Think Different #21

Resources for the Week of March 27, 2017

I bet you think you know everything about your iPad

Well, I am here to tell you - you don't! I know bold statement, but trust me, I gave this iBook to my students the first week of class this semester and forced them to read it (yes there was point attached), and most of them began their reflection with.....

I thought I knew everything there was to know about iPhones & iPads, but wow, was I wrong.

I shared the iOS9 version of this FREE iBook about a year ago, but it has been updated for iOS 10 and I want to encourage you to download and read. It will take you approximately 30 minutes, and I guarantee you will learn some things. In fact, I think you will be surprised at just how many things you didn't know!!

Download the iBook here Getting Started with iPad iOS 10

Draft - A Distraction-free Collaborative Writing Tool

Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers shared a new writing tool, DRAFT.

When you write in Draft you won't see anything but the text in front of you. Draft is stripped of options for messing about with font colors or inserting pictures.

Anyone who has an email address can participate in editing a document in Draft. Draft is a nice option for people who don't have access to Google Docs and or those who just want to focus on the text and not worry about playing around with font styling.

Thanks Richard

Try Draft for Collaborative Writing

How to Take Better Selfies with iPhone by Using Selfie Flash

If you’re a big fan of taking great selfies and you take a lot of pictures of yourself, then Selfie Flash is going to be a feature you’ll really appreciate because it genuinely improves the appearance of portraits taken with the iPhones front camera.

Here is a simple trick from OSX Daily.

How to Type Accents on Mac the Easy Way

Many languages use accents and diacritic marks to change how a letter or vowel sounds. Accordingly, you may find it useful to know how to type accents and diacritical marks on a Mac using the keyboard. This should be particularly useful for users who also type or write in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Greek, but obviously, this applies to many other latin language scripts as well.

Another great tip from OSX Daily

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Want to learn to play the Piano?

Skoove: iOS app that transforms your iPad into a private piano instructor

The app includes more than 250 interactive lessons and courses that you can follow along with at home as if your iPad was a private piano instructor.

Learn piano with Skoove. Have you always wanted to play piano, but didn’t know where to start? Skoove puts you on the path to making your music dreams come true.

Start your journey now with over 250 interactive lessons and full courses. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an advanced player looking for new challenges, simply sit down in front of your piano or keyboard, open the app on your iPad and go.

Get the FREE app:

eSchool News launches TrumpED microsite to help you stay up-to-date on all the latest Trump administration education policies.

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These days, the Trump administration is a hot-button topic with the education community.

From news breaking every day, new administration initiatives and intense debate over cabinet nominations and proposed education policies, educators need a single source to help them keep up!

That's why we're launching TrumpED, a microsite devoted exclusively to education policy under President Trump. We're keeping you in the loop when it comes to the latest on Secretary Betsy DeVos' leadership and how legislation and policies will impact education and ed-tech funding—all in one single online resource!

TrumpEd ( will keep you up-to-date on all the latest Trump education initiatives, including:

  • Breaking news updates on education-related policy
  • Perspectives on the state of education from nationally-recognized policymakers and education stakeholders
  • Polls and data from fellow educators regarding the new administration’s impact on public education
  • Expert analysis of how changes to existing education laws and implementation of new laws will impact administrators, teachers and stakeholders

Visit the TrumpEd site today at (, and be sure to check back early and often for the latest news and updates.

--The eSchool Media Editors