App of the Week: Symbaloo

1Symbaloo – a visual bookmarking tool that lets users add all their favorite links and websites in a format that is easy to use, by displaying them as icons or logos.

Symbaloo stores the user’s bookmarks “in the cloud” so that the user can access the favorite sites from any device in any place with an internet connection.

The user needs to enter a name, an email address, and a password to register and then click on a verification email to use all site features and change their preferences.

Symbaloo uses colorful tiles that the user can easily arrange and organize to create a visually appealing “webmix” (or layout).

The user can drag and drop items to organize them in a way that is convenient and practical.

The favorite items can be searched so users can find those that are most relevant to the items they are adding.

The user can connect Facebook and Twitter to a Symbaloo account to facilitate sharing pages or individual links.

Price: FREE

Links: {Apple} {Android}

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Google Extension of the Week: Clearly- by Evernote

For the next few Apps of the Week (when it is my turn to post), I will focus on Google Apps and Extensions for Education, GAFE for short.  I know, one question that comes to mind, for me anyway, is what is the difference between a Google app and a Google extension?  One presenter made it abundantly clear to me last weekend at the Northern Virginia GAFE Summit.  A Google app serves as a map to an actual website that can be used as a tool. A Google extension enhances the functionality of the Chrome browser.

The Google Extension I would like to share with you is Clearly.  Created by Evernote, this app removes web distractions from your websites to keep content free and clear from ads and pop-ups.

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Once you download the extension on your Chrome browser, a small icon will appear next to your address box, also know as an omni box.  The icon we are looking for is the mini table lamp. See the image below:

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Here is website before Clearly:

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Here is the same website after using Clearly:

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All ads and distractions are removed.  In addition to a distraction-free site, one can change the font for reading ease. One can even highlight text.  Saving a “clear” website in Evernote for future reference also and seamless reading is a matter of logging into your Evernote Account and selecting the Evernote elephant icon.

Clearly is a free extension that will prove beneficial to you if you don’t like to navigate through noise and clutter on your websites.

Learn more about Clearly here:

Download the Clearly extension here:


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App of the Week: Snapseed

1Do you like to customize your snaps before uploading them to your blog, facebook or sending to your friends? Do you like to edit the clicked images with your own ideas? Snapsee – a photo editing tool for retouching, adjusting perspective, re-editing, and more, a good app for those who love to work on photos.

• Tune image – It can uniquely adapt to colors and fine tune brightness, saturation, contrast, and more by using auto adjust for instant fixes, and Ambience to create depth and vibrancy
• Details -It can help to make a photo’s subject pop by enhancing details with traditional sharpening or the unique Structure control
• Crop – it can crop images to standard aspect ratios or free crop
• Rotate – It can easily rotate 90°, straighten or free rotate
• Transform – It can adjust perspective across vertical and horizontal axes, then fill in empty areas after rotation
• Brush – It can selectively apply effects to regions of an image
• Healing – It can remove dust and dirt from the image without leaving a trace


Link: {Apple} {Android}

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App of the Week: eduClipper

Clip anything. Share everything!

by Patricia Cooper



Educlipper is a tool that allows teachers and students to collect, organize and share content all in one location. It’s been referred to the “Pinterest of Education” because you can create digital bulletin boards of useful links, articles, and images. You can even upload and share original documents and files. You can follow other eduClips and people can follow you. The eduClipper app is designed for the iPhone and iPad but it’s also web-based. However, the app version has some neat features like allowing you to annotate your clips.
This awesome organizational tool will help you cut down cut down on the amount of time your spend searching for great content. All you have to do is type in the subject and see what other educators and students have shared. Another great feature of this tool is the ability to clip parts of an article or webpage. You don’t have to save the entire page. For example, if you just want a particular info graphic that is part of an article, you could just use the scissor tool and clip the image and save it to your board. It’s as simple as that.
You can cross-post your educlips to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
It’s real easy to use and best of all it’s free.
Be careful. Just like their tag line says. You can spend hours upon hours clipping anything and sharing everything!

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App of the Week: Periscope

Imagine seeing the world from a different perspective?  Imagine being able to connect with people from around the world, seeing and hearing new things, all from a mobile device.

Periscope is the app that can connect users from all over the world, instantly.  Periscope is FREE and is available on both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store.

Periscope was designed by Twitter, so it’s easy to use for anyone who already has a Twitter account.  It allows users to follow the same people they follow on Twitter, and will send you a push notification when one of your connections goes ‘live’ on Periscope.  Once a ‘broadcast’ has ended, it be replayed for up to 24 hours after the event was live.  Periscope allows users to host private broadcasts as well (attendees must be followers and invited to join), and any link to a ‘live’ broadcast is easily tweeted out with click of a button.  From a mobile device, you can touch your screen when in a broadcast to let the host know how much you like it.  Broadcasts can be ranked based on the amount of hearts it receives, known as the “most loved” list.

Share an experience, whether it is educational, personal, or professional, with the Periscope app.  Others can join in to listen and watch, and share in the experience.

Users may also connect through their computer, but will be unable to connect with the conversation or hearts features of the mobile Periscope app.

Show the world YOUR perspective and watch from others, and start using the Periscope app now!


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App of the Week: is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. The app, free, allows you to watch expert-taught courses in photography, graphic design, business training, web and interactive design, 3D animation, audio, and much more.

• Access to course videos, which are indexed by subject and software
• Stream course videos directly to TV sets
• Share course videos across social network apps
• Download full course videos for viewing them offline

Price: FREE

Link: {Apple}

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Fall 2015 Academic Success Conference!

Hope you are able to join us this week for our first Academic Success Conference!  Funded by Student Life and Powered by the Collaboration of Learning Technology Resources, this 3-day conference will allow you to:

  • Meet Fellow NOVA Students
  •  Meet your Partners in Success
  • Explore NOVA Alexandria
  • Find beneficial resources

There are a number of workshops offered throughout the day accross the campus.  None will exceed 30 minutes.  For every workshop attended, you will get a chance to win prizes (book scholarships, books, and an iPad!)



Here is the schedule:




We hope to see you there!

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App of the Week: PixiClip



Have you shied away from creating a screencast to use in your classroom because you think it’s too difficult or time consuming? Well, I have a tool that makes creating a screencast as easy and 1, 2, 3.
It’s called PixiClip. It is an interactive whiteboard that allows you draw, type, upload images and narrate your screen with just a click of a button. You can even insert a video of yourself right into the project.
PixiClip has a very simplistic interface. The tools are limited to a pen, a text box, a marker and only 5 colors to choose from. This helps keep you and your students from getting overwhelmed with too many buttons and gadgets.
Here are some key features:
• PixiClip is compatibility with all browsers
• PixiClip is available for Chromebook users. (not all screencast tools are)
• PixiClip allows you to upload images and annotate them.
• PixiClip recordings can be shared on Facebook, twitter, and email.
• PixiClip is a web 2.0 tool and an app.
• PixiClip is Free.

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App of the Week: Padlet

Before you go crazy and say “Padlet is not an app, it’s a web tool,” I am here to tell you that YES, in fact Padlet has finally (for those users like myself and others who use it often) developed an iPad app.

For those of you who have never used Padlet, let me tell you why the app should be the next download you make: Padlet is a virtual “tabula rosa”, where users can put whatever they want on it. From images, to links, to embedded YouTube clips, to documents, to simple posts, Padlet is an all around collaborative experience.  Use Padlet in the classroom to brainstorm, to bookmark and share resources, as a platform for student portfolios, or even as a backchannel during in class activities and discussions.

Padlet is versatile, flexible, and easy to use (for teachers, students, and parents.) Imagine Padlet being a virtual bulletin board that you can share with parents during a ‘back to school night’ showcasing student work.  Whether in the same place, or in different areas, users on Padlet can connect and use it from just about anywhere, anytime.  Padlet also offers educators security features such as limiting who can view or post onto the ‘wall’, even allowing the instructor to view posts prior to them being uploaded to the wall.

Padlet is a great learning tool that is now both a web tool and an iPad app.  Get started using this FREE app and change the way you and your students collaborate and connect!

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App of the Week: 3D Camera

1This app allows you to create your own 3D photos and easily share them on social media including Facebook and Twitter. First, you take left and right photos with the built-in camera, second, view your 3D photo as a grey or color anaglyph (using common red/cyan 3D glasses), a stereogram (no glasses required), or as a wigglegram for a simulated 3D effect. It’s as simple as that!

Price: $1.99

Link: {Apple}

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