Saturday, March 17, 2018 Video Tutorial

I am so appreciative of feedback. Many of you have been requesting a tutorial on how to use Here you go!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Make YouTube Exciting Again with!

Video is quickly becoming a popular instructional tool in today's technology rich classrooms. Many platforms do not have many interactive features and tools; however, a new tool that I found - called - provides teachers with a way of creating dynamic learning experiences through the power of video and interaction. is a free tool to annotate YouTube videos with text, links, and photos.

How does it work? 

First, copy and paste the URL of your into Timelinely

Next, make sure that you create a Timelinely account, so that you can add annotations. You can add annotations containing text, animated GIF's, maps, hyperlinks, and photos. Place as many as you would like in your video.

Finally, when you are finished, publish your annotated video and share the link with students! Students do not need an account to view your videos.

How could I use this?

If you were flipping your classroom, you could add interactive components to capture your student's attentions. For example, why not add a Google Form to collect the observations of students after watching a portion of a clip? Add a link to a website for further investigation or the link to a Google Earth location, for a tour of an area.

There are infinite possibilities with this tool. You just have to think it up, annotate, and make it happen!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Witeboard Makes Collaboration Easy!

I am always on the look for tools that are simplistic and device agnostic, meaning they can be used across multiple devices. Witeboard is a web-based collaboration tool used to draw and brainstorm without the need for an account.

Witeboard - A Simplistic Tool for Collaboration

Simply visit Witeboard's website and begin using the drawing tools (i.e. pen, text box, eraser, and undo tool) to construct a drawing, mind map, etc.

Want to collaborate? Click on the "Share" button in the top-right corner of your screen, then share the URL copied to your clipboard.


I like several things about this tool. First, it is very simplistic to use, which can be used across various grade levels. This is perfect if you are working with younger students. Next, there is no need for a user account, which can be good and bad. It's good because you can use it right away; however, you may have students who like to use the anonymity of no user account to their advantage. Finally, you can use this tool on an iPad, laptop, MacBook, or Chromebook. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Insert Icons for Slides: A Simplistic Tool to Create Dynamic Presentations

Our students are visual creatures. It is why visual social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat are thriving, while tools like Facebook and Twitter are not as popular with today's younger generation.

The same lesson can be learned in the classroom today. Instead of giving boring PowerPoint presentations or creating screencasts of a basic computer screen, why not create dynamic visual presentations with a few tools? Google Slides is an excellent way to bring content to life. There are many great Google Slide Add-Ons that you can use to enhance your presentations.

How do you install Add-Ons for Slides?

  • Click on the Add-Ons Menu
  • Choose Get Add-Ons...
  • Find the Add-On that you would like and install

Insert Icons for Slides

Simple is sometimes more powerful than complex. This is why I love Insert Icons for Slides, which has over 1,800 icons to choose from. It provides you with simplistic icons that you can turn into powerful visuals. Here is an example of a presentation that I recently made.

Instead of putting statistical information on a slide, I used Insert Icons to create an infographic slide. Insert Icons gives you the ability to insert and edit simplistic looking icons. In the graphic above, I used the same icon three different times; however, I was able to use the editing tools to change the color and resize.

How Can I Use This Tool? 

There are a variety of ways that you could use this tool. Here are a few things that you could create:

  • Dynamic presentations
  • Infographics
  • Use the symbol to hyperlink to external websites or slides
  • Diagram processes
  • Place symbols next to new vocabulary terms to solidify meaning

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

4 Tools for Teachers and Digital Citizenship

Digital literacy or digital citizenship has become a hot-button issue in education today; however, how do you teach the fundamentals of digital citizenship to students? Many educators are confused on what to teach and how to teach it.

I believe that effective digital citizenship training for students begins with effective digital citizenship training for adults. How are we supposed to teach our students if we don't understand the fundamentals ourselves? A formal digital citizenship curriculum is nice, but teachable moments are even more effective. If you have a sound understanding of digital citizenship, you are more able to address student needs when the time comes. Here are four resources to help you get started!

1. Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is an excellent resource with a formal digital citizenship curriculum. Educators can use lesson plans and resources from the site, view interactive materials, or check out the latest issues in digital citizenship through the site's blog.

2. Digital Citizenship.Net

I just came across this website the other day. I found the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship and the to Jason Ohler’s REP’s Model be a great resource for understanding how each aspect of digital citizenship relates to one another.

3. Vicki Davis' Location Safety Guide

Are you setting your home up to be robbed? Vicki Davis explains how to protect yourself when using photos and social media. I learned so many important lessons from this guide!

4. Google's Training Center

Google Education's Training Center now has a Digital Citizenship course that educators can go through. It is a self-paced course filled with valuable resources and materials for getting a better understanding of how to survive in a digital world.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Create Amazing Presentations with Google Slides Toolbox Add-On

Amazing presentations start with an amazing design. If you use Google Slides, then you might want to check out the Slides Toolbox Add-On, which will help you create top-notch presentations.

Simply visit the Add-Ons menu, select "Get Add-Ons," and search and install Slides Toolbox. Once Slides Toolbox is installed, you can use a variety of tools to make awesome presentations, such as:

  • Easily remove objects and text
  • Add and edit various text formats and objects
  • Arrange, space, and reposition objects
  • Important and export objects such as JPEG, GIF, and PNG files
  • Edit shapes, charts, and images 
  • Add a table of contents

In a world full of boring and mundane PowerPoints, this free tool provides users with an easy way to create engaging and powerful presentations. 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Save Items to Read Later in Chrome Through Reading List

If you are like me, you spend a lot of time browsing through different articles on the Internet and want a solution for revisiting them when you have more time to read. If you are a Chrome user, you could bookmark your articles; however, I have found that I often forget about them.

Reading List is a Chrome Extension that students and teachers can use to save websites to browse through for a later time. Simply visit the Chrome Store to install the Extension.

Once the Extension is installed, visit the website of your choice and click on the Reading List icon. Choose the green plus sign to add to your reading list.

Once the website is added to your reading list, there are a variety of tools to help you locate your articles.

Use the All and Unread tabs to show all items saved or filter through unread items. You can manually revisit the website or use the search feature to quickly locate an article if you have a significant number of items in your list.