App of the Week: Talkboard

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Looking for a quick way to provide remote assistance to students who need homework support? Talkboard, created by Citrix, may be the app for you.  Talkboard allows users to sketch and talk at the same time in a live virtual collaborative setting. Sharing a Talkboard with your fellow collaborators takes place by copying and pasting the link or emailing the link directly from the app.

Talkboard may prove beneficial to students who brainstorm, storyboard, demonstrate learning in real time, take notes with audio, create review guides,  or collaborate with one another on projects.

The interface is quite simple and one can annotate imported images too.  When finished, you can export and share the final project.



Learn more about Talkboard here:


This app is currently free and only available for iPad/iPhone users. To download go to:




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App of the Week: Green Screen Movie FX

The Green Screen Movie FX app


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Do you want to take your video projects to another level, say by, adding a marching T-Rex in the background? You can do that with the Green Screen Movie FX app.



This app has some really cool special effects. For example, there are explosions, fireworks, and different weather scenes just to name a few. Or you can create your own FX special effects and upload them into your movie file.

This app will be a wonderful companion to use with our state of the art multimedia/green screen room located in room 337 in the Bisdorf building.

Green Screen lets you create special movie effects and instantly share and show off your video creations on Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, email and others.

If you are ready to make a “Hollywood” style movie clip for your next class project, grab your iPad or iPhone and start creating.

Cost: $2.99

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad




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App of the Week: Daqri

Classroom learning opportunities used to be restricted to pictures and books.  We study the solar system through images and videos, attempting to place our students ‘in the environment.’  We study elements on the periodic chart in lab experiments, through chemical reactions.  In both cases, there are opportunities for the student to be engaged in their learning because they are experiencing it, but it still can leave the student looking for another learning experience . Daqri is that other learning experience.

Daqri is an augmented reality app for Apple and Android devices.  Augmented reality is a 4D experience, and in short, it scans flat images and makes them come alive revealing interactive 4D content and experiences for the user.

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Imagine students using the Daqri app to scan elements from the periodic chart and combining them (into a compound) like sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl) making table salt; but the students get to SEE that result when they connect the elements together.  Imagine students being able to explore strands of DNA, develop interactive floor plans, take a closer look at the human body, or even learn about dinosaurs through the Daqri app.

Simply put, Daqri takes what used to be field trips, videos, pictures, or in-class readings, and turns them into an experience.  And Daqri is not stopping there; separate from the app, they also have 4D studio software and are experimenting with a 4D helmet.  Take a look at this video below and experience Daqri for yourself.

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App of the Week: Screencastify

Every now and then, one person or one company does one thing that ‘upsets the apple cart’ or changes the ‘status quo.’  Google is that company, and Screencastify is the next thing that will change the ‘status quo.’

Screencastify is not a traditional ‘app’ that you would find on Android or iTunes. However, it is an application that is a FREE extension on your Google Chrome Web Browser.

So, what is ScreenCastify and why does it change the ‘status quo’?

Screencastify allows users to record video directly from their Chrome web browser.  Imagine to easily create screencasts from your Chrome web browser that can turn into video tutorials, recorded presentations, etc.  Screencastify does not depend on any plugins and runs on all platforms that are able to run a Chrome web browser.  And because it is a Google product, it is a seamless transition to upload it to YouTube, or even save it to your Google Drive; you can also save your videos to the device you are using when screencasting.

But as I said, Screencastify changes the ‘status quo’ and here is why:  The ‘status quo’ is this conversation is the archaic, one-dimensional version of instruction, which is an instructor simply talking to (or lecturing) their students. Screencastify now makes it easier than ever to begin ‘flipping’ your classroom and transform your classroom environment in to a 21st century learning space.  With its easy integration into both your Chrome web browser and YouTube, it has never been easier to screencast from your computer.  Need more convincing? Then check out this quick tutorial on how to use Screencastify:

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Guide for iCloud

1Guide for iCloud will teach you how to make the most out of iCloud on your iPhone and iPad.

* Backup data safely
* Set up iCloud correctly
* Sync Photos, Contacts, Videos, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Mails and more on every device
* Protect your iPhone & iPad from theft with Find my iPhone
* Keep passwords safe with iCloud Keychain for FREE
* Edit Microsoft Office & iWork documents on iPhone

Price: FREE

Link: [Apple]

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App of the Week: Google Keep

Google never ceases to amaze us!  If you are on the go and looking for a space to keep notes, curate resources, create to-do lists in an organized way, you may want to consider using Google Keep.  Keep is a FREE chrome/android app and web-based tool you can use on any web-enabled device.  With Keep, you can upload images, audio files, type or dictate notes/to-do lists with reminders.  Google Keep notes can be uploaded onto Google Docs.  One can also color-code, tag, and share notes with colleagues with ease.   Upon completion, one can archive or delete notes.  Evernote and Trello have some pretty strong competition with Google Keep.  A Google account is required to use Keep and the notes sync quickly with all of your web-enabled devices and wearable technologies.


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App of the Week: Anatomy 4D



App:  Anatomy 4D

Platform: iOS or Android

Cost:  Free

This one for the Science community or anyone who is just curious about the human body and wants to learn about it in an interactive 4D experience. The Anatomy 4D app uses augmented reality and other cutting edge technologies to create stunning and completely interactive images of the human anatomy. You will see the images interrelationships spatially – an experiences previously only accessible in an anatomy lab. The app has over 250, 000 downloads and according the website, has garnered the attention of dozens of professors and universities. Here is what you can expect from the Anatomy 4D app

  • Highlight various organ systems individually, so for instance, you can focus on just the skeletal, muscular, or respiratory system
  •  Change the view back and forth between a male and female body
  •  Zoom in to experience each organ or body part in-depth

And it’s FREE!

This is great tool to enhance any human anatomy curriculum or text book.


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App of the Week: Realtimeboard for Education

As educators we get interested in taking the tools we have in the classroom and making them mobile.  Probably the most difficult tool to take from the classroom to a mobile device is the whiteboard. Realtimeboard for Educators is the tool that does that.  There is a FREE version with limited capabilities, and pay versions that offer more options. But here is the huge plus: It has a FREE EDU version you can apply for!
So what is Realtimeboard for Educators and what are its features?

Realtimeboard for Educators is a Chrome Web Store app that works with Google Drive.  It is a simple collaborative digital whiteboard tool that you can use from a mobile device or computer.  Easily share “the big picture”, full of images, documents, PDFs and more, creating a one stop shop for your students.  It works seamlessly with Google Drive and our NOVA “Schoogle” account, so all of your files can be easily integrated.

How can I use Realtimeboard for Educators?

Teach and share on the web.  Use it to connect with student groups for a project assignment.  Better yet, suggest that your students use it when they collaborate on projects or work in your course.  With Realtimeboard for Educators, you can give feedback and provide comments on student work easily, and see all of the updates in real-time!

Add it to your Chrome Browser and set your students’ learning FREE!

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App of the Week: CourseSmart eTextbooks

1The CourseSmart eTextbooks app is a complement to a CourseSmart eTextbook subscription. Students can benefit from the advantages of mobile learning–leaving their backpacks and laptops behind.

Access your eTextbooks for quick reference
Checkout your eTextbooks for offline usage
Add, edit and view your notes and highlights as you study
Synchronize your notes and highlights across all CourseSmart reading systems
Support for portrait and landscape orientations
Find what you need using keyword search
Get a true digital equivalent of your textbook

PRICE: free

Link: [Apple]

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App of the Week: WeLearnedIt


WeLearnedIt is project based learning platform where teachers can create and share content and assignments with their classes.  Students can complete given assignments/projects and upload on the same platform.  In exchange, students can track their progress and receive feedback from  teachers, students, or peers. Each student would have a digital portfolio on this platform to track and showcase their work.  WeLearnedIt also provides useful analytics and data to drive instruction.

To learn more about WeLearnedIt, go to:

The WeLearn.It app is available on iTunes.  To download, go to:



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