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Everybody loves a good skeleton – especially when it’s a free one. Here’s a link to download the free Essential Skeleton app for your iPad (and you are welcome!).

Getting too many emails? Check out Unroll Me. Put in your email address, unsubscribe from the ones you don’t want any more, and you can even choose to get the ones you do want in one daily digest.

What’s your birthday word? Mine is nitpick. Visit the OED Birthday Word Generator, put in your birth year and see the words that are as old as you are!

April 17, 2015 Posted by | Links You'll Love | | Leave a comment

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Just in time for Pesach – here’s that fun Rube Goldberg-esqe 10 Plagues video from The Technion:

The Smithsonian Institution’s Tween Tribune is a great news site. You can create a class and have your students join, create assignments, and quiz your students. This also includes a nice “Photo of the Day” section designed to stimulate your students’ imagination.

AnswerGarden is a really fun website that has your students (or anyone) providing instant feedback that you can see! Simply post your question and invite anyone to answer via a weblink. As their answers are recorded, you grow a word cloud. It’s really simple, requires no signup, and is free. No watering required! Check it out.

SoundTrap is basically an online, collaborative version of GarageBand. You can drag in loops, edit multiple tracks and download your creations as .mp3 files. What’s very cool, though, is that you can invite friends to collaborate with you and multiple people can work on the same file at the same time.

March 26, 2015 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , | Leave a comment

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If you have a little time on your hands, check out GoogleFeud. It’s a really interesting exploration about how society thinks. And a huge time suck, so buyer beware.

Want to find (or have your students find) articles at their reading level? This is cool – you can use Google’s search tools to help. Just put in your search terms, and on the results page, click on Search tools. Reading level should appear at the top of your screen. Clicking on Reading level will sort the results into Basic, Intermediate or Advanced – just click on the desired level and that’ll filter your results. For a step-by-step, check out this blog post.

If you want to easily create flash cards from a Google sheet (or, even better – have your students do it!), Flippity is a great place to start. Upload your sheet and automatically generate cards.

Hey! You know that Passover will be pretty soon, right? There are some terrific free resources online that you might want to check out. If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with toddlers and preschoolers, TCJewfolk have a very nice Seder kit that you can download for free. JewishBoston.com is also offering their free “The Wandering is Over” Haggadah.

If you have an iPad or a Macintosh computer with the iBooks app, take a moment to check out the amazing array of educational iBooks that you can download (most for free). The breadth of topics is simply mindboggling, and many books take advantage of the iPad’s multimedia capability to integrate video and audio besides text. You can browse the education collection using a computer here. Some of the books that caught my eye are:

To access iBooks on the iPad, open the iBooks app and visit the store. On a computer, go to the iTunes store.

Looking for templates to use with Google Slides? Check out Slide Carnival.

Here’s a terrific resource for your students (or you) to find copyright free photos to use with school projects. Even better – they come complete with an attribution caption. I love it!

NowComment is a cool website where you can create a document and then invite others to discuss it. Students and teachers can use their GAFE account to log in. Here’s a nice overview of it.

March 20, 2015 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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If you’re a Google Classroom user, check out this post to learn about some of the updates to this awesome Google app.

When I hear “place mats,” I think of dinner, don’t you? This blog post, though, at  discusses place mats as an instructional model used to combine independent thinking with collaboration. The post gives step-by-step instructions to use GAFE to create a collaborative template. Very nice!

I’ve mentioned GoNoodle before, but I wanted to remind you about this great source for movement videos. They’ve added an indoor recess section with videos that last up to 19 minutes. There are Zumba activities, secret handshake partner exercises, and brain boosters for great short movement breaks as well.

Versal is a new platform to create online learning experiences. You can embed video, create quizzes, and add timelines. This is an amazing and robust website. I’m thinking about creating a workshop to explore this over the summer – let me know if you’re interested.

 

March 6, 2015 Posted by | GAFE, Google, Links You'll Love | , , | Leave a comment

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Emaze is a really slick online presentation tool. It feels (and looks) a little like Prezi, but presentations can be downloaded as PDF files, presentations or video. You can embed images, charts, video and sound, although you cannot record audio directly to an emaze presentation.

If you’re looking for resources to teach sight words, check out SightWords. You can create and print out flash cards, make games, and learn research-validated teaching methods.

Friday, March 13th is the fourth annual Digital Learning Day. The website for DLD has lots of resources to inspire you to participate.

Confused about the difference between suggesting, commenting and directly editing a shared Google doc? I’ve created a how-to – you can access it here.

February 27, 2015 Posted by | Links You'll Love | | Leave a comment

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FakeiPhoneText and iFakeText are a simple little websites where you can enter text and the site will render an image that looks like it’s a text. This would be a great way for students to create fake texts between two historical characters. Ifaketext even lets you choose your carrier.

Need an easy way to create an animated video? Check out Explee. You can add images, text, music and voiceovers. Movies export to YouTube or can be downloaded.

Design thinking – tackling a problem at a deep level – is something you can do with your students at any grade level. This article gives some valuable tips on how to do it with iPads.

You know that there have been dozens of times when you thought, “if only I could create a Google form from this Google doc that I have…” If you install the Google add-on Doc to Form, you can do that! Check it out!

February 5, 2015 Posted by | Google, Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

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The Public Domain Project is another source for free public domain images and media files. Caution – this site also featured images that are available for purchase, so be sure to search using the search bar (not the category links at the top).

Interested in flipping your classroom? Here’s a nice post at with a video and an overview of tools you might find helpful.

Power Google Tip: Let’s say you share a Google document with your students or colleagues, but you want them to make a copy of it and then edit that one. You could certainly use Classroom for this, but here’s a great tip if you just want to do it through Google drive and not use Classroom. See the URL at the top of your document? Send that to your users, but change “edit” at the end to “copy.” You’ll still have to share it so your users can access it, but this way everyone will get a copy of your original in their own drive. See this post for more information.

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Google, Links You'll Love | , | Leave a comment

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Everyone knows that formative assessment can be the key to delivering a lesson that every student “gets.” Vicki Davis addresses different ways to integrate formative assessment using technology in this Edutopia article.

Coggle is a quick way to create a mind map that you can save into your Google drive and share with others. Just sign in using your Google account, click and go!

I love me some copyright-free stuff! The Public Domain Review is a collection of images, books, films, audio and more that have fallen out of copyright and into the public domain, which makes them available for anyone (students, I’m looking at you) to remix, mash and use wherever and however they want.

Twisted Wave is a browser-based audio editor. A free account gives you one hour of storage for mono files. You can record using your computer mic or edit an existing audio file. Files can be downloaded or sent to Google drive. This is a Flash-based site, so it does not work on iOS devices.

Shoutout to Daniel for finding RefMe. Similar to EasyBib, RefMe is an online citation site. Its super-clean interface makes it very nice to use!

January 16, 2015 Posted by | Links You'll Love | | Leave a comment

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Infographics are all the rage now, for good reason. And knowing how to translate written information into graphics is a great skill. Piktochart is a nice website for creating your own infographics, reports and presentations. Like many other sites, it offers both free and premium (meaning, they cost money) templates, but the free templates look really good.

Well, this is nice . . . MindMup gives you a free cloud-based space to create collaborative mind maps shared through Google! Very nice.

Have you fallen in love with Google Classroom and created fabulous original lessons using the platform? If your answer is yes, you could open your own Google Classroom store. Who knows? You could sell some stuff!

Flipquiz is another fun site to create a jeopardy-type game. Create a category, add your questions, and go. This would be terrific for students to use!

Plenty of you are discovering that Google is a great place to create graphic organizers, especially if you want to share them with your students. The AppsUserGroup has a bunch of awesome templates you can download for free.

OOOOOOH – this is beautiful. If you want to create a really slick timeline (or have your students create them . . . ), check out Timeline JS. You begin with a Google spreadsheet listing the event, dates, text and links to any online media like movies or photos, and Timeline JS will create a timeline for you.

This is the coolest thing . . . what would happen if you poured molten aluminum in an abandoned ant colony? I know that you’ve wondered that often. Well, now you don’t have to wonder any more, thanks to AntHill Art. The videos are very cool, and would be terrific to share with students who are interested in what an ant colony actually looks like. All those little tunnels!

December 19, 2014 Posted by | Google, Links You'll Love | , | 1 Comment

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Here’s a lovely article about gratitude and how expressing it can benefit your students. Better grades, even!

Doing research is easy, right? Um . . . not so much. This interactive diagram is a great way to have your students approach research. There are links to planning your project, where to search other than online, how to take notes and use information, and creative ways to share what you’ve learned.

If you want a free and easy way to create online flashcards, or an online Jeopardy game, you might want to give Flippity a try. You should also read this post at on how to create your own Jeopardy-style game.

Here’s an interesting read on how we should be changing our teaching practice to teach the “Google generation.”

December 4, 2014 Posted by | Links You'll Love | | Leave a comment

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