Monday, January 9, 2012

Tools You Can Use – Week of January 9, 2012

This is the first of a new weekly series that I will be doing on our district's edtech blog. I encourage you to check out this great blog which has contributions from both staff and students!

Tools You Can Use – Week of January 9, 2012:

As we get going in the New Year, I am looking for additional ways to support teachers and students access some of the new tools that are available to them as a 1:1 school. I cannot imagine a more exciting time to be a teacher with so many new resources being created that can support students in their learning. However, it can also be overwhelming due to the fact that there are so many of these digital resources.

So each week I will share a digital tool that I think would be useful for teachers and students. Please give them a try and let me know what you think. I would also love to hear about the tools you are using and how you are using them as well. If you have a tool you want to share please let me know about it in the comment section of this blog or e-mail me at

For this initial “Tools You Can Use” post, I will highlight a few different tools that I have stumbled upon recently.

1. Keeping Up With the 2012 Elections with Google

It has never been easier to follow the candidates during an election than it is in this era of social media and internet access. Check out! Here’s how the folks at Google describe it:

“an election hub where citizens can study, watch, discuss, learn about, participate in and perhaps even make an impact on the digital campaign trail as it blazes forward to Tuesday, November 6, 2012.”

2. Books Should Be Free

The first resource is Books Should Be Free which I got from a blog post by Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers Blog. Books should Be Free offers hundreds of FREE audiobooks from the public domain that can be downloaded in as an mp3 file or directly from iTunes.

3. Google Translate for Your iPad or iPhone

If you have upgraded to the new iOS then you now have access to Google Translate on your iPad. Here’s a quick description of what you can access with app from Mashable.

“the app lets you translate written text between 63 languages. It also lets you translate by speaking text instead of typing it, but this option works only for 17 languages. For 24 languages you can hear the translation spoken aloud.

You can also access your translation history even when offline, star your favorite translations and spell out the translation of non-Latin script languages in Latin characters to read it phonetically”.

4. 40 Awesome Science apps

This list of apps comes from the folks at It has some great apps for the science classrooms whether you teach Chemistry, Biology, or Astronomy.

5. Calkoo – Offers 43 different FREE online calculators

Another goodie I came across from Richard Byrne’s blog. Calkoo offers calculators for a wide variety of things – cost analysis, measurement and conversion, stock analysis, loan and leasing…Definitely worth a click!

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