“Morphing” PowerPoint


Teachers – get Office 365 for free and try out PowerPoint’s morph transition!  I am amazed that many teachers do not know about Microsoft’s program which offers a free Office 365 subscription (for up to 5 devices) for students and teachers. Here’s the link:  Office 365 offer 

One of the best things about Office 365 is getting access to the Morph Transition which gives you an animation effect without all the old hassles.   Check out the two videos below for examples of what Morph can do!

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What’s on your phone?


I love my teacher apps!  Here’s a list of my top fifteen apps.

Remind:  An app for texting students – no more unread emails!  Remind

Office Lens:  An Microsoft  app that scans documents (even newspapers) and converts them into word documents.  See our post The Paperless Teachers Desk (It can be done!) Here’s how –

Fiverr:  Too busy to make a presentation, infographic or video?  Get it done for as little as five dollars on the Fiverr.com network.  See our post:  Need a Virtual Teaching Assistant?

Socrative:  A very good assessment tool.   Socrative

Bloomz:  A new app for parent-teacher communications.  See our post: Connect With Parents!

My Talking Pet:  A fun app that makes pictures talk.  Great for making a silly classroom avatar.  My Talking Pet

Ted:  A convenient way to find a Ted Talk for your class. Ted Talks

Free Books:  Browse and download thousands of classic titles.  I love it!  Free Books

PowerPoint:  Does your classroom computer take forever to power up?  Present directly from your phone with the PowerPoint app.   PowerPoint

Scan to Spreadsheet:  An app for recording homework!  See our post: Got the Homework Blues?

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Connect With Parents!


Bloomz wowed me!  Normally, I doze off during those teacher professional development days.  Not this time.  I recently had the opportunity to see a demo of a new parent communications mobile app.  Founder, Chaks Appalabattula in Redmond, Washington wanted to connect with his child’s classroom in a private, secure way.   His creation, Bloomz, is a easy to use, sophisticated app for the teachers and parents of the social media generation.   And, its FREE!

The Bloomz app allows teachers to communicate in a variety of ways:  photo sharing, class calendar, text alerts and emails.  Teachers can use it for volunteer sign-ups and parent-teacher conference scheduling.   You can elect to allow parent comments or “likes”.

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