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Sunday, August 2, 2015

12 Good Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship - A PDF Handout

As we head into the new school year and think about all of the new apps and sites we want to use with students, it's a good time to think about teaching digital citizenship. Whether our students are in Kindergarten or high school before we send them out on the web we should be teaching them digital citizenship. The PDF embedded below, click here if you cannot see it, features my favorite digital citizenship resources for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

How to Save Time When Replying to Email

If you're like me, at the beginning of a new semester or school year you probably find yourself frequently replying to the same type of questions in your email. Try Auto Text Expander for Google Chrome to efficiently reply to those emails. In the video embedded below I provide a short overview of how this helpful Chrome extension works.

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Woodstock, Maine where my assistants, Max and Morrison, are patiently waiting to go for a walk in the woods. I'm not sure that there is anything in the world that Max loves more than walking to our favorite pond in the woods to go for a swim and play fetch in the water. Wherever you are in the world today, I hope that you also have fun and relaxing things planned for the weekend.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Great Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers - A PDF Handout
2. Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects - A Handout
3. More Than 500,000 Historical Video Clips
4. Create Short Stories and More on Make Beliefs Comix
5. 7 Good Options for Building Digital Portfolios - A PDF Handout
6. Now Take Notes on Drive Videos with VideoNot.es
7. EduSync's TeacherCal Helps You Plan and Organize Lessons

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PrepFactory offers a great place for students to prepare for SAT and ACT tests.
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Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
EdTechTeacher is hosting host workshops in six cities in the U.S. in the summer.
SeeSaw is a great iPad app for creating digital portfolios.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Create a Random Name Selector in Google Sheets

Last year I demonstrated how to create a Jeopardy-style game in Google Sheets. Then in February I published a tutorial on creating flashcards in Google Sheets. In both of those tutorials I utilized templates from Flippity.net. Recently, Flippity.net published a new template that can be used to create a random name picker in Google Sheets.

To create a random name picker from a Google Sheet simply use the template provided by Flippity and modify the spreadsheet to include the names of your students instead of the placeholder names in the template sheet. After modifying the template publish your new spreadsheet to the web, grab the Sheet's URL, and place that URL into the Flippity name picker. Step-by-step directions are available on the Flippity website.

Applications for Education
A random name picker created through Flippity can be used for more than just picking a single name at random. It can also be used to randomly create student groups of two to six members. You can also use the random name picker to generate seating charts.

The Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Teachers collaborating at the
Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp.


Good evening from Woodstock, Maine where the blue moon is shining brightly. July was a busy month as I ran three webinar courses, hosted the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp, and visited a couple of schools. And the biggest news of the month is that I became a member of the MindRocket Media Group where I will be developing some content for EdCircuit. Don't worry, nothing will change on FreeTech4Teachers.com as a result of me joining MindRocket.

 Here are this month's most popular posts:
1. Great Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers - A PDF Handout
2. Frequently Overlooked Useful YouTube Features - A PDF Handout
3. 50+ Google Tools Tutorial Videos
4. 7 Good Options for Building Digital Portfolios - A PDF Handout
5. Two Chrome Extensions That Can Help You Stay on Task
6. Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout
7. Six Styles of Classroom Video Projects - A Handout
8. A Nice Tool for Creating Animated Maps
9. A Short Explanation of Google Apps Terminology
10. How to Apply Custom Avatars to ClassDojo Profiles

Please visit the official advertisers that help keep this blog going.
Practical Ed Tech is the brand through which I offer PD webinars.
BoomWriter provides a fantastic tool for creating writing lessons. 
Storyboard That is my go-to tool for creating storyboards and cartoon stories.
MidWest Teachers Institute offers online graduate courses for teachers.
HelloTalk is a mobile community for learning a new language.
Discovery Education & Wilkes University offer online courses for earning Master's degrees in Instructional Media.
PrepFactory offers a great place for students to prepare for SAT and ACT tests.
The University of Maryland Baltimore County offers graduate programs for teachers.
Boise State University offers a 100% online program in educational technology.
EdTechTeacher is hosting host workshops in six cities in the U.S. in the summer.
SeeSaw is a great iPad app for creating digital portfolios.

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