Thursday, November 27, 2014

Easy Accents App with Google Docs

Easy accents with Google Docs

I often have students ask me to help them with their World Language Docs, and finding the correct accent symbol can be tough. There is the feature right in Google Docs, called "Symbols", and you will have to switch it to "Latin" to find most French and Spanish accents.  

Luckily there is a new Google Doc Add-on called "Easy Accents." Not sure we can save this on student accounts, but you might want to share it with your students for them to set up on their home accounts.

This Add-on is free, and extremely easy to use! 

1: Open up any Google Doc new or old.

2: Click on "Add-ons" at the top of the doc.

3: Search "Easy Accents"

4: Click "free" and then accept the Add-on.

5:  Return to your Google Doc and click on Add-ons  again

6. A new page will show you the variety of choices of accents in the language that you have selected....that's all there is to it! 

Easy Accents....check it out!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Dutch designer Christian Boer created a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for people with dyslexia, like himself.
Designed to make reading clearer and more enjoyable for people with dyslexia, Dyslexie uses heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, larger openings, and semicursive slants to ensure that each character has a unique and more easily recognizable form.

Watch the video for more details.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saving a Video to a Google Presentation/Slide

Using Google Slides it is now very easy to insert a YouTube video to your presentation so that all you need to do is open the slide, click on the video to activate it, and you are good to go!

To do this - open Google Slides and slide your cursor over to the word "INSERT" when you slide down you will see the word VIDEO with a video icon. Click on that and a page will open up that looks like this -

From here type in either the specific name of the video or category that you would like - 
"Bill Nye Science Guy" or "Bill Nye Science Guy - Physics" for example
and it will bring you to a few selections on the Internet. You can then click on the specific one that you'd like and insert it onto your slide where it will now be able to play once you activate it from your Google Presentation!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Pinterest has entire category dedicated to education. It is a virtual treasure trove of sources of inspiration for educational projects, activities and reference materials.



Offers free language instruction where users translate documents 
and vote on the accuracy of those translations. 
Contains a description of how it works, a blog, etc.



National Library of Virtual Manipulatives



News articles updated daily. Different grade/reading levels


Providing educators and students access to the highest quality 
practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction.



PBS Learning Media

Lessons complete with free media spanning multiple subjects 
for preschool through 12th grade.



RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics, 
but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.




Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland in 2005 and now contains over 40 million study sets. All of the material is user-generated.