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Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Week in Review - Soaking Up Summer

Good morning from Maine where despite seeing a few maple leaves already turning from green to red, we're still soaking up summer. Last weekend Isla and I hiked a local mountain and enjoyed the views from the top. This weekend, we're doing the same. I hope as she gets older she enjoys the outdoors as much as I do.


Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Ten Things You Can Do With Google Forms
2. My Go-to Google Tools for Social Studies Classrooms
3. Flip Anim - Quickly Create Animated GIFs
4. Three Google Classroom Updates That You Will Appreciate
5. Alternatives to YouTube's Video Editor - It's Going Away
6. Free Solar Eclipse Glasses in Your Community
7. Ten Things Students Can Do With Google Keep

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417 History and Civics Lessons In One Place

On Friday I featured Tom Richey's YouTube channel which is full of great content for Advanced Placement U.S. and European History students. Today, I want to point out or remind you about the excellent videos that Keith Hughes produces.

Keith has at least 417 video lessons about a wide range of topics in U.S. and world history. Some of the lessons that I've enjoyed over the years include his series on every presidential election in U.S. history and his lessons on The Federalist Papers. All of Keith's history lesson videos are listed alphabetically in this document. Don't forget to use "CTRL + F" to search through the document.

In addition to his history lesson videos, Keith offers some tremendous videos for teachers new to the profession. The latest video in that series is Don't Assume: 5 Assumptions to Avoid as a Teacher.

Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners - A Practical Ed Tech Webinar

Throughout the year I host many professional development webinars at PracticalEdTech.com. The next one in my Tech Tuesday series is Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners. In this webinar on August 15th you will everything you need to know to get started using Google Forms and Google Sheets to streamline your workflow in grading quizzes, emailing parents and students, and keeping track of classroom materials. You will also learn how to build self-guided video review activities for your students. Finally, we'll tackle any questions that you have about Google Forms and Google Sheets.

This webinar will be held live at 4pm Eastern Time on August 15th. Register here. A recording will be available to those who register, but cannot attend the live session. The cost for this webinar is $20. Your registration includes access to the live webinar, live Q&A, unlimited access to the recording of the webinar, and a PD certificate.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Two ways to create self-grading quizzes.
  • How to create self-paced guided video review activities.
  • How to develop Jeopardy-style games and flashcards in Google Sheets. 
  • A great method sending personalized emails to parents and students from one spreadsheet.
  • How to easily keep track of classroom materials through the use of Forms and Sheets.

Register Today!

This live webinar will held on August 15th at 4pm Eastern Time.

The cost for this webinar is $20. Your registration includes access to the live webinar, live Q&A, unlimited access to the recording of the webinar, and a PD certificate.