Thursday, October 27, 2016


Edueto is an online tool that can be used to create customized student assessment activities. Since we are a Google Apps for Education district, Edueto compliments tools like Google Form Quizzes by offering activities such as sequencing, picture tagging and easy equation editing. Edueto also integrates with Google Classroom. Watch the video below for a brief description of Edueto.

Teachers can either:
  • Search the Edueto Public Library for existing activities using limiters like grade and content. A quick link for the public activities is provided so they can be used right away. Some of the public activities may need additional content for high school use. Keep reading for information on how to quickly edit existing activities.
  • Create an account to take full advantage of the site. Site features include creating your own activities; tracking your students' progress; seeing the results of your whole class as well as individual students; and as mentioned, integration with Google Classroom
To create your own activity, sign up with your Google account. Go to My Library and click on +New Exercise

Or click on Public Library at the top of the page to search for existing activities to use right away or customize.

Activities can be created or customized in three easy steps:

  1. Choose an activity type (for new activities) - options shown below
  2. Fill in your information
  3. Share the activity with your students

When editing an activity, click on the "i" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to watch a video tutorial (note - not all of the activities have a tutorial available). 

Videos and files can also be added to activities. 

Start using Edueto to see how easy creating effective online assessment activities can be. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Putting the YOU in YouTube

YouTube has many great educational videos. Did you know that it also has: 

  • tools to help you keep videos you find organized?
  • storage for uploading your own videos?
  • video editing tools?
This blog post is all about how to use these helpful features and put the YOU in YouTube.

First, Google Apps for Education users automatically have a YouTube channel (account). You can access this account by:
  • going to Drive
  • clicking on the grid
  • clicking on YouTube - you may need to click on the More option to see YouTube

You can subscribe to educational YouTube Channels. When you find a producer of videos that you like, you can subscribe to their channel by clicking on the Subscribe button. Here are some suggestions:
Best YouTube Education Channels Worth Following in 2016 from

Once you subscribe to channels, you can easily access them by clicking on the Guide button (triple lines) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen - you must be signed into your Gmail accout to see them listed. 

You can also upload your own videos or videos that your students have created for sharing and viewing. When you are in YouTube:
  • click on the Create Studio button below your name
  • fill in a user name
  • click the Create Studio button
This will open up the YouTube dashboard. To upload a video, click the Upload button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Watch the brief video below for more details. Your videos and videos you like can also be organized using Playlists

YouTube has been busy adding even more tools for working with video content! 

Video Editing: YouTube has expanded their video editing tools. They now include basic editing functions to modify clips, insert transitions, sound, images, etc. and an audio library for importing songs and sound effects. Click here for more details.

Annotations: Annotations can be added to videos. Some examples of annotations are speech bubbles, spotlights, pop-up notes and links. Click here to learn more. 

Read the article below for some additional practical tips.
8 Overlooked Useful YouTube Tools by Richard Byrne - (great teacher resource!).

YouTube has educational tools for users at all skill levels. Try one (or a few) out!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Literacy Tools

I have recently revised a page on the media center website that includes a number of literacy tools for breaking down information for students who may be struggling with specific content. For example there are sites that provide articles at different reading levels - Newsela is one example that I've written about previously. A number of the video sources give quick introductions to complex topics. There are also some tools to help modify and teach content. Below are a few highlights. 

CommonLit - This site has FREE fiction and nonfiction texts. You can choose a topic then a discussion question. The site then gives a selection of articles at different reading levels. When using the search feature to find content, filters include grade level, themes, genre and literary devices.

Rewordify - This sites lets you take a selection of text and "rewordify" it: Paste a selection of text or website URL into the the yellow box. Click on the desired button (options depend on what's pasted into the box). The site will then replace difficult terms with easier to understand words. In some cases the results give a couple alternatives, so try texts out ahead of time to start.

There are a number of additional features.
  • The Rewordify site has links for classic literature and public domain texts
  • It includes activities for learning vocabulary
  • You can more quickly create activities and lessons
  • Settings can be changed to modify text difficulty and display options
  • Sign in to view work, edit, save, share and more

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Research Round Up

After updating all of the RHS databases, I've finally put all of my suggested research resources in one easy to use place as well. This list can be found on the media center website on the Research tab. Please note that the RHS databases can now be found on the tab called Databases. Below is a description of a few of the tools from the site.


If you want to assist your students with planning their research (or any) project, have them use the Research Project Calculator.
Research Projecto Calculator


If you would like to have your students organize their thoughts and ideas, have them try MindMeister. This tool is available within Google Apps. See me for details.

The CRAAP Test is an easy yet effective method for determining the credibility of websites for both personal and school use. The accompanying video, while a bit corny - they are my people (librarians), gives a quick explanation of why and how to use this test. The acronym is memorable too! 

Evernote lets you take notes AND retrieve them anywhere you have Internet access. So it's a great tool for everyone. I use Evernote when I'm attending conferences. You can include links, photos, videos, tags, etc. Evernote has collaborative features too that allow you to share information and more. 

The tutorial/quiz on plagiarism and citing sources teaches students about plagiarism and how to avoid it.

The resource list included on the media center Research page is not exhaustive. So please let me know if there are other items you would suggest adding. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RHS Databases - Credible sources all in one place!

As I was updating access information and instructions for the databases available to RHS students and staff, I was once again reminded of some of the great features that are included by the different database publishers. I have highlighted these features below.

Links to all of these databases along with access information and search tips can be found on the RHS media center website - Databases tab:

NEW to RHS: When users perform a search in the ABC-CLIO databases, they can click on the Translate button and have the information translated into French, Spanish or Chinese. The information can also be read to users (including translations) by clicking on the Listen button. Listen settings include playback speed and the option to download an MP3 file. ABC-CLIO databases cover current Issues, World History, Religions and Wars.

Britannica offers different Reading Levels, Primary Sources and the Web's Best resources when available for a topic.

EBSCO lets users search for Primary Source Documents with the click of a button. Searches can also be limited to results based on Lexile Level. Search results can be saved in a Folder during a search session. 

Once a user perform a search in the Gale databases, results can be narrowed by a number of criteria including Primary Sources. The Advanced Search feature lets users search by Lexile Range. Within articles, clicking on the More button offers users a Highlight and Notes function that saves selections to a Folder. Gale also has an extensive Help section that includes Tip Sheets, Teacher Resources and more. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Create interactive and "awesome" presentations!

With so many new and creative web tools out there, I thought I would mention a couple alternatives to consider for presentations. Both of these tools can be used by teachers and students.

Pear Deck is an interactive presentation tool that works within Google Apps. Pear Deck lets students interact with teacher created presentation content using any device that runs Chrome, Firefox or Safari. Questions can range from multiple choice to open ended. So this tool works well as a formative assessment, discussion starter, and more. Currently Pear Deck has a 5 slide limit for the free account*. So it can be used to supplement existing presentations. Or current, shorter presentations can be converted into Pear Deck files.

The Pear Deck Support page explains how to get started along with examples of how it's being used in different subject areas.

Below is a video that shows how Pear Deck works. 

*Nearpod is similar to Pear Deck. Nearpod limits by presentation size rather than number of slides. So longer presentations are possible.

PowToon lets you easily create animated presentations and videos. This tool is an interesting alternative to using PowerPoint, Google Slides or Prezi. 

PowToon offers video tutorials and additional support on their website. It can be used to create introductions to units, instructions for a project or flipping your classroom to name a few examples. 

Below is an introduction to the "awesomeness" of PowToon (created using PowToon). 

As always, these web tools can be found on the RHS media center page on the Web Tools tab under "Present". 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Explore the world!

It's still cold here in the frozen tundra with a bit of snow in the forecast but that doesn't have to stop you and your students from going on a field trip - a virtual field trip! Below are links to sites that can be aligned with your curriculum and will help you bring the world to your classroom. Bon voyage!!!

Panoramio - lets users explore the world using real photos and Google Maps, Panoramio is a Google App

Travel by Drone - another great site for exploring using real photos - Google Maps and photography are used to create trips, search by grade and subject, includes instructions for creating your own Trek

Learning with iAdventures - an interactive problem solving activity where students determine the outcome of a content-rich story line, search by grade and subject (check links), great idea to try with your own class using Google Sites or Weebly

Inside the White House - interactive tour of the White House, site includes history and additional information, little known fact: you can get in trouble for touching the wall paper in the White House during actual tours...

Google Art Project (Google Cultural Institute) - I've mentioned this site before for exploring museum collections around the world

Google Sky | Moon | Mars - Explore the universe using this site

Google Maps, Treks and Tour Builder - use Google Maps to explore or tell a story

Google Earth - you can download Google Earth to your computer, there are also apps for Apple and Android devices, Google Maps can be used on Chromebooks