Cool Sites: PicApps, DocVerse, Sketchcast…

Group of office workers gathered around colleague's workstation

I found several cool educational tools from Ziipa! My goal is to post this weekly series regularly on Saturdays so you can test these tools out. However, you can get access to these fantastic websites as soon as I find them by connecting with me on Google reader!

PicApp Images

I found the picture above on PicApp, which allows any blogger to find quality pics and embed them easily! I took only a minute to select, edit, and embed the image. The best part is that you do not have to attribute the picture, which saves bloggers time. Moreover, you can use the editing tools on the website and receive the embed code to copy and paste. The website uses the small gallery icon to advertise, which is hardly noticeable. The majority of the images are high quality, but I recommend choosing the creative option versus the editorial to save even more time.

DocVerse: Collaborate on MS Office Documents

Ever want to collaborate on a PowerPoint, Excel, or Word document? Now you can for free with DocVerse. Currently, you can only download on a Windows system, but you can share the link to the document with a Mac user. There are more cool features, such as commenting and the ability to share with non-Office users. I suggest giving this a software a try!

Sketchcast: Draw

Have your students draw, add text, and use voice with Sketchcast!  You have to register, but the service is free. I wish the site would add an easy search engine and the site seems to go down at times and is temperamental with a Mac. When the tool works, it is great for all students and English language learners. Students can draw in several different colors, add text, narrate the drawing, and embed it into a wiki or blog! One way to use Sketchcast is to have students create a sketch and use adjectives to help another student guess what the object is.

Blurtt: Send Postcards!

Do you have your students write and mail letters to the White House or a celebrity like Oprah? If you do, then you will love Blurtt, which allows the user to mail a postcard made online directly to politicians, movie stars, family, or friends for a very low fee. You can have the students create postcards for Obama congratulating him on his Nobel Peace Prize and directly mail them for a low cost. Use this with caution, though, because I found a few postcards that had inappropriate writing.

Google Maps + Flickr= MapFlickr

Use MapFlickr to create your own Google Map with pictures from your Flickr account. I can see students using this to visually show trips they took or they can mark all the places they have lived. All students can mark the places they have been on one map and post this on a wiki!

Cameroid: Take Silly Photos

If you have a webcam on your school computers, then your students can take silly photos with Cameroid. The service is very easy to use with several backdrops, frames, and effects.

Even More Cool Links

For more great finds, please visit Ozge Karaoglu’s Faves of the Week series!


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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at


  1. I have been following your blog for sometime… though this is my first comment here.

    Thought would drop by and send you this site for your opinion before I start using it with my class.

    • Judy Jacob,

      I checked out the Funnel Brain site and definitely think this is a useful site for creating flashcards, especially if students are the ones that get to create them!

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