Thursday, January 2, 2014

Chrome Extensions to Ensure Easy Surfing

Here are a few Chrome extensions that will allow for smoother surfing while riding the internet wave.

Adblock Plus--blocks all/most ads while on sites

Clearly--creates readable documents on any webpage. Gets rid of all external ads and print. Users are able to clip items to Evernote, annotate pages, and print. This comes in particularly handy for students who have trouble focusing.

HTTPS Everywhere--ensures that the communication between your computer and any website (server) is secure.

One Tab--this extension is for those of us who have too many tabs open at once. When clicked, all open tabs in Chrome (unless they are pinned) will close and be put in list form. Tabs can be re-opened one at a time, or all at once.

Last Pass--is a online password manager and auto form filler. Your passwords are encrypted so that not even Last Pass can access them.

Beyond extensions, Google Drive continues to amaze me on a daily basis. It can be used on so many levels with students. Here is a great Glog that I found via Edudemic.

Happy Surfing!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Glipho is a social media publishing engine. It works with Tumblr, Wordpress and Blogger. Right off the bat, this site allows users to sign in with Twitter, Facebook, Google or LinkedIn account. Glipho is a great place to build a reader base by sharing and following others. See what is popular by looking at trending writers and posts. Similar to Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest users can not only follow writers, but also topics. Glipho is a great way to market your social media!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Validation Tool in Google Spreadsheets

If you are a frequent user of Google Apps there is a useful tool in Spreadsheets that you may not be aware of. It is the Validation tool. This can be used to create a drop down menu within cells of a spreadsheet. Why might this be useful? It ensures that only the choices you want are selected by users. Also, all of the formatting for each cell will be the same. This is handy when using the data to create charts.
Click here for directions on how to use this tool, or view the directions below.

The Validation tool allows creators of a spreadsheet to set predetermined  drop-down choices for cells. Not only could this expedite the process, but also ensure that all formatting is the same for the cells. The directions to use it are below.

First, select the cells that you would like the validation to apply to.

Second, click Data then Validation from the toolbar.

Third, choose your criteria for the cells. In the example below I chose “List of Items”. Then you need to type in the choices that will appear in the drop-down for each of the selected cells from step one. Be sure to click Save.

Users are now able to select from a drop-down menu.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Recently I was contacted by the creators of Cometdocs to review their product. After some poking around I found the site very intuitive.
After logging in (I used the Google login--very slick!), the screen is available for dragging and dropping files. Not only can you store files, but Comedocs has the ability to transfer files to others with a valid email address. As the sender, you can also include a message.
After selecting a file to store you can complete any of the following: create a new folder, convert the file, preview, share, and make revisions. Social networks are also accessible for quick sharing (Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus). Cometdocs also has the option to make files public, which you can then browse if you create an account.
Cometdocs has a great blog that includes easy to follow tutorials. This site is worth a try if you like Dropbox, Box, or other online file management sites.

Monday, March 4, 2013

National Grammar Day!

Here are some activities and sites to help you and your students celebrate National Grammar Day.

National Grammar Day Site: Tips, games, and even t-shirts:)

Grammar Ninja: Use throwing stars to defeat evil parts of speech!

Grammar Gorillas: Identify parts of speech in sentences (beginner and advanced modes)

Panda Mayhem: Click on the Panda that is holding the correct part of speech (cute for younger students)

Spelling City: Multiple games available

Toon University: 3 levels available and each is timed which adds to the challenge.

Fling your Teacher: This game allows the participants build a trebuchet as they get questions correct then "fling their teacher".  Click here, here and here for three different games.

Sheppard Software: Various games related to language arts and grammar.

Grammar Bytes: Upper level grammar based activities.