Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Two Books to Read Before School Starts

Occasionally I stray from my mission of sharing free tools here on Free Technology for Teachers. This afternoon I was reminded of a couple of very affordable books that I've read in the last year that I think teachers can really benefit from reading. On that note, I'm going to stray from sharing free resources in this post and recommend two books. Of course, you could try to find them through your local library if you don't want to buy them and then they will be free for you. 

Wesley Fryer's Playing with Media is a great ebook that is packed with ideas and tips for creating multimedia projects with your students. Wes does a particularly great job in explaining the sometimes tricky issues associated with Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use.

For a non-tech book about education, I recommend Listen To Your Kids written by my friend and former colleague Tom Harvey. Tom's book is filled with touching stories drawn from his career of more than thirty years in public school classrooms. I've personally bought and given away two copies of the book because I think it has a message that needs to reach more people. Listen To Your Kids will remind you why you got into teaching in the first place.

A Google Forms Demonstration

This morning Greg Kulowiec and I are introducing Google Forms and the Flubaroo script to a great group of teachers attending an Ed Tech Teacher workshop. The form you see below is posted for the purpose of demonstrating how a Google Form looks when it is embedded into a blog. If you would like to complete the form, feel free to do so. If you're interested in learning how to create Google Forms and how to use the Flubaroo script to grade multiple choice assignments, please see my 57 page guide to Google Drive and Docs for Teachers.

Update: 11:30am July 17. The form has been removed.
Google Drive and Docs for Teachers 2012

EduClipper Is Now Open for Beta Users

Adam Bellow's new online bookmarking service EduClipper is now open to early beta users. If you signed up back in early June for a beta invite you should now be able to sign into EduClipper and start clipping (bookmarking) your favorite educational resources to your EduClipper boards. If you're not familiar with what EduClipper can do, it's kind of like Pinterest for educators only. Watch the video below for a demonstration.

If you want to start using EduClipper follow these directions from Adam's email: 

If you are already an eduTecher member, you're good to go! Simply use your existing account information to gain access to the site.  If you don't have an eduTecher account, now is the perfect time to get one - simply head over to and register! Your eduClipper account will be good for eduTecher as well!

If you prefer, you can sign in with your existing Facebook or Twitter accounts.

You can install the ‘eduClip It’ button and add eduClipper QuickClip buttons (similar to the Facebook 'Like' or Google+ share buttons) to your website/blog by visiting 

We’re in “Alpha Mode” - a work in progress.  While you may encounter some bugs on the site, rest assured we are committed to making this site awesome for you and your students. 

Feel free to drop a line to to report an issue.With tons of teacher and student tools and features in the works, we want to hear from you. We are building eduClipper for the education space and are always interested in requests for features and feedback to make it as good as possible.