Jorge E. Madrigal

223 Flips | 11 Magazines | 16 Likes | 32 Following | 15 Followers | @jemadrigal | 22 yrs. Biling. Social Studies H.S. Teacher. Apple Distinguished Educator, 2013. Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2015 Instructional Technology Coach

12 things you should be doing with Command Hooks

This 1 Buried iPhone Feature Can Instantly Boost Your Daily Productivity

Find this iPhone feature, use it, and watch your productivity increase.<p>As entrepreneurs, the name of the game is finding ways to maximize your time, discovering shortcuts or hacks that can find more efficient ways of doing things, so you can focus your resources on the important things that need …

Productivity

45+ Google Tips for Teachers and Students

Pinterest<p>The Shake Up Learning community never fails to amaze me! They are always sharing new ideas, lesson plans, tips, tricks, and asking …

How to get the most space in your cloud storage—without paying to upgrade

Free up some spare room.<p>Cloud storage services have given us an easy, hardware-free way to back up and transfer files. Some of them even give you a little space for free. However, the key word is "little." Once you start uploading files and folders, that free storage fills up fast.<p>Before you go …

How to save your home WiFi from weak signals and evil hackers

Everybody seems to love Wi-Fi. So do I. After all, who doesn’t want to have seamless internet access, across different devices, while roaming around their house? But this apparent ease of installation and usefulness can make your Wi-Fi network slow and vulnerable to attacks. To help you out, here’s …

Wi-Fi

How to check which apps have access to your iPhone’s camera and microphone

Over time it can be easy to forget which apps you’ve granted access to your iPhone’s camera and microphone. Whether you have privacy concerns or just want to tidy up, follow along for how to check and turn off app access to your camera and microphone.<p>One option to remove camera and microphone …

How to use less data on your iPhone every month

<i>This post is part of Mashable's</i> <i>Spring Cleaning Week.</i> <i>Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those</i> …

A Meditation Exercise For People Who Simply Cannot 'Quiet' Their Minds

<i>In a warp-speed world, it can be difficult to entertain even the thought of slowing down for a meditation. The following mindfulness exercise,</i> …

3 Screencastify Features You (Probably) Didn’t Know About

Screencastify is my favorite “lightweight” screen recording tool. I prefer it because 1) it works on Chromebooks, 2) it syncs to Drive and 3) it has …

6 Ways to Use PowerPoint for Graphic Design

When it comes to your graphic design needs for an eLearning course or presentation, it’s easy to assume you need a tool like Adobe Photoshop or …

50+ Free PowerPoint Graphic Design Assets for E-Learning Designers

Free PowerPoint Design Assets <b>RECAP</b> #135: Challenge | Recap<p>This week’s challenge asked course designers to share free PowerPoint graphic design …

Photoshop Without Photoshop: The Best Online Image Editors

Save yourself beaucoup bucks by running an almost-as-good image editor for free in your web browser.A bare-bones subscription to Adobe Photoshop will …

formRecycler - Easy Reuse of Google Forms Questions

formRecycler is a free Google Forms Add-on that makes it easy to reuse questions from one Google Form into another form. When you have the …

Forget Photoshop—Edit Your Photos With These Top Free Photo Editors

13 Free Photo Editors<p>The Best Free Photo Editors Out There<p>Updated May 03, 2018<p>These free photo editors are the best of the best and will get you just …

Personalize Your Mac's Right-Click Menu

MacOS: Once Apple finally embraced the right-click, Mac apps loaded up the right-click menu with extra functions. MacOS even includes several by …

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2018

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p>Sponsored by Kiddom<p><b>Around October of every year,</b> while teachers are waist-deep in curriculum, kids are thinking …

Education Technology

20 YouTube Channels for Social Studies

YouTube is a fantastic resource for schools to teach content and for students to learn content. For pretty much any topic you can think of, someone …

Social Studies

How to Keep Your Home Wi-Fi Safe From Hackers

You probably don’t give it much thought, but your router is one of the most important gadgets in your home—without it there’s no wi-fi for your …

Distraction-free YouTube Viewing

On Monday night, during How to Teach With Video, someone asked, "what do you do about all the yucky ads on YouTube?" A couple of members of the class …

How to rip and digitize your Blu-ray collection

Freed from their plastic prisons, your Blu-ray movies can follow you to any device, anywhere, while looking and sounding as pristine as ever.We've …

Templates

Here you will find templates either for student or teacher use. Please drop me a message if you have any questions. Also, please share out on Twitter …

How Do I Make This Worksheet Digital?

Digital Worksheets Is this the right question? What is the depth and rigor of that worksheet? Why is it valuable enough to want to extend to a new …

The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

Having the “same” text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners …

9 super-useful ways to use drag-and-drop on the iPad

In iOS 11, Apple introduced drag-and-drop. Here are nine ways to use it on the iPad.

How to Use the Selection Pane in PowerPoint

The most powerful features in PowerPoint are hidden in plain sight. When you stumble across one of these hidden features, it’s easy to wonder how you …

The Social Studies Digital Content List

Back-to-school time always reminds me of my first days teaching history. I used the curriculum from my textbook and supplemented it here-and-there. …

Common Core

How to use the Mac’s mysterious startup keyboard combos

If your Mac is sick, the first step is to restart it. But did you know that there are several tricks you can perform <i>while</i> your Mac is starting up?<p>Many of these are advanced Mac diagnostic tools, which shouldn’t be used unless you really know what you’re doing. But some not-so-secret startup …

Operating Systems

Go Back-to-School with Adobe Spark: 9 Assignments to Kick Off the School Year

| Aug 3rd 2017<p><i>It’s that time of year again we start trading flip flops for fresh school supplies, so we turned to Dr. Monica Burns, a Curriculum and</i> …

If I was teaching Social Studies today…

Some folks know that I started my education career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. If I was still doing that …

How to Disable Video Autoplay in Safari and Google Chrome on Mac

Every once in a while, you’ll come across a webpage that plays videos automatically without your consent. To some extent, this is useful because it …