Thursday, May 31, 2018

SkyView - Learn About the Universe on this free Augmented Reality App

This is a really neat free augmented reality (AR) app for your phone, iPad or tablet. With this app you can scan the sky to find planets, stars and constellations, galaxies, and even satellites flying over head!  When you scan the object a short blurb appears down below explaining what you see.

Some of its features include:

  • Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
  • Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
  • Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
  • Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!
  • Supports Space NavigatorTM binoculars, spotting scope, and telescopes.
  • Available for both Android and Apple devices.

Check out the short video about SkyView:

Check out the links below for more information!

Monday, May 7, 2018

5 Google Search Tools and Strategies to Cut Through the Clutter

We use search engines each day to help us search for information. Our biggest hurdle is the amount of information we need to sort through to find exactly what we want.  Knowing how to effectively and efficiently search is part of being informationally literate.  Teaching students to locate, evaluate and effectively use this information should be part of the instructional practices in every school.

Google’s search Tools, allow the user to manipulate a search within Google’s  main search engine. Learning how to implement these search skills is an important technique we can teach our students to help them cut through the clutter of the web. In this post, we will focus on search commands that tell Google you don’t want to search through the entire internet but are interested in something more specific and more refined.

Click the direct link below to the post @ for the great searching tips.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Websites All Educators Should Know About

We must think differently about the kinds and types of assessments we give our students.

Here are some websites of which you should be aware that we know our students are using regularly. The first is called, which contains everything from textbook answers to college essays – here is the link - .  Sites like these, including,, and a multitude of language translators are also being accessed regularly.  Some are blocked by the filter and others are not. Please just know that at any given moment, students can access these sites using their cell phones. As you may also have seen this week, photos of the grade 5 NYS ELA exam wound up on a Suffolk County “Moms” Facebook page and circulated rapidly. While the intent was either for cheating or discrediting the test, this type of “cheating” or sharing is rampant. This highlights, whether we like it or not, how we must think differently about the kinds and types of assessments we give our students in an ever increasing, technology-based society.

-  © Kerrin Welch-Pollera - 4/19/2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs

Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.

In this blog post we will take a look at over 30 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories:

  • Text to Speech
  • Readability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Focus
  • Navigation
To read more of this post follow the link below from the blog - Control Alt Achieve - Transforming Education with Technology

Friday, April 13, 2018

Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself!

Author - Brian Krebs
Social media sites are littered with seemingly innocuous little quizzes, games and surveys urging people to reminisce about specific topics, such as “What was your first job,” or “What was your first car?” The problem with participating in these informal surveys is that in doing so you may be inadvertently giving away the answers to “secret questions” that can be used to unlock access to a host of your online identities and accounts.

Click the link below to see the rest of this article by: © 2018 Krebs on Security. Powered by WordPress.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Google is shutting down its URL shortening service!

The company wants you to use the more app-centric Firebase Dynamic Links.

URL shorteners can be both useful and fun. Google's take on the tech launched in 2009, and added a third-party API, the ability to create QR codes and the power to link right to iOS and Android apps. Even Keanu Reeves has a URL shortener named in his honor. Unfortunately, Google is replacing its own service,, with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL) as of April 13th. These new smart URLs let you send folks to any location within iOS, Android or web apps.

You won't be able to create new short links after the 13th, but existing users can manage them via the console for the next year. After that, all the links will still work, but you won't be able to access the console itself after March 30th, 2019. Google suggests creating FDLs from now on, or using other shortening services like Bitly and or tinyurl.

This information taken from

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Three Cool Chrome Extensions!

I was checking out another blog called edtechteacher and thought you might be interested in three Google Chrome Extensions they mentioned!  



Screencastify is a Chrome extension that allows students and teachers to create screencasts directly in the Chrome browser.  A screencast is a recording of the user’s screen with the user narrating the actions they are completing on the screen.  

EquatIO is a new tool from Texthelp that provides teachers and students new and better ways to integrate math and science into their Google environments. EquatIO gives students and teachers an ability to make mathtype  digital, so students are able to better make their math reasoning visible using Google Chrome.

Share to Classroom is an extremely helpful tool for teachers using Google Classroom with their students. The extension connects with the teacher and students’ classes in Google Classroom. From a teacher perspective, the Share to Classroom extension allows teachers to share information from websites directly to their classes in Google Classroom. For example, when a teacher comes across a webpage that they want to add as an assignment, question, or announcement, teachers can use the extension to share these resources directly to a class.

These reviews and video links were taken from the edtechteacher blog.  The link to their blog is: