Office Mix: PowerPoint 2oOL- Upload to Share

Spice up your PowerPoints with Office Mix!  If you have not made your first Mix, click here to learn more about this before you preview this post.  BVW Staff and Students have this installed.  Once you create your first Mix, you can upload it to share as a link, embed code or to various social media website.  You can access Office Mix Online here (download if needed, or click Sign-In and use your Microsoft School Account to login):



O365: Open in Word Workflow

One of the biggest advantages of O365’s OneDrive is the “Open in Word” feature.  To be more specific, this feature works in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.  What you can do while working on a file “upstairs” (AKA in OneDrive), you can click “Open in Word” (see image below) and it will open up in the “desktop version” of Word.  There are more tools in this version.  When you do that and make changes and save, it will save/sync with the file “upstairs”.  This is great for our students so they can have access to their files 24/7!  Best news, this works on any device that gets Internet and has the Free MS App’s in stalled (iPad, Android Tablet, Surface Pro, Smart Phones). #DeviceHarmony


Watch the video for a visual explanation.

OneNote: Learning Tools Add-In

3/1/2017 NEW – Word Online and OneNote Online have immersive reader already installed.  Love this!

3/3/2016 ORIGINAL POST – Looking for a free WEB2oOL to help increase reading comprehension for every student?  OneNote has a free Learning Tool add-in at: that is pretty incredible.  Here is a list of features that are included.

OneNote Learning Tools Add-InSee a brief overview here of this 2oOL in action:

Remember BV students can download OneNote for free– it is part of the O365 install.  Oh, happy days!


ThingLink is  aWEB2oOL for creating interactive images for the web.  You can make your images tell a story.  It is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Choose an image.
  2. Add links (text, link or youtube video)
  3. Share.

You can share in a variety of ways.  It will create embed code so you can put them on your website.  There is a teacher account, so you can add students if you want.  You can collaborate on one ThingLink image.

How to Collaborate:

Here is one I created to display our upcoming PD:

Instructional Video – Platform Overview:

Google Drive: Word Cloud Generator Add-On

I love the add-ons in Google Drive, a lot.  I want to show you a special add-AddOn_WordCloudGenerator Exampleon that I use a lot that will generate a word cloud of the document.  This can be a powerful writing tool for your students to see what words they are using a lot.  Our students often are not aware of what words they use a lot.  Plus, it is really easy to like this 2ool, a lot!

See this image below that will explain how to load and use Word Cloud Generator!AddOn_WordCloudGenerator



Scan your book or journal barcodes to easily acquire and generate references in seconds using your phone’s camera.  You can reference any source: books, articles, webpages, videos, newspaper, legislation, artwork and more!  It includes over 7,500 reference styles (who knew there were that many to begin with), including APA and MLA.   BV folks, you can sign in with your Google email so you won’t have yet another username and password to remember.   See my instructional video to see just how easy this is.

ToonDoo – Comic Strip Maker

Want to make cartoon comic strips?  Use ToonDoo!  With a few clicks and some drag and drops, you will have your own comic strip.  You can turn those strips into a book as well.

Here is one that was made by one of the best at BVWest!


Basic Instructions and tips on how to keep student content private: – kids must register.

  1. Select Toon / Create Toon (this is if you want a small cartoon – 2 to 4 slides).
  2. Pick a layout.
  3. Drag/Drop elements.
  4. Personalize the elements with the options along the bottom.  Change size, for example (select the element, select Shrink or Enlarge).
  5. Be sure to save each one, Click ToonDoo / Save (icon in upper right of cartoon creation area).  Be sure to select “Keep it Private”.  It is Public by default.

Toons (one page comics) can be private, but unfortunately ToonBooks must be public.  In order to keep student content private, students should do a series of Toons and screen shot (Snip) each one into a word document or PowerPoint to submit to their teacher.   Use the Snipping Tool (how to on a PC) (how to on a MAC).



This web2.0l allows you and your students to copy and paste writing into a text box and get a multitude of reports.  It appears to support world languages!

  • Count of Words, Sentences, and Characters
  • Usage of Punctuation Mark
  • Static and Dynamic Readability Data
  • Shows Common Words/Phrases
  • Dynamic and Static Lexical Density
  • Wordle Image (Word Cloud)









This is an example of a Wordle created when I put an excerpt from Grapes of Wrath.


Google Cultural Institute

Bring the world to your classroom.  With this site, you can discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world.  Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. You can even create, save and share galleries with friends.

Visit the site here:

BVWTIS overview of the site:

Overview of the site: