Thursday, November 29, 2012

Prezi Upgrades!!

Check out Prezi's new look and enhanced functionality!

Goodbye Bubble MenuWe've revamped the entire Prezi editor to make creating and presenting your prezis a more simple, clean, and fun experience.    See what has changed › got a makeover
The next time you visit Prezi, you'll notice that things are different. Everything about the new site is also simpler, cleaner, and more beautiful, so you can focus on your ideas.   Check out the new site ›

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Web2.0: Jeopardy, CrossWords, BINGO...

Check out these great Web2.0 Apps for students need to worry about formatting, operating system, or even device!

Allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Build your own jeopardy template using our simple editor.

Bingo Baker - Bingo Cards

Bingo Baker makes it easy to create bingo cards. You can generate hundreds of random cards and print them using the printer-friendly PDF (with no ads or watermarks). You can also save paper (and waste electricity instead) by playing your bingo game online (it works on the iPad).

Crossword Labs - Crossword Puzzles

Crossword Labs is the simplest way to build, print, share and solve crossword puzzles online. It's free, fast and easy.

Serif Design Suite

Serif Design Suite

Check out the newly acquired Serif Design Suite.  With a variety of easy to use tools suited for classroom and instructional projects, it is worth a few minutes of your time. 

Page Plus - Desk Top Publishing
Create professional-quality documents with a range of cross-curricular tools in PagePlus X6 – and not just for print. As well as brochures and posters, students can produce interactive documents like PDFs and eBooks for sharing on screen with the very latest technologies.

Draw Plus - Drawing & Graphics
Get creative and produce high-end vector artwork, web graphics and even Flash® animations with flexible tools in DrawPlus X5. Add creative flair to coursework, communicate ideas and encourage conceptual thinking while introducing professional design skills.

Movie Plus - Movie Editing
Capture and create exciting videos in MoviePlus X6 using the latest industry-relevant formats. Easier editing and new high-end tools engage students to communicate ideas, whatever the subject, while learning real-world ICT skills.

Photo Plus - Photo Editing
Transforming photos into sophisticated works of art is easy in PhotoPlus X5. With high-end tools at their fingertips, PhotoPlus inspires students to create professional layered graphics you’d expect from an industry-standard package.

The Suite has online Student Project Resources, and each product includes an excellent template repository with access to many more free options on-line.

In order to optimize your experience, we recommend that you request your roaming profile be disabled. The Help Desk will both install the software and disable your profile upon request.

Also, staff and students are eligible to purchase the same versions at a discounted price.
These are full working versions of the software titles for home use. All prices are inclusive of sales tax.

Any individual Serif program:                                    $15 (each)                    

PagePlus, PhotoPlus, DrawPlus & WebPlus:       $50

PagePlus, PhotoPlus, DrawPlus & WebPlus,
MoviePlus & CraftArtist:                                             $70

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Features in Google Drive

* RE-POSTED from:
In case you haven’t noticed them already, here are a handful of small updates that will make it easier to find, organize, and view files on Drive.
  • Search by person: Can't remember the name of a file but know who shared it with you? Now Drive search auto-completes people’s names, making it easier to find the stuff you’re looking for.

  • View Google Earth map files: You can now open, preview, and interact withGoogle Earth files (.kml and .kmz) right inside Google Drive on the web.
  • Drag and drop folders in Chrome: If you’re using Chrome, you can drag and drop entire folders from your desktop to Drive on the web (at
  • Search includes items in your trash: Sometimes files you are looking for accidentally end up in your trash, so now search results include files there too.
  • Create new folders while organizing files: Now when you select files in your Drive list, in addition to adding them to an existing folder, you can add directly to a new folder.

NEW* Student App for Android Devices

The programming team at District 219 has developed a mobile app for students. Currently the app is only available for Android devices. Visit the Play Store and search for "NTHS". Or, use the QR code below. 

The app acts as a one-stop-shop where students can access the ILP, PIV, Moodle, AAL Help Desk, Webstore, D219 TV, the schools' online newspapers, and the District's three websites. All useful resources for students.

Logging in to the ILP is seamless from the NTHS219 Student App. Students who have their NTHS219 account synced to their device (smartphone or tablet) will bypass the initial set-up. All others will be prompted to authenticate their NTHS account to their device in order to log in to the ILP. 
QR Code
All other features use a separate log in, if required. 

20 Coolest Augmented Reality Experiments in Education So Far

20 Coolest Augmented Reality Experiments in Education So Far

Augmented reality is exactly what the name implies — a medium through which the known world fuses with current technology to create a uniquely blended interactive experience. While still more or less a nascent entity in the frequently Luddite education industry, more and more teachers, researchers, and developers contribute their ideas and inventions towards the cause of more interactive learning environments. Many of these result in some of the most creative, engaging experiences imaginable, and as adherence grows, so too will students of all ages.

Ian Jukes has posted this resource from his Blog the 21st Century Fluency Project.