Donny Khalaf

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Free Educational IOS apps…

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on May 30, 2013 at 8:58 am
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I subscribed to a blog with TCEA and found great resources to help me to provide better support for faculty. Here is an attachment of free educational apps that may benefit for your class and/or your child. I have found one that will help my child to prepare for Geometry this fall. Check out and hope you will find something useful.

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Donny 🙂


Apple iPad Quick Reference Guide

In Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff on May 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Since we will be implementing the iPad devices for teachers at our Early Childhood Center, I wanted to find a quick guide to help teacher to understand the basic of iPad. I was able to locate a quick reference guide which will teach you the basic about the iPad Hardware, Home Screen Apps, and Buttons. Click on the link below to download the attachment.


Thank to Custom Guide Online Learning for providing the iPad Quick Reference Card.


Donny 🙂


Storytelling with Xtranormal…….

In Technology, Website on May 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Idea to use for summer project.. I know some of the teacher who is eager to find better idea to entertain the kiddos using technology. I read a digital article about Xtranormal which is a simple online movie animator. I thought this is something that teacher would like to learn for their summer project. You get basic actors and sets with the free version; all you have to do is add words. Free registration is required.

You can create a “Welcome back to school” or “Teacher Introduction” video for your new students. Or really show your mastery by crafting a movie about what students will be learning next school year to show at parent’s night.

Check it out at Xtranormal.


Donny 🙂

Ways to celebrate student success at the end of the year….

In Website on May 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

If you are looking for a way to celebrate student success at the end of the year, look no further. Pinterest board has many ideas how to create for the end of the year project for students.

Pinterest board

Hope you will enjoy looking over this site.


Donny 🙂

Awesome Learning Wheel for Teachers

In Newsletter on May 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

I have use Blooms’ Taxonomy for years when I was in grade school. I continue to use it throughout my college years. I thought I want to share it with educators at school for their classroom. Here is a link with picture which may be helpful.


Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Donny 🙂

Free educational Apps for iPad/iPhone….

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology, Website on May 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

I know most educators do not want to pay for education apps and I agreed. Here some free apps I think might be beneficial for educator, parent, and student. I noticed it stated it was good for today only but sometime, it extend to the entire month as free apps.

Here is the link I found to get free educational apps to use on iPad:

Extraordinary Jenny Jones – Normally $3.99 Great Interactive book

123TokenMe – Normally $10.99 Great reward board for teachers and parents

Jazzy World Tour – Musical Journey for Kids – Normally $4.99 Musical Journey

Puppet Workshop – Creativity App for Kids – Normally $2.99 Creativity App for Kids

The Prisoner of Carrot Castle – Normally $2.99 Interactive book

Another Monster at the End of This Book.. Starring Grover & Elmo! – May come with an advertising.

Directors Chair – Explore your child’s imagination. Recommended age 7-14 years old

Pocket Dictionary 25in1 – Collection of America’s leading and most-trusted explicative dictionaries for learning and word discovery!


Donny 🙂

Google will be offering Google Play for Education this Fall 2013.

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology, Website on May 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

googleplayGoogle today unveiled Google Play for Education, which will allow teachers to discover apps designed specifically for K-12 students.

Chris Yerga, an engineering director at Google, showed off the education-focused section of the app store at today’s Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. The effort, he said, was “built from the ground up to meet the content needs of educators.”

Google Play for Education will be organized by subject matter and grade level, so you could find math apps that are appropriate for kindergarteners, for example. Yerga showed off apps from partners like NASA and PBS.

“Each app has been recommended by educators, [which] is key because teachers trust other teachers,” Yerga said.

Yerga says Google Play for Education will launch this fall. One of service’s cool features is the ability for a teach to automatically send an app to several students with mobile devices. Yerga returns to reveal Google Play for Education, focused specifically on schools. It looks like traditional Google Play store, but heavily focused on education apps. Users can break it down by subject or grade. Pichai discussing education and Google’s suite of apps. He says company investing a lot on Android and education.

It is going to be really interesting to see how Google plays head-on-head with their service against Apple. Let see who will be the winner device and application for education.

For more information about Google Play for Education, check out the site at Google Play for Education.


Donny 🙂

Give Students 20% time to explore and create….

In Website on May 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

Wow, I can’t believe how 2012-2013 school year went by so fast! This what got me thinking about what I can do to improve myself. My goal is to be a successful technology mentor and providing better technology support for faculty and elementary students. I remember when I was in school, I love the way teachers teach the class by allowing us to do whatever we want as long as it is subject related during our free time. This gave me time to think and explore of what I want to do when I grow up. Here is an article that I found that I believe is very true. This will help student to collaborate well with other student to develop their mindset on what they want to be when they get older. Here is an article below:

When you’re hired at Google, you only have to do the job you were hired for 80% of the time. The other 20% of the time, you can work on whatever you like, as long as that work advances Google in some way. This has been incredibly successful for Google (think of all the amazing innovations that they are making).

If this works in the business world, might it work in education? As educators, we know that we are more likely to learn when the topic is one that we are passionate about. So could you implement 20% time in your classroom and still ensure that students are mastering all of the curriculum? Some teachers have tried, and they say “yes.”

How educators implement the 20% time varies. But the concept is simple: Give students 20% of their class time to learn what they want, as long as it’s related to that subject area. Some teachers call it “Genius Hour,” while others embrace a “free project on your choice of topic” or “Curiosity Fridays.”

What are the results? Teachers report the following:

  • Students are able to go in depth on a topic that interests them.
  • Because students are trying to solve a problem that they are interested in, they work for a solution and not just a grade. There is also increased peer pressure to be successful as they share their results with each other.
  • The teacher doesn’t have to worry about differentiating the curriculum as that is handled by the students themselves.
  • Learning is retained longer because students are more actively engaged.
  • It’s the perfect way to model life-long learning.

Check out the site called Designing 20% Time in Education to give you an idea to help students to develop their own creative time and to learn how to collaborate well with other student.


Donny 🙂

Capture the future from the past….

In Technology, Website on May 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

I remember subscribing to Popular Science magazine when I was in middle school and love to read the cool gadget of the future. This is a great opportunity for student to use the archive for research paper or project.

Popular Science magazine has partnered with Google to offer its entire 140-year archive for free browsing. Each issue since 1862 appears just as it did at its original time of publication, complete with period advertisements.

Enter any keyword into the PopSci search box and dive in. As an alternative approach, you can use an online tool to plot how often any given word appeared in PopSci throughout the years: see the rise of “robots,” the decline of “aeroplanes,” and the “wartime” booms.

Check it out and hope this is something useful for your class.


Donny 🙂

Wondering what educational tools you need for your class?

In Technology, Website on May 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Look no further….

The site from EDshelf may will help you to find the right educational tools for your needs. It is a reviews and recommendations of tools for education.

Click below:


Hope you will find the information you need to make better decision.


Donny 🙂