Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Animated Videos

Here is a FREE new tool in which you can make animated videos quick and easy. Tellagami is a tool that currently can only be used through an app, not on the Internet. You pick a scene, add your voice and then share your gami (what they call the videos). Currently you are able to record 30 seconds of audio and only one character is able to be put in a gami .

Tellagami is very easy to use.

What devices can Tellagami be used on? iPads, iPhones, SmartPhones (Android) or Android Tablets. Click HERE to take an "App Tour" to see how Tellagami can be used on an iPhone or an Android phone.

Here is a sample Tellagami.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Coggle It - Collaborative Online Mind Map

There is a new and easy way to brainstorm and store your work in a mind map. Coggle is a great website that allows for users to collaborate with others and create mind maps.

Here are some positives about Coggle:
  • Log in with your MJSD Google email account
  • It is FREE!
  • Share your mind map with others so you can work together (just like sharing a document in Google Drive)
  • You can add images to your Coggle
  • Coggle has a revision history so you can look back at previous versions of your mind map.
  • Coggles are saved automatically

 "Coggle Tutorial: Do more with Coggles - YouTube." 2013. 14 Oct. 2013 <>

From their blog, Coggle boasts about these key features:

Collaborative - Being able to work in teams encourages participation and interaction, promoting idea generation and decision making. Real time online collaboration makes this possible even when teams are not centrally located.

Easy to use - So easy to use that anyone, including young children, can pick it up. The Coggle interface has been designed to be as clean and clutter free as possible to minimize the distraction from less commonly used features. With support for desktop, tablet and mobile interfaces, we're making Coggle as widely available as possible and are constantly adding more device support.

Beautiful - Removing clutter from the interface and employing minimalistic design techniques we have tried to create an interface that is free from unnecessary information, creating a simple tool for making beautiful notes.

Free - We don't charge for Coggle and we won't in the future. We believe that great tools should be available to everyone, without a price tag.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Socrative 2.0 - NEW!

Have you used Socrative in your classroom or at meetings to gather feedback, assess understanding and have electronic exit tickets? If you have, the old Socrative you used is now Socrative 2.0!

Changes were made last week to the design of the website as well as new and easier ways to launch questions and quizzes for your students.
Previous users do not have to change their room number and the quizzes they had already created are still there to be used.

To read more about how to use Socrative and see the new look, click HERE.

Watch a short 3 minute video on using Socrative.

Ways to use Socrative in the classroom
  • electronic exit ticket - no more stacks of paper to keep in order
  • ask true/false, multiple choice and short answer questions
  • assess prior knowledge
  • assess comprehension
  • allow for students to respond without feeling embarrassed
  • collect data and have it sent directly to your email account for future reference
  • allow you to make sure you are meeting the needs of your students by customizing instruction from the feedback in the reports
*Note 10/14/13 - The old version of Socrative is still available @ If you want to use the new Socrative 2.0 version, go to This is a beta site, please be patient, this is a work in progress. Note that activities created and run in Socrative 2.0 will not exist in Socrative 1.0. Please send any feedback to

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

How to translate any page in Google Chrome

One of the built in features of Google Chrome is that it can translate any page into other languages.  It's very simple to do, but I can't guarantee the translation will be entirely correct.  Simply go to the page you wish to translate, then right click, and click on translate.  It will then come up with some boxes at the top of the page where you can pick which language to translate the page.

Here is a step-by-step example: (click on them to make them larger)
Right Click on page you wish to translate and click on translate.

Next choose the language you wish to translate to.

The page will then be translated.

You can also choose to always translate by click on option and always translate.