Showing posts from March, 2012

ClassParrot-Safe Texting for the Classroom


Keynote Tips

Keynote Info - Version 1.6 (515)
Keynote Tutorial
Keynote Animation Direction
To change the size of the picture within a preset placeholder or frame, select the photo, click the paintbrush at the top of the screen, edit mask. You can also choose whether you want the photo or the text in front.
Self Playing
- Wrench Tool, Advanced, Presentation Type, Self-Playing
Slide Transition on Self Playing with a Movie Inserted (this allows time for the movie to play before the slide advances)
- Select the movie, Animate Build in (Start Movie), Options, Start Build After Transition Select Movie, Build Out (Stop Movie), Options, On Tap Click Done
Spell Check
- Close Keynote, click Settings (for the iPad), Scroll down to the App Section on the left,…


Dropbox is a great tool for sharing, syncing, and saving files. It creates a new kind of folder on your computer. When you save or drag and drop photos, videos, or documents into that folder, they are automatically available on all your computers and phones. There is no uploading and downloading involved. It is as simple as saving the file or dragging and dropping it into your Dropbox folder. You can also share a Dropbox folder with another user to easily share files.

The basic Dropbox account is free and gives you 2Gb of storage. It can be installed on every computer you own. If you are not near your computer you can log into your Dropbox account on the web.

Go to to try it for free!

Resources for Creating "Web Trips"

Imagine that you have a collection of websites that you want your students to visit.   There are many ways to get the links to students rather than having them type in each one individually.  You could create a Schoolwires webpage of your links or you could use one of these web resources.

Stich.It- is a service that lets you “stich” almost anything together on the Internet. That means that you can quickly and seamlessly create a slideshow-like experience that can include Web pages, video, music, photos and more. You can even add annotations to each page.  Use this to give your students a task for each site.  All you need are links!

Fav7 is a service that creates a single page for up to 7 URLs.  You just enter the addresses you want your students to visit and the site gives you a single, short URL to a landing page with screenshots of each URL.

Jog the Web (Education Edition)-

Jog the Web is a web-based tool that allows…


Hopper is a super easy way to get text, links, photos or files from your desktop computer to an iDevice. This would be a great way to get information to student iPads quickly and easily. Simply create an account with any email address, paste the desired data to your "bin" and then access your bin on any other computer or iDevice.  

Here's how to get started:
1.  Go to and create an account.  For those of you using iPads in your classroom, use your iPad set's email address and create a password that you can give to your students.
2.  Once you're logged in, either copy/paste or drag/drop text, links, files or pictures to your "bin".
3.  Students then go to and login to the class account.  Students will see any text or files that you have pasted in your bin and can access or save them to their device.


Wonderopolis, a part of the Thinkfinity community, is an amazing resource for getting kids to think.  Each day the site posts a question for students to ponder.  Some recent wonderings include... 

"What time would you travel to?"
"How much rain can a cloud hold?"
"If blood is red, why are veins blue?"

Click on the Wonder of the day for more information and further questions.  Each one has the same sections:
 a short introductory video"Have you ever wondered..." with more questions on the topic"Did you know?" with short tidbits of information about the topic"Try it Out" with interactive resources for learning more about the topic"Wonder words to know and use" with key vocabulary for the topic"Still wondering?" for enrichment information and activitiesThis site could be a great bell ringer activity each day or, since all the previous Wonders are archived and searchable, it is also an excellent resource for introd… Going Away

Apple recently sent out the following email to all users of
Dear user, Thanks for participating in the public beta. 
Last year, we launched iCloud, a service that stores your music, photos, documents, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. Today, there are already over 40 million documents stored on iCloud by millions of iWork customers. Learn more about iCloud. With a new way to share iWork documents between your devices using iCloud, the iWork.compublic beta service will no longer be available. As of July 31, 2012, you will no longer be able to access your documents on the site or view them on the web.We recommend that you sign in to before July 31, 2012, and download all your documents to your computer. For detailed instructions on how to save a copy of your documents on your computer, read this support article at Sincerely, The iWork teamAs you may know, is what we originally started using as a…

Wordle Advanced

We all know and love to use Wordle to create cute word clouds, but it can take the kids a while to type, even if they are copying and pasting.  Enter Wordle: Advanced!  This is the last tab across the top on the Wordle site (direct link:

The first advanced feature lets you type in your words or phrases and then just enter the number of times you want them weighted.  No need to type the word several times, or copy and paste, or even put a tilde in between words to keep phrases together!  Simply enter each word or phrase on its own line followed by the colon and then the weight (note: do not enter a space after the colon). Here's an example:

This is what I entered in the box:

Digital Classrooms:60
Student Centered Learning:70
Project Based Learning:30
Cutting Edge:30

After clicking Go, this is what I get:

How easy is that?  Such a time saver for the younger students!  Give it a try!

The ot…