Donny Khalaf

Archive for September, 2014|Monthly archive page

iPad Apps and iBooks for Educator..

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on September 25, 2014 at 7:42 am

For any teacher who is trying to find the recommendation to use in a classroom for iPad devices, TCEA – iPAD Apps and iBooks have lot of resources which has lot of free apps for you to use under Must-Have Apps.

Check the link below:

TCEA – iPad Apps and iBooks

There is lot of category based on subject and Productivity as well as Personal Use.

Check it out and see if you find something useful for yourself and your class.


Donny 😉


If you are a Math Teacher, you should check FastFig….

In Technology, Training for Staff on September 23, 2014 at 7:39 am

Thanks to TCEA Blog:

If you’re a math teacher, you should check out FastFig. FastFig is a digital solution to solve math problems and format them beautifully on any Internet-connected device. It makes math easy to type and edit, helps students learn equations, and is a free CAS (Computer Algebra System). FastFig documents can be stored in the cloud and can be exported at any time for print, local storage, or social sharing. It can be used by students in grades 2 through college.

There is no charge to use FastFig, but registration is required.



Free “Kindle Books” for time being…

In Free apps, Technology on September 19, 2014 at 9:01 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 and Adult September 19, 2014

Enjoy the free children books!

Donny 🙂

Free Educational iOS apps for limited time…

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on September 16, 2014 at 8:46 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 or click on the link.

September 16, 2014 Free iOS Apps


Donny 🙂

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

In Technology, Website on September 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

From the Content Director at Tech & Learning eNews:

The 9/11 catch phrase “Never Forget” always felt like a misnomer to me. Who could forget such a horrible day? I have come to appreciate the sentiment, however, as I realize there are now college-age students too young to remember. I don’t envy social studies teachers today who need to navigate what to show and share when discussing this most painful of events. There are a number of sites that can help guide you through. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a good place to start. It has a well-curated collection of instructional materials. The Department of Education also lists resources. Unfortunately, today can also be good starting point on discussing information literacy as any Youtube search will spew forth the worst sort of disinformation.

—Kevin Hogan, Content Director


Donny 🙂

is iOS 8 compatible with your iPhone???

In SmartPhone, Software, Tablet, Technology on September 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm


People have been wondering if the new iOS 8 will works with your current iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch.

The model below will shows if it is compatible:


iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6 (included), and 6 Plus (included)


iPad 2, 3, 4, and Air

iPad mini:

iPad mini and mini with Retina display


iPod Touch 5th generation

Before upgrading, you should have at least 2GB of free space to upgrade. You will be notify via Setting when the upgrade is ready or you can go to Settings – General – Software Update on September 19th most likely in the afternoon. Be warn through experience that it is best to wait until a week to minimize disruption and delay of update due to high volume of traffic.


Donny 🙂

In Interactive Whiteboard, Technology, Website on September 11, 2014 at 8:55 am

Thanks to Pamela, Instructional Technologist at Joshua ISD for providing a great website that has various games that actually play on an iPad and other mobile devices like Android Tablet. Lot of math games and many language arts, science, and social studies games.

Click on the link below:

Free Mobile Educational Game


Donny 🙂

Apple announced new gadget(s)..

In Newsletter, Technology on September 10, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Last spring, I was not impressed with the new gadgets like iPhone 5c and 5s. Android is gaining smart phone markets due to the size of the screen. After speaking with my parents and friends, some of them are ditching iPhone to Android due to bigger screen size. I realized that most people above 50 years of age care less about cool stuff on their phone. They don’t have time to learn something and use it. All they want is to have bigger screen so they can use text and email on their phone.

Anyone younger like in the 20’s and higher has strong taste of cool stuff being offer on Smartphone. I am one of those generation Y who like cool stuff to make my life easier and everything on one “device”. What I mean on one “device”; anything that will make my job effectively. Until Apple announced iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Watch; it amazed me on how they change their selling point as Apple knows they are going to lose more customer base if they don’t size it bigger on their iPhone. I was not impressed with the cost for iPhone 6 Plus which will start from $299, $100 more than iPhone 6. They should stick to the selling point of one product as a whole (iPhone 6 only). I’m just disappointed but that my honest opinion.

I was very impressed with the “Watch” and see gaining momentum for Smart Watch. I don’t know how the cost will affect people in buying for $350. It will require an iPhone 5 or higher in order to take advantage of all the features. If it is in the sub $150 range, I will definitely get one especially if you are concerned with your health and is an athletic.

To find out more information with new iPhone and Watch, you can check the website:

I see promising direction for Apple but they need to adjust their selling point to keep only one size for all especially with bigger screen. Apple Watch will definitely increase more innovation and competition with Android and Windows Smartphone. I’m pretty excited to see what three big corporations (Android, Apple, and Windows) have in mind in the next 12 months. I will call them the Big Three Techo Geek!


Donny 🙂

In Windows 7, desktop screen change upside down…

In Computer, Technology on September 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

Frequently, our campus labs has some issues with computers with screen being upside down. The problem is cause by when a kiddo was told to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log in or lock the computer. When it becomes a habit, sometime a student press CTRL+ALT+Arrow keys. Here is the information below depending on hardware manufacturer below (We use Dell computers):

Ctrl+Alt+Up – right side up
Ctrl+Alt+Right – 90 degrees
Ctrl+Alt+Down – 180 degrees
Ctrl+Alt+Left – 270 degrees

If this becomes a problematic for your labs, you can let your Technology Department to look at the link below:

How do I change the Windows 7 key shortcut


Donny 🙂


Free “Kindle Books” for time being…

In Free apps, Technology on September 9, 2014 at 8:01 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 September 9 2014

Enjoy the free children books!

Donny 🙂