Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Google Chrome Applications

If you visit the Google Chrome Store you will find many Applications for installation. I reviewed some Applications that I thought were excellent for Teachers to use. If you visit the Chrome store, there is an education link for educators. The featured Apps are the highly recommended Apps and the most installed by users. When you are reviewing Applications in the App store, you should look at the reviews as well as the star ratings. Most of the Applications are provided for free. I will attach the link to the Chrome Apps Store so can review some excellent applications.

Chrome WebStore

Here are some reviews that I felt were excellent Apps to use in your classroom.

Review of Google Chrome Applications

Picasa Web-Fast and easy online photo sharing from Google with 1G of free storage.
Picasa Web Albums is a fast and easy way to share your photos and videos online.
It's easy to share; you can send a link to your uploaded photos, albums, or even your entire online gallery, all right from Picasa Web Albums.
Compatible with Google accounts so you may easily upload photos to documents, sites, or Google+. Picasa Web is now embedded into Google+ so you may easily edit photos and share.

SlideRocket- Online application available for creating presentations. Available through your Google account. This application allows the end user to create a presentation with higher graphics and more transitions and animations to insert within. THis application gives the end user a large variety of features to create a highly interactive presentation.

LucidChart- is a web-based diagramming tool that makes drawing diagrams fast and easy. Students can work individually on assignments or with an unlimited number of other classmates to create and edit diagrams in real time -- great for group projects.

Lucidchart provides free educational licenses that include all premium features to schools and universities.  Click 'Add to Chrome' to start a demo and click 'Sign up free' in the demo to receive a free license. Domain administrators can do the same to register for the entire school.

Hundreds of Templates and Examples: - Flowcharts - Venn Diagrams - Graphic Organizers
- Mind Maps - Org Charts - Wireframes / Mockups - UML / ERD

Geography Puzzles- Geography puzzles works just like jigsaw puzzles.
Puzzles to teach geography. Puzzles of countries and continents.

SchoolNotebook- mySchoolNotebook.com is an application for taking school notes and sharing them with friends.

Say no to heavy and expensive notebooks, disorganized notes, and missing notes from classes you couldn’t attend. MySchoolNotebook.com allows you to take notes into well-organized notebooks divided into individual topics with automatically numbered classes and share them instantly with your friends.

Other features:- Easy sign-in via Facebook account or e-mail registration- Drawing tool- File upload
- Printing of notes- Conversion to PDF- Recording and taking of pictures in iOS version
- Offline version – no Internet connection needed- Search engine

Thursday, April 11, 2013

After Hours Chamber Event on Muscatine Schools

The Technology Department will have a table at the event tonight April 11 from 5-7 pm. We will be highlighting the positive effects of the 1:1 implementation. Along with highlighting how technology has been infused into the classrooms around the district. Students and Teachers have taken hold of the implementation and ran with it. So many great things are happening in classrooms all across the district. As the Tech Integrationist I have worked with many teachers to infuse technology into the classrooms. In the attached powerpoint you can see some of the ways I've helped integrate technology into classrooms. Please feel free to comment or share some ways you've integrated technology into your own classrooms. If you are a parent or community member please feel free to share projects you've seen integrated into classrooms around the Muscatine district.

Powerpoint Presentation