Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kahoot - A Really Fun Student Response Application

This week I tried out a new site called Kahoot and it was a HUGE success with my students and with the teachers in Hartland, WI where I presented this past weekend.

Kahoot allows you to create a quiz (survey or discussion).  The teacher needs to sign up for a free account to create a quiz.  The students do not need an account to take the quiz.  

The teacher projects the quiz in the front of the room and the students answer the multiple choice questions on any device.

Students only need to get the pin to enter into the quiz.  
Questions appear very visual and the choices are colored boxes with shapes.  After each question, the quiz also projects the students with the top 5 scores. 

While taking the quiz, music plays in the background and the questions are timed, which the teacher sets the time when setting up the quiz. 

When the quiz is finished, teachers can download the results.  

One of my favorite features is the ability to preview a quiz before launching it.

Check out this video:

To sign up for an account go to
Students need to go to

I highly recommend giving Kahoot a try!  

Monday, November 18, 2013

My Feedly Finds For the Week

Feedly is a sight I use to follow a lot of different blogs.  It has been such a great week on the blogosphere that I just have to share some great finds from Feedly this past week.

#1 CLICK HERE to access Richard Byrne's blog (Free Technology for Teachers).  Richard shares that Educlipper now has a new feature which allows teachers to create assignment portfolios. 

#2 CLICK HERE to read The Digital Scoop blog where Susan shares a great lesson on inferring using Google Drawing.  

#3 CLICK HERE to see how Kristin from Technology Tailgate showcases different ways that she is using Augmented Reality in her classroom.  I'm very close to implementing some Augmented Reality into my math class.  I'm just waiting for the Layar App to be installed onto our iPads.

#4 CLICK HERE to read The Whiteboard Blog where Danny Nicholson shares a new app called Touchcast.  Touchcast is used to make interactive video presentations.  I actually first heard about this app from my friend Naomi Harm.  Touchcast is really an amazing tool that I can't wait to try!

#5 CLICK HERE to read Erin Klein's blog, Kleinspiration.  Erin writes about an animation app from ABCya.  


Thank you to each of these bloggers for sharing these great ideas and tools with the rest of us.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Putting Some Presentation Tools to the Test

Recently I attended an Intel Summit for Teachers Engage.  Each participant was asked to create a short presentation to introduce themselves to the group.  

The variety and creativity of presentations that were submitted were incredible.  I love the fact that each participant was able to use a tool of their choice to present their information. Because the presentations contain personal information, I will not include them here. 

I do want to share with you all of the presentation tools that were used.  So many choices.

#1 Prezi - This presentation tool has transformed over the years and offers a lot of choice which helps to make each Prezi special and unique.  I really like the fade-in animation option that was added. 

#2 Glogster - This online poster maker allows for many forms of media including video, animation, audio, links, images, and text.  When I used Glogster with my students recently, they praised this tool and many of them told me they loved making a Glogster. 

#3 YouTube Slideshow Creator and YouTube Editor- This is such a great way to create a slideshow with images and video.  It is simple and easy to use.  There are many choices for transitions, layering text and music to add to your video.  I am hesitant to use this tool with my 5th graders, however, because of the content students would encounter during the time that they have access to YouTube.  
Here is my presentation:

#4 Animoto - One of my very, very favorite video creation tools.  Creating an Animoto is so simple that even younger elementary students can learn how.  The only downfall is that a person can only create a 30 second video for free.  To create a longer video requires signing up for a monthly fee.

#5 One True Media -I love the look of this video creation tool. The video is presented in a colorful player interface.  Just like Animoto, you are able to create a 30 second video for free and need to upgrade to a pro membership in order to make longer videos.

#6 Google Presentations - Hello simplicity!  If you can make a Powerpoint, you can create a Google Presentation. And you can even upload a Powerpoint to Google Drive and then right click to open it in Google Slides, which is basically a Google Presentation. Choose transitions and customize how the Presentation will play when embedded or just share the link.

#7 Magisto - very similar to Animoto or One True Media. The best feature is that this video creator is just plain simple to use.  In just 4 steps you can "Make a Movie" to "Tell Your Story".  If you make your video public, others can comment or like your video and also share your video. 

#8 Ribbet - You're going to love this collage maker / photo editor.  Let's just take a look at how cool this tool is:
I started with a collage and just added photos, stickers, text and a boarder.  This site has so many choices and possiblilties.

#9 Videolicious - This is a video creator.  Videolicious can put your photos, video clips and sound into a professional looking video.  But what is really great is the Videolicious App!  It allows you to show your photos and then switch directly to video recording.  Check out this awesome example:

#10 Tackk -  This site allows you create a "ridiculously simple" looking webpage.  The finished page can have any of the following pieces:
Check out my Tackk page I created by clicking here.  Pretty awesome, right?

#11 Augmented Reality with the Layar App - This application is so amazing that it will require its own blog post.  Sorry to leave you hanging, but it will be worth the wait.  I plan to post about the Layar app and augmented reality soon. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Send to Kindle Google Chrome Extension

In just a few short days, I'm off to Portland, OR to work with Naomi Harm, Marshal Conley and Intel for Education.  I am really excited and I can hardly wait to spend time "getting my tech on".

Since I will have quite a long flight, and I am hoping to spend some time reading during the flight, I need to get prepared.  Now I just heard that airlines are supposed to be allowing passengers to turn on electronic devices during take offs, landings and taxing, however, I'm not going to count on it.  

In case you didn't know this about me, I am an avid Kindle user.  I never purchase books anymore.  Basically if I want to read a book, I immediately look to see if it comes in ebook format.  

One way that I love to read on my Kindle is to send webpages from the web directly to my Kindle.  To do this I use an extension called Send to Kindle for Google Chrome.  When I come to an article or blog post that I want to read on my kindle, I simply click on the extension.  From there I can do a couple of things.

I can preview how the text will look before sending.  I can highlight and select only the text I wish to send to my Kindle or I can just send to Kindle without any delay.  If I preview first I can choose how the text will look on my Kindle:

On my Kindle all I need to do is connect to wifi and the articles will be downloaded.  After that I will no longer need wifi to read the articles, so this makes using my Kindle on an airplane a great way to read the web without needing to be connected to the Internet.

If you have a Kindle and haven't tried the Send to Kindle for Google Chrome extension, I highly recommend giving it a try.

In the mean time, safe travels everyone!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Copyright Free Images - You Need to Know This

I use a lot of images off of the Internet.  Sometimes I use them for this blog, or other times I use them for my websites or classroom assignments.  Recently I needed images for a slideshow that I had to make.

My students also use images all of the time for their projects and assignments.  This week we are making ebooks on our ipads.

Here is some help with finding copyright free images.

Many of us allow our students to use Google Images to search for pictures.  Here is how you use the advanced search to find images that are free to use and share.

Go to
Click on the gear icon
Click on advanced search
Type in what you are searching for
Scroll down and click on Usage Rights
Then click on Free to use or share
Lastly click on Advanced.

Flickr is one of the most well known sites for finding images. However, all of the images on Flickr are not copyright free.  To find images safe for reuse:

Type in what you are looking for in the search bar
Click on Advanced Search
Scroll down to Creative Commons
Check on Only Search Within Creative Commons Licensed Content
Make sure to look closely at the type of license the user has and always include a link to the image.

Here are some other sites for teachers and students to use to find copyright free images:

Photo Pin