Donny Khalaf

Archive for February, 2014|Monthly archive page

Apple Issues Patch for Security Risk in iOS7..

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology, Website on February 25, 2014 at 8:44 am

Apple has sent out an update for iOS devices to fix a severe security risk. If you use your iPhone or iPad for accessing secure websites (like email, banking, shopping, etc.), you should definitely apply the update as quickly as possible.

Instruction to update your iOS device:

Go to Settings — General — Software Update. Then select Download and Install. This is not a large update, so it won’t take too long. Be sure that your device is at least half charged or the update will not install.

It will take approximately 5 minutes to update.

It is really important to update as soon as possible.


Donny 🙂


Tons of free iOS apps for K-12….

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on February 24, 2014 at 9:56 am

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.

February 24, 2014 Free iOS Apps


Donny :-)

How-to: Use iOS’s Guided Access feature….

In Tablet, Technology on February 17, 2014 at 11:01 am

iOS devices are built with all users in mind: they come with several accessibility features for low-vision or legally blind users, settings for hard-of-hearing or deaf users, settings for individuals who have physical and motor difficulties, and settings for individuals with learning difficulties.

Guided Access is an accessibility feature that came out with iOS 6. Guided Access enables you to set up the iOS device so that you cannot leave apps, and you are able to control which features of the app you are allowed to use or not use. There are a lot of great benefits and applications for school:

Schools are starting to use the iPad more throughout the classroom. Teachers are able to ensure that their students are not doing anything else on the iPad, except for what is told to them. They are also able to restrict certain areas of the screen as being not useable. Whether they are reading a textbook, using an educational app, or taking a test on the iPad, Guided Access prevents the students from going online, playing non-educational games, or cheating on tests.

Here is a copy of the instruction on how to use the Guided Access feature.

How_to_Use iOSs Guided Access Feature


Donny 🙂

Great American Presidents’ Sites & Apps

In Technology, Website on February 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Just in time for Presidents’ Day (February 17th), and since we have school on Monday, here is the following sites and apps related to great American Presidents. The list contains presidential sites and apps that offer facts, biographies, speeches, photos, audio & video files, election results, color pages, interactive games and much more. Click on the link below:

Great American Presidents’ Sites & Apps

Hope this is beneficial for your classroom on Presidents’ Day!


Donny 🙂


Great Virtual Math Tool for Elementary student..

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on February 12, 2014 at 9:25 am

Schoolkit Math is a free toolkit for the math teaching tools used in classrooms.

The app contains:

1.  Number Line
2.  Hundreds Chart
3.  Ten Frame
4.  Arrays
5.  Money
6. Math Challenge
7.  Fraction Kit
8.  Number Houses
9.  Tether Math
10. Number Tiles
11. Multiplication Table
12. Dot Grid

It includes all of the virtual math tools students need to understand. The best part is free.

For now, it is available on iOS devices.

Schoolkit Math


Donny 🙂

Rover – The browser for Education..

In Software, Tablet, Technology, Website on February 10, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Rover is an education iOS app and the only education browser for your iPad designed for teachers and students of all ages. Rover is targeted toward enhancing the K-12 education experience, bringing the best online learning content to your iPad – including access to content ordinarily available on the Apple tablet (example: Flash content).

Rover have partnered with major education brands to make sure you have access to leading educational content on the iPad. Rover can transform your classroom into a fun, easy to use, and exciting learning lab.

This included support for First in Math (for my school district). However, if you play directly on the Skill Sets, Know & Show, Gyms and some Bonus games, it will work fine without Rover browser. If you want to use any of the modules that require Flash, you will need to use Rover app. Per First in Math representative, Rover app is supported for use with First in Math.

To download Rover app, click on Rover App for free.


Donny 🙂


Free Activities and Videos for K-12 Classroom..

In Computer, Software, Technology, Website on February 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

I have always enjoy using Google apps because most of them are free. Here is the Google free activities I think will benefit your classroom.

Have you ever warmed up your body before playing a sport or dancing? Just like your body, it’s important to warm up your brain too! These classroom activities are designed to help K-12 classrooms stretch their creative muscles and warm up for the Doodle 4 Google competition. Kick-off your class’ discussion with the short video and use the activities to get the creative juices flowing!

Introduce your students to the creative process through the lens of Google with free activities designed to spark creativity in your classroom. Over the next three weeks, Google will introduce one new activity pack each week, featuring classroom activities for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade bands with complimentary video featuring the Doodlers.

Download the first activity: Imagine


Donny 🙂