Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Wow! Here it is already Wednesday and I have not posted yet. The start of this school year is hectic and I apologize.

Are you looking for a Screen Video Recorder.  Screencastify might be the answer.

The Lite version of screencastify offers:

▸ 10 minute recording limit per video 
▸ 50 videos per month 
▸ Screencastify watermark

You will be able to easily create a screencast for video tutorials and record presentations.  It also supports desktop capturing, allowing you to record anything on your screen with audio.

Follow my tutorial for setting up Screencastify and start exploring all of the possibilities.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


If you haven't noticed yet, I love Google Extensions. There are so many wonderful things they can do and most of them are FREE.

  Scrible is a Google Extension and a Google App.  The app lets you annotate, bookmark, save, manage & share online articles. The extension offers a tool bar that is a great way to annotate, tag and share online articles and webpages.  Both the app and the extension offer a Scrible account for storing your information.  The app and extension have features that let you:

  • move the tool bar, starts at the bottom of the page
  • highlight text
  • add post-it
  • change text color
  • Underline 
  • Bold 
  • Italic
  • Strikethrough
  • e-mail or save the annotated file for later
The extension also:

  • Notifies you when you’re on a webpage you previously annotated
  • Prompts you to load your previous annotations
  • Automatically loads your most recent annotations while you browse the Web
To create a Scrible account go to

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Invert Colors / Gray Scale

Hello Bloggers!  Summer for our technology department is a busy time and this sure has been a busy summer.  I am sorry for the late post today. 

Inverting colors or using gray scale can be a very helpful tool for students with vision issues.  It can be helpful for students with light sensitivity or who are color blind.   

Setting up these two different options are available within the Accessibility Features on your computer.  As a primarily Mac district here is a Mac tutorial on how to make the changes, to Invert Colors or use Gray Scale.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


In a previous Blog post I discussed Cite this for Me: Web Citer, a Google Extension.  Another options to help with creating a bibliography would be EasyBib!

EasyBib is a Google Docs add-on that allows you to create a bibliography, automatically.  You can cite books, journal articles and websites simply by entering the title or URL.  

This add-on lets you format in MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 7K other styles.  When you have finished adding your sources, EasyBib will generate your bibliography, alphabetize your citations and add them to the end of your paper, with just a couple of mouse clicks.   


Select Manage Bibliography from the drop-down and begin filling in the information in the sidebar.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Google Docs add-on Highlight Tool

This add-on lets you highlight text directly in a Google Doc, using a convenient sidebar. Any information that opens as a Google Doc, or can be opened as a Google Doc, can use the Highlight Tool.

Open the sidebar by choosing "Highlight Tool > Start". Then create highlighters and use them to highlight selected text. 

Highlights can be named by the color you are using or by the function of each different color (e.g. noun, verb, adj. or topic sentence, supporting fact, conclusion).

This is a test of Google Highlight tool add-on.

There is an almost unlimited wheel of colors.

Colors can be named based on color, or use.

"Share Highlighters" and "Import Highlighters" allow sharing of highlighters between different users.