Donny Khalaf

Archive for April, 2014|Monthly archive page

Class Charts to Track Student Behavior..

In Computer, Tablet, Technology, Website on April 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Class Charts

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!

Thanks to Monica Burns’ Blog with the recommendation of using Class Charts.

Have a great weekend!

Donny 🙂


Free iOS apps for Education for limit time..

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on April 21, 2014 at 11:48 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.

April 21, 2014 Free iOS Apps


Donny 🙂

Student Response System for free??

In Computer, Poll, SmartPhone, Software, Tablet, Technology, Website on April 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptop, and tablets.

How it work: Teachers login through their device (computer, laptop, tablets, etc) and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Student simply login with their device (computer, laptop, tablets, etc) and interact real-time with the content. The student responses are visually represented for multiple choices, true/false and short answer questions. Once the students are finished with their responses, teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file.

For compatibility: It will work on any internet browser like IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It will also work with Android Smartphone/Tablet, Apple iPhone/iPad, and Windows Smartphone/Tablet.

Since it is in beta, there is no fee whatsoever. I will take an opportunity to test it and see how well Socrative Student Response System integrate with your curriculums.

Here is the link: SOCRATIVE

To learn more about Socrative, click the link: LEARN MORE

To watch a video about Socrative, click the link: WATCH VIDEO

If you like it, please share with other teachers about this.


Donny 🙂

Removing Pictures or Videos from iPad..

In Computer, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology, Training for Staff on April 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

I have several teachers who is struggling on how to retrieve large video clips or ton of pictures from the iPad. Most teachers use email to send pictures or videos to themselves but was not able to receive it due to space limitation on email attachment size. I have found a solution this will benefit anyone with the convenience of hooking up the iPad to a laptop or desktop computer via USB connection. Just pretend that iPad is a huge Flash drive. I included a link below on instruction to help you to transfer pictures and/or videos as easy as transferring files from flash drive (known as thumb drive or pen drive).

Removing Pictures or Videos from the iPad Camera Roll

Hope this will help you to solve any frustration trying to retrieve large video files or ton of pictures.


Donny 🙂

P.S.: You can also do the same thing with your iPhone.

Free “Kindle Books” for time being…

In Technology, Website on April 11, 2014 at 8:39 am

I subscribed to a great blog and want to share you with a great offer which is a free “Kindle” books that something you want to check for your class. This is for anyone who use Kindle or Kindle App. Click on the link below:

Free Kindle Books for children April 11

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Donny 🙂

YoouKids on iPad similar to YouTube…

In Tablet, Technology on April 9, 2014 at 11:55 am


YouTube is a terrific resource for teachers looking for content to share with students.  There are tons of videos that will reinforce key concepts and help kids get excited about what they are learning in the classroom.  Since there are plenty of videos on YouTube that are not kid-friendly, YoouKids has developed an iPad app that helps teachers organize which clips they want to share with their students.

Teachers use their existing Google/YouTube account to create and maintain playlists directly on YouTube, that contain only the educational videos they want their students to see.  With a one-time set up, kids can open up their YoouKids app on their iPad and access only the videos that have been hand picked by their teachers.  This app provides a safe space for students to watch educational videos chosen by their teachers.  Instead of sharing links of YouTube videos with students, teachers can simply add new videos to their own playlists on YouTube.  The video clips will sync automatically to student’s iPads. Learn more about YoouKids by visiting their website and watching this video!

K-12 teachers or school technology directors who are implementing 1:1 iPad programs, can contact YoouKids at to receive help with starting a pilot program at their schools.

Thanks to Blogger Monica Burns who contribute to this.


Donny 🙂

Free iOS apps for Education for limit time..

In SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on April 2, 2014 at 1:42 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.

April 2, 2014 Free iOS Apps



Microsoft Office for iPad: 3 important things about Office for iPad..

In SmartPhone, Software, Tablet, Technology, Website on April 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

Finally, Microsoft Office for iPad is now available for iPad 2/iPad mini and higher on App Store. Microsoft has finally released Office for iPad which consist in three separate apps (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Good news, it is free and before you download, be sure to know what it can do and cannot do.

1. Free and Not Free

Even Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are all free, it will only allow you to view any Word, Excel, or PowerPoint in view mode. It will not allow you to create or edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in your iPad if you don’t want to pay anything. If you want to edit or create a new document, you will need an Office 365 subscription to take advantage of full benefits like editing, creating, and other things. The cost to get the full benefit is around $99.99 a year.

2. What? No Print feature

At this time of Office for iPad release, Print feature is not available from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. However, Microsoft is aware of this flaw but will update it in future release.

3. Cloud Service

According to Microsoft, in order to use free Apps – you will need Microsoft OneDrive which is free. If you have Outlook email account, you already have OneDrive. If you don’t, you can sign up for free. OneDrive used to be SkyDrive but change it recently due to lawsuit and branding purpose. Also, if you have Dropbox (which is also free), you can open Microsoft Office for iPad from Dropbox.

Instruction: Go to Dropbox and find any Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file. You will see a paper with north arrow icon next to star/delete icon. Click on the paper with north arrow icon, the box will open with AirDrop, Mail, and variety icons. Look for Open In… icon which is located on the third row and click Open In.. Icon, and you will see several apps you have installed and look for either Open in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint to open it.

I hope this will find you well to understand the features of Office for iPad.


Donny 🙂