Donny Khalaf

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Halloween Activities for SMART Board

In Smartboard, Technology on October 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm
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The SMART Exchange has loads of content-related activities, K-12, with a Halloween theme.

SMART Exchange consists of Halloween Themes Activities used for SMART Board.

Click below:

SMART Exchange Halloween Stuff

Titles include:

Mind Reader: SMART Notebook lesson containing Halloween-themed activity focusing on contractions. User-editable content.

And much more!

Have a Happy Halloween!

Donny 🙂


Turns your Smartphone into Scanner

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on October 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I have some teacher(s) who get tired of walking from the classroom to the front office just to scan few documents into PDF. This might be a great news! I have found a free app for iPhone and Android phone.

The app allows your phone to work as a scanner. Simply use your camera to snap a photo of your document and additional document(s) if needs. Then, you can email it to yourself as .pdf file (Most common file used with Adobe Reader).

TinyScan can help you with:

√Creates PDF documents with multiple scans.
√Detects the page frames automatically.
√Provides 3 modes for different files (color, grayscale, black & white).
√Enhanced the scans to make them readable by adjusting brightness and contrast.
√Easy to manage and order pages in one document.
√Provides different page sizes for PDF export (Letter, A4, B5…etc).
√Download and share document through WiFi.
√Thumbnail view for documents and order by date or title.
√Email the scans as PDF.
√Quick search documents by title.
√Protects documents with passwords.

Here is the link for iPhone/iPad: TinyScan

Here is the link for Android phone/tablet: TinyScan

Give yourself a try and see if you like it.


Donny 🙂

How to Make iPad Shortcuts on iPad….

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on October 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

Several teachers have wonder if there is a way to make shortcut icon to the website that is being use very frequently. The answer is YES!

Here is the instruction below to assist you on making a shortcut icon on your iPad:

1) Open the Safari

2) Navigate to the Web page you want to create a shortcut

3) Press the button to the immediate left of the address bar, which is shaped like a small box with an arrow pointing to the right. (iOS 6) For iOS 7, is a small box with an arrow pointing up.

4) Select “Add to Home Screen” and type a name for the shortcut’s icon that will be displayed on the home screen.

5) Tap the small blue “Add” button in the upper right corner of the “Add to Home” box. The shortcut will be saved to the iPad’s home screen and will return you to the Web page when tapped.

6) If you create more shortcut(s), you can combine shortcuts into a new folder and set as Category as Subject like Math, Reading, etc.

I hope this instruction find you well and have a great week!


Donny 🙂

New iPad and iPad mini announced today…

In Tablet, Technology, Website on October 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Here is the information that was announced today:

iPad Air with Retina: $499 (New name, 20 percent thinner bezel, just 1lb, has new 64 bit A7 chip, 5mp iSight camera, and 10 hours battery life. Comes with 3 colors: Space Gray, Black, and White.

iPad 2: $399 (old model)

iPad mini with Retina: $399 (comes with new 64 bit A7 chip)

iPad mini: $299 (old model)

To compare what is being offer today, I will pick iPad mini.

Also, it will come with new iMovie Theater app, Update Garageband app, Update iLife app, and Productivity tools will be available free with new Mac, iPad, and iPhone.


Donny 🙂


Merriam-Webster’s Word Central using Alpha-bot!

In Technology, Website on October 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I noticed through the blog that several mentions about Alpha-Bot. It is a word-spelling robot hosts the latest amazing word game and challenges spellers of all ages.

I tried it and it was pretty amazing on the graphic and challenge student for more.

Click on the link below:

Merriam-Webster Word Central

Give yourself a try and I’m sure you will want to use it for your class.


Donny 🙂

Want to edit Microsoft Office documents on their iPad and Android? Part 2

In Tablet, Technology on October 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I received email from faculty regarding more information on how to use QuickOffice (free app) on Android. I was able to locate a blog (Thanks TechRepublic) which will help you to be familiar with QuickOffice. It included step by step installation on Android with some pictures on it. The step by step on Android is pretty much the same on iPad. Here is the link below:

How to use QuickOffice on Android Tablet

If you have any question, feel free to let me know.


Donny 🙂

Teach your children how to write alphabet, number using an iPad

In Tablet, Technology on October 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

For elementary teacher and parent –

I found a blog regarding a free app for children to learn to write. This is a very cool app for PK-1 teachers to use to encourage children to learn to write their letters and numbers. The app also helps students learn to recognize the names of basic shapes. The benefit of this free app is the ability to gives students the complete alphabet without the need to purchase the app upgrade.

Home KG is an amazing free learning app for preschoolers to teach your children how to write alphabets, numbers and recognize shapes. This Kids app is a free teaching tool for toddlers and young children. It includes all English alphabets, digits from 0 to 9 and 10 different shapes. This preschool learning app works as a training guide where children can explore their creativity while learning at the same time.

To check out or download the free app “Home KG”, click on the link below:


I would appreciate your feedback so other teacher and parent will know if it is worth downloading the app.


Donny 🙂Home KG

Scholastic has some SMART Notebook Resources

In Smartboard, Technology, Website on October 4, 2013 at 7:54 am



Happy Friday!

I wanted to share with you about Scholastic which has some good SMART Notebook Resources. Scholastic has some collection which is arranged according to the subject similar to SMART Exchange. Check out the link below:

Have a great Tech Savvy Weekend!

Donny 🙂