Welcome to The Pirate D.L. Blog! We hope you find a lot of great resources for digital learning that you can use in your classroom.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

App Recommendation Tool

Knowing what app to use for your desired learning activity that will work on the device you have is often a difficult question to answer. New apps are released daily and some apps are only available on certain devices. Ed Tech Teacher has created a great App Recommendation tool that is perfect to give you the apps you need for your device or desired learning activity.

To get started, go to: http://edtechteacher.org/apps/#Begin

Click on one of the two methods of finding apps. I'm going to look by learning activity.

Choose what you want your students to do (love the emphasis on students as creators).

Next, pick your device type.


A list of apps for the Chromebook for digital storytelling. Click on any of the icons to see more info about an app. You can also scroll up or down the page to see apps for other devices if desired.

For each app, it lists the price, ease of use, and usefulness. On the right side is a link to the app in it's respective app store. The short app description often gives helpful tips such as the link on the Animoto app to apply for an Educator's account to unlock additional features.

Want to search again? Simple, just click the "Go Back to App Recommendations" link.

I hope this makes choosing apps a snap for your next digital lesson!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Test Review Google Doc Templates

Today we have a folder of free test review templates in Google Docs format for you to copy and edit to use in your classroom.

Within the folder, you will find templates for illustrative notes, digital index cards, and a math/reading task card template. For some ideas on how to use task cards for test review, click here.

Simply click here to go to the folder and click "add to my drive". Then you can view and make a copy of any template you wish to use. These templates would be great to share on Google Classroom with your students.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Back up Files and GDrive


It’s time to clean up your drives! 
Here are a few best practices and tools to help you.

Student/Staff Drives:
It is a good idea to backup all files on your school based drives! We need to delete all files on "shared" drives and save to a flash drive. Tech services will be updating and refreshing our drives, so make sure you have important documents saved!

Google Takeout:

To create an archive of all files on up to 16 different Google products including Drive. This process is free and very simple to save on a flash drive. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Google Classroom App Update

This week Google has announced three great new features for the Google Classroom app available for iOS and Android.

I am excited to announce you can now grade assignments and add comments to students work from the app. Also, you can take pictures with your device and add them to existing assignments. Lastly you can now create new assignments on your device with the Classroom app.

Google has announced that one more update to the Classroom platform is coming before the end of the year. Stay tuned for future updates!