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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Week in Review - The Christmas Eve Edition

Good morning from Maine where some of us are waiting for the sound of reindeer dancing on our roofs. It has been a great year for Free Technology for Teachers and that is because of all of you who subscribe to the blog, follow me on Twitter, and share my blog posts with your friends and colleagues. Thank you.

Next week I'm taking a small break from blogging while I make some time to visit family and to work on some small projects(like organizing my home office) that I've been putting off for vacation week. Not to worry though, I have 25 posts scheduled for next week. Next week I'll be republishing the 25 most popular posts of 2011. I used Google Analytics to determine which posts were the most-read posts of the year.

From the shameless promotion department, I've started a second blog titled Android 4 Schools. As you can guess by the title it's all about Android apps and devices for teachers and students.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 11 Places to Find Free eBooks for Yourself and Your Students
2. Animoto Launches a New iPad and iPhone App
3. About Accepting Advertising as an Ed Tech Blogger
4. Rant of the Year
5. The Chronicles of Narnia - Free Downloads Available
6. Videos - Dinosaurs Through History and Walking With Dinosaurs
7. Picozu - A Nice Free Online Image Editing and Creation Tool

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The People Who Walk With Reindeer

Children all over the world will be waiting for the sound of reindeer feet on their roofs tonight. But if you have children who have out-grown that stage in life or if you're just interested in learning about real Reindeer, National Geographic has three items that you should check out.

The People Who Walk With Reindeer is a story about the Sami people of Norway who herd reindeer. There is a feature article that examines how life has changed for the Sami over the years and the challenges their culture faces moving forward. The photo gallery includes the images that were published in the print article as well as some that didn't make it into print. The video takes viewers behind the scenes of creating the photo gallery and writing the article.

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