Here Is A Helpful Collection of Tech-rich Lesson Plans to Use in Your Instruction

July 26, 2017
Common Sense (formerly Graphite) has this wonderful section packed full of pre-made lesson plans that teachers and educators can appropriate to their own teaching situations.  These lesson plans are digitally focused and integrate a number of educational web tools and mobile apps to provide teachers with practical working examples of the effective use of technology in classroom. Teachers can also create their own lesson plans and share them with the education community in Common Sense. To do so registration is required.


Before you create your own tech-rich lesson plan, you may want to check lesson plans other have already created. You can either check the ‘Featured lesson Plans’ section on the right hand side to view a number of suggested lesson plans or search the site for specific lesson plans. You can filter your search using criteria such as subject and grades. Watch the video below to learn more about Lesson Flows. Enjoy

10 Important Google Keep Features Teachers Should Know About

July 24, 2017
Since its release a few years ago, Google Keep has gained so much popularity among teachers and educators, and within a very short period of time it established itself as one of the best note taking alternatives for Evernote users. Google Keep provides a host of powerful features that allows users to take their note taking experience to the next level. We have already reviewed Google Keep in multiple instances in the past and today we are sharing with you this handy  infographic that captures the 10 basic tips every teacher using Google Keep should know about. Check it out and share with us your feedback.

Teachers Visual Guide to Google Keep

8 Google Sheets Add-ons Every Teacher Should Know About

July , 2017
Google Sheets add-on store features a number of educational extensions to use with your forms and spreadsheets to add amazing functionalities. These add-ons are arranged into various categories. We revisited the ‘education’ category and selected for you the 8 most popular applications there. Using these add-ons will enable you to:
  • Create graphs and forms and write complex math in your sheets
  • Create and modify a planning schedule for project management in a spreadsheet; easily scaffold, manage and assess students projects in Google Drive
  • Quickly grade and analyze students assessments, split cells, remove duplicates, clean up data and change case
  • Add powerful functionality to quizzes you create via Google Forms
  • Send personalized mass emails with Gmail and track email opens.
Top 8 Google Sheets Add-ons for Teachers


1- g(Math) for Sheets


‘This will be an invaluable tool for any math class or math teacher. Now creating math digitally in a collaborative document has become slightly easier. Having this math in a Google Sheet will allow you to create questions in a Google Form as well using the g(Math) Quick Quiz Creator and the QuizNinja for individualized, differentiated forms!!’

2- Doctopus


‘Doctopus gives teachers the ability to mass-copy (from a starter template), share, monitor student progress, and manage grading and feedback for student projects in Google Drive…Doctopus increases student collaboration and enables a powerful shift in teacher workflow --  scaling teachers' ability to manage and assess writing tasks and projects that motivate rich, authentic student production and collaboration (e.g. the development of core career, college, and 21st-century skills).’

3- Flubaroo


Flubaroo is a FREE add-on to Google Forms/Sheets which lets you quickly grade and analyze student performance on multiple choice and fill-in assignments. Within a minute you'll be able to: Get scores for each student, and identify students in need of extra help; view average score, and a histogram of scores; quickly identify questions which a majority of the students missed; share scores with students via email or Google Drive, along with optional notes to the class and/or to each student; and assign your own score to open-ended questions.

4- Power Tools

‘Power Tools add-on cuts the clicks on repeated  tasks and brings features for  organizing and unifying data in Google Sheets… Some of its features include: search all selected sheets for certain values, formulas, notes, and hyperlinks; split values in a column by any delimiter,  string, or by position; add or remove text by position, transform formulas, change formula reference type, export range to XML or JSON; delete unwanted characters, types of data, and clean up formatting…’

5- Yet Another Mail Merger


‘It's super easy, just write your email template as a draft in Gmail, with markers that will be replaced by data in your spreadsheet to send personalized emails (use this syntax: {{Column Header}}). You can format your email directly in Gmail and add inline images and attachments.’

6- Super Quiz


‘Super Quiz adds brilliant functionality to a quiz made with Google Forms. By completing the quiz once with an answer key, all future submissions are automatically graded correct or incorrect. What’s more - you can get a break down of class understanding and a list of incorrect students for each question - perfect for intervention!’

7- Mail Merge with Attachments


‘Send personalized email messages with attachments to multiple people using Mail Merge for Gmail. Each e-mail message is unique and, unlike putting email addresses in the CC or BCC fields, each recipient will receive your intended message as if it were sent solely to them. Email tracking will help you know when people have read your email.’

8- ProjectSheet Planning


‘This free add-on helps you to create and modify a project schedule in a spreadsheet fast and accurately using a WBS work breakdown structure of tasks and start and finish dates per task. The Gantt chart can be set to show the project schedule for the range of weeks you like. During project execution, options for progress indication give color alerts in the schedule or Gantt for progress and delay.’

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A Handy Video Downloader for Teachers

July 24, 2017
KeepVid has recently launched a new Android app that allows users to easily download videos from Facebook, Vimeo and Instagram. This lite version does not support YouTube videos the full version does. For those of you who are not familiar with KeepVid, this is a popular platform that enables you to both download and convert a wide variety of video formats. You can even download multiple videos at once.



KeepVid provides a set of powerful features that include: download videos directly to your device, convert videos to MP3, search and download videos without opening any other app, enjoy your downloaded music directly on your Android device without opening other media player app, enable you to get the music you want without compromising the audio quality, allows you  to download HD videos on Android, including 1080p, 2K, 4K, HD and UHD, without compromising the video quality and many more. Check it out and share with us your feedback.

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5 Good Speech to Text Extensions for Teachers

July , 2017
Speech to text technologies allow you to transcribe your speech into text in a couple of clicks. Most of the established platforms integrate this kind of technology. For instance Google has it integrated with some of its services like Google search. You can click on the mic icon in the search bar and start speaking, Google will automatically type in your speech and run your query. Below are some of the Chrome apps for speech recognition. Check them out.

1- Announcify

Announcify reads out loud various kinds of information, like events or whole documents, for you. For example, if you're too tired but still need to study one more Wikipedia entry, Announcify can help your tired eyes relax.

2- Select and Speak


Select and Speak uses iSpeech's human-quality text-to-speech (TTS) reads selected text. It includes 43 iSpeech text to speech voices. You can configure the voice and speed options by changing the settings on the options page.

3- SpeakIt

SpeakIt reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.


Dictanote provides you with a advanced rich text editor with an inbuilt multi-language speech recogniser. The latest version of Dictanote features QuickType, a faster than ever speech recognition engine using which you can actually write faster than normal typing.


The app is integrated with Dropbox and Google Drive so you can easily export you transcribed text to your various online accounts. Or your can send the text to any email address. Dictation uses Chrome's Local Storage to save the transcriptions and thus you'll never lose your work. There's no need for the Save button.

10 Great Chrome Apps for Math Teachers

July 23, 2017
Below are 10 good Chrome extensions to use in your math classes. These are are meant to help kids develop math skills through a wide variety of exercises, activities, games, interactive simulations and many more. Some of these apps are integrated with Google Drive and are also available for  iPad, Android, and Chromebooks.

1- GeoGebra

GeoGebra (www.geogebra.org) 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 learning, teaching and evaluation resources created with GeoGebra can be shared and used by everyone at tube.geogebra.org.

2- Desmos Graphing Calculator


Explore math with Desmos! Plot functions, create tables, add sliders, animate your graphs, and more -- all for free.

3- Math Arcade Games


Improve your math skills and have arcade style fun at the same time.  Blast your way through wave after wave of attacking alien space ships.

4- Graph.tk


Graph.tk is an online and open-source graphing utility.It's very easy to use. Use the "+" button to create a new equation. Use "/" for fractions, "^" for exponentials, and "*" for multiplication.

5- Buzz Math


Buzz Math is a great app for personalized middle school math practice. it’s engaging thousands of students , teachers and families by empowering and challenging them.

6- MathBoard Addition


 MathBoard Addition is appropriate for all ages from kindergarten to elementary school where learning math can be a challenge. You can control the range of numbers you want to work with, the number of questions you want to answer and even assign a time limit per quiz.

7- Math Mahjong

Begin with Mathjong Basic and learn the fundamentals, and then there are four more levels after that, each more challenging than the last.

8- Monster Math Flash Card


Monster Math Flash Cards for kids is a fun way for kids to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication with an array of cute animated monsters. With the Monster Math Flash Cards app, you can choose from a range of numbers, which is great for kids who are having trouble with certain math facts. Each card contains an animated monster that will entertain kids while they practice their math facts

9- Math Games


'Monster Math Flash Cards for kids is a fun way for kids to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication with an array of cute animated monsters. With the Monster Math Flash Cards app, you can choose from a range of numbers, which is great for kids who are having trouble with certain math facts. Each card contains an animated monster that will entertain kids while they practice their math facts. This helps motivate kids to practice and improve. At the end of each game, a report is displayed that displays missed math problems.'

10- ADDieMath Math


ADDieMath is a simple and fun tool that kids can use to learn and master ADDition, subtraction, multiplication and division fact tables. ADDieMath provides the challenge of timed problem solving, the tracking of learning progress, and the flexibility of various levels and operations!