RefME app service to create bibliographies

RefME iPad App, FREE  RefME is a service to create bibliographies. It is available for AndroidiOS, and browser-based tools to save references, sort into projects, and create bibliographies. 

There isn’t a perfect tool, but this one comes pretty close. It is worth acknowledging that RefME and tools like it don’t always format citations perfectly. That said, they are still valuable because they help get students into the habit of citing their sources of information and keeping a record of the sources they use. Moreover, if RefME bibliography generator does make a mistake, that can be turned into a teaching opportunity. 

Overview of how to use RefME’s browser-based tools.  

RefME: Referencing made easy  

RefME App tutorial:  

Stickyboard 2, FREE for a short time, normally $9.99

Stickyboard 2 

The Stickyboard 2 app is free today, but only for a short time, it is usually $9.99.

Stickyboard 2 is an awesome whiteboard app that allows you to capture your ideas, record your notes in sticky notes form, just like paper sticky notes. The app provides a tons of features that make iPad sticky note taking very simple simple.

Nothing beats a whiteboard and sticky-notes for capturing lots of loose information and seeing the big picture. Stickyboard 2 takes that flexibility and adds the convenience and power of your iPad. Don't worry about losing notes after a meeting again. It's much easier to carry around, and a lot friendlier for the environment.

Use any color coding system you like. Effortlessly move and group your notes - unlike paper sitcky notes, they don't fall off after too may moves.

The most exciting feature of Stickyboard 2 is something we call Magic Arrange. One of the biggest pains of working with lots of sticky notes is having to arrange and rearrange them. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just wave your hands and have them neatly arrange themselves? Well, with the magic of the iPad and Stickyboard 2, now you can!

Just select a bunch of notes, then swipe with 3 fingers to instantly arrange them into neat piles, or fan them out into a grid, columns, or rows.

  • Stickyboard 2 sports an elegant and intuitive interface. Double-tap to add a note. Select and drag notes around with your finger.
  • You have a large, zoomable board to capture all your ideas. Zoom by pinching, and pan with 2 fingers.
  • It's easy to rearrange ideas, capture their relationships, and discover important patterns.
  • Use four standard colors (yellow, blue, pink, and green), plus 2 special ones (lavender and sunrise).
  • Draw free-form with the marker tool. Write, outline, and sketch around your notes.
  • Stickyboard 2 is infinitely flexible. Use your favorite real-world sticky-note and whiteboarding techniques.

Magic Arrange tutorial:  

Create Audio Slideshows Quickly with Sharalike

Sharalike is a FREE iPad app 

Sharalike is an easy to use and stunning photo slideshow creator with beautiful graphics, a music library and lots of sharing options. Easily create slideshows and share via email, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Viber, WeChat, Pinterest, WhatsApp, all from your existing cell or iPad pictures, digital photos and videos! Sharalike is also available as a web app. You can learn more about the web version here.  No account necessary to create. a slideshow,  however if you want to share (publish) your slideshow, you will need to register for a FREE account using your email address or your Facebook credentials.

Seven custom themes to easily create beautiful SHORT slideshows for any occasion including use in your classroom or special occasions and holidays such as, Mother Day, Valentine Day, Christmas, New Year Eve. Imagine what you could do with weddings, anniversaries, family or school reunions, or other special occasions! Using your photos and music you love, animate your old photographs and videos in remarkable ways with this online slide show app.   With Sharalike’s proprietary technology, you can store, sort, and edit your photos and videos—easily from the app. Create and share beautiful animated slideshows instantly!

Open the app on your iPad or iPhone or Android or go to the website on your computer, choose your images from your photos, change the order if need be and select some music to go with your images, that is all there is to do.  Deciding which pictures to use is likely the hardest thing!!  Sharalike will add automatically transitions, pan & zoom effects, as well as, lighting, no decisions to make on your part. There are only seven slideshow themes at the moment, but they are very nice, each theme uses different transitions and frames for your images. Sharalike has a small selection of free instrumental music or you can upload your own music.  But be careful using you own music, make sure you are using it legally  if you choose to share you production on the web for all the world to see. 

What Makes Sharalike Unlike Any Other Slideshow App 

  • Auto selects images from gallery and removes duplicates (and similar images)
  • Music options to suit your style that changes instantly for easy selection
  • Option to Save, Sort and Edit slideshows
  • Animated Slideshows created in seconds with no bulky video file!
  • Seamless Sharing via email, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Viber, WeChat, Pinterest, WhatsApp
  • Keep it Private with default privacy settings
  • Storage! With 5Gb of free cloud storage, there is plenty of space to use Sharalike as your main storage for your photos and videos.

Sharalike makes it easy to organize your photos and videos coming from any device, sort them automatically and turn them quickly into beautiful video-like animations in seconds to share.  They even give you 5Gb of storage for your photos. 

See how: 

Here is one I made in about 2 minutes! 

EdPuzzle & Educanon: Interactive Learning Experiences with Video

Last spring I told you about an assessment tool called Zaption and many of you began using Zaption.  The original post is archived at my PostHaven site.

But are are two more tools, Educanon & EdPuzzle, that are similar to Zaption, but have a few different features.  In comparing the three, you might find one works better than another for your assessment needs.  Like Zaption, you make your assessment on your computer, but the students take the assessment on their iPads with the free app or any device (iPads, computers or smart phones).  Tt is always nice to have options!!

Interactive Video in your hands
Educanon iPad App for Students:   

What is eduCanon?

With eduCanon, transform video content you find online (YouTube, Khan Academy, LearnZillion, TeacherTube, Vimeo, etc.) into an interactive learning experience for your students. By presenting questions that students engage with as the video progresses, you keep students accountable to the material and, through our analytics, know who watched the video, where misconceptions arose, and what material needs to be retaught.

The eduCanon mobile player empowers your students to learn from any iOS device. To build and monitor as a teacher, head to on your computer.

This video tutorial covers how to turn a YouTube into an interactive eduCanon lesson

Learn the basics of EduCanon (for educators)

Another option is EdPuzzle. 
The easiest way to engage your students with videos; pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students understanding.

EdPuzzle iPad App for Students: 

What is EdPuzzle?

EDpuzzle is an easy and effective way to deliver videos in the classroom. Video is no longer a passive experience, with EDpuzzle video comes to life with audio-notes and questions. An interactive an unique experience for your students. Make any video your lesson.

For students, EDpuzzle provides an easier way to learn through video-lessons outside of the classroom. Students can download the app and opt-in to receive video-assignments directly with questions, so they can check their understanding through the video. 
Use EDpuzzle to make any video your lesson, engage your students to learn in a 21st century tool. Try it today! And if you love it, share it with your colleagues or write a review!

This video explains how to use Edpuzzle in the classroom

Learn how to use EDpuzzle to create educational mashups using YouTube videos, Khan Academy Videos, TED Talks, National Geographic videos, and much more. You can add your own voice to the videos, you can add comments, and multiple choice questions.

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Graphic Design for Everyone: Canva


Canva is an extremely handy iPad app for anyone, but especially for teachers. It is an iPad app and also a website,  Create an account or login with Google. Your account will work from the Canva App on your iPad or from your browser on your computer.  Create beautiful designs with Canva.  

Choose from more than a million layouts, stock photographs and illustrations, or use images you find on the web or even your own images.  Search for the best graphics, photos, and fonts, then use Canva’s simple drag & drop tool to create a design. Many, many designs and images are free, but some are $1, but there are more than enough free ones to keep you busy for years!! 

Canva provides teachers and students with a simple new way to design logos for handouts, signs, bulletin board materials, presentation graphics, infographics, posters, and social media posts. Check out Canva Education  

And don’t miss the Teaching MaterialsCanva has some wonderful lesson plans and workshops created by world leading educators such as John Spencer, Monica Burns, Paul Hamilton, Steven Anderson, Teri Eichholz, Vicki Davis, William Ferriter  

Access to beautiful images in just one click and more than 1 million photos, icons, and layouts, students are empowered with a design tool that allows them to explore, engage, and innovate in new ways. So, visit Canva’s Design School for teaching materialsclassroom lesson plans and more.  Use Canva to help introduce visual literacy in the classroom with ideas from the community of education experts. 

Monday Resource: Education on Air

A FREE online conference hosted by Google demonstrating the latest Google technologies being used in schools.  The conference was May 8th-9th and to view the recordings all you need is a web browser and an Internet connection. I watched a number of the presentations live, but it was two full days, so I now plan to view the rest of the coming days as time permits.  There were some amazing presentations.  I am sure you will find presentations that interest you.  And the best part is they all are FREE and archived.  So it is convenient!! 

Take a look, tons of sessions to select from…... 

Resource Wednesday: Explain Everything Interactive Whiteboard and Screencasting App--ON SALE for teacher Appreciation Week

Explain Everything is the #1 Teacher App.  Normally $2.99, but on sale this week for teacher appreciation for only .99¢.

Don’t have an interactive Whiteboard in your classroom…….problem solved with Explain Everything!!

What is Explain Everything? It is a unique interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool used by over 1.8 million students and educators.  

It is the app I use for making tutorials.  Students in DED318 learn to use interactive whiteboard apps, although, they are given options like Explain Everything, and a number of other free ones (Educreations, Showmen, ScreenChomp, Vittle, Doceri).  But, Explain Everything always comes out on top as the best interactive and screencasting app.  

It is very simple to use and extremely powerful. Your iPad becomes a virtual interactive whiteboard that allows the you to record audio and visual information.  Visuals are movies, images, text, .pdf documents and anything you draw or write on the screen. You end up with a movie that can be exported to Google Drive, DropBox, Evernote, Youtube, your camera roll (Photos) and many, many more. 

From Morris Cooke: This is the teacher specific perspective but Explain Everything also allows students to explore the possibilities of representing their level of understanding via screencasting. Thanks to Clay Reisler that leads the iPaddiction blog we can share similar information but this time in a more in-depth, step-by-step way. In a series of blog posts Clay Reisler described the process of integrating iPads with Explain Everything in the biology classes in Pulaski High.  Starting from Coaching Teachers and Teaching Students, through Exporting the Projects, and Lesson Reflections, ending at Students Reflection Survey he describes the process that both teachers and students went through to integrate the technology and what came out of it. That complimentary series of short articles shares a very valuable information for anyone that has questions regarding using Explain Everything by students. I encourage you to read the whole series as the final student survey speaks for itself.

Resources for your learning
Get the apps this week while they are on SALE!
Check out the Share Your Story contest hashtag #EEStory Tweets  from Explain Everything for lots of examples of Explain Everything being used by Teachers and Students.  #EEStory Tweets 

Resource Tuesday: How to Switch to a New Apple ID (and Keep All Your Purchases)

I get this question frequently, people wanting to change Apple ID’s, but don’t want to lose all the stuff they have already purchased.  Mac|Life had a good set of instructions in their newsletter today.  If you are in this or a similar situation, I hope this helps!  

From Mac|Life Magazine:

How to Switch to a New Apple ID (and Keep All Your Purchases)

How to update your Apple ID to a new email address but still keep all the purchases and history associated with it — plus, if you want, how to transfer your old ID's email to a new user.

Question: Ever since I got my iPhone back in 2008, I've been using my wife's email address as my Apple ID. Now my wife has her own iPhone and naturally wants her own account using her email address. How can I fix this so that all of my data is under my email account, and then set her up with a new Apple ID? 

Answer: There's an easy way to fix this using the Apple ID manager website. First, you'll need to change your account so that it uses your email address instead of your wife's. To do this, head over to in a web browser, click the Manage your Apple ID button, and sign in with your existing account. 

Select the sidebar item labeled "Name, ID and Email Addresses," then select the Edit button next to the "Apple ID and Primary Email Address" field. Here, you will be able to change the primary email address that is associated with your Apple ID. When the changes are saved, you will be able to log back into all of your devices using this new email account.

Just click that Edit button near the "Apple ID and Primary Email Address" field and you'll be able to change your Apple ID. Easy, huh?

Next, log out of, then head back to the main page of that site, where you'll see the option to "Create an Apple ID." Click it to go through the process required to set up a new Apple ID for your wife's account. 

After everything has been completed, you will have your account with a new ID (and all of your saved items), plus a new, clean account that your wife can use on her devices.

Article is archived on my Tutorials Pinterest Board: 

Resource for Wednesday: SoundCloud for Audio Recording & Podcasting

SoundCloud is excellent, and an extremely easy audio recording app. It is also a web-based tool  

SoundCloud really does make it simple to record, save & share your studio recording. 

Recently, SoundCloud introduced SoundCloud for Podcasting. It creates the RSS feed.  This is AWESOME,  Why?  Creating that RSS feed normally is not an easy task, but SoundCloud for Podcasting makes it effortless to publish your podcast to a variety of sources, including iTunes.   

 "We did the complicated stuff so you don’t have to. Upload to one place, and your podcast will play anywhere on the web, as well as in podcast apps.
  • Embeddable players. Share your tracks anywhere on the web, while maintaining control and insight into play activity.
    Twitter cards.  Sharing your episodes in people’s Twitter streams is as easy as copy/paste. In fact, we have seamless integrations with all major social networks.
    Timed comments.  Get even closer to your audience. See what they have to say about your podcast throughout each episode, and respond! Whoever said hearing a podcast is a solitary experience wasn’t hearing a podcast on SoundCloud

Take a look at SoundCloud for Podcasting,  it is uncomplicated to publish your audio recordings now!!  

Maybe you have always wanted to publish a podcast, but were not sure how to make it happen.  The solution - SoundCloud for Podcasting and iTunes might just be exactly where you want your recording to be published. Problem now solved!! Record your class lectures, your students, instructions, thoughts, etc.

I was recently in an elementary classroom and the kids were recording themselves reading.  The teacher told me she was using SoundCloud to document their reading progress and test for reading fluency and she shares these recordings with parents. The possibilities are endless and now there is a simple way to record & share.  You can publish your recording pretty much anywhere, including CANVAS, your blog/website or even keep it private.

  • Link to SoundClouds directions 
  • Link to Apple instructions for publishing a Podcast: (although you don’t need these if you are using Soundcloud for Podcasting)
  • Link to the iPad App 
  • Link to the Kindle Fire App: 


    Product by SoundCloud Ltd. More about this product
    Price: $0.00
     (since our students are using Kindle Fires in Block C, a link the the app I am sharing for the Kindle Fire will be included whenever possible).

Soundcloud tutorial:  

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