Thursday, February 28, 2013

Create infographics & online charts

Data is fun again! is an easy to use online service that lets you create, share, discover infographics and online charts.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Paper for the Web - Padlet

Wallwisher gets a rebranding
Wallwisher is a great web 2.0 app that lets you post images, text, videos - all kinds of things - in a collaborative environment. In a recent development, WW is now "padlet", but still offers all the great features you've come to love. (Note: all URLs will redirect to All existing walls and embedded walls will redirect properly, so you don't need to do anything other than getting comfortable with the new URLs :)

"We give you a blank page (a wall). You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful!"


"Safer" Images for projects

That's not appropriate!

Did a random image search in the lab surprise your students with an "unusual" pic? Finding the right picture for an assignment can be problematic. Even with safe search on, you can still get a "range" of images that may not be appropriate for kids. Images are hard to filter because they are not necessarily accurately tagged and can show up even in the most kid friendly search results! Here are a few suggestions:

Infotopia Images
Infotopia is a custom google search that should search for "safer" images, but it also offers a number of images sites you can search directly as well - take a look at the ones Infotopia suggests. (the buttons below the search window.)

Advertised as a "safe, free image library for education". You'll find copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.

"KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search™ and use Google SafeSearch™ technology."

Remember: no image search is foolproof. Talk to your students about how to handle an inappropriate image or site.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Host a Website on Google Drive

Need a host in a hurry?

Everyday, I learn about another great thing I can do with the Google suite of apps. Read this post to find out how you can easily host html pages to share with others. (Note: pointing people to your page is a snap with )


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Word Collage app for iPhone/iPad

Stunning word collages on your iOS device

Are you a fan of Wordle? This iOS app lets you create word collages easily, without having to move to a desktop machine.

"Create stunning word collages on your iPhone and iPad! Set up a collage with your text(or website URL), different layouts, fonts, and color themes. Simply start by clicking on the "Text" button. Add some text or input a website url. Select color theme and font in Settings. Select Landscape or Portrait orientation. Word Collage even lets you pan and zoom the picture."