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Adding Images to Google Drive Projects UPDATE

Friday, November 17, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Adding Images to Google Drive Projects UPDATE

Update to Adding Images to Google Drive Projects..alternatives to the "take a snapshot" option can be used. This post lists free web tools as well as Chrome extensions and apps that are available.

Google recently updated how we insert images into our digital work. A few things have been added and something I use quite frequently has been eliminated. When you click the mountain image icon a dropdown menu populates instead of a new window. Here are all of the current options:


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10 Ideas for Using the Free Telegraph Web Tool in the Classroom

Sunday, November 12, 2017 / Leave a Comment

What is Telegraph?

Easily create simple websites with the free web tool, Telegraph! Come read about 10 ways you can use the digital tool in the classroom. No logins required!

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Bring Images to Life with the Animate Anything App

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Bring Images to Life with the Animate Anything App

Bring Images to Life with the free Animate Anything iPad app. Great alternative to Chatterkid and YakIt. Students will love using this app for a variety of technology projects!

Recently I was looking for apps similar to FaceTalker (which does not work with the latest iOS) that have a longer recording time than the 30 second limit in the Chatterkid app. I found Animate Anything that reminds me a lot of Photospeak.



Animate Anything will allow you to animate any portrait or object and add a voice recording (from what I can tell there is no recording limit!). You can add eyes and lips as well as change the pitch and speed of your voice recording. This app is currently FREE and is rated 4+.

Classroom Uses

There are so many ways we could use this app in the classroom! Some ideas include but aren't limited to:

  • Bring historical figures to life
  • Bring book characters to life
  • Give objects a VOICE (great writing lesson!)
  • Bring math manipulatives to life to explain a problem
  • Have a science experiment explain the scientific process
Here is an example of bringing a portrait to life:


Great for THIS Hand Turkey Tales project:


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Animate Everything will allow you to save your videos to the Camera Roll as well as upload directly to Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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5 Reasons to Use Picture Books to Teach Digital Citizenship

Friday, November 3, 2017 / Leave a Comment

5 Reasons to Use Picture Books to Teach Digital Citizenship


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Student-Centered Vocabulary Project for Your Word Wizards

Saturday, October 28, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Student-Centered Vocabulary Project for Your Word Wizards

Expand your student's vocabulary knowledge with this engaging, student-centered vocabulary project called Word Wizards. Free project directions and grading rubric can be downloaded in this post!
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5 Ways to Use the Daily Wonder App in the Classroom

Friday, October 20, 2017 / Leave a Comment

5 Ways to Use the Daily Wonder App in the Classroom

5 Ways to Use the FREE Daily Wonder iPad App in the Classroom. Based on R.J. Palacio's book, Wonder.


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10 Free Text to Speech Web Tools for the Classroom

Saturday, October 14, 2017 / Leave a Comment

10 Free Text to Speech Web Tools for the Classroom

Are you looking for FREE text to speech technology web tools that do not require downloading software and can be used on Chromebooks, laptops or computers? There are a lot out there. Here is a list of 10 different easy to use text to speech (TTS) tools students can use to assist with text read alouds as well as their own writing. TTS technology is also a helpful tool for ELL students and  those who struggle with dyslexia.
10 FREE Text to Speech Web Tools for the Classroom. No software required and can work on Chromebooks, laptops and computers. TTS technology can help ELL learners, children with dyslexia as well as any child who has difficulty making meaning from text.
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5 Reasons to Use DIGITAL Choice Boards in the Classroom

Saturday, October 7, 2017 / 6 comments

5 Reasons to Use DIGITAL Choice Boards in the Classroom

When I was a classroom teacher I loooooved using choice boards. Students felt like they had some type of ownership of their learning when they got to choose which activity they wanted to complete for the day. Furthermore, choice boards allowed for me to personalize learning.

5 Reasons to Use Digital Choice Boards in the Classroom: Personalize learning with digital choice boards and activities. Great way to integrate technology into the classroom while providing a rich learning experience for a variety of learners. Digital differentiation!

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Use Writing Sparks to Inspire Student Writers

Sunday, September 24, 2017 / 4 comments

Use Writing Sparks to Inspire Student Writers

Writing Sparks is a free online resource that teachers and students can use to inspire creative stories, news articles, poems and opinion pieces. I recently learned about this website from first year teacher, Ginny Neal Snead from Georgia, who tried it out with her fourth grade class and loved how easy it was for everyone to use.

Use Writing Sparks to Inspire Student Writers: Writing Sparks is a free webtool teachers and students can use to help with the writing process

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Using Digital Collaboration Boards for Planning and Brainstorming

Sunday, September 17, 2017 / Leave a Comment

Using Digital Collaboration Boards for Planning and Brainstorming

Using Digital Collaboration Boards for Planning and Brainstorming: Learn about how you can incoporate technology into the planning and brainstorming process using a variety of tools that work on Chromebooks, laptops, computers and iPads.
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7 Signs That You Need a New Learning Management System (LMS)

Friday, September 15, 2017 / Leave a Comment

7 Signs That You Need a New Learning Management System

7 Signs That You Need a New Learning Management System (LMS)

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What Does It Mean to Be Global?

Friday, September 8, 2017 / 14 comments

What Does It Mean to be GLOBAL?

What Does It Mean To Be Global? A Mentor Text Lesson and Giveaway! Great way to integrate technology into the classroom. Vocabulary words covered: global, communities, customs, traditions, values, citizens, cultures and diversity.
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