Donny Khalaf

Archive for January, 2014|Monthly archive page

Tons of free iOS apps for K-12..

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on January 31, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Dear reader –

Here is a bi-monthly free iOS apps for K-12 that I use from the TCEA blog. There is a lot of free good apps for each subject.

Check out the attachment below and if you find something you like, type the name of the app in the search within the App store to locate it.

January 31, 2014 Free iOS App


Donny :-)


Class Charts, a data rich seating charts and streamlined behaviour management..

In Technology, Website on January 29, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Class Charts is a behavior tracking technology tool that makes it easy for teachers to collect data in their classroom.  This tool can be used to create seating charts for a class that provides a visual overview of student needs.  Class Charts gives teachers the ability to track and share data on student behavior to promote collaboration with colleagues.

Class Charts will automatically create seating charts for students that can be edited to fit different classroom layouts.  These seating plans highlight key data for teachers that can be printed as reports to share with parents. Teachers can even add student photographs to their virtual seating chart to help learn names and keep classroom visitors informed about student needs.  Class Charts can be accessed from a laptop, desktop or tablet’s Internet browser and it is completely free!  Visit Class Chart’s website to learn more about this product – and watch their video too!

This credit goes out to Monica Burns for find this great Class Charts for seating charts and behavior management. The best part, it is free!

Check it out and see it for yourself.


Donny 🙂

Hugely popular Fergus Ferry stories now available on iPad for FREE!

In Tablet, Technology on January 27, 2014 at 8:32 am

Great news! There is an app called “Fergus Ferry HD” which consist all 24 stories, normally $89.99, available for free for limited time. This is about the harbor with Fergus Ferry and all of his friends as you and your children (students) read the stories, play the game and explore Fergus’ world right on their iPad.

* All 24 Fergus Ferry stories with the original illustrations and all new reading fun. The stories are available in 2 modes: Read-Along where young readers can listen to the author, JW Noble, read the books aloud while the pages turn automatically, or ‘Read-Myself’ where children and their parents can read the stories themselves.

Check out Fergus Ferry HD on your App Store and see if this is something you can use for your elementary class.


Donny 🙂

Great Elementary iOS app…

In Tablet, Technology on January 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

What a great storybook apps for iPad. This is a great app for Elementary level. The app allows the student to read an interactive story by reading, listening aloud, and with help. It will encourage the student to engage reading. Check the app below:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

And the best part, it is free. It will also allow you to purchase additional Activity Book for $0.99 for limited time if you like.


Donny 🙂

Free useful iOS apps for K-12…

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on January 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Dear reader –

Here is a weekly free iOS apps for K-12 that I use from the TCEA blog. There is lot of free good apps for each subject.

Check out the attachment below and if you find something you like, type the name of the app in the search within the App store to locate it.

January 17, 2014 Free iOS App


Donny 🙂

Free “Office” App for iOS device

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on January 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

I have received numerous email requests from staff about Microsoft Office App. As this time of posting, Microsoft has not yet release an app for Microsoft Office on iOS or Android device. I’m sure it will be happening sometime this year. There is variety of app available on the market like Google QuickOffice that I posted several months back. Also, there is a new app being released called Kingsoft Office which seem to be a very good “Office” app similar to Google QuickOffice. Give yourself a try to see if you like it. The best part is the app is free.

Kingsoft Office for iOS device (iTouch, iPhone, iPad mini, iPad)

Give me your thought on the app above and post the comment if you like.


Donny 🙂

More Resources for Teaching and Learning using TIME

In Smartboard, Technology, Website on January 13, 2014 at 8:40 am

I found an interesting site on my Blog called TIME (Texas Instructional Materials Exchange) which is to find new ways to engage students in the learning process. has a resource called TIME which features both free and paid interactive resources for all subjects K-12 aligned to either the TEKS or the Common Core standards. When you get on the TIME site, teachers may select a resource and then assign it to a particular student or group of students. So far, according to blog, there is few great resources currently available for free in TIME (click TIME to open the website).

What you can do is visit the website (TIME), create a free account (if you don’t have one) then search for the free resources below from the Browse by Provider on the left column:


I hope you will find this site useful for your class.


Donny 🙂

Showbie makes it easy to assign, collect and review student work in iPad classrooms.

In Tablet, Technology, Website on January 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I have several friends who is a teachers from different school districts mention about a work flow for student who use an iPad that is shared with other student in a classroom. There is an app called Showbie which allows teacher to create a class folder that contain password protected folder. What teacher can do is to create a student folders to be share with the teacher. Student can saves their work in their own folder then teacher can view it/provided note or grade it then return it to the student’s folder. Student can access the work and view the note/grade. This app is really good for 2nd grade and up. But if teacher can be creative and use it for K-1st grade, give yourself a try to see if this will help.

Here is the link:


Donny 🙂

Free iOS apps and Kindle eBook

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on January 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hello everyone –

I hope you and your family have a great start of 2014 Year. I want to start off by providing a free iOS apps and Kindle eBook that I subscribe from blog. It has a very useful free apps and books which may benefit you and your class. Click on the link below and remember the free promotion is temporary so don’t delay.

Free Apps and Books

Have a great week and stay warm!

Donny :-)