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Nimbus for Screenshots and Screencasts #CoolChromeExtensions

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Getting feedback and ideas from others is one of the biggest reasons why I love writing blog posts. I recently shared a blog post about Share and Send Screenshots . After making the post, I received a comment from Kevin, who suggested that I take a look at Nimbus. Nimbus is an awesome tool to annotate screenshots or create your own screencast! Just like Share and Send Screenshots, this tool is very simple to use; however, it offers more features like: Recording Video Blank Screen Capturing a Fragment  From an annotation standpoint, I love some of the tools it offers. One of my favorites is the Draw a Note tool. It combines the power of a post-it note with an arrow attached to point to your object.  After you have created your annotated screenshot or screencast (video), you can easily save and share. You can save to: Nimbus by creating an account Your computer Google Drive Nimbus also gives you the option to print too! Do you have any other ideas? I would love t

#CoolChromeExtensions: Share and Send Screenshots

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Sharing directions can be challenging, especially if you are not an auditory learner. Tools to annotate and share are especially helpful inside and outside of the classroom. Explain and Share Screenshots  is a simple and effective tool to use to annotate and share screenshots of your favorite webpages on your Chrome browser. The simplicity of this tool is one of its strengths. You can use it to take a screenshot of a selected area, visible part of the screen, or the entire screen. Once your picture is downloaded, there are many different options and tools to annotate your screenshot. How Does It Work?  Prior to using the extension, make sure that you have downloaded it from the Chrome Store. Watch this helpful video on how to use: How Can I Use It?  Annotation tools are a great way to give directions, demonstrate understanding, or explain a concept. You could easily use this tool to: Put together directions for student's to follow Annotate a website Find

Learn a New Language with HelloTalk

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In an increasingly global world, it is more important than ever to communicate across languages. A good tool to do so is the HelloTalk iOS and Android App. While our schools are often limited to teaching languages like Spanish, French, and German, choose over 100 languages to learn instantly on the HelloTalk App. Once you register, you will be able to quickly meet native-speaking language partners from around the world. Users can connect and communicate via the App in numerous ways: You can make and receive free calls to and from your learning partners over the Internet Send and receive text messaging Create a library of favorites in the place of foreign language words, sentences, audio files, grammar corrections, pictures, etc.  Want to learn more? Check out HelloTalk's website . 

Grade It Now App

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Teachers are always looking for different ways to assess students. Here is another assessment App available on the iOS, Android, and Chrome Stores called Grade It Now. What is Grade It Now? Essentially Grade It Now is the equivalent of an electronic Scantron sheet. Teachers create an assessment and develop an answer key filled with multiple choice questions.  What Do I Like?  Once teachers have purchased the App, they can make an unlimited number of assessments.  Multiple choice questions can be anywhere between 2 to 6 choices with one or more answers. You can set a time limit for students to complete Assessment instantly and provide scores to both student and teacher.  What I Don't Like I have to admit, when I first saw this App, I was excited at the possibility of another App like Socrative, Kahoot, or Quizziz; however, I was very disappointed that it is the equivalent of a scantron sheet. Obviously, this is not a UDL-friendly App because it provides stud

What is Snapchat?

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Snapchat has become a popular messaging application that our kids are using to send and share self-destructing pictures. Who is using it? The majority of Snapchat's users are between the ages of 13 - 34 years old. There are over 100,000 users of Snapchat are called "snapchatters," who use the service to send pictures, videos, and stories with other snapchatters. Businesses are even turning to Snapchat as a way to connect with potential customers What is it?  Snapchat gained popularity as a messaging application that allows someone to send and receive "snaps" (pictures, drawings, and video) that self-destruct from 1 to 10 seconds. It is very similar to sending and receiving text messages; however, the biggest advantage is that messages self-destruct. When was it created? Where is it available?  Snapchat was created in 2011 as a free application available on the iTunes and Android store. How does it work?  After you have downloaded the application

What is the AfterSchool App?

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There has been a lot posted recently about the AfterSchool App after several incidents have emerged. Who is using this App?  The AfterSchool App is currently being used as a way for high school students to annonymously express their thoughts and feelings. It is very similar to another App called Yik Yak that is used primarily on college campuses. The App is currently available on over 22,000 high school campuses across the United States. What is it?  The AfterSchool App is an anonymous message board app available on iOS and Android devices for high school students. Students can make anonymous posts for everyone at their school to see. When was it created?  This App has actually been around since November of 2014, but was pulled from the Apple after several concerns about safety appeared. It reappeared with several safety improvements in April of 2015. Where is it available ? As of December 2015, the AfterSchool App is an iOS and Android App available to high school stu

Tweeter Board Google Form

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Want to get your student's tweeting without Twitter? Use this amazing Google Form resource is called Tweeter Board, which was developed by Tammy Worcester Tang. This amazing resource is a Google Form that collects data into a Google Spreadsheet. It is a great resource to use the power and engagement of social media without needing to use social media! How does it work?  You will want to visit:  http://tammyworcester.com/class-tweeter-template/  to make a copy of the Google Form Template. Once you have made a copy, you will want to begin setting up your form by following the step-by-step instructions found in the Spreadsheet. Need help? Check out my helpful video: Once you have the sheet up and running, you will want to share the Google Form with your students. Tammy's Spreadsheet actually generates a shortened URL and QR code to make sharing easy. The form can be set up so that you can approve and moderate comments or have comments appear on the Tweeter Board tab (

Create Your Own Google Dropbox with The Work Collector

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Work flow is always a discussion in 1:1 and BYOD environments. Tools like Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology, and Dropbox are great ways to collect student work, but I want to introduce you to another excellent tool that combines the power of a dropbox and Google Drive. The Work Collector lets you collect student work on a computer or tablet, then place it automatically in your Google Drive. I first learned about this tool from The Techie Teacher, who introduced it in this blog post . Thank you! How does it work?  First you need to create your own work collect by following the instructions to install this script . It is very easy to do! Next, you will need to share the link to The Work Collector with your students. The Techie Teacher recommends bookmarking the URL or developing a QR Code for student's to access. Need more info on QR Codes? Check out my post. Finally, have your students add their name, choose the image or file from their device, and upload. Student

Create Amazing Picture Collages with Loupe Collage

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I know it may sound cliche to say a picture speaks a thousand words, but Loupe Collage actually makes this expression true! This web-based application and Google App literally turns your pictures into a shape (or word) collage. You choose the pictures, then you choose the shape, image, or word you would like to make a collage. Loupe Collage can access photos from your computer, Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, Instagram, and even more! Here are some ideas that you could use Loupe Collage for! Music Classroom - let's say that you are talking about famous composers. Why not have your students locate the pictures of famous composers and put them together in the shape of a musical note?  History / Language Arts - are you talking about biographies on famous historical figures? Why not gather pictures about that person's life and place pictures to form the letters of their last name?  At the beginning of the school year, have students put together a collage in the form of the

Improve Student Writing Skills one Quill at a Time

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Writing is an essential skill for ALL students to develop to effectively communicate inside the classroom, outside the classroom, and in future careers. In the era of electronic communication, it is important for students to learn important communication skills. Modern academic standards also emphasize the importance of developing student writing skills. Quill.org is a free tool, which can be used with students to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness in the writing process. What is Quill?  Quill .org engages students in the writing process through web-based learning activities that teach valuable grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills. It is very similar to NoRedInk and Edmodo's Snapshot feature because you can each activity addresses, measures, and provides feedback on how students met or did not meet specific Common Core State Standards. Why Quill?  Quill is a non-profit organization, which has designed over 150 activities for elementary, middle, high school, and

Fabulous Photos with Fotor

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We all know that pictures are a powerful medium to tell a story or communicate a message. It's what has made sites like Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter flourish. After you take the picture, how can you increase your picture's impact? Why not try a photo editor? Some of my favorites are: Pic Monkey Snapseed   I recently was made aware of another amazing and free editing program called Fotor, which recently underwent a major redesign. This redesign has made the user interface and experience much easier! I love it's basic editing features like, 1-tap enhance along with your basic rotate, crop, and resize. Fotor also has many cool photo effects such as Cool Effects, Lomo Effects, and Funky Effects! Really want to impress your audience? Check out its graphic design features, where you can make Facebook covers, YouTube channel art, Twitter Covers, and even a photo montage! Fotor can create impressive HDR photos from its impressive HDR algorithm. Upload 3 p

3 Ways to Make Maps Come Alive in Your Classroom

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Have you ever thought about the power of a map and the story it tells? Instead of having your students write a five paragraph essay, why not have them add their paragraph to the description of points on a map? Planning a field trip? Why not have your students locate the best route? Here are three ways to make your maps come alive! # 1: Google My Maps I am a big fan of Google My Maps , which works with your Google account and even saves on Google Drive! This is perfect if you are a Google Apps for Education School and for students under the age of 13. Students can collaborate, share, add pictures, videos, and text descriptions to illustrate the significance of a location. Need to see if Greenland is bigger than Africa? My Map's polygon tools will help you determine the square mileage. # 2: Map Me I was recently made aware of another free website called MapMe , which has a high school and college age feel. This useful tool for older students requires linking to a Faceb

Macbook Problem: Can't See Pictures Sent to You in Messages?

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I have noticed that I cannot send or receive pictures in Messages on my Macbook Air since I upgraded to the Yosemite OS several months ago. I was seeing this instead: I thought that upgrading to El Capitan would potentially take care of the problem. Unfortunately it did not. After doing a little research, I was able to find a solution on Apple's website! Here's how to fix your problem: 1. Find and open your Library Folder 2. Open your Messages folder. 3. You will see a file named Attachments with 0 bytes. Delete this folder. 4. Create a new folder called Attachments (make sure that this is in your Messages folder) This will take care of your problem! Now you are able to see pictures in Messages. November is Click's for a Cause Month! For the past three years, November has been "Clicks for a Cause" month. Every time that you visit my blog during the month of November, I will contribute a penny towards the medical fund of a child in need. 

First Graders Explain Everything with Explain Everything

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I never realized how much of an art of summarizing a story. Today I had the privilege of working with a group of first graders on this important skill. Their teacher and I used iPads and the Explain Everything App to do it. If you are not familiar with this App, it is an interactive whiteboard app that can be used to teach concepts, retell stories and even flip your classroom. Step 1: Template Retelling a story can be a difficult concept for any student; therefore, it is important to have a structured way of having students practice. First, we used a template from Tech with Jen to help students gather their ideas and use the proper terms (first, next, then, finally). Students took a picture of this template, so that it would appear in their Camera Roll. Step 2: Story Pics Then students used their iPads to take pictures of the illustrations in their book. We made sure that we took 4 pictures to help tell the story in terms of first, then, next, and finally. We made sure that

Gamify Assessment with Quizizz

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Recently I posted about Quizalize , which  has the entertainment factor of Kahoot with the student paced questioning methods of Socrative. Just like Kahoot, it can be accessed on any device via your browser.   +Kevin O'Donnell  recommended that I take a look at Quizizz, which I instantly liked! This is another assessment tool that can be added into your arsenal of assessment tools.  Quizizz is an awesome way to help enhance learning, while gamifying your classroom. Why do I like it? Although there is a timer function built in, students can still answer questions at their own pace.  You can play live or as a homework session!  You can jumble up the question order, so that students can't cheat!  You can turn a leader board on or off. One of the biggest disadvantages of Kahoot, is that students care more about how quickly they answer questions (and get points). With Quizizz, you can turn this feature off! It is device agnostic and can be used in any environment. 

You've Heard of Kahoot and Socrative, But Do You Quizalize?

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There are so many options when it comes to assessing students with technology in the classroom. Some of my favorites are a part of the fabric of almost every classroom I visit: Socrative NearPod   Plickers Kahoot I have to ask, do you Quizalize ? If you aren't, you may want to consider using great way to assess students. It has the entertainment factor of Kahoot with the student paced questioning methods of Socrative. Just like Kahoot, it can be accessed on any device via your browser.  What I Like: Students can work at their own pace. When they answer a question, they get immediate feedback to help them understand whether they got the answer right or wrong. Want to give a homework assignment? As long as students have the access code, they can take the quiz when it works for them.  Tools like Socrative and Nearpod provide spreadsheets to analyze individual and group performance, but Quizalize analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of students in realtime. A rea

7 Reasons Why SeeSaw is The Perfect Tool for All Learners

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Are you using See Saw in the classroom? This is an excellent way to have students create a portfolio of learning experience artifacts. It is available as an App or as a web-based program. I have to admit, I had very little experience with it until my teachers introduced it to me.  Why do we like it so much? #1 - Clear Goal and Flexible Means  SeeSaw provides the perfect blend of tools to allow students express their knowledge and demonstrate their understanding. Students can show what they know in the way that works best for them through writing, drawing, recording, and importing projects from other applications. Students can actually see their growth through their contributions over time. # 2 - A Great Way to Virtually Connect with Parents  I am learning that my teacher's are masters of connecting parents and kids. They have found that SeeSaw is a great way to connect home and learning because parents can see what their child is creating and even comment on it! # 3 -