Making a Hyperlink in Notability

If you would like to link to a webpage in Notability click on the + button in the upper right and select Web ClipIMG_0037

Next type in the url that you would like to link to, select Go on your keyboard and after the website loads select done.  IMG_0038

A Web Clip will appear in your outline.  To access the web page click on the Web Clip and select browser from the menu and the webpage will open in a browser.IMG_0039If you have any handy Notability tips let us know what they are in the comments.

Make Typing Faster on Your iPad

iPadKeyboardShortcutTyping on the iPad screen keyboard is definitely an acquired taste.  Keyboard shortcuts can make things better especially for those long words or phrases,like your email address, that you type all the time.

A  keyboard shortcut consists of a phrase (the long word or phrase you want to type) and the shortcut.



  • Phrase = On my way
  • Shortcut = omw

When you type “omw” the phrase “On my way!” will show up in blue just like the autofill (see picture above). You can hit the space bar to replace “omw” with “On my way!” and continue to type.

I have created keyboard shortcuts for all of my email addresses as well as other phrases that I type alot like thank you and I’ll get back to you soon.

To create shortcuts

  1. Settings App
  2. General > Keyboard
  3. Scroll down in the keyboard settings and click on  Add New Shortcut…
  4. Enter the phrase and the shortcut and click Save

What are your most used iPad keyboard shortcuts?

Google Notifier is Dead

Google Notifier is a small application that will notify you when you get an email and when you have Google Calendar events coming up.  When it is running (on a mac), two icons will be seen on the Menu Bar that look like this.

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At Pike we also use this app to set Gmail as our default email browser.  Unfortunately Google Notifier is being removed by Google and will no longer work.

Most people have this app set to start up when the computer boots.  You will want to turn this off as it will continue to notify you that it no longer works until you turn it off.

Stop Google Notifier from automatically starting at boot up.  

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Open the Users & Groups preference
  3. Click on the Login Items tab
  4. Select Google Notifier in the list of items that will open automatically.
  5. Click the minus button at the bottom to remove Google Notifier from the list.
  6. Next, click on the either icon on the menu bar and choose Quit all Google Notifiers.

This is really all you need to do but if you want to uninstall the program completely, and you have admin rights on your computer (Pike teachers don’t), then you can follow these instructions put out by google.

How to get notified that you have email now that Notifier doesn’t work. 

  • Check out the list of alternatives at the top of this page.

Looking for a way to set Gmail as your default email program?

  • This depends on which web browser you use.  The setting has to be made for each browser.
  • This page gives you instructions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Free Spring Webinars

EdTechTeacher has many free, live webinars coming up this spring.  This is a great opportunity learn something new as well as to network with other teachers from across the country and around the world.

  • March 11th – Small Tech Changes – BIG Learning Impact!
  • March 18th – “Google is the new resume.”
  • March 20th – iPads, language learning, the MFL twitterati & sharing good practice – a UK perspective
  • March 27th – Empowering Elementary Learners with Technology
  • April 1st – iPads And… combining the physical & digital to create multimedia content
  • April 8th – All Things Google!
  • April 15th – Leading Change in 1:1 Classrooms
  • April 24th – Technology in Humanities Classrooms
  • April 29th – Games Are Good for You! What Games Teach Us About STEM & Learning

Click here for more information about any of the above offerings.

Diigo on the iPad

by Aaron Hovel

Up to this point each blog post has described how to use Diigo on a computer.  This post will explain how to use Diigo on the iPad. Diigo has created a Web Highlighter tool for Safari on the iPad.  It is a litle tricky to install, but once it is installed, you can bookmark, highlight, and add sticknotes to websites directly in Safari on the iPad.

Installing “Web Highlighter” on Safari for iOS 7
Diigo has written a good set of directions. Or you can watch the video below for installation instructions.   If you are receiving this as an email you will need to click the link at the bottom to view the full post or click here for the video.

iOS Security Update 7.0.6

Apple released a new version of their iOS (7.0.6) this week.  The update patches a security flaw in the SSL connection verification part of the iOS. I reccomend all faculty update their iPads and iPhones if you have one.   SSL is the encryption mechanism used when connecting securely to websites. When you enter a password or buy something online, you are relying on SSL to keep your information secure as it is transfered over the internet.

If students ask, we recommend they update as well. Prefereably at home to keep from bogging down our network.

To Update your iOS device.  

-Settings App>General>Software Update

-Follow instructions on device to install update

Diigo – Lists

by Aaron Hovel

Another great feature within Diigo, especially for teachers, is Lists.  Lists of bookmarks can be created usually with a common theme.  One idea for teachers, is to create a Diigo List for each class.  This way the teacher can provide the Diigo List link to the students at the beginning of the year and that link will never change. The cool thing is that teacher can add and remove bookmarks to/​from this list over the year as needed.  All while the link to the list stays the same.  To get a better idea and to see this in real life check out the video.  If you are receiving this as an email you will need to click the link at the bottom to view the full post or click here for the video.

Diigo – Groups

by Aaron Hovel

Another powerful feature of Diigo is Groups.  You can create a group with other teachers or your students.  The group enables everyone to share links to the group and all group members can view the links, comment, add notes, and highlight. The group feature also allows for creating a discussion topic that all can contribute to.