Saturday, December 9, 2017

Geography, eBooks, and Nature - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we're anticipating our first significant snowstorm of the year. As a skier, I cannot wait for the fresh snow. As a Dad, I'm excited to show my older daughter the joy of making snow angels. But as the owner of a long driveway, I'm not so excited about the snow.

This week the most popular posts of the week including two resources that are perfect for social studies classes, five resources for making ebooks with kids, and a site that lets you hear the sounds of nature around the world.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 51 World Geography Games for Kids
2. Free Wall Maps for Your Classroom
3. 5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks
4. The Sounds of Nature Around the World
5. Zoho Notebook - Your Evernote and Google Keep Alternative
6. RWT Flip Book - Free Flip Book Creator for Kids
7. Promoting School Events Through Social Media

Professional development opportunities
This week ten people joined the Practical Ed Tech Coaching Group. I hope that you will join them in receiving 24+ hours of professional development in 2018. The cost is less than $10 per hour.

I am currently filling my calendar for workshop and keynote engagements. Click here to learn what I can do for you.

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An Inexpensive Source of Earbuds and Microphones

Yesterday afternoon I went live on the Practical Ed Tech Facebook page to share a couple of tips about sourcing cheap earbuds and microphones for your classroom. You can watch the video as embedded below.

If you can't see the video, here's the main point:
  • Check eBay for vendors who sell earbuds in bulk. Many have microphone capabilities built into them. eBay even has a search filter that lets you specify that you only want earbuds that have microphones built into them. I did this search and found a handful of vendors who were selling earbuds priced between $0.77 and $1.99. 
So it's not free, but it is cheap and thought that folks would appreciate the tip. Happy shopping.