Doodle 4 Google competition lets kids design Google logo

February 9, 2010

BY JASON DON FORSYTHE Looking to harness your student’s creative energy and possible have them win a college scholarship at the same time? Google is once again staging their Doodle 4 Google competition, letting K-12 students across the country take … Continued

Make better animated movies with Xtranormal State

January 11, 2010

BY BILL FERRIS Last year we reviewed Xtranormal Text-to-Movie, a free computer animation app that lets you create your own cartoons. The folks at Xtranormal have made an even more impressive program called State, which adds characters who can walk … Continued

Instructify's top 10 posts of 2009

December 22, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS It’s that time of year again when lazy bloggers rehash old material under the guise of “Best of” lists rather than come up with new stuff. Instructify is no exception. Below are the top 10 Instructify posts … Continued

NORAD lets kids track Santa in Google Earth

December 21, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Your elementary students can follow Santa Claus’ flight path on Christmas Eve through the magic of Google Earth. The jolly elves at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (that’s NORAD to you and me) have been tracking … Continued

Trivia games abound at Sporcle

October 9, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS As schools move away from rote memorization of facts, what happens to those kids who like to rattle off the state capitals or list all the presidents? They can put their knowledge of educational trivia to good … Continued

ToonDoo makes creating comic strips easy

October 6, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Just because all your students aren’t artists, that doesn’t mean they can’t create their own comic strips. ToonDoo makes it easy to create a comic by using stock characters and scenes. If kids would rather provide their … Continued

Kids can create movies, drawings and more with Kerpoof

September 25, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS Many years ago, Walt Disney drew a little cartoon mouse who in turn built a theme park with his own four-fingered hands. Or something. Today, your elementary students can create cartoons of their own, as well as … Continued

Random roundup: Indiana Jones

September 23, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS As further proof that my pop-culture awareness stopped sometime in the mid-90s, this month’s random roundup features Indiana Jones, apparently Instructify’s go-to reference to convey that a history or archaeology tool is exciting or adventurous in some … Continued