Mrs. Bonicelli's Edublog

Hagen Jr. High

Online Timers


Everybody needs a stopwatch at some point AND you will always have one available online.  Here is a collection of online stopwatch or countdown timers always available when you need it.







There is even a “fun classroom collection” for interactive whiteboard use.

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Timer Online


Google Timer

  1. Go to the Google Search Page:
  2. Enter: timer 5 minutes (or whatever time you want)
  3. Press the enter key.
  4. The timer will automatically start counting down!
    Click the speaker icon to mute the alarm.
    Click the frame icon to switch to the full-screen mode.



Important Note for Google Chrome Users:

If you use the Google Chrome browser, you can just type, “timer 30 seconds” into the location bar at the top of any page! Then press the “Enter” key to activate the timer.

online google timer

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Socrative–Awesome Website for Instant Surveys or Assessments


This is an easy to use website for teachers to engage their students with educational exercises and games, giving the students an “easier than raising your hand” way of responding.  It can be used on any device that accesses the web—computers, tablets, smartphones, iPads, laptops.  Teachers can get students responds on the fly, or preplanned activities/quizzes/exit tickets with reports viewable online as a Google spreadsheet or emailed as an Excel file to the teacher.

A room number is assigned to the teacher, students login with that number and off they go!!

Teachers can register for free and are given a “Room #” for students to access.

Directions for download (pdf):  Socrative directions

Learners TV


This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of downloadable Video lectures, Live Online Tests,etc in the fields of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy,Astronomy, Political Science etc FREE to its visitors… This site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world. Science Animations provide students with fun and innovative ways of learning. Free live timed online tests with instant feedback and explanations will help you refine your test taking skills. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License.

Shmoop–We Speak Student


 Shmoop is the modern answer to Cliff’s Notes, offering guides for everything from historical events to literature. Everything is broken down into easy-to-understand segments. For example, literature guides feature information such as character descriptions and quotes. In addition, users whose budget allows can explore gated areas including teacher guides and standardized test prep guides.  Shmoop has a busy-looking, stacked tri-navigation bar with links to basically every category of information on the site. The design uses bright, exciting, youth-friendly graphics and colors. With the homepage’s magazine layout, visitors can quickly see snippets of a lot of different areas of the site.

Camtasia Studio–“First Attempt”


I was finally given a computer with enough “uumph” to handle some video editing so I tried my copy of Camtasia Studio for screen and audio recording of short instructional lessons for my class.  I tried a quick fix for taking a student’s random photo and then removing the background so it can be superimposed in another environment.  Our class assignment was to accomplish this for a PowerPoint assignment.  Here is my first attempt…(my hats off to the ones who do this and it sounds so fluid and natural)…


Online Safety Curriculum


NetsmartzGreat website for online issues for educators and parents as well.  Includes presentations, downloads, discussion questions and more.  Check it out for next year’s curriculum.

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20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web


Created by the Google Chrome Team, this online book about browsers, the web and more would serve as a good resource.

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

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Resources for Online Outlining


This is a post from David Kapuler that appears in “Tech & Learning” magazine called “Top 10 Sites for Creating Outlines” that I subscribe to.   It listed several resources for “online outlining”.  Some of the resources require subscription fees, though they usually offer a free trial period.  Some of the resources have areas for note taking, along with mind mapping, brainstorming as well as outlining.  I would like to check out two, specificially for incorporating in my 7th grade curriculum.

CRLS Outline Maker

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Read Write & Think Outline Maker.
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4 Great Free Interactive Sites–ClassTools, Crossmap, Solar System Scope & PhED


Picture 2 Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds and then post them to your own blog or website. No charge, no signup required. Templates abound in all areas of the curriculum. Students can design multiple interactive games from the same set of questions and answers. Newest template is “Fakebook” (a Facebook template that allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes for book characters, historical people, chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on.)

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Solar System Scope:  Interactive, 3D model of solar system planets and night sky.

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PhET :  Fun, interactive simulations of physical phenomena–physics, chemistry, earth science, physical science and math simulations– from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.  These simulations can run online, download them or even embed them in your website for student use.

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