Monday, November 28, 2011

Google Search Infographic

This weekend, I saw an excellent infographic, from, on how to use Google Search more effectively.  I highly recommend you check it out here and become a Google search ninja!  

A couple of highlights:
1.  Stop asking Google questions!  Instead think of how the answer would be phrased.
2.  Don't forget to use symbols ( " - .. ~)
3.  Make sure to check out the keyboard shortcuts near the end.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Not enough time now? Read it Later!

Read It Later List is an application you can use to create a list of pages you want to view at a later date.  You can access the list from your computer or mobile device.  Supposedly you can even view the list without an Internet connection.  I have yet to try this feature, but if it works as advertised this could be very powerful!  Check out Read It Later here!  There is also an extension for Chrome called, "Check it Later."  This extension displays a grid of your Read It Later links.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Offline Gmail

One of my students wanted to know more about Offline Gmail.  So here it is!  In the Chrome Web Store, you can download the Offline Google Mail App.  This app will allow you to read, respond to, search, and archive your mail when you do not have internet access.  When you are connected, Gmail will automatically sync with your offline app.  This is a pretty great if you ask me!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Graphing Calculators

Don't have a graphing calculator or forgot yours at home?  Go to the Chrome Web Store and type in "graphing calculator."  Several different options will come up.  Desmos Graphing Calculator is a great choice, as it is pretty user-friendly.  Just click the big, green "start fresh" button to begin!  To check out some examples click on the "examples" tab in the upper right corner.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Apture & The Chrome Store

Ever wanted to be able to highlight a word and find out more information, instead of "Googling" the word?  Now you can!  Just download the Apture extension for Chrome!  

Yes it will work!  The Chrome store is now open to students.  All this week, I will be highlighting different apps and extensions that could be useful to you.  So, what is an extension?  An extension allows you to customize your browsing experience without leaving the tab.  Unlike apps, they work with the tab you currently have open.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Diigo Part 2

So you've created your Diigo account, but now what?  First, make sure you have the Diigo Extension for Chrome installed.  Then watch the tutorial below.  You will learn how to bookmark a site, highlight text, add sticky notes, take screen shots, and more!

Monday, November 7, 2011


What do you do when you find an interesting website that you want to return to later or share with friends?  Do you write it down or email it to yourself?  If you haven't heard of social bookmarking yet, you need to check out Diigo and create an account for youself!  

Social bookmarking is a way to save sites from any computer.  Not only can you save your favorite sites, but you can group, tag, annotate, and share them.  You can also search Diigo using keywords.  Are you looking for help with fractions or Photoshop tutorials?   Just search for it on Diigo!  You will see any public bookmarks that other members have shared.  Also, if you have sites you want to keep to yourself, you can mark them as private.

If you are using Google Chrome, you can download an extension that makes bookmarking super simple.

There are many sites out there like Diigo, but it is my personal favorite.  Check out my list here.  Come back tomorrow for more information and tutorials on Diigo!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


This week I read about Artsonia on the Free Technology for Teachers Blog.  Artsonia is the largest kids' art museum in the world, with over 13 million works of art.  Children can upload images of their art to the galleries for the world to see.  Family and friends can purchase the child's art in the form of gallery prints, t-shirts, mousepads, magnets, mugs, etc., from the gift shop.  What a great way to show off your hard work!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Want to listen to music for free?  Do you like Pandora, but want to create your own lists?  Try Spotify!  It is a "new world of free music."  You can create your own playlists and share them with your friends.  Spotify does have limitations.  You can't download any music or listen on your mobile device.  If you pay the monthly fee for Spotify Premium, you will have mobile access.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Do you want to change the world?  Interested in global issues and creating positive change?  Check out TakingITGlobal!  TIG is a global social network that aims to connect and engage the youth of the world, while creating understanding and awareness of different cultures.