Thursday, May 25, 2017

Google Docs Helper!

Let the Computer Read and Type for You!

Have you ever gotten stuck on a word and having then stared
at a screen forever until you figure it out? Well, there’s a much easier was to solve this. There is an inserting add-on you can install that will not only read to you, but you can read to them and it will spell things out for you. Do you ever get lazy and don’t want to type? Talk to your computer! And if you need an editor, the computer will repeat it for you so you don’t need to forget that you missed a word. This app will help many students that are not able to spell or read. It’s not hard to install either! Check it out! 😊

-Just go with these steps:
Speaking to the computer:  If  you want to speak to the computer and have it type for you, you simply go to tools. Go to the 6th one down and click on, “Voice Typing…” It should show up in a little box with a microphone in it. It will say, “Click to speak.” Click on it and start talking!

Letting the computer read to you:  If you want the computer to read to you, you just choose “Add-ons.”You can find it in the top selections in the toolbar and choose, “Reader” which should be the 2nd one down. When you click on what you need, you should see the reader on the right side of your screen. They will have you choose whatever settings you’d like, such as the sound and the speed. When you manage your settings and you’re ready for the reading, simply scroll to, “Start reading” and it should start from the beginning and begin reading.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Do not understand a story that your next test is on? Download Sparknotes!

Usability:  Sparknotes is an easy app to navigate and use. Sparknotes is very easily used with little to no help. When using Sparknotes you can use multiple devices. Sparknotes will help students by giving the summary of the story the student is looking for. Simply type in the book and author and read away!

Support:  Tutorials and instructions are very simple. When you first open the app you will read how to search and change content settings when needed. Sparknotes is a very simple app for your Apple or Android device.

Engaging:  Sparknotes is a highly engaging app that will be used very often.

Export/Sharing:  When using Sparknotes you are able to share content. You will be able to share through Google, email, Youtube, etc. When wanting to share simply go into the settings and click share.

Customization:  Students are able to modify in settings. When clicking the settings options you will be able to change to Night Mode, change Font Size, learn about Sparknotes, Contact them, Share, see Terms of Use, and learn the Privacy Policy.

Collaboration:  Sparknotes does not allow you to collaborate with students through the app.

Import:  When using the app you will not be able to import pictures, videos, files, etc.

Sparknotes is a very fun and engaging apps for all students. Sparknotes helps students by summarizing stories that will be easily understood. Sparknotes is a great tool and can be used in and outside of the classroom.
Really need to know the answer to a math problem but no one is around? Try Photomath!

Usability:  This app is very useful to students in Math. This app is very easy to use and can be downloaded for free on any Apple or Android device. Students using this app will simply scan or type in the math problem they need help solving, Photomath then gives you the answer(s) along with the steps needed to solve the problem.

Support:  With Photomath you will need little to no help. When you first open the app you will be guided with tutorials and instructions.

Engaging:  Students find this app very helpful and it is highly engaging to them and their peers.

Export/Sharing:  Artifacts created with Photomath can not be shared through Google or other websites and/or tools.

Customization:  Students are not able to customize Photomath or adjust content settings.

Collaboration:   Photomath does not allow you to collaborate with students.

Import:  With Photomath you are not able to import photos, videos, etc.

    Despite the down sides to Photomath I think that students can still benefit from this app. When a student is struggling in a subject it can be very hard to stay focused and motivated. With Photomath I feel students will be able to get a better understanding.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Snapchat is SO Mainstream!

Marco Polo Video Walkie Talkie
(Snapchat doppelganger?)

This App is available for all smartphones. This app has about 6 filters, some similar to those used in Snapchat, BUT the only differences are that these videos don't disappear after being viewed once, there are no articles, and there is no “subscribing” to people, or a 10 second long video disadvantage. This app has a tutorial guide that you can use until comfortable to begin using the app with friends, family, etc.

  1. Open the app.
    1. OPTIONAL: tutorial
  2. Tap on one of your friends faces.
  3. Now similar to Snapchat there is a circle button at the bottom part of your screen beneath an empty white row (see step 4) tap this button to begin your video message.
  4. After tapping the circle for the second time the video sends and goes to the far left end of the white row, where you can re-watch your video message.

To use Marco Polo’s filters you just need to swipe across your screen, like Snapchat. Since these videos stay in an “archive” of sorts, you or the other folks you’re chatting with can view these at any time. If the recipients are not active on the app you can still send the video and the video will automatically load and start up when they tap your face in the main screen.

If you are still unsure if this app is worth the app storage on your device(s) here is a review for the app

Don't be Late, for a Very Important Date

How to Plan your time BETTER

I spent numerous days worrying about “WHEN will I get a project turned in?”, “HOW am I getting to work on time?”, And “IS it possible to squeeze something in one day so I am a free another day?”

That struggle was REAL I went to extremes to find a plan that works. I present to you…

Right off, the idea of using a useful function on my phone (besides the calculator) seemed a little far-fetched. There was no way this would work. But it is very easy to manage.
  1. Set up an event
  2. Scroll through the event menu to the 🔔, tap the 🔔
    1. Tap one of the 3 options
      1. Specify time and form of event reminder
  3. “Add another notification”
    1. Choose between 10 or 30 minutes before, 30 minutes before as email, an hour before, or “Custom…”
      1. Specify how many…
        1. Minutes
        2. Hours
        3. Days
        4. Or WEEKS before the event
      2. Choose form of notification
        1. Normal app notification
        1. Email

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Take a Load off... Your Storage!

How To Never Run Out of Storage Space

People struggle with their phones when it comes to taking pictures and using up all your storage, but Google Photos is here to save them from their torment, deleting precious pictures. Google Photos backs up ALL of the photos you allow it to, WITHOUT running out of storage space. Just sign in with your gmail account and you are all set because those pictures will never be deleted unless YOU delete them.

  1. Sign into your phone with your gmail account.
  2. Open Google photos.
  3. Start taking pictures!

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To get Google Photos (if you do not have it already) use the link above!


We usually get excited when we get to play with our teachers white boards… but it’s not fun when we use a Sharpie instead of a dry erase marker. The teacher will probably be mad at you, and think they can never use the board again… but there is a trick not very many people know! If you use an expo marker and go over the Sharpie, wipe it off and it will be gone! No matter how long the sharpie has been on the board, it will come off as long as you use an expo over it. Sometimes the liquid washer won’t always work and take off the mess you’ve made. And why pay so much money for the white board washer? This trick will do it for you!

Don’t believe me? Check out the link!

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