Genius Web Annotator

Genius Web Annotator: Genius lets you add line-by-line annotations to any page on the Internet

Annotate every web page: You can install our Chrome Extension, so Genius is with you everywhere you go. If you don’t use Chrome, try our Bookmarklet.

Share annotated pages with everyone, no extension needed: Put in front of any URL to annotate and read other Genius annotations on any page on the Internet. You don’t need to download anything!

Here is an EdTechTalk Podcast about the tool, it is over an hour, but if you fast forward to about 21 minutes you will see the demo and discussion about using Genius Web Annotator in the classroom and how it works: 

Check it out, install the tool and give it a try, thy website has good instructions and includes a video.  

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Think Different: Adult Coloring Books for Stress Relief

Since Spring Break is upon us, maybe little fun and stress relief is in order.  

I got into the paper versions of the Adult Coloring books last year, but I have to remember to bring a book along and my colored pencils, lots to carry.  Recently, I tried a couple apps on my iPad.  Oh my, now I am really hooked.  

Resources to prove my point……

Ok enough about that, my favorite app is Pigment Pigment - The only true adult coloring book experience
If you do a search in the App store for Adult Coloring you will find hundreds of options.  My favorite so far is Pigment, there are 33 books included so far and they seem to add news ones frequently , each having at least 3 free pictures.  Thats nearly 100 pictures to color right now before spending any money.

Color like you would on paper with actual colored pencils! Unlike tap-to-fill coloring apps, Pigment is the ONLY true coloring book experience on the iPhone and iPad. Choose from 350+ hand curated, professionally drawn illustrations, 8 different kinds of pencils, markers and brushes, and an unlimited number of colors to choose from. Once you're done, easily share them with your friends and family, and even print them out using AirPrint. There's no better way to color!
  • Pigment is the only coloring book app that simulates pencil and brush strokes for a realistic coloring experience
  • Pigment also offers the common "tap-to-fill" option of coloring
  • 8 kinds of coloring tools — colored pencil, marker, paint brush, fill, airbrush, circle brush, linear gradient, and radial gradient
  • Fully supports finger, Apple Pencil, and third-party stylus input
  • 350+ professionally illustrated works to color
  • Unlimited number of colors using the professionally curated palettes and the innovative shade control
  • Share your work by email, SMS, Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks
  • AirPrint the art that you create
  • Subscribe to Premium Access for a new coloring books every month

Give it a try, you will be hooked shortly, a ton of fun for FREE (mostly)!

Scribble Press Deluxe-Creative Book Maker for Kids- Free until March 18

Scribble Press Deluxe-Create Book Maker for Kids App has been completely redesigned and is

FREE  until March 18 for iPads. 

Scribble Press YouTube Channel: 

TELL YOUR STORY with Scribble Press Deluxe, the ALL-NEW, creative bookmaking App for kids!

Designed for the classroom and at home, Scribble Press Deluxe is a creativity platform for children to imagine, write, illustrate, and share their own stories. NEW, Powerhouse features include video export, audio recording, music, 300 new drawing tools, backgrounds, and stickers to inspire creativity and 30 fill-in-the-blank story starters ranging from the silly to the sublime.  

This fun and family friendly creativity platform has been called “hands down the best story creation App” and has won numerous awards from educational and parenting media. Originally launched for the iPad in 2011, Scribble has since been adopted in thousands of classrooms and been used to create over 100,000 books

Free TEACHER Fonts from Tech Junkie

A little different direction for the resource this week……42 FREE Teacher Fonts from Tech Junkie.

If you are anything like me, you are always looking for a new font to use in a creation (handout, presentation, bulletin Board, etc.) and the standard fonts on your computer have more or less worn out their welcome. I’d consider myself the font queen, I don’t even want to tell you how many fonts I have. It is only in the last few years that fonts have become free for download.  I am all for artist getting paid for their hard work, however, I also appreciate it when they freely share their beautiful creations. 

I saw a tweet about the Tech Junkie website this morning via Twitter & Pinterest and discovered 42 FREE Teacher fonts.  What an awesome find.  I have been to this site many times, but today I really dug in and found tons of resources.  And I have only scratched the surface of what is available on the Tech Junkie site.  I encourage you to check out the Tech Junkie site.  You can even be featured on their site….


Want to share your blog posts or be an author? You’re in! Check out how to get featured on this site and your articles will go out to THOUSANDS of readers daily through email and social media networks.?

So if you are looking for a new font for a creation, here you go.  Pin the site to your Pinterest or bookmark it so you can find Tech Junkie again.

And Tech Junkie has more than just FREE fonts, 

and much, MUCH more

Tech Junkie describes their site as…….
"Welcome to the place for teachers to share bright ideas, creative lesson plans and activities! Join in and take a look behind the scenes. Return regularly to find featured tips, ideas and activities that help make being a teacher inspiring!"

Brains cape for making Flashcards

Brainscape is an excellent FREE iOS app/site for flashcards.  Flashcards on Steroids…….Over 800 academic studies have proven the efficiency of spaced repetition. 

But nobody has ever made it as personalized as Brainscape. Brainscape's innovative "smart" flashcards works in timed intervals that a user rates on a scale of 1 to 5.  Brainscape then used an adaptive learning algorithm to differentiate instruction and display the flashcards that need more focus on.  This is a great way to learn difficult subjects and break down difficult concepts.



Eliminate Junk Mail with Unroll.Me

I learned about Unroll.Me from David A. Cox,  of PC Class Online, a weekly podcast I subscribe to and this week, it is a great episode.  Only a minute and a half video about Unroll.Me.  But very useful!

Tired of junk mail? Check out Unroll.Me It's a free service that scans your e-mails and automatically unsubscribes from e-mail services. Links below! Let us know how you made out in the comments. only works on certain e-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, AOL, and Hotmail. 

Youtube tutorials 1:35: 


Description: Decluttering your inbox has never been so easy, or looked so good. With Unroll.Me, you can unsubscribe from unwanted emails, consolidate sales/newsletters/listserv emails into a convenient daily digest called the Rollup, and keep the rest in your inbox. Stop stressing over your inbox and get back to spending time on what matters to you. Download Unroll.Me and get back the “you time” you’ve been missing.

App Store, FREE:  (it is actually an iPhone app, but works on your iPad too)

Think Different: FREE Books

eBooks have become an important FREE resource for educators.  If you are not taking advantage of this valuable resource, you should be. Using iPads, and other devices with the apps like iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Google Play Books, & the library system with OverDrive, you can access an unlimited supply of free book on nearly any device. 

Once you have the apps installed on your device, there are many resources you can use to find free eBooks. 
  • iBooks - iBooks is proprietary and only available on Mac & iOS. Within the iBooks Store, you can select that tab labeled “free” to access all free iBooks available.
  • Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is one of the most popular resources for free eBooks that you can download as epub, kindle, or read online.
  • Kindle books - Kindle curates a list of free and low priced books 
  • Nook Books - Barnes and Noble curates a list of free eBooks on this site.
  • Google Play Books - Google Books allows you to search their store and sort by cost. So search or select a genre, select price, and then indicate: free.
  • Google Books - Connected to Google (but outside of the play store), Google Books is accessible online and provides free previews and full length books for its users.
  • Feedbooks - Feedbooks contains a list of free public domain books that you can download and install on your device.
  • Goodreads - In addition to being a social media site for readers, Goodreads also publishes a list of free eBooks in ePub format.
  • Project Muse - Hosted and curated by Johns Hopkins University, Project Muse is a great resources for more advanced readers and researchers; they are a repository of more than 300,000 peer-reviewed journals and 700,000 chapters of academic books.

LiquidText PDF and Document Reader - For Annotating, Researching, Highlighting and Markups

LiquidText, an App Store Editors’ Choice, improves the way you read, annotate, and research on the iPad.

Price: FREE

LiquidText PDF and Document Reader - For Annotating, Researching, Highlighting and Markups 

LiquidText is a free App for researching, annotating, and highlighting your documents, websites, and PDF’s.  Read in ways not possible on paper. LiquidText gives you the tools to focus on what matters, compare distant sections, take notes, build upon thoughts, and pull out key facts from the text. Improve the way you read on the iPad with LiquidText. 

Retire the Printer.
We read to understand the world around us. But both paper documents and computer screens compromise this mission. LiquidText gives users a personalized reading experience, ideal for comprehensive reading, through intuitive interactions that allow the user to compare sections by squeezing a document, pull out key passages, organize ideas, find context, and more. 

Reimagine the reading experience

  • Read and interact with text in a flexible environment
  • Compatible with PDF, Word, and PowerPoint documents and web pages
  • Import from Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, email, and more
  • Import content from webpage or send to LiquidText directly from Safari
  • Workspace area for writing notes and pulling out excerpts
  • Organize and group excerpts and notes
  • Tap comments and excerpts to find original source
  • Pinch document to compare different sections
  • Collapse text to see annotated parts side-by-side
  • Collapse text to view search term(s) side-by-side
  • Scroll to navigate through pages 
  • Scrollbar shows where highlights, comments, excerpts, and search results are located
  • Highlight text, images, comments, excerpts, and notes
  • Add margin notes/comments to text, images, notes, and excerpts
  • Comment on two or more selections simultaneously
  • Export file as notes only, highlights only, notes and highlights, or entire document with annotations
  • Export as LiquidText file, PDF, or RTF (supported by most word processors)
  • Send files by email or to Dropbox, iCloud, Box, and more
LiquidText App Tutorial: 


As a new semester begins, here are 2 resources that should prove useful.  I know most of you carry your iPad most of the time, now you can leave those MLA and APA reference books at on the shelf.   You’ll invest about $5.00 if you want both both, but that is much cheaper than one  actual book and it is updated frequently and no extra money involved.

Price: $2.29

My MLA is the ultimate guide and companion for students, researchers and scholars who need to utilize the style (6th Ed.). MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

The cost of the app is subsidized substantially in order to become affordable for most users, practitioners and students (Compare to $280 if each app purchased separately and retail price). For your convenience you can easily copy and paste any part of the texts and save, email or text the captured information. (No restrictions whatsoever). This app is tested and optimized to work with all versions of iOS including new features of iOS 4.0.

Price: $2.99

Based on the newest version of the American Psychological Association (APA) publication style manual (6th Edition, 2009), this application provides you with the only complete APA reference tool available. Designed for both students and faculty, the app is an absolute must-have for anyone who has to write using the APA style. It is the most complete APA style guide app available for both iPhones and iPads. 

There are 17 sections in the app and each section covers the most important elements and style examples. It’s like having the complete style manual in your hand, organized in an easy to use, menu-driven intuitive format. If writing in the proper style is important to you and your college, university, or journal papers, then this is the right app for you.  

The app includes both a short written description and examples related to all of the elements associated with the APA writing style including:
• Manuscript Layout, Writing Style, Grammar, and the Scholarly Writing method 
• Punctuation, Capitalization, use of Italics, and Abbreviations
• Headings and Series Formats
• Quotations, Numbers, Metrication, and Statistical and Mathematical Copy
• Tables and Figures
• Reference Citations in Text, the Reference List Format, and Referencing Electronic Media

Mastering the APA style and trying to use the APA Style Manual for every paper is challenging. With this app and its easy to use and apply format, you can focus instead on content rather wondering if you have the paper in the correct style.