Wednesday, September 28, 2011

QuizStar - Create Online Quizzes and Organize Results (Free)


QuizStar makes it easy for instructors to create quizzes online and efficiently organize results.

QuizStar is a Web-based quiz maker that enables you to create, administer and automatically grade your quizzes online!

With QuizStar you can:
- Manage classes and quizzes
- Attach multimedia files to questions
- Make quizzes in multiple languages
- Access from any Internet-connected computer
- Allow students to complete and review

Using QuizStar
Quick Tour | Example Quizzes | FAQ

New Features
Along with enhanced performance, we are adding two new features to QuizStar! The new features allow you to duplicate your quizzes in order to make edits for different classes and share your quizzes between instructor accounts.

Still Have Questions?
If you have questions, you can do the following:
Create a QuizStar account for free • Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page Contact Us

Stop Bullying - Government Website provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.

If you or someone you know is being bullied, get help.

Inexpensive keyboard - Aluminum case for iPad

Price:  $32.99 launches new tablet & Kindles

The new Kindle @ $79

The all-new Kindle - Lighter, smaller, faster

  • 30% lighter, less than 6 ounces
  • 18% smaller body, same 6" screen size - Fits in your pocket
  • Most advanced E Ink display, reads like paper 
  • Built in Wi-Fi - Get books in 60 seconds
  • Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
  • New - Borrow Kindle books from your public library

 The new $99 Kindle

Simple-to-use touchscreen, with audio and built-in Wi-Fi
  • Most-advanced E Ink display, now with multi-touch
  • New sleek design - 8% lighter, 11% smaller, holds 3,000 books
  • Text-to-speech, plus audio books and mp3s
  • Built in Wi-Fi - Get books in 60 seconds
  • Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
  • New - Borrow Kindle books from your public library

The new $149 Kindle
Top-of-the-line e-reader, with touch and free 3G wireless
  • Free 3G wireless, no annual contracts or monthly fees. 
  • Download books anywhere, no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots
  • 3G wireless works globally
  • Most-advanced E Ink display, now with multi-touch
  • New sleek design - 8% lighter, 11% smaller, holds 3,000 books
  • Text-to-speech, plus audio books and mp3s
  • Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
  • New - Borrow Kindle books from your public library

The new $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon's revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser

  • 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books
  • Amazon Appstore - thousands of popular apps and games
  • Ultra-fast web browsing - Amazon Silk
  • Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
  • Fast, powerful dual-core processor
  • Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows

ZDNet's Blogs said of the announcement...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage Wednesday to unveil an arsenal of devices that are going to disrupt rivals like Barnes & Noble as well as Android tablet makers.

By rolling out the Kindle Touch (starting at $99), a regular Kindle ($79) and a Kindle Fire tablet ($199), Amazon introduced a subsidized model that only Apple can really match (statement). In a nutshell, we’re entering a near disposable e-reader/tablet era that will split the market between Amazon (consumption based profits) and Apple (high end brand profits). Every technology company caught in the middle is going to have some serious problems.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My Sketch App - Free for limited time

Allows you to add a variety of realistic sketch effects to your photos with just a few quick taps.  Free now in the app store for a limited time.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Limited time sale - IOS - Splashtop Remote Desktop (For Mac and PC)

From website:  ON SALE for LIMITED TIME (Regular price: $19.99)! Go everywhere with your iPad and have full access to your PC or MAC!!

This is the ONLY remote desktop app that streams video and audio from your PC or Mac, allowing you to interact with your PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Firefox, Safari, World of Warcraft, and other PC / MAC applications.

Besides iPad, Splashtop Remote Desktop is also available on iPhone / iPod, Android, WebOS, Windows, and now MAC! Remote access your PC or MAC from any device!

Access your PC or MAC programs, games, multimedia content, and files over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G networks. Go everywhere with just your iPad without having to carry your computer!

  • Access your PowerPoint and Keynote with full animations and sound
  • Access Microsoft Outlook with folders and archives
  • Access your Excel and Word applications with 100% compatibility
  • Watch Flash videos (Hulu, AOL Video, Yahoo Video, etc.), DVDs, Media Center
  • Listen to music in any format on your computer (WMV, Real, WMA, MP3, AAC, etc.)
  • Play 3D games such as World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Civilization V, etc.
  • Access your full computer browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) including your bookmarks, favorite plug-ins, and extensions (Flash, Java, etc.)
  • Play Facebook Flash games like FarmVille, CityVille, Pet Society, CafĂ© World, FrontierVille, and Mafia Wars
  • Access your Quicken, iPhoto, and other computer programs not available for iOS
Note from Nathan Smith: I bought this last evening, and it's quite powerful - giving you full remote control of your Macintosh or PC.  Purchase the app for iPad - then download the streamer application for Windows or Mac OSX (including Lion) to install on your desktop PC.  Very little lagtime - most application sounds were broadcast through the iPad as they played on the PC.  Worth every penny, especially at the $2.99 price tag while it's on sale.

Download the streamer desktop applications at:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

iPad 2 Apps for Accessibility

iPad 2 Apps for Accessibility - Compiled by Clarissa Barnhill

iPad 2
Proloquo2Go $189.99
Proloquo2Go™ is product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, close to 8000 up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a large default vocabulary, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
Pictello $14.99
Pictello is a simple way to create talking photo albums and talking books. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using high-quality voices. Stories can be shared using iTunes File Sharing or via WiFi with other Pictello users through a free account on the Pictello Sharing Server.

Eye Glasses $2.99
The Eye Glasses app is ideal for farsighted individuals, those with reading glasses or bifocals, senior citizens and anyone that just needs to see more clearly. Eye Glasses clearly displays text or imagery. To use Eye Glasses, choose between 2x, 4x, 6x or 8x magnification and hold the iPad camera about five inches away from the item you want to see magnified!
TouchChat HD $149.99
TouchChat HD is a full featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person’s ability to use natural speech. TouchChat enables you to subscribe to iShare, an online server where you can share customized pages with an online community.

Digit Eyes $29.99
Digit-Eyes is the application that lets you use your device to scan bar code labels and to voice the results of the scan to you.  You can scan the manufacturer's codes (UPC / EAN / APN / JPN / codes) on items and find out what those codes mean; and scan bar code labels of your own that you make using this website.  To do so, you just request bar codes from this website and, using the printer attached to your computer, print the codes on inexpensive address labels.

Tap Speak Sequence $29.99
TapSpeak Sequence for iPad revolutionizes how parents, speech therapists, vision therapists, schools, and institutions create and use message sequences to help disabled children learn to communicate. Use TapSpeak Sequence instead of sequential message switches to record and customize messages without losing any previously recorded sequences. Kids with cerebral palsy, autism, cortical vision impairment (CVI), pediatric stroke, or any disability that impairs their ability to communicate can make use of this app.

TASUC $15.99
TASUC SCHEDULE for iPad is a very simple, picture-based schedule application for iPhone/iPod touch, especially for small children to easily create his/her own daily time-table by using image cards with sounds & voices attached. This application was, above all, developed for verbally disabled children and people with developmental disabilities such as autism, so that they can manage their "want-to-do"s simply and in order. As a result, an intuitive user interface and experience have been realized, thus this application can also be used for ordinary children and adults as well.

Sound Amp R  $5.99
Amplify the world around you discreetly with iPhone and iPod touch. Sounds are sent to your earbuds in real time. Hear what you’d like to hear. Record what you’d like to record! Works in many situations, around the table at home, watching TV, in lecture halls, at parties, wherever you’d like to hear, or overhear, the people around you! We have tuned soundAMP to provide you crystal clear sound at the maximum volume possible. And with its advanced technology, it even reduces volume over the limit.

Tap To Talk FREE OR $99.95 to customize
Give your non-verbal child the portable, customizable, affordable, socially acceptable communication device. You customize what your child sees and hears in TapToTalk with an online program called TapToTalk Designer. With it, you build "albums" that fit your child's needs.

Grace $37.99
A simple picture exchange system developed By and For non-verbal people allowing the user to communicate their needs by building sentences from relevant images. It can be customised by the individual using their picture and photo vocabulary.

Sign 4 Me $9.99
A Signed English Translator" is the ULTIMATE tool for learning sign language. The ONLY app that provides sign language instruction in 3D! Our 3D character can be zoomed in or out and rotated to give you the best vantage point for every sign. YOU control the placement of the character – not us! No other product lets you do this!The library includes more than 11,500 words. Type in sentences, phrases, words and even the alphabet. Everything you enter will be saved in your History. Easily locate your entries by date or alphabetically. You can delete whatever you don’t want to keep.Use the controls to speed up or slow down the signing; turn on or off the looping feature; and send the character to his “home” or default position.

Scene Speak $14.99
Scene Speak provides a framework on the iPad to create visual scene displays. This application allows an image can be edited with active “sound areas” that can be selected and used as a means of communication. Images then can added into “books” by theme or area of interest. Scene Speak is a wonderful communication tool for those with Autism, Aphasia, Apraxia, developmental disabilities or anyone wanting to enhance receptive language or visual memory.

Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

Suzie Boss (@suzieboss on Twitter) is a journalist and author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age. She's also a regular blogger on Edutopia.

SnapSeed iOS App free

The SnapSeed photoediting app from Nik Software is free through Friday. This is a great app from a company that is one of the top filter makers for PC photo editing. Normally $4.99.

Grant - More than $12K for classroom tech

Lamp-Free Projection Technology Grant
Administrators and faculty of public or private schools and universities in the United States can enter Casio’s Lamp-Free Projector Technology Grant for a chance to win a Mobile Classroom Package worth $12,500. The Mobile Classroom Package includes a Casio Short Throw Projector, Casio Pen & Software, 30 pairs of Casio 3D active glasses and an AVRover Cart equipped with a 3D computer.
Contact Information

  • Grant Organization: Casio
  • Contact URL: http://www.casioeducationproje...
  • Eligibility: Public and private K-12 schools and universities
  • Grant Deadline: Monday October 31st, 2011
  • Grant Value: Mobile classroom package worth $12,500

Podcast (Padcast?) - iPad Today

Tech geeks Leo Laporte and Sarah Lane love their iPads so much they've created "iPad Today," the TWiT network's first show highlighting the best apps, most helpful tools, coolest tricks, and essential news surrounding the iPad revolution.  Presently at 63 episodes - each around an hour long - available in large and small video formats.  Just go to the iTunes store - Podcasts - and search for iPad Today.

A Handy Tip for Creating Lines in Word 2007 or 2010 (or Mac 2011)

This handy Word shortcut will save you some time.  Please click on the image above to see the enlarged version.  Each line creation shortcut uses three characters and then a RETURN.

The 20 best iPhone apps of 2011 for productive geeks - TechRepublic Editor's Choice

September 6, 2011, 11:42 PM PDT

Takeaway: Jason Hiner offers his top picks for iPhone apps that can help you work smarter and improve your productivity.

Mobile apps have become an embarrassment of riches for iPhone and Android. In a world with over 500,000 iPhone apps and over 250,000 Android apps, the toughest part is finding the most useful stuff.

For iPhone users, I’m going to throw you an assist by sharing my top 20 (this is an update of my 2010 iPhone list, and I will update my top Android picks next week). My iPhone picks are all third-party apps that can help you be more productive, streamline regular activities, reduce the number of gadgets in your life, and take advantage of the top benefits that mobile computing has to offer.

Read the list:

The 20 Most Useful Apps for Android - TechRepublic Editor's Choice

September 16, 2011, 12:57 PM PDT
Takeaway: Jason Hiner provides his list of the top 20 tried-and-true Android smartphone apps that are worth your time to download.

The Android Market may not have as many apps as the iPhone App Store yet, but there are still more than enough to be overwhelmed, and it continues to grow at a breakneck pace. To help you sort through them all, here is my latest list of the 20 most useful Android apps (this is an update of my 2010 Android list). I’ve also recently updated my list of the most useful iPhone apps and you’ll notice several of the same apps on both lists.

Remember that I primarily had business professionals in mind when making this list and also keep in mind that this is a snapshot in time. The Android platform is developing so quickly that I guarantee my home screen will look different a month from now.

Still, here’s my list of tried-and-true Android apps that I can highly recommend.

Read the list:


New K-3 Free Website - Loving to Learn


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Google+ is now open to everyone!

It took Google some time to open their social network service Google Plus to the public. Up until now it was only possible to join the service after receiving an invite, or by accessing the site when Google removed the invite-limitation temporarily.

Google today over at the official Google Blog announced that Google+ is now available for everyone which means that anyone can sign up for Google+ without invitation. This step marks the transition from field trial of beta.

Users who want to sign up can head over to the official website at or to sign up for the service.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Digital Promise - A New National Center Focuses on Ed Tech

A new national center founded to spur breakthrough technologies that can help transform the way teachers teach and students learn.

Digital Promise is an independent 501(c)(3), created through Section 802 of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, authorizing a nonprofit corporation known as the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies (Digital Promise). According to the statute, Digital Promise’s purpose is "to support a comprehensive research and development program to harness the increasing capacity of advanced information and digital technologies to improve all levels of learning and education, formal and informal, in order to provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy."

Earth Science Week - October 9-15

Earth Science Week 2011 Coming Soon: Get Ready!

Back to school! Now is the time to make plans for Earth Science Week, taking place October 9-15, 2011. The 14th annual Earth Science Week will celebrate the theme "Our Ever-Changing Earth" with a wide range of exciting activities, programs, and resources designed to engage young people and the public in learning about the natural processes that shape our planet over time.

Pitch in to promote geoscience literacy. Conduct activities described on the Earth Science Week web site at For more ideas, see recommendations at

This year's event is shaping up to reach even more people than last year's audience of over 46 million. For more than a decade, AGI has organized Earth Science Week to foster public and professional awareness of the status of Earth science in education and society. To learn more, visit the event web site at

Under a Month Left to Enter Earth Science Week Contests

With entries due near the end of Earth Science Week - Friday, October 14 - science students and enthusiasts across the country are busy completing submissions for the Earth Science Week 2011 essay, visual arts, and photography contests. Send yours soon!

The visual arts contest is titled "Picturing Our Ever-Changing Earth." Students in grades K-5 are encouraged to draw, paint, or create a poster. Artwork entries should be two-dimensional and no larger than 24-by-36 inches. Show how Earth's air, water, land, and living things change over time.

Students in grades 6-9 may enter the essay contest: "How Change Shapes Our Planet." Each one-page essay must be no longer than 300 words. Discuss how interactions among Earth systems - geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere - change our planet.

The photo contest, open to all ages, focuses on "A World of Change in My Community." We can see evidence of Earth's many changes in our back yards, around our neighborhoods, and in our travels. In a photo, show how your area is influenced by long-term and short-term changes.

The contests offer opportunities for students and the public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science, and compete for prizes. Each first-place winner receives $300 and a copy of AGI's "Faces of Earth" DVD set. To learn more, visit

Change Education With an Earth Science Week Toolkit

Every year, Earth Science Week tackles a different topic in its toolkit of materials for educators. Choose the kit that best fits your instructional needs. Focusing on the theme "Our Ever-Changing Earth," the 2011 kit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* A "Big Ideas of Earth Science" DVD linked to online activities
* American Chemical Society global water experiment materials
* National Park Service items on fossils, air, and geologic heritage
* NASA education resources examining Earth from space
* A GIS-in-science-education resource from ESRI
* A poster by SPE on renewable and nonrenewable energy
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* A USGS poster on the bicentennial of the New Madrid quake
* Activity sheets from the Association for Women Geoscientists
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

Past years' kits address other topics: "Exploring Energy" (2010) deals with energy science. "Understanding Climate" (2009) covers climate science. "No Child Left inside" (2008) features materials designed to help young people explore the geosciences outdoors.

Each kit contains materials to help you prepare for Earth Science Week (October 9-15, 2011) and teach Earth science all year long. For ordering, special shipping, bulk order discounts, and more information, visit

More Geoscience Resources In Spanish and English

Nearly 30 educational activities and resources have been added to the newly updated SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit. If you're looking for Earth science education resources in both Spanish and English, this is the web site for you.

The site - a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and AGI - has been created to provide educational materials, activities, and other resources for Spanish-speaking students and teachers, as well as English speakers, in U.S. and SEED schools around the world. The resources featured on the site have been developed by SEED, AGI, and other geoscience organizations.

Visitors can view 76 lessons, posters, fact sheets and other materials, each offered in both Spanish and English. Materials provide users with introductory information on Earth science, as well as in-depth items on earth, water, air, and life science. Find the free toolkit online (

'No Child Left Inside' Day Comes to Your Area

On the Tuesday of Earth Science Week, you can make sure there's "No Child Left Inside" (NCLI). Dedicate a day to outdoor activities enabling young people to experience Earth science firsthand.

To help, the NCLI Day Guide is now available in PDF format for easy printing and outdoor use. This free guide provides everything you need to start planning your own NCLI Day event, including any of 17 outdoor learning activities recommended for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Plan your NCLI Day event, where educators and young people perhaps can wade into ponds, climb hills, and search the skies to learn Earth science. Find the NCLI Day Guide, including the new PDF version, at Have a great NCLI Day!

Visit DC's National Mall for National Fossil Day Event

Join paleontologists and park rangers for the second annual National Fossil Day in Washington, D.C. The National Park Service and Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History are collaborating to host the National Fossil Day Celebration on the National Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

The event will feature presentations and activities for all ages, including Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train, digging for fossils, and activities exploring prehistoric life. Museum staff will oversee a fossil prep lab and displays dedicated to fossils of the area. On hand will be paleontologists and geologists from the National Park Service, American Geological Institute, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Science Foundation, Maryland Dinosaur Park, and NOAA.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see

Women in the Geosciences Day Coming in October

How can you make a difference for young women? Join the Association for Women Geoscientists and AGI in celebrating the third annual Women in the Geosciences Day - Thursday, October 13 - during Earth Science Week 2011. Women in the Geosciences Day offers you a chance to share the excitement and advantages of geoscience careers with young women.

If you're an educator, invite a female geoscientist to speak in your classroom or institution. If you're a female geoscientist, visit a local school or volunteer at a science center. Organize a scout event for badges, lead a 4H field trip, or hold a special "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" focusing on the geoscience workplace. No matter who you are, you can help show young women what it means to be a geoscientist.

The Association for Women Geoscientists offers scholarships for women pursuing education and careers in the geosciences, as well as support for female geoscientist lecturers in classrooms. To learn more, visit And have a great Women in the Geosciences Day!

Shine a Media Spotlight On Your Great Activities

Natural disasters! Energy! Climate! Earth science is breaking news. Educators can take advantage of journalists' interest in geoscience to promote awareness of local Earth Science Week activities. Here are five effective strategies:

* Plan a special event to draw attention to your Earth Science Week activities. Conduct an investigation or experiment, invite a prominent geoscientist to talk with students, host a ceremony or a banquet, stage an event with a nearby museum or science center, give awards to volunteers, or honor geoscience enthusiasts who make a difference.

* Prepare a press release to alert the media about your Earth Science Week activities. Answer important questions, such as who, what, where, when, and why. Include data and quotes from key players. Provide contact information for followup. Print the release on your letterhead and fax it to editors and reporters at least three days before the event.

* Be persistent in pitching your story to local news organizations. Besides noting the "hook" of Earth Science Week, show how your activities address issues that are urgent, timely, and relevant to the community. Write a brief, compelling query letter to the appropriate editor at each media outlet. Follow up with a phone call and email.

* Write letters to the editor for print in local newspapers and magazines. You might respond to a recent geoscience-related article with a letter to the editor. If possible, schedule a meeting with the editorial board. Or instead of a letter, perhaps write an opinion editorial, or "op-ed," to cite concerns and recommend solutions.

* Use available Earth Science Week materials in promoting awareness. In the Earth Science Week Toolkit and on the event web site are print and electronic materials - poster, calendar, logo, and more - that you can use to "brand" your activity. Link your local activity to the larger national celebration to emphasize its significance. For more ideas, see

NGWA Webinar Targets Women in Geoscience

Female students contemplating career paths and professional women considering career changes can learn about opportunities in the geosciences through a webinar hosted by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) at noon EST, October 13, during Earth Science Week 2011.

Four women working in various areas of the geosciences will discuss their unique perspectives. While titled "Women in the Geosciences," this webinar will be presented at a level appropriate for all groundwater professionals, both men and women. The presentation will be informal, and time will be allocated for questions.

NGWA, an AGI member society, is an Earth Science Week partner. For information on the webinar, see

SMILE for Activities Online for Science Teachers

Looking for activities? Those seeking new ways to teach young people about math and science may need little more than SMILE. The nonprofit group aims to collect the best educational materials on the web and create learning activities, tools, and services - all designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings.

SMILE is a national partnership of science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and math exciting and engaging for all learners.

SMILE is the Science and Math Informal Learning Educators pathway of the National Science Digital Library. To learn more, see SMILE online (

London Event Marks Earth Science Week 2011

The Geological Society of London (GSL), an AGI member society, is organizing a special event - "Poetry and Geology: A Celebration" - to coincide with Earth Science Week and England's National Poetry Day on October 10, 2011.

From Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney, poets have long been inspired by geology and landforms.  Likewise, geologists have been keen readers and writers of poetry. GSL invites Londoners to celebrate these links at a free event including talks, performances, discussions, and a reading by contemporary poets.

To register, contact GSL's Georgina Worrall at To learn more about GSL, see

How to Put Your Event On the Map - Online

If you're hosting an event for the public during Earth Science Week 2011 (October 9-15), let people know about it! The best way is to post your event details on "Events in Your Area" ( This web page provides information on events taking place through program partners in each state.

In addition, your event can be listed in "Earth Science Organizations" (, an online map that offers clickable links to Earth Science Week events taking place at parks, museums, science and technology centers, university geology departments, local geological societies, and other nearby locations. Anyone can find the map online, click on a nearby location, read a brief description - and even get driving directions!

To post your event, please contact AGI at Be sure to provide a brief description of the event, time and date, street address, phone number, email address, and URL. We'll be happy to direct Earth Science Week participants to your event!

The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit

Google Calendar Keyboard Shortcuts

Create event
Provides the full, multi-box input for creating an event
Quick add
Opens the short box for quick, semantic events: "1pm Friday Lunch with Jim at Shake Shack."
Focus search box
Find your events, rather than hunt them down
Cycle through Day, Week, Month, Custom, and Agenda views
"Custom" is a period of days you create in Settings (5 days, for example). d,w,x,m,a keys do the same thing.
j/k or n/p
Move through periods, based on calendar view: hours, days, etc.

SpaceMath@NASA - newly revamped - new resources

The SpaceMath@NASA website has now been officially changed on September 13, 2011 to make it more useful to our audience of formal educators wishing to use the problems under classroom conditions, and without student access to the problem answer keys.

When you visit the Home Page at you will be taken to the public-side of the website. It contains many of the features of the former website, plus an 'Inquiry' area. This site is intended for the general public and for students. About 50 math problems are available at this site with complete answer keys provided.

When you register as an educator by pressing the 'Click Here to Register' button, you will be asked to fill out a very brief registration form. Within a few days of submission, we will send you the information needed to access the protected SpaceMath@NASA website.  This protected website contains all of the contents of the original website including books and many new problems with answer keys provided. It also contains new mission math resources...

By participating in this way, you will have access to the archives of over 400 problems, 20+ problem books and timely news articles with math extensions, all provided with full answer keys. This way you may use the problems directly in the classroom without students having access to the answer keys via GOOGLE searches etc. We will also subscribe you to our new Listserve for SpaceMath@NASA educators so that you can continue to get periodic updates.

We hope this new arrangement will make this unique math resource even more helpful as you continue to develop your STEM programs and course content!

Once again, YOU MUST REGISTER in order to have access to the protected resources with full answer keys. It only takes a few seconds!!!

Elaine Lewis
Sun-Earth Day

Students Equipped With An iPad Score Higher Than Peers In Tests

Joe White on

A university study investigating exactly how helpful iPads are in an academic environment has recently shared its findings.

The results, which were obtained by Abilene Christian University and shared with TUAW, note that iPad-equipped students actually do excel in their studies. According to the website:
In one study, students who annotated text on their iPads scored 25% higher on questions regarding information transfer than their paper-based peers. In a separate project covering iPad usage patterns, two researchers studying ACU’s first all-digital class discovered that the iPad promotes “learning moments” and helps students make more efficient use of their time. Grad students working in an online program reported a 95% satisfaction rate for online iPad-based coursework.
For a while now, Apple has promoted the iPad has being an educational learning tool, drawing attention to applications such as Pages, Numbers and Keynote – the company’s iWork suite for iOS. However, if the above findings are anything to go by, it would appear that this is more than just an advertising campaign, and that iPads really are helping students across the globe.

If you’re looking to use your iPad as a learning tool, take a look at our “iPad Apps For College” applist, where we outline the essential applications any iPad-equipped college student should own.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

From ZDNet: September 2011: The Definitive Facebook Lockdown Guide

By Zack Whittaker | September 4, 2011, 12:42pm PDT 

Summary: Facebook’s privacy and security settings have changed massively. It’s time to catch up and ensure your settings are up to date.

However, because of Facebook’s expected profile, account and privacy shift earlier this month, an awful lot has changed — as you will no doubt have noticed.

The previous Lockdown Guides have been some of the most popular content on ZDNet to date.

Each gallery guide will walk you through a crucial focus area of Facebook’s settings, and will run through every single setting, option and feature available to users, to ensure that your privacy is as protected as it can be.

Gallery guide 1: Secure your friends lists

New guide: This guide is a crucial focus to the remaining guides, showing you how to create lists of friends, such as colleagues and family, as well as a ‘limited profile’, allowing you to limit updates and uploaded content from those you do not want to share with.

Gallery guide 2: Secure your profile page

Updated: Believe it or not, your profile settings page is now where your privacy settings are. This guide will walk you through the updated user-interface, as well as the recommended settings for each section of your profile.

Gallery guide 3: Secure your account settings

Updated: Your account settings are at the heart of your Facebook, and have changed significantly. This guide reflects those major changes, and shows you how to be secure using the world’s largest social network. It also helps you manage your data, including a full section on how to manage the applications and games that are connected to your account.

Gallery guide 4: Secure your privacy settings

Updated: Everything has changed! Included in this guide are the new privacy features that Facebook rolled out earlier this month, including changes to how you are tagged, and who can share your data. You can also manage your block lists from here, and make sweeping permissions changes to your old posts.

Gallery guide 5: Secure the miscellaneous bits

Updated: This guide will show you how to download all of your data, as well as showing you how to manage your BlackBerry and iPhone settings. Also, seeing as your status update window has changed, it will show you how to set locations and tag friends in a safe way, and how to create private events that are limited to your network.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Healthline - Body Maps

BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. With easy-to-use navigation, users can search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts, and understand in detail how the human body works.

Using detailed 3-D models of body parts-including muscles, veins, bones, and organs-Body Maps offers a new way to visualize and manage your health. See how the coronary artery delivers blood to the heart, and learn how plaque build-up on artery walls leads to heart disease. Locate the exact location of a pulled muscle or broken bone, and find information on how to prevent injuries. View a cross-section of the human brain, and learn which areas control certain emotions and body functions.

By offering rich, detailed anatomical images alongside links to relevant and useful health information, BodyMaps allows you to leam about your body and your health in a personalized and revolutionary new way.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grades 7-12 - RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge Registration Open

By now you may have heard about the free, educational program RealWorld-InWorld (RWIW), developed by NASA, NIA, USA TODAY Education, and LearniT-TeachiT.  Now in its second year of existence, the program has expanded to include middle school students, streamlined its registration process, and added another challenge related to robotics.

As you are aware, the RWIW NASA Engineering Design Challenge encourages students in grades 7-12 to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through two phases of project-based learning and team competition.  Face-to-face and virtual reality experiences related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2 will be the basis of this year's middle and high school challenge.

Registration is now open and entries are due January 27, 2012.

To learn more, visit the RWIW website:

If you have further questions, you may contact me or RWIW project manager, Sharon Bowers, at

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100 Year Starship Study Public Symposium

NASA's Ames Research Center in California and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will host a public symposium for the 100 Year Starship Study. The symposium will take place Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. Registration to attend the symposium is free and open to the public.

The 100 Year Starship Study aims to stimulate students, academia, industry, researchers and the public to consider possibilities and issues surrounding long-duration, long-distance spaceflight.

This endeavor will require an understanding of questions such as: how do organizations evolve and maintain focus and momentum for 100 years or more; what models have supported long term technology.

The 100 YSS public symposium will feature presentations of papers and panel discussion in seven relevant tracks related to interstellar travel:

-- Time-Distance Solutions -- Propulsion, time/space manipulation and/or dilation, near speed of light navigation, faster than light navigation, observations and sensing at near speed of light or faster than light
Track Chair: Dr. Jim Benford

-- Habitats and Environmental Science -- To have gravity or not, space and radiation effects, environmental toxins, energy collection and use, agriculture, self-supporting environments, optimal habitat sizing
Track Chair: Dr. Chris McKay |

-- Biology and Space Medicine -- Physiology in space, psychology in space, human life suspension (e.g., cryogenic), medical facilities and capabilities in space, on-scene (end of journey) spawning from genetic material
Track Chair: Dr. Neal Pellis

-- Education, Social, Economic and Legal Considerations -- Education as a mission, who goes, who stays, to profit or not, economies in space, communications back to Earth, political ramifications, round-trip legacy investments -- assets left behind
Track Chair: Dr. Mae Jemison

-- Destinations -- Criteria for destination selection, what do you take, how many destinations and missions, probes versus journeys of faith
Track Chair: Dr. Jill Tarter

-- Philosophical and Religious Considerations -- Why go to the stars, moral and ethical issues, implications of finding hospitable worlds, implications of finding life elsewhere, implications of being left behind
Track Chair: Mr. Stewart Brand

-- Communication of the Vision -- Storytelling as a means of inspiration, linkage between incentives, payback and investment, use of movies, television and books to popularize long-term research, long-term journeys
Track Chair: Dr. Harry Kloor

In addition, the symposium will feature a science fiction authors' panel discussion, special social events and an exhibit hall.

For more information about the 100 Year Starship Study and the public symposium, please visit the website at:

If you have questions about the study or the public symposium, please email your inquiries to

NASA: Space Farm 7 Outreach Event

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is partnering with The Rock Ranch in central Georgia to celebrate 50 years of human space exploration. Educational activities, planetarium shows and astronaut presentations are scheduled for students, teachers and the public. The Rock Ranch will open its corn maze designed in the shape of an astronaut.

NASA educational activities will be held Sept. 23-24, 2011. The event is open to the public. Saturday, Sept. 23 is School Assembly Day. Schools are requested to call 706-647-6374 to register for the activities.

The Rock Ranch is a family destination located one hour south of Atlanta, Ga. Details can be found online at

This event is part of the Space Farm 7 outreach project celebrating NASA’s achievements with seven agritourism events taking place throughout the United States. The goal of the project is to educate and inspire one million children.

For more information about this event, contact Beth Smith at

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute Web seminar on Sept. 22, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air traffic controller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson, the challenge is to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, with proper spacing, at a given route intersection.

For more information and to register online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to

NASA: Global Water Experiment Webcast

During the International Year of Chemistry 2011, students around the world are invited to explore one of Earth's most critical resources, water. The results of their investigations will contribute to a global experiment, which will possibly become the biggest chemistry experiment ever.

Join specialists from NASA and the American Chemical Society, on Sept. 22, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT, as they discuss this experiment and how water filtration affects our lives on Earth and in space.

Check out the webcast at

To learn more about the experiment, visit

NASA: Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Sept. 16, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Attendees will collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

For more information and to register online, visit URL

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to John Entwistle at

Best iPhone and iPad App Lists in Education

From Appolicious - some great lists for educators here.

Whiteboard HD for IOS - Free for a limited time

Whiteboard HD: Internet Collaboration ($3.99 -> Free, 6.0 MB): A real-time collaborative drawing app. This universal tool allows you to draw on a blank canvas or on top of images with friends or coworkers in real-time over 3G, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth. It includes a variety of drawing options, the ability to save and upload images, and TV-out support.

Whiteboard HD: Internet Collaboration is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 42 ratings.

Photo Annotate for IOS - Free today only!

Photo Annotate ($2.99 -> Free, 6.3 MB): They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but why not make sure you get your point across by actually adding words, audio notes, and web links directly to your pictures? With Photo Annotate you can do just that. Just tap on any portion of your image to create a pin, then you can add one of three annotations to it. Annotated images can be shared via email or Facebook, or they can be saved to your library to be shared in a different way.

Photo Annotate is available for free today only (09/15). It has a 4-star rating with a total of 7 ratings.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Turn your iPad into a Computer remote control, with interactive whiteboard functions

Trying out some software tonight - Doceri -

Free iPad app - you pay for the desktop software that hooks to your projection system.  I played with it a while - it seemed quite powerful, well thought out, and little lag time.  You can download a trial version and play with it yourself - then decide if the tool is worth it to you.

From their website:

In a nutshell, Doceri is the ultimate tool for presentations and lessons. Through the Doceri Remote iPad app and Doceri Desktop software, you can control a computer (Mac or Windows), easily launch any document or application, and annotate over them at any time. You can save drawings and play them back in the future allowing even better presentations to be created from your existing PowerPoint or Keynote slideshows. If you just want to use it as a whiteboard, you can create any handwritten/drawn content on any background of your choice. And with additional room control hardware, Doceri can even be used as the remote control for projectors, DVD players, and all other audiovisual devices in your room.

Edutopia's Weekly Giveaway: Educational iPad Apps Bundle

Educational iPad apps galore! This week we're [Edutopia] giving away a handy bundle of educational apps for your iPad, which includes SAT Prep Package for SAT preparation, Splashtop Whiteboard for converting your iPad into an interactive whiteboard, and Attendance for managing your student participation.

By Sunday, September 18, five lucky individuals will be randomly selected to win the Educational iPad Apps Bundle (a total $80 value).

Rules: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Each entry must be individually submitted using the entry form above for each giveaway. Limit one entry per email.


Restore sanity by not restoring in OSX Lion

Thanks to Lion's Restore feature, all the windows you left open in a given application remain open when you relaunch it. That's awesomely helpful in a Web browser or a text editor. In certain apps, however—particularly those where you rarely need to revisit the same documents—the feature is more of an annoyance. Window resuming is actually configured on an app-by-app basis. Here are the Terminal commands to disable Resume in Preview and QuickTime Player X:
defaults write NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false 

defaults write NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false

Quit the apps before you try the commands. Again, swap "true" for "false" to reverse your change.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Updates just out for Office 2008 & 2011 - OSX

Microsoft has released updates for Office 2011 and Office 2008, both of which are the only Office suites that will run in OS X Lion since they contain code for Intel chips. The update addresses critical security flaws in the program that could allow an attacker to execute malicious code on a system, and also pro­vides a number of fixes and improvements to the pro­grams, including the following:

Office 2011:

  • Office documents not opening in some Web browsers 
  • Power Point crashing unexpectedly when using Command-Tab 
  • Excel crashing when switching work books or when saving files 
  • Dutch citations not appearing properly in Word
  • Contact images not showing in Outlook's Contacts Search box 
  • Shared calendars in Outlook now have an option for removing from view 
  • Outlook now properly shows free/busy status on exchange 2003 mail­boxes 
  • Time Zones are now properly managed in Outlook 

The update should be available through Microsoft's Autoupdate utility.

From a CNET blog post - what to do with those extra flash drives

Among their many talents, USB flash drives have revolutionized the press kit. Now when I go to trade shows like CES or Mobile World Congress, I can just pick up a tiny flash drive with a company's announcements rather than lugging around a bunch of heavy folders. The result is lots of saved paper and less strain on my back.

Of course, the downside of this development is that I've wound up with quite a collection of USB drives that I've used only once. And after cleaning out my office a few weeks ago, I found I had no less than 60 flash drives of various sizes.

Since I didn't want to throw them away or leave them around to collect dust, I started thinking about ways they could put to good use. Ed Rhee already offered six cool things to do with a spare USB flash drive, but even pursuing each of those angles would still leave me with way more devices than I need.

That's when a friend from college offered a solution. My friend is a middle school teacher in the Los Angeles area. He said that many of his students lack fast Internet access or they aren't able to send electronic files between home and school. For those kids, USB drives are a great way to deliver homework to school and turn it in on time.

That solution was ideal to me so I packed up most of my thumbdrives and sent them south (deleting the files first, of course). Hopefully this school year, a USB flash drive from Nokia, Verizon Wireless, or Samsung will make a student's studying a little easier. So if you're drowning in your own flash drive collection, check with our local teachers. They may be able to use them.