My Daily Life Savers with @edshelf !

I always receive emails (daily or so) from a little site called edshelf.¬† Here is my first impression in a Tweet, and then the RT ūüôā


This past summer, Mike Lee, co-founder of edshelf announced that edshelf would be no more.  (Now, with a big HOWEVER) fast forward to 2015.  Edshelf is still kicking (thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, no puns here!), and what an easy-to-use and simplistic platform to use.

Can a Kickstarter Campaign #saveedshelf?

You be the judge, Try it:

Then share your experience with #saveedshelf via Twitter

Here is my “Must-Haves” Collection, via Edshelf:



Land of Google Confusion – Four Apps to Do One Thing Great??!!

I’m honestly ok with updates in general – new updated phone, apps, new OS/iOS updates, etc.;¬† although relatively frequent – necessary.¬† Even most Google updates are needed…¬† until now.¬†¬†¬† The introduction of separate document areas (Docs, Slides, and Sheets) on the web and now essentially FOUR separate apps on the iPad – it has caused a bit of a stir and staff and students alike are clamoring “what do I use and WHEN??”)

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My Two Cents:

Here is my unofficial letter to Google, I need to vent, as this takes much time out of my duties, and student classroom time.

Our district ‚̧ s Google Drive.¬† I have had the good fortune of training staff on its use and integration for over 2 years.¬† It has great features and always great possibility. Google Drive on our smartphones, tablets, and computers has changed the face of staff productivity in my school district. ¬†But now….¬†I’m not sure why anyone thought that separating Google services into separate apps was a good idea.¬†

For educators (I’ll include myself to add iPad point-person too), iPads were ready to go Day One – student apps, including Google Drive. ¬†Drive, once the end all of creation and collaboration, is now the app that can only VIEW docs, slides and sheets (and not edit) UNLESS¬†you have the respective app installed – students (c’mon Google, we have 7 year olds using GAFE, really??) ¬†have to login multiple times, and teachers now have to learn (as did I) new lingo that “incoming” is analogous to “shared with me”. ¬†Sure I like to have my doc types filtered, but I could always do that by just using Google Drive when I needed to, not because Google forces me to – I’m ALWAYS using the search feature¬†for doc types in my Drive and they are NEVER the same type; four apps is just CONFUSING (Just when I thought my Google PD sessions were over ūüė¶ ¬†)

Login Management is the New Classroom Management

(Wait a minute, let me switch apps…)

Also, we currently have an iPad cart model in our elementary buildings – These are shared. ¬†students now have multiple points of login – once with Drive, and most times another point when accessing a doc, slide, or sheet (the Drive app will open another respective app for editing). Logging out of services is now a management piece, it has become a bigger issue with multiple services logged in just to edit a document. ¬†Let’s not even go there – making sure all students logout of services before the cart gets wheeled to the next classroom…

Please Google, give people the freedom to search for the type of doc, slide, and sheet they want – in ONE app!


Guided Access Goodness!

Thank goodness for iOS 6!

Clicking the logo below will provide a comprehensive overview of all features Apple has to offer with its most recent update.


For my special education teachers currently test driving iPads in their classrooms, my favorite update by far is Guided Access 

What is Guided Access you ask? ¬†Basically, guided access allows iPad users control of the “lock to app” feature (which was only controlled via the Apple Configurator up until now) right on the device!

What this means for teachers and parents of young children – Yes, you can only allow your students/children access one app, that doesn’t close with a click of the “home” button.

I have to give props to creators of this content, as it is one of the best explanations of Guided Access I’ve seen: ¬†from iMore


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Final Step: ¬†Set up a 4-digit passcode to toggle Guided Access on and off with your app of choice, and you’re golden….