Cool Apps 2015-16

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The inaugural “App of the Week” for the 2015-16 school  year is a posting from my favourite Ed Tech blogger, Richard Byrne…  E-mail Etiquette for Students and Teachers.

Begging indulgence, this week’s posting is not really an App, but I think that as we start a new school year it is highly appropriate for a first communication.


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Need to document that research project?  Create a video slideshow – with your own photos – in seconds using Sharalike.  Simplicity at it’s finest.


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Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is great free tool for creating stunning presentations for sharing online.  Available for web based applications and as an iPad app.  I’ve found an old posting from my favourite EdTech guy RIchard Byrne from a couple of years ago.  This posting includes 76 examples of Haiku Deck being used in the classroom.



Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 6.09.42 AMAnatomy 4D

Anatomy 4DThrough this free app and a simple printed image, Anatomy 4D transports students, teachers, medical professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the body into an interactive 4D experience of human anatomy. Visually stunning and completely interactive, Anatomy 4D uses augmented reality and other cutting edge technologies to create the perfect vehicle for 21st century education. 


Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 10.52.19 AMPortfolioGen

PortfolioGen.  As we head into University and College Application season, students might want to consider consolidating all of their information in one place using PortfolioGen.

Learn more about PortfolioGen in this posting at FreeTech4Teachers.



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Lumosity Train your memory and attention. Used by over 60 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a Training Program that challenges your brain. Available for both iOS and Android systems.



Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.43.40 PMShakespeare App

Shakespeare™ is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term). Available for both iOS and Android devices.



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VocApp. Having trouble remembering all that French vocabulary?  Or any other language you might be trying to pick up?  VocApp, available for both iOS and Android devices, lets you create multi-media flashcards. Learn more in this posting from FreeTech4Teachers.



TinyTap-logo-largeTiny Tap

Tiny Tap is a free App thich allows you to create your own educational games on both iPads and Android devices.




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BigHugeLabs. Their Trading Card generator allows you to create trading cards about people, places, and events both real and fictional. Great as personal or collaborative study tools, or for a final product for an assignment.  Learn more about the Trading Card generator and the rest of the functionalities available from BigHugeLabs in a posting from my favourite EdTech guy, Richard Byrne.


Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 6.34.03 AMLogical Fallacies

Two great sources for learning about the logical fallacy: From the PBS Idea Channel, The Guide to Common Fallacies, and also on the web, Your Logical Fallacy Is




Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 6.28.32 AMGrammar Flip

Grammar Flip is an interactive, online resource aimed at helping students of all abilities learn, practice, and master English grammar concepts. Teachers can create classrooms inside GrammarFlip for creating and tracking student progress.


hour-of-code-logoThe Hour of Code

In the better late than never category, I realised that this was what I meant to post last week… The Hour of Code.  Dec 7-13 is Computer Science Education Week, and the Hour of Code attempts to get everyone, young and old, engaged in some simple coding exercises to see just how easy it can be.



Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 7.58.13 PMDesmos

Desmos, is a free online graphing calculator.  Desmos is available for both iOS and Android devices. Google friendly with great teaching applications and resources.  Learn more about Desmos in this posting at FreeTech4Teachers.



Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 6.43.34 AMStoodle

Stoodle allows you to create collaborative online whiteboards for free. Learn more in this posting at FreeTech4Teachers.



Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 6.39.08 AMChronas

Chronas is a new resource designed for history students and teachers, featuring interactive maps and data sets.  Learn more in this posting at FreeTech4Teachers.




Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 8.20.41 AMDotstorming

Dotstorming combines the power of Padlet with DoodlePoll.
Learn more in this posting at Practical Ed Tech.


Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 9.30.14 AMMicNote

MicNote is a free Chrome app which allows you to create time-stamped notes of a variety of types in one handy location.  Learn more in this posting at FreeTech4Teachers.



Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 9.09.59 PMFake Facebook using Google Apps

Facebook Template for Google Apps. Create “fake” Facebook profiles for historical figures.  Learn more at this posting at Practical Ed Tech.




Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 9.28.36 PMVex Tab Music Notation

Vex Tab Music Notation is a Google Docs add-on for music notation.  Can’t access FINALE from home but need to get those notes down?  This app is for you.  Learn more at FreeTech4Teachers.




Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 6.37.20 AMWizer   is a neat tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments which can be linked and shared using Google Classroom.

Learn more and see a demonstration at PracticalEdTech4Teachers.


Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 7.51.50 AMThe Printliminator

Printing from websites is one of the biggest bug-a-boos when trying to get students to manage their printing.  Printliminator.helps make sure you’re only printing what you need to print from a website.  Learn more – and see an demo – at this posting from FreeTech4Teachers.


Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 10.56.04 PMQuizzy

Quizzy is an online app allowing anyone to create online quizzes.  Great for study purposes.



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Tag Cloud Generator

Tag Cloud Generator is a great little Google Add-On which generates a word cloud right inside the Google Doc.  Students can use this tool to analyse their writing without ever having to leave their document.


Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.17.52 PMTed-Ed: How Stress Affects Your Body

Ted-Ed: How Stress Affects Your Body.  As we head into Culminating Activity season a quick reminder about the importance of keeping stress levels in check.

  • Try mindfulness in the Library on Tuesday morning.
  • Or check out the resources in our Wellness collection.



Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 6.21.33 AMApps for Earth

Apps for Earth.  A suite of Apps in celebration of Earth Week.

Small actions. Big change.
You can help protect our planet — simply by purchasing great apps and games. The App Store and WWF have teamed up with 24 developers for Apps for Earth, a fundraising effort that features games, creative tools, fitness apps, and more. Until April 24, 100% of proceeds from participating apps and In-App Purchases will support WWF’s invaluable conservation efforts.


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The Google News Newspaper Archive

The Google News Newspaper Archive complements the historical archives for both the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail which are available through the Toronto Public Library.





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Hot Docs Film Festival

Hot Docs is the largest documentary film festival in North America. To celebrate its 2016 edition, explore a selection of last year’s standout films — available to rent for just 99¢ each for a limited time. Can’t make it to the fest? We’ve got two of this year’s notable selections, Tempest Storm and Aim for the Roses, available now. Discover one of these amazing true stories today.



Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 6.41.47 AMGoogle Maps

Use Google Maps to create a biking – or walking – route map.  Feed the body as well as the mind as the nice weather is upon us – and exams as well!





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Zaption is a tool for creating online video and quizzes in support of flipped lessons.  They have recently expanded their free options.  Learn more in this posting from Free Tech 4 Teachers.




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Happy Canada Day!

For our last App of the Week for this school year, Apple celebrates the best Canadian made Apps.  Learn more in this posting, or search “Canadian Made Internationally Loved” in the Apple App store.

See you again in September.






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