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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wanted! Guest Bloggers

It has been two years since I last hosted guest posts from teachers and principals so it's time that I do it again. This time I am going to run guest posts in the last two weeks of the month. In the past I've had some awesome guest bloggers share their knowledge and experience with us. If you would like to be a guest blogger please read on and complete the form below.

I'm looking for guest bloggers who can share current (2016/2017) experiences of using technology in their schools. Guest bloggers should be current classroom teachers, teacher-librarians, technology integration coaches, or school-level administrators. I would like to share stories of trying new things (apps, websites, strategies) and what you and your students learned from the experience. If you can tell the story in 500 words or less or with a video, that's a bonus. While I cannot pay you for your post, I will include links to your blog or website and include a short bio about you. Past guest bloggers have reported still getting traffic to their blogs more than a year after their posts appeared.

Please note that the last time I put out a call for guest bloggers, more than 100 people responded in 48 hours. I wish that I could publish all of the posts, but I simply cannot do that. I'll select 25 to 30 posts at the most. I will send notifications to accepted guest bloggers by October 11th.

Kahoot Launched a Paid Plan - What That Means for You

Kahoot launched a paid service yesterday. You might have seen some Tweets or Facebook posts about it and gotten concerned as did the folks who emailed me about it yesterday. The paid plan isn't going to have a direct impact on your teacher account.

The new Kahoot Plus plan is designed for corporate users who want to have their own branding on a game, who need a secured peer-to-peer sharing environment, and need advanced reporting options designed for business environments. In other words, not things that teachers generally request.

In the announcement that Kahoot made yesterday, the company reiterated its commitment to keeping the platform free and open to teachers and students. The announcement made it seem that the company hopes that Kahoot Plus accounts purchased by businesses will help with the goal of keeping Kahoot free for schools.

And in case you missed the announcement in September, Kahoot's mobile app now supports distributing games for students to play at home. Check it out.