Photomath math equation app now available for Android

PhotoMath is a math solving app that was originally released as an iPhone app a few months ago. It is now available for Android devices.

It is very simple to use – point your smartphone’s camera at a math equation and the app will solve it for you. It gives you the answer and all of the steps used to solve it. It supports all kinds of equations, including inequalities and quadratic equations. 


Tech&Learning – free Edtech magazine, website and resources for educators

Tech&Learning is a great resource for educators. It is a print/online magazine, along with a great website. They also produce TechForum educational conferences and Virtual TechForum.

The Tech&Learning magazine, available free to qualified educators, is released monthly and contains articles, tips, resources, product reviews, and much more.

The website has a link to the electronic version of the magazine, the Tech&Learning Advisor blogs, links to resources from past TechForums, and more resources. There are articles on best practices, administration, integrating technology, professional development, free resources, tips and tricks, grant help, and so much more.

The Tech&Learning Advisors are educators who write articles for the TL Blog section of the website, contribute articles to the magazine, and also help review products and present at Tech&Learning Live, which is an excellent edtech conference held around the US throughout the year. The next one is March 13th in Atlanta. Some of the names may be familiar to you as they are also very active online with Twitter and their own blogs and present extensively at conferences and unconferences around the world.

The staff are friendly and helpful, the Tech&Learning Live conferences are great, fun, and informative, and the site and magazine have incredible information and resources.

Tech&Learning also maintains a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Tech&Learning is an excellent resource for all educators. It’s free and contains a tremendous amount of information, links, resources, and tips and ideas.

You can sign up for a free print or digital edition here: 

EdTech Update – bringing the best news about EdTech to you

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and Aggregage are excited to announce the launch of EdTech Update. This new site and newsletter was created as a way to gather the best resources from hundreds of sources, including top bloggers such as Steve Anderson, Scott McLeod, EdFly, Christensen Institute, Digital Learning Now and many others.

The content is customizable by the user so that you only get what is the most interesting and relevant content for you. It looks at what you have selected, what you click on and share and then figures out what is most interesting to you. You can also personalize the content by using your LinkedIn profile, what you share on Twitter, what you click on either on the site or the newsletter, and what topics you
tell it are the most relevant based on your interests

There is a lot of great material and resources here – take a look. EdTech Update

Why Should Schools go with Google Apps and Chromebooks?

I’m a huge fan and user of Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks and have written about them at length here. Here is a generic version of what I presented as reasons why my district should Go Google that you can use in your own school/district.

Why Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks:

Here are some of the reasons why Chromebooks make sense in education:

Educational Goals:

  • Increase student engagement 
  • Expose our students to the latest technology – software and hardware
  • Create student centered learning environments
  • Allow students and teachers to do new things, work collaboratively and create projects
  • Prepare our students for the transition to online testing as we move toward Common Core State Standards implementation
  • Provide equitable access to computers to all students (1:1)

Here are some videos and resources explaining Google Apps and Chromebooks in Education:

Educational Benefits of Chromebooks and GAFE:

  • Fast boot time – 5-6 seconds – They boot up in less than 7 seconds and resume instantly — eliminating the typical down time wasted while traditional computers start up and connect to a network.
  • Applications, school work, and settings are stored in the cloud, so multiple students can use the same Chromebook and still have their own personalized experience when they sign in. 
  • The Google Applications are free for student use; such as Google Docs (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation).
  • Allows for easy student and teacher collaboration and feedback.

IT Benefits of Chromebooks and GAFE:

  • Web Based Management
  • Reduced setup time
  • No programs to install – all student work will be saved in the “cloud”
  • No viruses and very secure
  • Updates are automatic and often
  • Easy to use – minimal IT support needed.*Inexpensive – allows more devices to be purchased

Features of Google Apps for Education

  • Free
  • word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, sites, networking, collaboration, and lots more
  • (including Word, PowerPoint and Excel files)
  • students can access their files from any device
  • students can share their work with their teachers
  • students can collaborate with others on the same project at the same time
  • unlimited potential
  • safe (management of GAFE and Chromebooks)
  • allows students to create projects, instead of just consuming information


  • Cost – 1/3 cost of a laptop
  • 1/10th the setup time
  • less IT support needed, automatic updates, 
  • easy to use, fast, light
  • start up in 6 seconds
  • battery lasts 7+ hours or more (9+ hours for some)
  • thousands of free web-apps available
  • internet based – student data is stored online and accessible from any device
  • works with digital resources we already use
  • Research shows that technology-transformed interventions improve learninge
  • Allow for collaborative, project based lessons and learning
  • Technology based, online collaboration and personalized instruction helps with student engagement and learning

Huge User Base

  • Over 30 Million Google Apps for Education Users 
  • 180 Countries
  • 74 out of the top 100 Colleges in the US, including 7/8 Ivy League schools, use Google Apps.
  • over 2400 school districts in the US use Google Apps.

Editor’s note: This post below was contributed by +Rich Kiker, the top-rated Google Certified Trainer and founder of Kiker Learning.

Educators should demonstrate certain traits to effectively serve today’s learners. Google Apps for Education gives us a virtual landscape where educators can deploy these traits anytime and anywhere. We have extended our educational tools to include Chromebooks and Android tablets, so now educators can create an environment poised for inquiry, driven by discovery, and saturated with opportunities for student achievement.

To this end, any teacher, coach, parent, or mentor can shape a child’s journey by plugging into connected learning to empower a learner with voice, design thinking, and digital awareness.

This is why I am educator who has #GoneGoogle with conviction.

Edmodo releases Parent Apps to help Parents help their children

Edmodo is a free learning management system that is very popular and easy to use. Edmodo is a great resource for teachers, students, and parents, allowing communication, collaboration and sharing. It has forums, messages, files, calendar, and more to create an online presence for your class.

Edmodo recently released the Edmodo for Parents app for iOS and Android to allow parents to receive your important announcements and stay on top of classroom due dates. This allows parents to be more connected to the classroom and teacher, as well as being able to better help their children.

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Resources for Using Edmodo in the Classroom

DropTask – Visual Task Management app

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DropTask is a free visual task management app that is web based and available on iOS and Android. It is easy to use and lets you create a visual to do list that is color coded and with lots of features. You can take notes, chat with others, attach files, set reminders, work with others, and more. It is a very beautiful interface with drag and drop functionality.

DropTask - Access everything in one place
It also works with other apps, like Google Apps and Dropbox, with Evernote and Outlook integration in Beta versions now.

The Evernote integration is slated to go public very soon and looks pretty cool. Integration with Evernote allows you to send your notes from Evernote into DropTask where you can organize and manage your to-dos. Alternatively, if you have a task already in DropTask, you can send it to Evernote and create a new note where you will have the space to write down all your ideas and information related to that task.

DropTask Integrations: GMail, Google Tasks, Google Calendar, Dropbox, iMindMap
The free version has tons of features with the Pro version, at $6.50/month, adding more features, including more syncing with other apps and more collaboration tools. You can compare features between the two here.
Try it out and see if it can help you get organized. 
Here is a video about it:


Get Organized – tips and resources for students, teachers, admin and more

kanban2go – free visual task management and organization