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1password.com Password Manager

After getting tired of trying to remember so many log-ins for various websites I signed up with a password manageer last night. After investigating some options it was a toss up between www.1password.com and www.lastpass.com. They both seem to offer very similar features for roughly the same prices. I decided on 1 password because I liked the website layout and was entertained by the explainer video on the homepage. They offer one month free and then you pay $2.99 a month afterwards (billed annually). It is user friendly and I have added 35 passwords so far. It feels really good to have things all in one place and I have been creating strong, unique passwords for each website. 10 sheets of paper that were covered in log-in usernames and passwords have been burned. I think 1password also allows you to download a copy of all your log-ins to store in a safe place.

Toontastic Cartoon Storytelling App

3… 2… 1… ACTION! With Toontastic 3D you can draw, animate, and narrate your own cartoons. It’s as easy as play. Just move your characters around onscreen, tell your story, and Toontastic records your voice and animations and stores it on your device as a 3D video. Toontastic is a powerful and playful way to create interstellar adventures, breaking news broadcasts, video game designs, book reports or anything else you might imagine!

Toontastic 3D is a free playful storytelling app that scaffolds the creative writing process and empowers kids to create their own animated cartoons.

Stack The States Geography App

Makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game!

As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.

You will need to download this paid app from play.google.com or from itunes.apple.com. Stack The States has been voted one of the best educational kids apps.

You earn a random state for every successfully completed level. All of your states appear on your own personalized map of the United States. Try to collect all 50! As you earn more states, you begin to unlock the four free bonus games: Map It, Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop. Four games in one!

FLIPGRID – Where social learning happens!

FLIPGRID

• Every student has a voice
• Students use Flipgrid on mobile devices or a desktop equipped with microphone and camera
• Download the free Flipgrid iOS (iPad or iPhone) or Android Flipgrid app

There are many uses for Flipgrid including…
• Getting to know students (students will introduce themselves with a 90 second video)
• Students get to know each other
• Students learn from one another
• Respond to questions
• Provide feedback about a lesson, activity or book
• Teach the class about a topic
• Spark new discussion topics by “sparking” a student video
• Demonstrate a skill such as singing a song or playing a musical instrument
• Homework assignments