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Periscope – Popping up Everywhere!

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Making it way to the “Best of 2015” list in the Apple App Store, Periscope is a free, easy to use and fascinating app that is sure to grow exponentially. When you show Periscope to new users their curiosity instantly peaks and the ease of the app gets them quickly exploring.

The first time I received my first scope and saw turtles crawling up on a beach in Hawaii, I thought this can add a lot of engagement to education. Virtual field trips, expert speakers, interviews, collaboration are all easily reached through this app.

Yes, there would be privacy issues to deal with but as with all social media platforms used in education a proper plan should be in place.

As Perioscope would say, “Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.”

Check out the video below to see how Periscope works.

Explee – Animate your Ideas!

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I tried out this Explee app a few weeks ago with my grade 5 students and they loved it!  Within 20 minutes they were producing and sharing cool looking animations. In fact, another teacher thought we were watching a professionally made video about Explee when we were viewing the students work.

I am sure the hand-drawing tool will get overused by kids in their animations but that would be a good time to bring up tips about creating an effective presentation.

The downside of this app is that there is no the free version for education use.  There is a 14-day trial that you can use and you are able to download the videos as a .mp4.

With the ease of learning Explee and the ability to download the students work, it makes for an effective app to use for free during the free trial.

Check it out here:http:explee.com

Here’s a video tutorial to show how easy it is to use.

 

Manage your day in Google Keep

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I must say I use Google Keep more than I thought I would. I have an Evernote account and I think it a great application, which I do use daily. The two applications have similarities and different users will definitely see different strengths in both. But I digress, this video is not about Evernote, it’s about Google Keep.

Simple. That’s how I would best describe Google Keep. If you have ever used sticky notes, you will get the idea.  Once you start playing with Google Keep, you’ll figure it out quickly.

I think the three neatest features that it offers are: sharing, optical character recognition (OCR), and labeling. Again, once you execute the function the first time, you will remember how you did it.

Try Google Keep, click here.

So what will you see in the below video?

  • Create a Note
  • Searching & Labels
  • Sharing
  • OCR & Copy to Google Doc

4 Terrific Time-Saving Tips in Google Docs

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Here are some time-saving tips for you in Google Docs. I find these features are generally overlooked, so I thought I would put together a video showcasing them.

  • Suggesting Mode
  • Image Masking
  • Creating Columns
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

These four items can really help you maximize working in Google Docs.

Become an Omnibox Power User

Customizing the omnibox in your Google Chrome is a great way to speed up searching or adding information to other Google Apps. These tips will make you an omnibox power user!

 

 

Google Drive and OCR

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Optical character recognition (OCR) is a commonly overlooked feature in Google Drive.  Google Drive has the ability to open noneditable PDFs and images of text and convert them to a Google Docs for you to edit. This is a very easy feature to use within your Google Drive. Take a look at the short video tutorial on how to use OCR in Google Drive.