Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Creating Vocabulary Cards

You can have students make vocabulary cards with either Popplet or Educreations.  Here are the instructions.

For Educreations, they can save their work.
- Click on Done
- Save Lesson
- Give it a title
- Click on Private
- On the next screen click "Cancel"
- It will save it in Educreations but they won't be able to share it with you...yet.  Later when they receive their school email account they can set up their Educreations account with that email.  Conversely, they can enter their own personal email if they choose.

For Popplet:
- Click on Export
- Click on Save JPEG
- Their work will be in their Photos Camera Roll

Monday, August 6, 2012


Socrative Logo
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

No App needed. Students can access the student response system via a web browser.

Check it out - it's free.

Creating an Apple ID in iPad

  1. From the Home Screen, tap Settings and then tap Store.
  2. Tap Sign In, or sign out if someone else's Apple ID is there already.
  3. When a prompt appears, tap Create New Apple ID.
  4. Choose the appropriate store by tapping Store, and select the country in which you are located. Tap Done to confirm your selection, then tap Next to proceed to the next screen.
  5. The next screen will display the iTunes Store Terms and Conditions. You can opt to have the Terms and Conditions emailed to you for easier reading by tapping Send by Email. To do this, enter your valid email address then tap Send.
  6. To agree to the Terms and Conditions, tap the Agree button which is located in the bottom-right of the page. Tap Agree again when the confirmation appears.
  7. Once you've agreed to the terms and conditions, you'll need to enter an email address, password, and choose security questions and provide answers to them.
  8. You can also enter an optional rescue email address.
  9. The email address you provide will be your new Apple ID (which is what you will use to log in to the iTunes Store). Enter your email address and then tap Next.

    Tip: If you are trying to create an account using an existing Apple ID, like your MobileMe email address, you will receive a prompt telling you that your email address is already an Apple ID. Simply tap Continue, then tap Use Existing Account on the following screen.
  10. Next, you'll be required to enter your billing information. To change the default card type, tap the Credit Card field. Select your card type and tap Done. You will not be charged until you make a purchase. 
  11. Once you've filled out all the fields for your billing information, tap Next. 
  12. You'll then see a screen that says Verify Your Email Address.
  13. Tap Done and check your email for a verification email from Apple. If you need to set up email on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, see iOS: Setting up an email account.
  14. Open the email and tap the Verify Now link enclosed in the email to activate your account.
  15. You'll be taken to a secure page to enter your Apple ID and password to complete your account verification. 
  16. Once you've entered your email address and password, tap Verify Address.

  17. To modify or change your account information such as Apple ID, payment information, or billing address, tap your account name located at the bottom of the page once you are signed in to the iTunes Store. When prompted, tap View Account. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Canvas Resources for Teachers

Here are some links to additional invaluable resources as you begin using Canvas

  Click HERE to download the "Build a Simple Canvas Course" to practice building a basic Canvas Course

  Check out our VIDEO GUIDES  

  Check out these BEST PRACTICES webinar video archives

  Check out my reply to a question in our Canvas Community about exemplary Canvas courses


  Visit our COMMUNITY often and vote up your "must have" FEATURE REQUESTS or submit one!

Recommended Apps for 7th Grade

English/Language Arts Apps for Teachers of English 7, Read 180 Study Skills and AVID

Mathematics Apps for Teachers of Algebra and Math 7

Social Sciences and iOS Start Workshops for teachers of  World Cultures, Moderate to Severe & Librarians

Annotation, Brainstorming, Collaborating
• Notability ($0.99)

• Skitch (free)

• Popplet Lite ( free)

• Whiteboard Pro: Collaborative Drawing ($0.99)
• Bump (free)

Recording tools
• iTalk Recorder Premium (1.99) or Lite (Free)

QR Scanner
• Zapper (free)
( OR QRafter OR ATTScanner )

Science Apps for Teachers of General Science

·   Annotation app such as Skitch for iPad -

·   Drawing app such as Skitch for iPad -

·   QR scanner such as Zapper QR Code Scanner (free for a limited time; QR scanners require a camera) -

·   Bump* -
*Not needed if iPhoto is purchased and installed on devices (iPhoto $4.99/$2.49 VPP -

School Guard - Internet Solution for Parents and Schools

Our School Guard solution would help address this issue, at no cost to schools/districts:

With our solution, parents can opt-in to allow a school policy to manage personal device use during school hours.  The school policy could block different types of traffic and destinations on student-owned devices during school hours, including total internet access during standardized testing or access to social networks during normal school hours.

Parents can also block or limit messaging and calls during school hours using our controls.

While our solution won’t address the entire population, it is also FREE and a step in the right direction showing concerned parents that they have an option to work WITH the school to manage appropriate use.

Even if the school’s policy is “no outside internet access”, our solution can help students/families comply with that by shutting that outside access off during school hours.