Thursday, October 22, 2015

Useful Websites, Add-ons, Apps and Extensions

It has been a long time since I wrote a blog specifically focused on interesting and useful websites for teachers and student use.  Here are just a few of the multitude of websites that I find myself recommending to people more frequently than others....

And one quick video to show you how to password protect a Google Form.  



  • GetKahoot 
    • A collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.
    • Devices: Laptop, Desktop, Chromebook, iPad, Android, Tablet, Phone
  •  Socrative (Teacher Login/Student Login) 
    • Allows teachers to create simple quizzes that students can take quickly on laptops – or, more often, via classroom tablet computers or their own smartphones.  This is a great tool because it offers data that the teacher can download for each child, class or each quiz/survey that you give.
    • Devices: Laptop, Desktop, Chromebook, iPad, Android, Tablet, Phone

  • SlidesCarnival 
    • Free Google slides templates. Every template has 25 different slides to use in your presentation. 
    • Devices: Laptop, Desktop, Chromebook, iPad (with Google Slides App), Android (with Google Slides App), Tablet (with Google Slides App), Phone (with Google Slides App)
  •   Orange Slice (Credit for this goes to Dina Schmit at SMS)
    • OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric increases the teacher’s grading productivity by eliminating repetitive clicks, presenting the rubric selections in an easy to use format and presenting the final grades in a consistent, professional format. More time is created for the teacher to provide the needed constructive feedback their students need for success.
    • Devices: Google Docs Add on; Laptop, Desktop, Chromebook
  •  Google Docs Quick Create
    • Have the ability to quickly create Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, and Drawings for Google Drive right from your chrome browser without having to log into your Google Drive 
    • Devices: Google Chrome Extension;  Laptop, Desktop, Chromebook
  • Nimbus, Awesome Screenshot Capture and Annotate or Snagit 
    • Nimbus - Capture Web page and edit screenshots. Record screencasts - record video from your screen.
    • Awesome Screenshot - Screen capture for all or part of any web page. Add annotations, comments, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads.
    • Snagit - screen recording and screen capture tool that helps you provide better feedback, encourage teamwork, and create images that explain exactly what you mean.
    • Devices: Google Chrome Extension; Laptop, Desktop, Chromebook

  • Mail Track for Gmail
    • See which messages have been read, how long ago, how many times and which device they were opened on.
    • Devices: Google Chrome Extension; Laptop, Desktop, Chromebook