Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where I'm having a relaxing morning while watching the Olympic cycling road race. I'm looking forward to watching the archery team matches later today too because 20 years ago I trained in that sport at the USOC training center California. Reading NBC's webpage about archery reminded me that you should always fact-check what you read on a website. NBC's page about archery is riddled with errors.

On a somber note, this week the world lost one of the true pioneers of educational technology. Dr. Seymour Papert passed away last Saturday. I never personally met Dr. Papert, but his mindstorm, Logo, introduced me to educational technology when I was an elementary school student. Dr. Gary Stager wrote a tribute that beautifully summarizes Dr. Papert's contributions to the world.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Three Good Ways to Use Word Clouds With Students
2. 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice
3. Evernote's Free Plan Is Almost Worthless - Here Are Two Good Alternatives
4. Owl Eyes Offers a Good Way to Guide Students Through Classic Literature
5. Handy Web Tools That Solve Three Problems for Every Classroom
6. A New Lesson Plan Tool for Google Docs
7. Try DropItToMe to Collect Files from Students and Colleagues

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