Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts of the Week

Good morning from the World Headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. A week of 50f weather had me thinking about the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps. A few more early bird registrations came in this week. These are going to be great days of hands-on learning with small groups of dedicated teachers. I hope you can join us.

Thanks to everyone who sent me nice notes this week about my new addition to the family, Mason the dog. 

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Three Helpful Google Docs Updates Released This Week
2. 3 Tips for Using YouTube Videos In Your Classroom
3. Literature Map Helps You Find Authors You Might Like
4. AC/DC and Other Lessons on Electricity
5. Cloudschool - Create & Distribute a Variety of Multimedia Courses
6. Three Google Slides Features New Users Often Ask About
7. PrepFactory Helps Students Prepare for the SAT & ACT

Professional Development Opportunities!
There will be two Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps this year. There will be one tailored to schools that have 1:1 Chromebook programs and one for everyone else. Both Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps will be held in July. You can learn more about them here. Discounted early registration is available now. The Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp has sold out every year for the last three years.

Would you like to have me speak at your school or conference?
Click here to learn about my professional development services. 

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More Than 40 Alternatives to YouTube

3 Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Your Classroom was one of the most popular posts of the week on Those tips are all well and good if you can access YouTube in your classroom. If you cannot access YouTube in your classroom then you will want to consult my list of more than 40 alternatives to YouTube. Over the years I've updated the list as new sites emerged and old ones shut down. The list includes a search engine for videos that are not on YouTube.

If you do have access to YouTube in your school, consider using tools like ViewPure and Watchkin to display videos without showing the "related" videos comments from YouTube.

9,500 Teachers Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way

Every month I hear nice compliments from readers of and the FreeTech4Teachers Facebook page followed by, "I don't always have time keep up with it." To solve that problem I started the newsletter. More than 9,500 people now receive that newsletter in their inboxes on Sunday evening or Monday morning depending on where they live.

The newsletter includes my tip of the week and the links to that week's most popular posts on The newsletter is sent out only once per week on Sunday evening (Eastern Standard Time). Click here to subscribe to the newsletter. And if you don't need another email in your inbox, you can simply visit to see the same information.

As a bonus for subscribers to the newsletter I give a discount on the popular online courses that I teach through Subscribers can also get a discount on the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps. Email me at richardbyrne (at) for more information on the discounts. 

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