘Education’. Click on the template you want to use and it will open in your Google Sheets where you can type in your data and customize it the way you want.

Alternatively, you can use a third-party add-on called Template Gallery available for free download in the add-ons store. This add-on gives you free access to tons of professionally designed templates including 'calendars, schedules, invoices, time sheets, budgeting tools, letters, resumes, financial calculators, and more.' Check them out and share with us your feedback.

1- Attendance template

2- Assignment tracker template

3- To-do list template
This template is located under the label 'Personal'

Here Is An Excellent Tool to Create Comic Characters to Use in Your Presentations

November 21, 2017
Pixton  Comic Maker is one of our favourite tools for creating educational comics. We have already featured it  in previous posts here in EdTech and mLearning. However, today we want to draw your attention to this handy feature that was released a few months ago. Paxton  Comics add-in is an extension you can easily install on your PowerPoint and enables you to easily insert comic characters into your slides. There are over 40 thousand images to choose from and you don’t even need to have a Pixton account to start using the pre-set characters. Alternatively, you can connect your Pixton account if you have one and start creating your own customized characters to insert in your presentations. Watch the video below to learn more about Pixton Comics character add-in.

For those of you not familiar with Pixton Comic Maker, this is a web tool and mobile app that allows you to easily design comic characters to use for a variety of educational purposes including: 'write a book report or other school project in the style of a graphic novel, explain a concept or idea in a concise format, tell a story with words and pictures, storyboard a movie script, depict nuanced emotions with customizable characters'… and many more. Check out these videos from Pixton Comics Youtube channel to learn more about Pixton.

20 Great Apps for University Students

 As a a full time doctoral student, iPad is my number 1 companion. I use it for a wide variety of educational purposes but mainly for reading. I have been experimenting with various apps and the visual below features what I believe are some of the most useful apps university/ college students should definitely try. I arranged these apps into 10 categories and for each of these categories I cited two apps that go with it. I have also included a table below the visual where you will find links to the featured apps.

This visual is also available for free download in PDF format.
  20 Excellent Apps for University Students

Bibliography apps
PDF annotating apps
Note taking apps
Task management apps
Cloud storage apps
Content curation
Presentation apps
News aggregators
Personal organization
Reading apps

8 Good Educational Apps Free Today

November 19, 2017
Here is a collection of some good iPad apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: write memos on a map, add reminders to iOS built-in reminder app, interactive games and puzzles to help kids learn basic math skills, literacy and many more. Check them out and share with us your feedback.

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1- GeoMEMO
‘GeoMEMO allows you to write memos on a map, against your current location or favorite place…Memos can contain addresses, telephone numbers, photos, URL, and they can also be classified into any category of your choice. From the memo list, you can place pins on a map for particular categories; you can also search by name and memo content so you will never misplace a memo within the application.’

2- Kubic
‘kubic is a unique optical illusion puzzle game based on M.C. Escher's art, impossible objects and other geometric designs. The object is to construct the goal configuration from a number of pieces. Presented in a simple, clean design and minimalistic art, kubic is a premium game with over 60 escher-esque puzzles.’

3- ProPlayer
‘ProPlayer is a beautifully designed, yet powerful video player for your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, that supports every video and audio format and brings new and innovative features to your device.’

4- Reminders Widget
‘Add reminders to iOS built-in reminders app from notificatin center withou unlocking the device. Save time to look and scroll through all your tasks and reminders.’

5- Rabbit-  Habit Reminders
‘Do you keep forgetting to take breaks at work? Do you lose precious time due to a bad habit or negative thinking? Let Rabbit gently remind you of the good practices you want to form. Create a custom list of habits, and set the app for hourly reminders, alerts every few minutes, or notifications several times a day.’

6- Tiggly Chef Subtraction: 1st Grade Math Game
‘The wildly popular Tiggly Chef is back! This time, join Chef to learn subtraction math concepts while experimenting in his super-duper secret kitchen laboratory, to create the most silly and flavorful creations the world has ever witnessed!’

7- Animal Math Preschool Math Games for Kids Math App
‘Explore the farm with a counting sheep named Sherman, Pete the mischievous matching frog and all the barn animals you love as you join Lily the farmer through 100 fun learning games on a quest to help her barnyard buddies find a way home!’

8- Cardinal Land - Jigsaw & Tangram Puzzle Blend
‘Very simple intuitive gameplay. Your task is to combine colorful animal image from pieces of different shapes. But hurry up, to receive all stars you have to complete the task in 30 seconds. It seems impossible at first time, but then you will be wondered how your skills develop as you play.’

Source: Apps Gone Free