Monthly Archives: December 2015

Hola – Access websites blocked by your school or country


Attention: Please research this site before installing it on your computer.  58 million people use it but you may not want to because it is a Peer-to-Peer Network.

  • Access websites and video content blocked in your country or school with Hola!
  • Hola is free and easy to use
  • An extension for Google Chrome and Firefox browsers
  • Used by over 58 million people around the world
  • Hola’s goal is to make the internet faster, more open, and cheaper to operate

What is Hola?

  • Hola is a collaborative, Peer-to-Peer internet
  • Hola is a proxy that works by routing your Internet traffic through the computers of other Hola users
  • In exchange some of the traffic belonging to other Hola users is routed through your computer
  • Hola’s VPN network enables consumers to browse the web privately, securely and freely



Google Safe Search

SafeSearch can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps to avoid most adult content.

Slide1Click on the link below for a Google Search results page for the Keyword Dinosaur with Google SafeSearch turned on….

Search results using SafeSearch 

To learn more about SafeSearch click on the link below…

Google SafeSearch

3 Google Classroom Updates


I found out about these updates recently on the Educators Technology and Mobile Learning website.  I love this site for EdTech news.  Click on the link below to view this blog…

Educators Technology

The 3 Updates include:

  1.  Add questions to your class stream
  2. Attach a Form to assignments
  3. Re-use existing materials

I tested out these new features with my classes on friday.  Click on the link below to view post and find out more information…

3 Google Classroom Updates

Flubaroo New Feature – Send Graded Assignments to Students through Google Drive


I have been using Flubaroo a lot this semester to grade multiple choice quizzes I have made in Google Drive Forms.  I found out about a new Flubaroo feature from Richard Byrne on his Free Technology For Teachers Blog that allows you to send graded assignments to students.  Click on the link below to view his post…

Send Graded Assignments to Students Through Google Drive

For step-by-step instructions for sending graded assignments, click on the link below…

Share Grades through Drive – Step-by-step instructions

I am excited to try out this new feature after my students complete their next quiz in Google Forms.

Kiddle – Visual Search Engine for Kids


  • Visual Search engine for Kids
  • Powered by editors and Google Safe Search

How is Kiddle designed for Kids?

1. Safe Search: All sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements.  They say they filter sites with explicit or deceptive content.

2.  Big Thumbnails for search results which makes it easier to scan the results

3.  Large Arial Font makes it easy to read

4.  Privacy: They don’t collect any personally identifiable information and logs are deleted every 24 hours.


5.  Search Results

  • Results 1-3 are pages written specifically for kids and are handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors
  • Results 4-7 are not specifically written for kids but contain simple language and are handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors
  • Results 8 onwards are written for adults but filtered by Google safe search

Update: KidRex is another search engine option for kids…



EdTech infographics


Use this infographic to introduce Excel to students and teachers. It briefly describes some of the features in Excel along with a series of images and graphics. The layout was designed using infographic software.

• Organize your numeric or text data
• Calculate and analyze data
• Create charts and graphs

Click on the link below to download this infographic…

Excel Infographic


Use this infographic to introduce Google Drive to students and teachers. It briefly describes the features in Google Drive including Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawings using images and graphics. The layout was designed using infographic software.

Benefits of Google Drive…
• Access documents anywhere
• Invite others to collaborate
• These programs are free
• Keep your files safe
• Add-Ons and Updates (Flippity Flash Cards, WeVideo, Mindmeister Mind Maps)

Click on the link below to download this Google Drive infographic

Google Drive Infographic

Google Drive Word Search


• Use this Word Search to introduce students to Google Drive or to supplement a Google Drive activity/investigation
• There are 2 versions of this Google Drive Word Search…
1. An easier 10 x 10 Grid Search
2. A more challenging 15 x 15 Grid Search
• Depending on the age and abilities of your students, you have a choice between these two options.



Click on the link below to download this free lesson…

Google Drive Word Search

Kahoot – 10 Free Public Games

• Kahoot is a game-based classroom response system
• Create and play quizzes, discussions and surveys using any device with a web browser
• Motivate participation through game-based learning and rewards in a social setting

Click on the image below to download this free resource…


Students Love Kahoot!
• I know students love this game from the feedback I receive from other teachers and from my own experience with using Kahoot.
• Students ask me, “Can we please play Kahoot?” For every game there is always lots of laughter and students are very engaged.
• At the end of the 2014/15 school year, I gave students a day to complete missing assignments. There were several students who were finished all of their work. These students got together and set-up their own game of Kahoot. I did not suggest it, they just really wanted to play. This was more evidence for me that students love this interactive tool.

• You can create your own quizzes in Kahoot to assess student understanding and/or review material before a test. The following lesson will show you how to do it…

Kahoot Lesson

• This resource contains links to 10 just-for-fun Kahoots that my students have enjoyed playing
• Use these games to get to know your students at the beginning of the semester or for having fun for a few minutes at the end of the day


Getting Started

1. Go to and sign up
2. Copy/Paste one of the links in this presentation into your browser
3. Students will go to and log in with a username and the game pin

It is that simple! You can be playing Kahoot with your students in just a few minutes.


Click on the link below to download this free resource…

10 Free Public Kahoots