Donny Khalaf

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The EMOJIS of Teaching…

In Social Media, Technology, Website on October 22, 2014 at 7:59 am

I want to thank the blogger, Love Teach, who posted the emotion of teaching. Thought it was good to share with school district staff. Yes, a blogger name Love Teach and it was why the blogger is a teacher because she loves to teach.

For centuries, teachers have used emojis as a tool for self-expression; to clarify and add flair to their written languages.

(No. Not centuries. Just checking to see if you were paying attention.)

Emojis, if you’re unfamiliar, are pictures used in texting and other electronic messages. The face emojis represent a wide, complex range of emotions, much like the range of emotions found on the yearly—sometimes even daily—teaching journey. One minute you get a visit from a dyslexic former student telling you they just got their Ivy League acceptance letter; the next you sit through a meeting that leaves you wanting to stab plastic sporks into your eyeballs.

Luckily for us, we have emojis to help us identify, process, and express our emotional situations no matter where we find ourselves on the great roller coaster of teaching. Click on the link below for emotion pictures:

What These 34 Emojis Really Mean to Teachers


Donny 🙂


A Good Digital Citizenship Resource for Teachers…

In Newsletter, Social Media, Technology, Training for Staff, Website on October 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I wanted to thank Educational Technology and Mobile Learning for providing this information about Good Digital Citizenship Resources.

This is a quick post to share with you this interesting find I stumbled upon on my Pinterest feeds. This is a website that features some very important materials and resources on teaching kids and students about digital citizenship. Digital Citizenship resource is prepared and owned by NSW Department of Education and Communities (Australia) and is available for free but under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Australia License.

Digital Citizenship

The resources you will find in Digital Citizenship are divided into 4 main sections :

1- Games
This section features some games that students can play to enhance their knowledge about cyber safety and digital citizenship. These games are : RUA Cyber Detective, Party Planner, Buddies Primary, Privacy Pirates, and Privacy Playground.
2- Learning activities
These are some activities to use with students to help them relate the importance of digital citizenship to what they do at school.
3- Video
This section contains several videos on digital citizenship and how to keep yourself and your students safe online.
4- Teachers
” The resources, templates and tools in this section are designed to support schools to implement the Digital Citizenship program. The slide show and flyer can be customized by schools to suit their needs. The professional learning course familiarize teachers with the materials in this resource and guides them through the process of implementing the program in their school.”
NSW has also this wonderful digital citizenship  in graphic to use with students. Check out the full visual from this link.
Donny 🙂

Free Educational iOS apps for limited time..

In Free apps, Technology on October 17, 2014 at 3:44 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 or click on the link.

October 17, 2014 Free iOS Apps



Apple annouces new iPad lineup today…

In Tablet, Technology on October 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Apple announces iPad mini 3 with Touch ID for $399. iPad mini 2 will be $299 and iPad mini 1 will be $249. I was little disappoint to see the price structure which I hope to see iPad mini 1 to be $199 which didn’t happen. Depending on the long-term and the amount of order being purchase, will make a different. For instance, if you are looking for a long-term TCO (Total Cost Ownership), I would recommend the iPad mini 2. iPad mini 2 and 3 are roughly almost the same with the exception that mini 3 now comes with Touch ID, Gold case, and better WiFi. I have test the iPad mini 1 and 2 with iOS 8 which I noticed that iPad mini 2 perform way better than iPad mini 1.

Also, Apple announces iPad Air 2 featuring a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, new anti-reflective screen coating, and much improved processor speed. The advantage regarding the iPad Air 2 is the new anti-reflective coating reduces glare by a whopping 56 percent which will help greatly when you use it outdoor. It will come with 3 colors: space gray, white, and gold. It will sell for $499 for 16GB, 64GB for $599, and 128GB for $699. The iPad Air 1 generation will drop to $399.

I begin to wonder when Apple will prepare to announce the enterprise iPad.


Donny 🙂

Free “Kindle Books” for time being…

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on October 16, 2014 at 8:04 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 October 16, 2014.pdf

Enjoy the free children books!

Donny 🙂

Free “Kindle Books” for time being…

In Free apps, Technology on October 6, 2014 at 8:34 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 October 6, 2014

Enjoy the free children books!

Donny 🙂

Timer Anyone???

In Computer, Interactive Whiteboard, Smartboard, Technology, Website on October 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

timerDon’t run out of time.

Several staff has asked me if there is a quick and easy way to get timer to display on their computer screen. There is many way to get timer app but I think this is better.

Did you know that if you type “timer” into a Google search using Google Chrome browser, you get a timer instantly? The best part is if you use Google Chrome browser, you can explode timer in Full screen. It also come with sound as well. Nice stuff!

Give yourself a try to use it in the classroom.

Happy Friday and don’t forget this month is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month!


Donny 🙂