Deep Dive into Google Keep

Written by Clint Stephens on . Posted in Android Apps, Computer Apps, iOS Apps, Mobile Apps, Tutorials

You may not have heard of Google Keep, but you NEED to know about it. Keep is an incredible and easy to use tool for organizing all of the bits of information busy educators tend to collect whenever, wherever, that always seems to get lost. Keep allows you to bring together notes, links, photos, really anything you can grab with your computer, tablet and phone! Beyond gathering and organizing your digital ‘stuff,’ you can share your notes, collaborate with others, set reminders… even drag-n-drop text and photos into your Google Docs! Review the slides below, watch Google Keep in action in Chrome and on a mobile device, and start to make Google Keep an integral part of your daily workflow.

Video Demo of Google Keep in Action:

Free app for IOS and Android: SPRK Lightening Lab-Programming for Sphero Robots

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Android Apps, iOS Apps, Mobile Apps

SPRK Lightning Lab is an app that lets kids program their Sphero robots from a tablet or phone. Beginning coders use block-based programming to direct and control their robot. A text-based code viewer is also available so kids can see how their block code translates into actual code. This gives experienced programmers more flexibility and is a scaffold to help students scale up their coding skills.

Price: Free, Paid

Grades: 3-8



Free App for Android & iOS: David Attenborough’s Story of Life

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Android Apps, iOS Apps, Mobile Apps, STEM and STEAM

Free App for Android & iOS: David Attenborough's Story of Life







Today the BBCNews is promoting a free app – The Story of Life – featuring David Attenborough.

Join broadcast legend Sir David Attenborough to explore more than 1000 of the greatest wildlife moments ever filmed.

• Explore the most comprehensive collection of Sir David’s work ever released online. 
• Includes six decades of highlights from more than 40 landmark BBC programmes, including Planet Earth, Blue Planet, The Life of Mammals, Africa and others.
• Watch unique collections of films curated by Sir David and others.
• Create and save your own collections and share them with friends and family.
• Hunt for hidden films featuring Sir David, recorded exclusively for the app. 
• Explore extraordinary sequences of animals and plants, from iconic large species to rarely seen enigmatic creatures. See them hunt, mate, eat, travel and communicate in their natural habitats; ranging from the high mountains to the deepest oceans, across deserts, forests and the polar ice caps.
• Watch lions, polar bears, whales, sharks, eagles and giant lizards and many more.
• Use wi-fi for the optimum experience.

This App contains:
– links to selected social media sites

Book Creator – The Simple Way to Create Beautiful Books

Written by Nathan Smith on . Posted in Android Apps, Internet Resources, iOS Apps, Mobile Apps

In this article, you can see that the 2nd grade class created the short stories of their monsters and wrote and drew them. The second grade teacher than collaborated with the 11th grade graphic artist teacher to have his class create the monsters into illustrations that could be used to create a book. The teacher then used the Book Creator app to make the book. She added the audio to the book of her own students reading their part of the story. 
The book My Pet Monster is available now on iTunes for free for those who are interested in the story. 
You can see some pictures below of the before pictures the 2nd grade students made and the after of the graphic students illustrations. 
Book Creator is free on Windows but costs a one-time price of $4.99 for Apple and $2.99 for Android users. Here is the link to the education part of the site,

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