Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Scanners are 90s

Hello all!

Just wanted to let everyone know about a FREE app that has SAVED MY LIFE. Yes, saved it. Without this app, I would have fallen over dead in front of the scanner in the faculty library. I used it and was all like WOAH (a gif of my reaction)

DocScan HD turns your iPhone or iPad into a scanner, using the camera to turn documents into PDFs which you can save or email! IT EVEN WORKS ON BENT OR ODDLY MANGLED PAPERS!!!!! 

Check it out and let me know if you need a tutorial. 

Seriously though, saved my life.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Flipboard. If you have an iPad and you have’t discovered this awesome, beautifully-designed, ever-so-interesting app yet well then I feel bad for you! I bet you’re embarrassed you’re not flipping. 

What is it? "Flipboard is your personal magazine. Used by millions of people everyday, it’s a single place to keep up on the news, follow topics you care about and share stories, videos and photos that influence you.” - the app store. 

It’s FREE. I have used it in class and I use it (almost) daily in my personal life. I send friends and colleagues articles, send them to my WPS email to remind me of things, and just love everything about it. Really. Like, I’d date Flipboard if it weren’t totally socially weird. 

Uses for education/the classroom: HERE

How to create your own magazine on Fliboard (3min video): HERE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adding voice comments to Google Docs

Happy Fall (click for .gif)

This week’s post may seem very foreign to some of you, but hopefully it will light a little spark and entice you to investigate further. 


This  ( is a 3 min video that shows you how to use Kaizena (  to give spoken feedback to students. It was noted in the blog where I read about this that, though it may not save you any time, for students who need audio support Kaizena could be an excellent way to provide that support to students while giving them feedback on their written work.  Kaizena also allows you to leave text comments, so you don’t have to only record your voice. 

Perhaps you will want to use it to give your overall feedback at the end of reading student work rather than giving spoken feedback throughout the entire document. It’s worth a watch! 

Monday, October 6, 2014


EssayMap by ReadWriteThink provides students with step by step guidance in the construction of an informational essay. Essay Map is particularly good for helping students visualize the steps needed to construct good introductory and conclusion paragraphs. After students have completed all of the steps to their essays, they can print them out or share them via email!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

I'm BACK! Jeopardy ROCKS!

I just read about a free and easy-to-create Jeopardy review game site and gave it a shot. It’s a quick way to make a fun game for any subject and get your class into a review. HERE is a sample game that I made for your enjoyment. (Disclaimer: it’s easy and MAY poke fun at some staff here at WHS, but all in good fun!) I didn’t complete every single category, but feel free to take a moment and try it out! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013



So, I came across this simple, yet kind of fun tool to create a TEXT MESSAGE conversation between two people. (

This is not a send-a-junk-text app or anything. Check out the sample ( I made (let it load). I was lucky enough to text w/ Cardinal O'Malley about the papal conclave…

Thoughts on how to use this? Have students create a conversation at home w/ a character from a book, a historical figure, even make them humanize something that is non-living - "Hey Mt. Vesuvius – why are you so erupty?" "Well, Kevin, I'm a volcano and this is how I work…" 

or even… 

"Good Morning, Uncle Pythagoras – I'm still confused about your theorem!" 
"Good morning, Kevin, I don't understand what's so tough about this… it's a RELATIONSHIP … In any right-angled triangle, the area of the square whose side is the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares whose sides are the two legs (the two sides that meet at a right angle). I'm SOOOO annoyed with you asking so often"

The possibilities are endless! You are able to get a unique link to share your conversation, so it is easy for students to share them with one another and with you! You can even EMBED the convos!