Some Great Educational Chromebook Apps for Teachers

July 27, 2017
For those of you using Chromebooks in your instruction, below is a collection of some of the best educational apps you can install and use with your device. The purpose is to provide you with a one-stop place where you can easily access and find apps curated by teachers for teachers saving you precious time to use on other pedagogical activities. We have arranged these apps into the following categories:

  • Apps for science teachers
  • Apps for social studies teachers
  • Apps  for taking notes
  • Apps  for creating timelines
  • Apps for digital storytelling
  • Apps  for creating and editing videos
  • Apps for creating educational infographics and posters
  • Apps for creating animations
  • Apps  for annotating web content
  • Apps for creating beautiful drawings
  • Apps for creating flyers and newsletters
  • Apps for planning and managing projects
  • Apps for collecting students feedback
  • Apps for task management
  • Apps for editing photos

Chromebook Apps for Science Teachers
Chromebook Apps for Social Studies Teachers
Chromebook Apps for Taking Notes
Chromebook Apps  for Creating Timelines
Chromebook Apps for Digital Storytelling
Chromebook Apps for Creating and Editing Videos
Chromebook Apps for Creating Educational Infographics and Posters
Chromebook Apps for Creating Animations
Chromebook Apps for Annotating Web Content
Chromebook Apps for Creating Beautiful Drawings
Chromebook App for Creating Flyers and Newsletters
Chromebook Apps for Collecting Students Feedback
Chromebook Apps for Planning and Managing Projects
Chromebook Apps for Task Management
Chromebook Apps for Editing Photos

12 Useful iPad Apps for 1:1 Classroom

July 26, 2017
If you are lucky enough to be teaching in a 1:1 classroom below is a collection of very good iPad apps for you to check out. These are apps to help you and your students make the best of your iPads in a 1:1 classroom. Check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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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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