Donny Khalaf

Archive for March, 2014|Monthly archive page

23 Virtual Tools for Tablets (Free)

In Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff on March 31, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Thank to Guest Blogger Monica Burns (She is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom) for providing this information:

A great way to capture the attention of your students is to introduce these virtual tools.  If they are bored with traditional flashcards, post-its or math manipulatives, try out one of the virtual tools on our list:

  1. MyScript Calculator (calculator)
  2. Coordinate Grid for iPads (graph paper)
  3. Reading a Ruler on iPads (ruler)
  4. Base 10 Blocks (math manipulatives)
  5. iPad Lab Timer for Experiments (lab timer)
  6. Thesaurus Reference Tool (thesaurus)
  7. iPad Measurement Tools (ruler)
  8. SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad (dry erase board)
  9. No More Rubber Bands (geoboard)
  10. iPad Protractor (protractor)
  11. gFlash+ to Build Study Skills (flashcards)
  12. iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer (timer)
  13. Fraction Calculator (calculator)
  14. Tangrams – Geometry and More (math manipulatives)
  15. Custom Flashcards (flashcards)
  16. App Update: Educreations (dry erase board)
  17. Sticky Notes for a Tech Friendly Classroom (post-it notes)
  18. News Sources for the iPad (newspapers)
  19. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)
  20. Fluency and Presentation Practice (teleprompter)
  21. Promote Student Engagement with a Virtual Whiteboard (dry erase board)
  22. Atlas Apps (atlas)
  23. Math Fluency (flashcards)

Half of the apps above seems to be useful especially with SMARTBoard Simulator for the iPad.

Hope this find you well for the start of the week.


Donny 🙂


Free iOS apps for Education for limit time..

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on March 21, 2014 at 12:46 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.

March 21, 2014 Free iOS Apps


Donny :-)

Apple ditches iPad 2 and use iPad 4 as an entry-level iPad…

In Technology, Website on March 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

Good news for consumer and education institution –

Apple will be ditching iPad 2 and use iPad 4 as an entry-level iPad for $399.

For more information, please click the link below:

Apple ditches iPad 2 and use iPad 4 as entry-level iPad



Donny 🙂

Educational Apps for Android…

In Tablet, Technology on March 18, 2014 at 6:32 am

I know I have not be posting much about Android since we don’t use Android tablet for our school. I will do my best to post more about Android apps as much as I can.

Here is the information I found via email blog that I want to share with Android fans.

If you’re using Android devices at school and looking for reviews of educational Android apps, then Smart Apps for Android is your solution. This website offers reviews of the best apps, along with information on when apps go free. They even offer a list of educational apps broken down by age group. You can sign up to receive updates and alerts from them via email.


Donny 🙂

Free News-O-Matic app for Kid….

In Technology on March 14, 2014 at 6:17 pm

There have been some pretty incredible news stories lately, especially captivating is the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. If you would like to help your students understand current events in a kid-digestible form, check out the FREE News-O-Matic app.

News-O-Matic is a kid-friendly current events app that boils down the daily news into simple articles that are appropriate and engaging for kids. News-O-Matic delivers five dynamic news articles daily with images, videos and illustrations.

Informative maps relate the user to the location of every story. There are also interactive history-based timelines, puzzles, games, fun facts and more elements for discovery.

All articles are written by professional children’s writers and reviews by a teacher and child psychologist before publication to ensure emotionally safe content. It’s targeted to kids ages 7-11.

Grab the FREE News-O-Matic app today!

The New-O-Matic app is available on iOS and Google Play. If you are looking for Android Apps, be sure you visit Amazon for their daily free app and don’t miss the top-selling FREE Education Apps available on Google Play.

*Please note that app prices are subject to change at any time.

Hope everyone is enjoying the Spring Break!
Donny 🙂

Free Kindle Books for Children..

In Technology, Website on March 7, 2014 at 10:20 am

Dear reader –

Here is a free Kindle Books for children and Teen that I use from the TCEA blog. There is a lot of free books that will help your student to enjoy reading over Spring Break.

Check out the attachment below and if you find something you like, type the name of the book title in the search within the Kindle App or Amazon website and select “Book” to locate it.

Free Kindle Books for children March 7


Donny :-)

Mirror iPad, iPhone, iPod to Your Screen for Free

In Smartboard, SmartPhone, Software, Tablet, Technology on March 1, 2014 at 9:03 am

Today, I’m at Starbucks waiting for my wife to finish her first Marathon. I’m enjoying my Caramel Flan Frappe while checking the blogs from the palm of my iPad. I am getting update via my iPhone on whereabouts the location of my wife’s location. Pretty nice stuff!

While I’m blogging, I decided to look for the most common question: “I am struggling to connect my iPAD to my SMARTboard”. I decided to check out the blog and discover a new software called “iTools” that you install the software on your teacher’s computer and connect the iPAD via USB cord that you use to charge with. The software will allow the ability to project your iPAD/iPAD Mini/iPhone/iTouch.

Here is the link below that explain more in detail about iTools.

Mirror iPad, iPhone, iPod to Your Screen for Free

Click iTools1115E below to download the software.

iTools1115E If for some reason your computer can’t download due to security reason, here is the link which software is from China:

and select “iTools for English”

I will be testing it on my own time and see how it is. Will post feedback when I get the chance. I appreciate if you test it out and post feedback on any issue, tip, pro/con, etc. of this software.

(04/05/2014: So far, the reflection like (Mirror) appears to work well.)

Thanks and let me get back to enjoy my Caramel Flan Frappe and supporting my wife as she get closer to her finish line.


Donny 🙂