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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