Donny Khalaf

Archive for January, 2015|Monthly archive page

Google Chrome Apps and Extensions List..

In Software, Tablet, Technology on January 29, 2015 at 9:59 am

Thanks to TCEA for the information relating to Chrome Apps and Extensions List which is an excellent tools for teacher and student that use Google Chrome. It includes “Subject” or “Core” which give you better idea what to look for.

TCEA Chrome Apps and Extensions List

Enjoy!

Donny 😉

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Free Windows 10 Upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 user…

In Newsletter, Technology on January 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Thanks to Brad Chacos, blogger:

It’s official, folks: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows users—as long as you claim it quickly.

Kicking off the consumer-focused Windows 10 event in Redmond on Tuesday, Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year after the operating system launches. Once you’ve claimed the upgrade, Microsoft will keep you updated for the supported lifetime of the device.

“We think of Windows 10 as a service,” Myerson said.

Is there a catch? Here’s the fine print from the Windows 10 page on Microsoft’s site:

“It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.”

The decision to make Windows 10 a free upgrade for existing users—at least for a limited time—makes sense. Windows 8 users have vocally expressed their displeasure with the operating system, prompting happy Windows 7 users to stay put on that OS. That hinders Microsoft’s ability to execute its vision for a service-centric, cloud-connected future for Windows; making Windows 10 free could spur more users into embracing a modern Microsoft operating system.

And hey, it’d be weird to charge for Windows 10 after Windows 8 flopped so hard and Apple started giving away OS upgrades. Right?

I want to thank the blogger, Brad Chacos, for this article. I have the opportunity to test and preview the Windows 10 and I believe it will be the best operating system since Windows 95.

Thanks for reading my K-12 News.

Donny 😉

Free Educational iOS apps for limited time..

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on January 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Dear Reader –

Happy Friday!

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.

January 23, 2015 Free iOS Apps

Enjoy!

Donny 🙂

How to start a Google Classroom?

In Interactive Whiteboard, Technology, Training for Staff, Website on January 22, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Google Classroom is definitely one of the best platforms out there for enhancing teachers’ workflow. It provides a set of powerful features that make it an ideal tool to use with students. ‘Classroom helps teachers save time, keep classes organized, and improve communication with students. It is available to anyone with Google Apps for Education, a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Drive and Docs.’

I want to thank blogger Amy Mayer who contribute to Getting Stared with Google Classroom:

How to start Google Classroom by Amy Mayer

Check this out and the best part is FREE.

Enjoy!

Donny 🙂

A Free Video Creation App..

In Free apps, Tablet, Technology on January 14, 2015 at 9:42 am

Vidra is a free video creation app. It makes video presentations really simple, looks elegant, and it has loads of export options. You can send it to your Camera Roll, upload to DropBox, share straight to YouTube, and many more. It has lots of themes and icons to use and allows you to record your voice.

To download the free Vidra Video creation app:

Free Video Creation App

Vidra is completely free for you to try to use. It does include their credits slide and watermark on exported videos. To remove those, you will need to upgrade to Vidra Plus for $4.99.

For more information regarding to Vidra video creation app, there is a link below:

Vimeo Preview

Mark Anderson tutorial for Vidra Video Creation app

Enjoy!

Donny 😉

Free “Kindle Books” for time being…

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on January 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Happy New Year!

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 January 9, 2015.pdf

Enjoy the free children books!

Donny 🙂

Free Educational iOS apps for limited time..

In Free apps, SmartPhone, Tablet on January 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Dear reader –

Happy Friday!

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.

 

Enjoy!

Donny 🙂

Free iOS app: Stage Pro: Interactive Whiteboard and Document Camera..

In Document Camera, Free apps, Interactive Whiteboard, SmartPhone, Tablet, Technology on January 8, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Create more in 2015 with Stage Pro! We are releasing Stage Pro for FREE for a very limited time (save $4.99)! Promotion will expire on January 11th, 2015.

Click on the link to download the free STAGE PRO for iOS.

Stage™ Pro combines the convenience of a document camera with the power of an interactive whiteboard to bring your lessons to life and make you the star of your classroom.

**50% VPP discount available for qualified Educational purchases through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program – http://www.apple.com/itunes/education**

Stage Pro unlocks all advanced features: Video Recording, Multiple Canvases, Academic Backgrounds Bundle, Shapes, Multiple Pictures, and PDF.

Stage is an exciting teaching and demonstration tool that students and educators can use to share ideas and interact with curriculum. Use the iPad camera to display live video of objects, textbooks, student work, and other projects, and sketch, write, label, or laser point in real-time. With options like storing labels, recording, PDF import, and wireless connection to a projector via Airplay, Stage makes lessons fully interactive, collaborative, and engaging.

HEAD OF THE CLASS
•Sketch, take notes, and add labels over live video
•Record video and audio
•Save screens with one-click screen snapshot and recall from your photo library in the app
•Dynamically present student work wirelessly using Airplay, or via a wired projector connection
•Store labels for later use
•Annotate, mark-up and save existing photos, images and documents
•Easily switch backgrounds from video to picture to whiteboard/blackboard canvas
•Import PDFs from Dropbox or “Open in…” iOS features
•Lock/Unlock camera autofocus to produce perfect, blur-free tutorials
•Simple and accessible interface, especially for novice iPad users

ALL INCLUSIVE
Advanced features are included and unlocked in Stage Pro!

Enjoy!

Donny 😉

How to create and distribute an instructional screencast video for free

In Software, Technology, Training for Staff on January 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Thank to Blogger Alex Castle who created a step by step instruction on how to create a distribute an instructional screencast video for free. Here is the link to open the instruction:

How to create and distribute an instructional screencast video for free

I hope every one of you have a blessing and joyful 2015!

Thanks,

Donny 😉