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Cam Scanner

CamScanner is an app that I turn to frequently. As you might guess, it’s an app for, well, scanning documents. It’s turned my phone into a scanner and almost completely eliminated any need to use anything else.

CamScanner is very intuitive to use. Just hold your device over the document you want to scan and proceed. Once you have an initial scan, the app will crop, brighten and straighten out the image. Scans can be exported in a variety of formats including pdf and jpg and can be easily emailed or uploaded to social media. Best of all, the quality of the images made using CamScanner is significantly superior to anything photographed with the iPhone camera.

In Your Classroom

Cam Scanner makes it incredibly easy to take high-quality photos on the fly. Use it to:

  • Document students’ work
  • Save documents to your phone that you’d like to be able to quickly reference
  • Share documents with others or with your own cloud-sharing

To get CamScanner, download the iPhone app or iPad app. You can create an account to access cloud storage space (limited to 200 MB for the free account or 10G if you spring for a premium subscription) or just save your scans to your device.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

 

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September 26, 2017 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Jewish Interactive

Jewish Interactive is a not-for-profit organization that makes ios apps and Macintosh and Windows software that your students will love.

Here are just two of their offerings:

Ji Tap: With JI Tap, you can build your own Jewish themed games. (It’s very similar to the ios app, Tiny Tap, which we covered in Technology Tuesdays here.)  And here’s a plus: the JI website also features lots of pre-designed, JI Tap games that you can download and play right away.

JI Studio: Using JI Studio, students can create interactive books and posters featuring images, imported photos, audio clips, and Hebrew text. The vast selection of graphics, sounds (shofar blast, anyone?) and Hebrew texts is incredibly impressive!

Student creations can be shared via email or posted to the web. Visit Jewish Interactive’s  website to sign up for a free account, and check out their various tools, all of which are free at this posting. Educators can opt to upgrade to a premium account, which gives access to data and other features.

In Your Classroom

  • Use JI Studio to create an interactive Rosh Hashana card complete with audio greetings. What a great way to start out the New Year!
  • Import photos from your camera roll into JI Studio to create an interactive tour of your synagogue.
  • JI Studio includes prayers and Torah texts, which makes it a great tool for recording a student’s oral Hebrew progress. Start the new year out with each student making a recording, and then continue as the year progresses. Students will have an audio portfolio of their progress by the end of the year.
This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

September 19, 2017 Posted by | Behrman House Technology Tuesday, Mobile devices and apps | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

Looking for just the right font? Head over to Wordmark, type a word or phrase and hit “enter.” Wordmark will display the word in every font you have on your computer so you can pick just the right one.

Holy smokes! This is awesome. If you’re a Google Classroom user (and if you’re not, why aren’t you?), you will love this. Install the Chrome extension Share to Classroom to your Chrome account and you can push any website to your students’ computers. So cool! Sadly, it’s only for Chromebooks and computers right now.

Let’s talk about Chrome tabs. There are two distinct groups of people when it comes to Chrome: those who limit their tabs and those who, well, don’t (you know who you are). The problem with having oodles of Chrome tabs open is that this can significantly impact your computer’s performance, as Chrome is a nefarious memory hog. There are ways to control this, including tab managers that put certain tabs “to sleep” by suspending their activity, but I’d like to suggest a management tool that’s way more fun. Install Tabagotchi and make tab management fun again! Okay, maybe it was never fun, but you get my drift. Remember Tomagotchi, the kids’ toy of the 90’s? It was a digital pet that you had to take care of, or it would meet an early demise. Well, Tabagotchi works the same way with tabs. Each time you open a new tab, your little Tabagotchi’s health is diminished in some way. Ease up on the tabs and keep Tabagotchi spry! The tech team definitely recommends limiting your tab usage – multiple open tabs is often the reason for poor computer performance.

September 15, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

Tes is a teaching community out of the UK with some great resources. Check it out for lesson plans and articles as well as “Tes Teach,” which allows you to create interactive activities for your students.

Stockio is a great source for copyright free images, photos and even fonts.

This is so fun – Fake Ticket Generator is, well, a website that makes fake tickets. It’s a clever way to create a “ticket to learning” or similar graphic for your class.

September 5, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love | , | Leave a comment

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I am a huge fan of Google Drawing. Interested in learning more about this little-used Google feature. Here’s a good start.

Nobelprize.org is a very cool website – and, yes, it’s the official site of the coveted Nobel Prize. On this site, you can find inspirational videos, facts about the Nobel Prize and prize winners, and a bunch of fun educational games, too. If you’re interested in right brain/left brain stuff, check out The Split Brain Experiments. Unfortunately, much of the site relies on Flash, so I’m not sure about Chrome or  iOS support.

The Open Education Resources Commons is a searchable, browsable, customizable collection of open education resources. Let’s say you’re looking for a unit on bridges for your 4th graders… put in your search parameters and poof! 14 results show up.

May 17, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

TouchCast Studio

TouchCast Studio is an ipad app that functions as a whole TV crew and studio! It allows you to create and share detailed multimedia presentations that incorporate many different types of content, including links, webpages, files, images, videos and more. You can annotate videos, diagram with a whiteboard, add green screen effects, and make a professional looking interactive video experience for your students to engage with and enjoy.

Once you complete a TouchCast presentation, it can be viewed on their website and also shared via email or via social media. 

TouchCast Studio is complicated and not for beginners. But, if you have some tech-adept high school students who are looking to create more complex videos, this might be the right match for them.

Visit the website to create a free account, then head to the iTunes store to download the free iPad app.  Your TouchCast account also automatically gives you a channel, which you can use to share your videos with others. 

For more information and tutorials, check out the teachers training area on TouchCast’s website.

In Your Classroom

  • You’ll need to think differently about video production to use TouchCast successfully. Be sure to plan and use a script and storyboards to help you decide where interactive elements like responses, polls and hotlinks will be placed within the presentation.
  • TouchCast is a great app to use for a collaborative project, since it allows several students to work on various elements at the same time.
This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

May 9, 2017 Posted by | Links, Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Links You’ll Love

My daughter was an intern at DisneyWorld for a semester and learned a tremendous amount about good customer service. She often talks about what it taught her and how she utilizes it in her current position as a camping director. In this article, a principal reflects on lessons learned from Disney and how they apply to education.

Is it technology integration or just digitizing traditional education? This article explores that very question.
Think you know everything Google? Check out this post with hidden tips and tricks.

April 28, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

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The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a very cool site with more than a million resources, create personal collections and educational experiences, and share your work.

According to this article, one way to encourage empathy among students is by reading the news. The article references Newsela, which is a spectacular resource. Educators can browse by category, filter by lexile level, assign articles and more.

April 7, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Marvel Comic Creator 

Just like its name suggests, Marvel Comic Creator is a free website gives you the tools to create your own comics using the Marvel superhero characters. You get to choose if you want to make a comic strip or a comic book, as well as how many panels you’d like to work with. Then, you can select from a list of characters, backgrounds and objects and place them into the scene. After that you just need to type in your own dialogue and you will be a comics creator!

Note that the image options are somewhat limited, and you can only work with what the site offers. So, as you can see in the strip below, we went with a teddy bear to represent a mishloach manot package since there were no food images!

But it can be fun to tinker with, and the final comics you create can be printed, downloaded or embedded onto other websites or emails.

In Your Classroom

  • Comics can be a really good way to have students summarize information or display knowledge.
  • If you’re creating a handout for your students, consider having a short comic panel as an introductory image or cover to add a little interest.

This is a “Technology Tuesday” post via Behrman House, edited by Ann D. Koffsky . You can find more Behrman House Technology Tuesdays here.

February 28, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

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Here’s a list of over 150 websites of interest to lifelong learners. Definitely something for everyone!

Khan Academy has introduced an exploration of the storytelling process. They partnered with an exceptional source, too – Pixar Studios. Check out the course here.

We don’t know exactly what jobs of the future our students will hold, but we do know that educating kids to be problem-seeking design-thinking adults will serve them well. Ewan Mcintosh has a thoughtful blog post here where he addresses that. He has a good TED Talk about it, too.

 

February 17, 2017 Posted by | Links You'll Love, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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