Many Technology Nuggets For the IT Admin
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Randy's Tried an True Resources (such as Google Apps, Evernote, Wunderlist, Twitter, Youtube, Wordle, Livebinder, Polleverywhere, Remind, Prezi,Ted Talks, Khan Academy, Dropbox, Google Earth,Wolfram Alpha, Audacity
Link to the 60+ Teacher resources - similar to this page but with more classroom links
The following are what I think are some of the best/newest out there, ones that I find many people do not realize are there or that you may find interesting or helpful broken down into categories
TN- Signifies a Special and not to overlook Tech Nugget
Major Tip Control-F in any browser or any app!
Personal Computing/Management etc.
TN - Google Keep - Easy Note Management (Great for students for easy notes) keep.google.com (once you are logged in)
Lastpass- Great Password manager Free for desktop $12 a year to add mobile - A great Deal
TN - Search Everything - Instantly search for file on your computer
Launchy - (a little geeky)- Quick application launcher
TN - Ninte - A one click super place to download the best software with NO Spyware
TN - Pocket - Great way to keep websites for reading later
Google Save - a way to save pages like pocket but in your Google Account
Some Googly Tips
Google Docs now does Dictation?
GT#1 - Use your phone to voice dictate while you are in Gmail by going to the draft folder in on your computer)
GT#2 - Type Timer and get a Timer in Google Search
GT#3 - Type in metronome to have Google provide a Metronome
GT#4 - Type What is my IP in Google and it will show you your public IP
GT#4 32 Genius Search Tips
GT#5 You Can create shortcuts to your favorite search engines
GT#6 Put in a mathematical equation to have Google do the math
GT#7 - Need to share something but want to force a copy - Here's How
GT#8- Youtube - You can change the speed of a Youtube Video by clicking on the setting gear, there is a automatic transcription (and you can change languages)
GT#9 - To select a video from a particular spot, right click on the Time Line
Google Docs Tools
Black Menu - Keeps your Google Apps and Menu items always just a click away
uBlock Orgin- Blocks unwanted ads- lowers bandwidth and protects against malware
Crafty Text- Allows you to quickly add big text across the screen (great for presentations)
Extensity - Quickly enable or disable extensions and allows the grouping of extensions
SimpleExtManager -Quickly enable or disable extensions and allows the grouping of extensions
Google Keep- Extension to quickly add and save to Google Keep
Google Save - Extension to save web pages to Google Save
Goo.gl - extension to create shorten urls using Goo.gl
Bit.ly - Extension to work with the Bit.ly url shortner service
Session Manager - save different browser sessions
Earth View from Google Earth - See a new image from Google Earth View every time you open a new Chrome Tab
IT Pro- paid service but Great Training Videos
Rubber Ducky - A USB device that emulates a keyboard and will run scripts - Use it to enroll Chormebooks or set up BIOS on PCs, Link to Chromebook Script
Chomrebook Inventory - Google Sheet Add On to help you manage your Chromebooks
TN - GAM - Google Apps Manager Youtube Video that explains it all
TN - Kahoot - Play has individuals or as a team, Great for BYOD
Quizizz - Great Way to Gamify your Classroom
TN - Big Web Quiz Show - Quiz game that you can use with your browser, chromecast and other devices
SymbalooEDU - A easy way to create bookmarks for you are others to use (think iPhone home screen)
Freescreensharing - Need to share a screen with someone for techsupport (like your parents) Give this a try
Google Forms- Flubaroo - For those that give tests, this script allows you to create self grading tests. Link goes to easy to follow instructions.
TN - Plickers - (Paper Clickers) Use the app and sheets of papers for a clicker system. Very Cool.
Quizlet- Great to make study Flash Cards and games
TN - CK-12- Once known for free Online Texts Books- Now there are exercises, videos and more
Google Hangouts - Click here to get ideas how you can use Google Hangouts
Google Sites - Great way to share with your school and Team
Cueprompter - free online teleprompt
TweetDeck - Great way to follow people and hashtags as well as organize Twitter
Twitter Search - Just to see what is happening without having an account
Google Gooru - Great Google Resources
Neat and Cool Web Resources (all sites listed have a free component some may have a paid subscription option as well)
Random Name Selector - A very easy and fun way to pick names at random
Google Cultural Institute (includes Art Project, Historic Moments, World Wonders) One can spend hours using these resources
TN - Geogusser- One of my favorite sites - Be dropped in anyplace in the world and guess where you are- it is a great game for full class instructions or a party at your house
Smarty Pins - Google Trivia game with Google Maps
duolingo - Learn a new language for free (Apps and Web resources)
TN - 360 cities - A great site to use with your Google Carboard or browser that has panoramic places to visit - No passport needed
TN - Storynory - A site that has stories (in text and audio forms) that are great for the younger students. Need something to listen to for a lunch break?
Newsla - A site that uses current events stories and allows users to pick up to 5 different reading levels
TN - newsmap- A site that takes current news stories and places them in a grid based on their popularity. The twist is that you can pick different parts of the world and Newsmap will adjust the grid to show what stories are important in that region. Great for language classes as well as any of the history and related classes.
TN - NeoK12- This site is has a wealth of resources for K-12 with Educational Vidoes, Lessons and Games - should be part of every teacher's tool book.
Wikipedia -Link to create a book - Just a little note - did you know you can make a book (or a PDF like a book) from Wikipedia
Desmos- Free online Graphing Calculator (link to guide)
TN - Bouncy Balls - A fun site to watch music or monitor classroom noise (must have a microphone)
Presenting Content (and Getting Content)
TN - Zoomit - Great app for Windows that lets you draw on the desktop and or zoom in.
TN - Youtube Video Editor - An amazing tool right there for you to use with Youtube
Blockposters - Need a big wall poster but only have 8.5x11 paper - this is for you.
Photopin - free photos to use in presentations or websites
More Free Photos - Web resource that lists 30 places to get top quality Free images to use
Free Video Footage - what it says - free stock video- great for student projects
TN - LICEcap - a great utility to capture your sceen but does it in animated gifs so you can place it in any presentation
Canva - Online Desktop Publishing (create flyers, newsletters, business cards, etc)
Links that point to other links (Many great resources)
50 iPad Apps for Education - links to reviewed Apps for education (iOS and Andriod)
Richard Byrne Free Technology for Teachers - Many, many resources for education. Should be one of your Go to sites!
Miscellaneous Resources (neat and for fun)
Youtube Time Machine - Pick a year and a search term and Youtube will take you back in time with that topic- or use the slider to see what they have- Pretty
TubeChop - Great for choping up a youtube video just so the students only see what you want
Bit-moji - Add fun avatars and graphics to your messages