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Survey Monkey and Google Forms

posted May 19, 2014, 1:48 PM by Web Denfeld   [ updated May 19, 2014, 2:07 PM ]

Survey Monkey

Surveys can serve many purposes in education.  From creating a self-correcting quiz to utilizing a pre-test/post-test, surveys can do a lot of work for you.  They can act as a suggestion box, an "introduce yourself," or a rubric.  Survey Monkey is a free website.  Google Forms is found in your Google Docs, under the create button.  With either, you can create many different kinds of questions, including multiple choice, rating, short answer, etc.  A couple of web pages that will give you ideas on using surveys in your classroom are:


 Google Forms

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posted May 9, 2014, 9:49 AM by Web Denfeld

QR Code Generators

(search online for "QR Code Generator," and find others)

If you have a SmartPhone, you probably have an app like i-nigma, that allows you to zap a QR Code, thereby routing you online to a web page that will give you information.  You can easily create codes, like the one to the left that routes you to the Denfeld Media Center.  All you do is paste the URL (web address) into the generator, and then download the QR code.  It is given to you in a zipped file, so just unzip it to find the .jpg of the QR code.  Easy!

How can you use it in education?  Endless ways:
Check out this Pinterest on QR Codes in the classroom:
or this one aimed at high school: and URL Shorteners

posted Apr 30, 2014, 8:31 AM by Web Denfeld   [ updated Apr 30, 2014, 8:45 AM ]
TinyURL: http;//

It's unrealistic to expect students to type a long URL (web address) so that they can access the web page that you want them to use. You can shorten the URL with either or tinyURL. The advantage of tinyURL is that you can choose what it will be called.  



posted Apr 29, 2014, 12:26 PM by Web Denfeld   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 12:56 PM ]

If you would like to share a list of bookmarks with your students (or anyone else), Symbaloo is an easy way to do so.  It ends up looking like the image to the left (notice that you can group similar websites). The Symbaloo that I made for the Denfeld Media Center can be accessed here:

or to have a web address that is easier to remember, you can access it at

Prezi for Presentations

posted Apr 28, 2014, 2:52 PM by Web Denfeld   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 7:10 AM ]



Prezi is like PowerPoint on steroids. For teachers who like to present information visually, and for students who are visual learners, Prezi is a fantastic tool.  You'll find it very easy to use, as you can select from many templates.  A good tutorial is available on YouTube at
Consider having students use Prezi, as well.


posted Apr 17, 2014, 9:20 AM by Web Denfeld   [ updated Apr 30, 2014, 8:12 AM ]


When Tammi Wilkins and Superintendent Gronseth informed us about the District plans to move ISD709 to gmail, they did it with an entertaining video created with Powtoon.  (See it again at
You'll find a great tutorial video for Powtoon at
Easy and fun, Powtoon will impress!!  

Search Engines for Education

posted Mar 21, 2014, 11:50 AM by Web Denfeld   [ updated Mar 23, 2014, 8:20 AM ]

 If you sometimes feel that the search results from Google aren't terrific, you might want to try using search engines that are specially designed for education.  SweetSearch is my new favorite!  You will find the list below on the Denfeld Media Center web page>Search Engines.

Great Search Engines You Should Try:

Sweet Search
Searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts
Google Scholar
A search engine designed to search scholarly journals
iSEEK Education
A non-commercial search engine that delivers editor-reviewed results from universities, government sites and other noncommercial providers
IPL2 (The Librarian's Internet)
Created and maintained by librarians, offers high-quality academic information
A web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone
NSDL--National Science Digital Library
Emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

Researching, Citing, and Adding Photos to Google Docs

posted Mar 19, 2014, 1:59 PM by Web Denfeld

Google Docs is amazingly research friendly!  You can click on "Tools" and choose "Research," and Google pops up to the right of your document.  If you hover over a web page title in the results list, at the bottom of the summary you will see Preview, Insert Link, and Cite. You can search images and drag/drop them into your document.  Pre-made citations can be MLA, APA, or Chicago. You can even search for scholarly articles.

Watch a two-minute video to see how it works at

EasyBib in Google Docs

posted Mar 18, 2014, 12:46 PM by Web Denfeld   [ updated Mar 18, 2014, 12:54 PM ]

Google Docs now has a tab at the top called "Add-Ons." This is where students can click on EasyBib to have instant access to this citation tool while they write their research papers.  Notice in the picture that EasyBib appears to the right of the document.  Google Docs is coming up with more user-friendly tools all the time, so it would be good to watch that top tool bar for new "Add-Ons."

(Click the image to the left to make it bigger.)

Tech Tools for Denfeld

posted Mar 17, 2014, 11:21 AM by Web Denfeld   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 1:28 PM ]

 The "Next Big Thing" in technology may be Spritz.  Normally, people read at about 200 words per minute.  With Spritz, it may be possible to read at 600 words per minute.  The trick lies in reading a succession of words one at a time in the same space.  Instead of moving your eyes back and forth over the page, the words will flash one after another on the screen.  The implications for technology are that the devices can become smaller.  Want to read your email on your Smart Watch?  No problem.  

Practice it yourself at

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