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SlideShark app iconSlideShark is a great app for viewing and sharing PowerPoint content on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With SlideShark, mobile users can easily view and present PowerPoint slides with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.

  • Create a free account at
  • Upload your PowerPoint presentations to your account.
  • Download the SlideShark app onto your iPad, iPod or iPhone.
  • Use the app to show your presentation.

This is a great explanatory 60 second video on SlideShark.

SlideShark videos


piktochart iconIt’s often said that a person is the sum of their memories. We retain in our memories some of what we read, more of what we see, even more of what we experience.  When our students read information without reference to illustrations, posters, charts, graphs, tables, etc, they often do not have a full understanding of what they just read.

Information in graphic form, often enhances lessons and helps students to grasp facts, values, trends, as well as to analyze relationships in the data.

Piktochart, an infographic website, allows us to easily create visual graphics such as posters, reports, or presentations in just a few simple steps: 1- choose a theme, 2- Insert graphics, 3- Insert or edit text, and 4- Save and share.
Sample of a few Piktochart templates:

piktochart samples

Check out Piktochart's YouTube videos to learn more about creating infographics for your lessons.
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Some other popular infographic websites:

There are 7 billion people on this planet.  1 billion in the Americas, 1 billion in Africa, 1 billion in Europe, and 4 billion in Asia.  Data visualization helps us better understand the earth's population distribution.

world population per continent

Gapminder is a data visualization website and downloadable application that allows us to visualize some of the world’s most important trends such as environment, health, energy, gender, economy, demography and governance.

The data animations transform statistics into moving bubbles and flowing curves that make global trends clear, intuitive and even playful.  


In this video Hans Rosling, Swedish physician and Professor of International Health and cofounder of Gapminder, explains how to use the website (or download):
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Check out some Gapminder resources.  You will enjoy seeing statistics come to life.


typing club iconYou can improve your touch typing using Typing Club, a free typing program. This online program will assist you with learning and improving your typing speed. Choose the keys or general practice session you want to use.

After completing the session, you will get feedback on your performance based on speed, accuracy, characters typed, fingering, as well as speed over time as shown in the screenshots below: (click images to enlarge)

Speed, accuracy, time:

typing summary

Performance of each finger:

finger accuracy

Performance on each character:

list of characters

Timeline of typing speed:

speed timeline

Typing Club also has a Chrome extension so can you can download it and use it right from your Chrome apps.

k12pioneerPioneer Library is Utah’s Online Library of electronic resources. It provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

K-12 Schools: In K-12 school libraries students, educators and staff have access to World Book Online, CultureGrams and other online resources.

Public Library: Resources for all Public Library patrons - Genealogy, Auto Repair, Business Information, Magazines and Newspapers, even audiobooks! Available in your local library or at home.

Home:  Utah has a free Internet library for you and your family to use at school, home, your local public library or wherever you have Internet access.  Ask your teacher for login and password.

Colleges/Universities: Colledges/Universities offer access to an extensive collection of electronic resources to students, faculty, and the general public through Academic Pioneer.

Pioneer PreschoolPreschool Pioneer:  Fun educational activities to do with your preschooler at home.

Recursos en español:  Actividades infantiles y educación escolar. La biblioteca digital de niños: Escuchar historias y cuentos interactivo para niños, jugar con las actividades en línea, imprimir a cabo actividades para llevar a casa, la lista de lectura y más.

Discover the great resources Pioneer Library has to offer by completing this Scavenger Hunt.

Pioneer Library Quick Reference

UEN offers an online class to learn the many features of Pioneer Library.  Check here for UEN Professional Development classes available for free to educators.

NetSafe Utah Logo black textAre you looking for some good resources to use when discussing the topic of Internet safety with your students?

The NetSafe Utah project is a great place to start.  The website includes easy-to-understand videos for students in several languages: Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Korean, Navajo, Somali, Spanish, Tongan and Vietnamese.

Go directly to resources here:
Kids (grades K-6) | Teens (grades 7-12) |  Parents | Educators, and  Trainers.

Videos are age appropriate explanations about topics such as:

  • What is the Internet?
  • What is personal information?
  • Be kind online.
  • Protecting personal information
  • Online friends
  • Distracted driving
  • Public network safety
  • Mobile location privacy

NetSafe Utah provides Utah schools and communities the Internet Safety information they need and helps schools meet Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements.

NetSafe partners with organizations such as KUED, USOE, Utah State Library System and others to provide these resources for our community.

Other helpful, reliable sites that teach net safety are:

canned responsesIf you don't want to type the same reply every time someone emails you with a common question, you can compose your reply once, save it, and use it when needed using a GMail feature called canned responses.

First you need to enable canned responses.  You do this only once.  Next compose and save canned responses.  Last, insert canned responses as needed.  (Click on images to enlarge)

1. Enable Canned Responses 

  • Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your Gmail.
  • Go to “Settings.
  • Click on the "Labs" tab.
  • Go to "Search for a lab," and type "Canned Responses" in the search bar
  • Press the button for "Enable.”
  • Press "Save Changes.”

enable canned responses







2. Create a Canned Response

  • Cick compose
  • Click the arrow next to the trash icon on the bottom right of the compose box.
  • Select "Canned response”,  then click "New canned response" on the submenu.
  • Enter the text for your canned response
  • Name your response and click OK to save it.

create canned responses






3. Use a Canned Response

  • Compose a new email.
  • Click on "Canned responses.”
  • Choose the response you wish to insert.
  • Change any information in the canned response that needs to be modified.
  • Send your canned response

insert canned response






You will find more GMail tips and tricks at the GMail Help Center