TED Tuesday: 002

I am sharing a Ted Talk every Tuesday.  I think watching one TED Talk every Tuesday is important. (Here’s why!)

I love performance art, and I love poetry. Here is a great Ted Talk about financial aid robbery:

Carven Lissaint: Put the Financial Aid in the Bag”
Education should be more affordable. In this spoken-word gem from TEDYouth 2011, performance artist Carvens Lissaint imagines what would be said during a robbery for scholarships and Pell Grants.

TED Tuesday: 001

Awhile back I wrote a post on why I think everyone should have lunch with TED every Tuesday.  I used a little wordplay to underscore the value of watching at least one TED talk each week.  Since they are short I thought lunch would be a great time, and it’s the only time teachers have available, if even then. And since Tuesday and TED and Talk made some nice alliteration, I decided on #TEDtalkTue (I now see someone “borrowed” my idea from 2011 and launched their own site with the idea in 2013.  Well, good for them. The Ted Talk motto is: Good Ideas are Worth Spreading.)

I have expanded the idea to show one TED talk to my students each week on Tuesdays.  The videos are short, inspiring, and I believe life changing.  It is also easy to find one that ties in nicely to whatever you are teaching despite the discipline.

Here is the TED Talk I am sharing today, #TEDtalkTue001

The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle: ScreenFlow 5, Things, & More!

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The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle


First of all, ScreenFlow 5 is awesome and sells for for twice what this entire bundle is selling for now. Things 2 is an amazing to-do app that syncs all of your devices. Furthermore, Civilization: Beyond Earth is an amazing game, also well worth the entire bundle price. The rest of the bundle is also very good. Hard to believe you get all 8 for $45 when ScreenFlow 5 alone sells for $100. Great deal.)


The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle features some of the most popular apps to ever be installed on a Mac. Get multimedia & system management tools, productivity, and games all in one amazing package including such notables as Data Rescue 4 and ScreenFlow 5.

Get 8 award-winning Mac apps at a savings of 91% with The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle, $44.99

Here’s a breakdown of the 8 included apps for $44.99:
1. ScreenFlow 5 (Outside this bundle, sells for $99.99) – The best screen recording tool for Mac, recommend by everyone. Version 5 has never been in a bundle and was just released in October.
2. Things 2 (Outside this bundle, sells for $49) – This has never been in a bundle and is hugely popular. It’s an Apple award winner, and Mac App Store “Essential”.

Edmodo for Parents! A new app from Edmodo.

Wired Educator Edmodo Parents Classroom

Edmodo is one of my favorite tools in my teacher toolbox for communicating with students and parents, assigning homework, giving quick quizzes, collecting assignments,  and now it is even better with a brand new free tool called Edmodo for Parents. 

Edmodo for Parents allows families to get involved with your classroom learning by inviting them to view what assignments are coming up, which ones are past due, and which ones have been turned in. (Click below for more.)

Evernote for Educators is Great! A 75% Discount is now possible.

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I have been using Evernote in my classroom and personal life for years.  Last year I just upgraded to Evernote Premium and I love the additional features and storage.

I just learned today that Evernote offers a 75% Discount to Educational Institutes on their Evernote Business plan.  I’m not sure exactly how this works for individual educators like myself, but it sounds as if your school district must apply and you have to have at least five users in the program.  I am contacting Evernote for more information.  (Keep reading for more details and the link.)

8 Ways to Start Learning Swift Programming Language on Your iPhone for Free

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Not Taylor Swift! Swift, the new programming language by Apple.

Yes, you can learn Swift Programming Language on your iPhone. Here is a variety of free resources to help you get started learning the new Swift Programming Language on your iPhone. Let me know your favorite in the comments. Also, if you know of any other resources please leave links in the comments. Thanks!

1. The Swift Programming Language iBook by Apple (iBook): Here is the link to the iBook which you can download and consumer on your iPhone. And remember, this is just book one, of the series. This is a great resource by Apple, Inc.

2. The Swift Programming Language iOS Developer website by Apple: This is Apple’s free Developer Library website on Swift free to everyone. Read the overview and check out all of the great free resources. Also check out Apple’s Swift Programming Language Library. Another great website by a third party is: TeamTreeHouse. They offer a great “Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Swift.

3. Kodify a free iPhone app that works a little bit like DuoLingo does for Spanish. I really like this app. It currently has five learning modules with three more in development.  All free.  Here’s the link.

The Best Productivity Apps for Every Educator

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 4.22.27 PMThe iPhone is an amazing productivity tool or an amazing distraction depending on the apps you use. I have my share of apps for distractions, but I also accomplish a lot of work on my iPhone too.  It surprises me that more people don’t know about how the iPhone can help you accomplish more wherever you are at.  You can waste a lot of time and money trying to find the best productivity apps, so let me save you a little of both.

In this post I will share thirteen of my top productivity apps and annotate them with suggestions on how they can be put to best use.  I will elaborate on some of the apps in separate, individual posts later.

I would love to read what apps you would include on this list and how you use them in the comments below.

Google Earth Pro Now FREE (Formerly $400)


The only thing better than really cool educational technology is FREE really cool educational technology.
Today Google announced the Google Earth Pro will now be free. Google Earth Pro was $400 a year, and now you can have it for free.
From Google:
Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world. (click the link for more and a video)

New Khan Academy iPad App Brings Full Experience and Handwriting Recognition to Users

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Khan Academy’s iPad app just got overhauled making the iPad an even more powerful tool in the Education market.

iPad users now will have the full Khan Academy! Users will have access to session video, choose from from more than 150,000 interactive math exercises, and receive immediate feedback.

Yep, you can now take EVERY course on Khan Academy on your iPad.

It’s most amazing feature may very well be it’s ability to recognize handwriting allowing users to submit answers by writing on the screen.  The app employs MyScript-powered handwriting recognition for this magic to happen.