The Yelp! of apps & extensions

Edshelf is a constantly-updated directory of apps and extensions that is organized by grade level, academic subject, or task (presentations, flashcards, augmented reality, etc.). You’ll get reviews of the apps from educators (which is why I likened it to Yelp!) – and the reviews contain useful information, like whether you need to pay money to use apps, or how easy/hard the learning curve is. There are also “shelves” where people curate their lists of apps, so if you find a like-minded teacher, you can follow him. It’s very user friendly – check it out!

Seven tips to get into the fighting spirit!

  • Check out Google Cast. Students can add this app from the Chrome Web Store, and when prompted by the teacher, project wirelessly from his or her device. I haven’t tried it here at school, as it’s fairly new, but here’s an article by a teacher who did. A post from an EdTech site explains the process step by step. If you try it (or would like help trying it), please let me know!

Continue reading “Seven tips to get into the fighting spirit!”

Separate Gmail conversations

I don’t like that my conversations with people in Gmail are “threaded” – or all lumped together into one huge email. I want to see each individual email in my inbox. I can delete them on my own if it gets to be too much. How can I fix that?

Read this post from the website called Tech for Luddites and find your answer! (I feel like former English department member Pamela Mueller would love this website name.)

Remove annoying clutter from websites and annotate directly on pages

Summer Concert Boom Marks Industry Turnaround” is a great article to read in my business class. But the suggested articles next to the story, and the comments below, are inappropriate. How can I ask them to pull up this story without traumatizing (or tantalizing) them?
  • First, instruct students to go to the Chromebook web store and get two extensions: (WARNING: You have to get these extensions, too, for this demonstration to work!)
  1. Mercury Reader
  2. Page Marker
  • Let’s say you want to read this article about scientists possibly eradicating motion sickness in your class with your students. Look how many distracting variables exist on the page when you click on it.


  • But if your students get the Mercury Reader extension, you can ask them to click on the Mercury Reader icon and then use it on the page. Suddenly, the story looks like this. Much better, right?


Now you can take it one step further. If you’d like students to annotate for every mention of, say, data referenced in an article, they can just click on the icon for Page Marker and circle as you (or they) read. It keeps them reading actively, and they can do it right on the screen. No wasted paper or extra paper for you to look at. If you really need to see it, they can screenshot it for you.