Category Archives: Free

Student Driven Digital Portfolios with Seesaw


Seesaw is an easy-to-use, free digital portfolio tool for students that may just ROCK. YOUR. CLASSROOM.

Seesaw works on all devices, including iPads, Androids, Chromebooks and on computers with Chrome or Firefox, which makes this tool perfect for BYOD districts (like ours!) Students can show what they know by using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. They can create and submit images, drawings, and videos that record their voices while drawing simultaneously all within the app or they can submit work created in other creation tools on their device. It doesn’t stop there. Students have the ability to “like” or add comments on their classmates’ work as well.

Don’t worry if you only have one or two devices (including student computers!) in your classroom. Students can create/submit work into their own folders from any device – even a shared device!

Seesaw Blogs are the newest feature and quite honestly, student blogging has NEVER BEEN EASIER. This is such a simple way to share a selection of work from students’ Seesaw portfolios on a public class blog, giving students a broader, global audience for learning.

The following video(s) walk you through every single step needed to use Seesaw – from setting up your first class to the student’s experience as well as the teacher’s experience to blogging!

HINT: click the playlist icon in the upper left corner to move between the different videos. Or just watch them all (like I did!)

How are YOU using Seesaw? If you’re in our district, don’t forget that I’m here to help you! Just ask.

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There are tons of blogs already out there that post daily free apps for education. One of my favorites is Shannon over at TechnologyRocks.Seriously. In fact, she publishes a daily Smore (online newsletter … read more about it here) with free apps and Kindle books. I also follow TCEA on Twitter … they tweet out daily free apps for education. If you like apps and you like FREE, check them out!

I’m not going to get in the business of posting daily free apps, but I just couldn’t pass up today’s good deals.

oneprokeyappIf you’re like me, you probably have a hard time keeping up with all of those bazillions of usernames and passwords. OneKey Pro for iOS is FREE today. (normally $4.99)


writableWritable seems to do everything! It reads text back to you, has dictionaries for all sorts of math and science subjects, reads PDFs and Word files out loud, let’s you share, print, tweet, etc. AND, it’s FREE today (normally $9.99)

And the most exciting find of the day …

hookedonphonicsappHooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition for iOS … Normally $49.99 (yes, that’s what I said!), but it’s FREE today. Get it now while you can.


If you download any of these apps, I would love to hear what you think!

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Copy Paste Character!

Do you use special characters (♫ ✄ ➲)  in your emails, documents for Facebook posts? What about an accent over the e (é) or a tilde over the n (ñ)? I know there’s some crazy key combination, but I can never remember what it is! means that you never have to look up those combinations or try to hold down the alt key while entering 4 digits, etc. 

When you need to use a special character, simply head to  find and click on the desired character. It will automatically be copied to your clipboard. Go back to your email or document or wherever … and paste! 
Yep, it’s that easy. 

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