Showing posts from January, 2013

Do You Love Evernote? Here's More!

Evernote Peek
Evernote Peek is a learning app for the iPad. Turn notes, audio and images in Evernote into study materials with Evernote Peek.  Prepare for a quiz, brush up on a language, record reflections and notes on a book you are reading, make flash cards and much more.

 View Evernote Peek in iTunes
To create study materials, connect Peek to your Evernote account. In Evernote, choose an existing notebook or make a new one to use with Peek. The note title will become the clue and the note body will become the answer. For optimum results, keep the clue to one sentence and the answer to no more than three sentences. To use Peek, lift your iPad’s smart cover, or use the built-in virtual smart cover and peek under it.
Evernote Clearly
Clearly is a Firefox add-on that with one click,  makes blog posts and articles clean and easy to read. Clearly eliminates all distractions from your online reading experience, and allows you to browse multi-page articles in one view.

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Google App Search Feature

Need help finding apps on a particular subject? You're in luck!

Google has recently released a new feature that allows you to quickly find apps for any given subject. Type in any subject or category and select Applications from the menu bar. 

If you do not immediately see Applications,  select the arrow next to More and you will see it in dropdown menu. 

Google will then give you an extensive list of apps that meet your search criteria.

Mobile Mouse

Mobile Mouse Lite is a cool (free) app that turns your iPad (or other iOS device) into a mouse/interactive slate for your computer.  It allows you to walk around your classroom and control your computer with your iPad.  Run PowerPoint presentations, navigate websites and even type... all via your iPad!  

To Setup the Software: 1.  Go here to download and install the software for the computer: 2.  Download the app to the iPad
Using the App: 1.  Open the software on the computer from the Applications or Programs folder.  Set a password if desired.  You can tell it to open on startup so that you don't have to do this step again. 2.  Open the app on the iPad. 3.  Click the gear icon in the top left corner and choose your computer.  Enter the password if you set one.  4.  The iPad will now function as a slate/mouse.  When you're showing a PowerPoint, just…

Bingo Baker


Bingo Baker is a super easy way to create bingo cards for all kinds of review games in your classroom.  To get started, just type your words into the bingo grid on the site.  You can add extra words at the bottom if you have more than 24.  Then click the Generate button.  With the free version, you can only print 8 cards, but here's the super fun part... you can play interactively on the iPads!  Copy the URL of your bingo card and create a QR code.  Students scan the code with their iPad and each receive a unique bingo card that can be played on the iPad!  Too cool!
For help creating a QR code, check out our blog posts on QR codes:
QR Codes Intro-

Check out the Snapguide below with detailed instructions for creating cards with Bingo Baker.  If you're viewing this blog post via email, you may hav…


The PixnTell app is like PhotoStory for the iPad.  The free version lets you create a 5 picture video.  It's simple to use.  First give your project a name.  Then choose up to 5 photos from your camera roll.  Click the pencil icon on each picture to edit the image.  The editor has lots of built-in features like crop, rotate and fixing redeye (see the screenshot below for more options).  You can also add text or draw on your image.  After all your images have been edited, record narration for each one and click the disk icon to save your project.  Completed projects can be uploaded to YouTube or shared via email or Dropbox as an mp4 file.

Students can create videos to show their learning in all subjects.  Create audio explanations for science experiments, book reviews or trailers, math explanations or visual poetry.  The possibilities are endless!

Apps Gone Free

iOS app prices change all the time.  Many times the publisher will make an app free for a short period of time... maybe a day, maybe a week.  "Buying" these apps when they're free is a great way to build your app library cheaply!  
There are lots of websites and apps to help you find temporarily free apps.  One of them is the app "Apps Gone Free".  Apps Gone Free searches the App Store daily so you don't have to!  They pick out a few apps that meet certain requirements:  3+star or better rating, don't use outside ads and haven't been free over and over again.  Each day the featured apps are a mix of games, productivity and utilities.  
Do you have a favorite way to find free apps?  Add it to the comments!

December Tweets

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Kidblog App

Kidblog recently introduced their new app for download on the iPad, iPhone, or iTouch. 

Kidblog is a safe and secure blogging environment for students to collaborate, reflect, publish their writing, and practice digital citizenship.

The app features much of the same functionality as using the Kidblog site through a web browser. Teachers can monitor the blog and moderate the comments and posts from students just as they do from the site.  Students can now easily shoot photos and video while in a blog post using the app or upload photos and videos from the camera roll on their device. They can also preview their post before publishing by clicking on the eye icon located at the bottom of their screen.

Download the Kidblog app:

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For additional ideas on how to use blogging with your students, check out the Blogging with Students page on the GCISD Training Wiki.  http://gcisdtraining.wikispa…