Thursday, May 29, 2014

Need some Summer PD?

Teq: It's all about learning.

Online Webinars are the way to go for some really good "your time" PD. Look no further than TEQ's Professional Development Webinars website.

TEQ has uploaded all of their recorded webinars, covering topics such as SMART Notebook, the Educreations app, Edmodo, Digital Citizenship, Prezi and much more, on one convenient location.

Go visit and learn something new this summer to try out in the fall with a new group of students. You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Texas Video

Great 10 minute video showing the best of Texas. Could be used in those Texas History classes. - Safe Share TV link

Embeded From YouTube below.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Painting and Drawing apps

I recently had a parent ask about art type apps for their teenager to use on the iPad. I am not an artist in any sense of the word. My stick figure people and animals used to draw laughs from my students. So through a little research I came across this blog post from Graphite which is part of the Common Sense Media site.
It listed seven apps for painting and drawing that have been reviewed by the group at Common Sense.
Each app links to their review with price, pros & cons, and recommendations for use.

Draw and Tell - by Duck Duck Moose! 

Sketch Guru - by Handy Sketch Pad

Brushes 3


Sketchbook Pro



Common Sense Media reviews Movies, Games, Apps for parents so they know what is appropriate for their child. There is also a great Educator Section. And if you are looking for great Digital Citizenship resources, look no further than Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Curriculum.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

How to record, trim, edit, and share videos on an iPhone or iPad

From the iMore blog comes a great tutorial on:

How to record, trim, edit, and share videos on an iPhone or iPad.

Taking video is pretty easy with your device, but what to do with it when you finished recording.  Follow their post to find out what you can do with just the iPhone or iPad with no other apps required.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

50 things you didn't know you could do with Google

While on the Google search page today, I noticed below the search box in a small print, "50 things you didn't know you could do with Google".

So I clicked the link and up came flip cards of things I could do with the Google products, like GMail, calendar, maps, YouTube...

Check it out and see if there is something you didn't know you could do with Google.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Additions to OneNote

I have blogged about Microsoft's OneNote before.

I use it for my daily note taking app and like it personally over Evernote.I have OneNote installed at work through our Microsoft Office license, as an app on my iPhone and iPad, and online, which I use mainly when I am out and about with my Chromebook.

1. It's Free!
2. It syncs across all of my devices!
3. It does require a Microsoft account, but that is free, too!

Recent updates seemed to have improve this product even more.

1. Use the Clip to One Note functionality.

Visit in any major browser and drag the Clip to OneNote button to your bookmarks bar.

Now, when you visit a website that you want to keep a record of, just click the Clip to OneNote button you just added to your bookmarks/favorites bar.
If you have note logged in, you will be prompted to do so.
The page is saved to your online OneNote account. The note saved to my QuickNotes section of my notebook. I can now manipulate this to another notebook or section of my notebook as needed.

2.  Taking a picture with the iPhone or iPad.
Microsoft has built its Office Lens app into OneNote for the iPhone and iPad. This allows users to take pictures of whiteboard notes, receipts and other documents and have them rendered more readable.
Just click the camera icon and select between whiteboard, photo, or document.

If you are looking for a good notes solution, give Microsoft OneNote a try.