Saturday, August 14, 2021

Blogs, Books, and Icebreakers - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we're hoping that the forecasted rain showers will bring a respite from the high heat and humidity we've experienced all week. How humid was it? On Wednesday I leaned my bike against the house while I ran in to get a water bottle. When I came back there was condensation on my seat and handlebars. 

This week I hosted a webinar about search strategies for a library group in Kansas. They asked great questions and two hours flew by. This week I also worked on updates to The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. That will be released tomorrow to everyone who subscribes to my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter

I hope all of you who started school this week had a great first few days of the new school year. Those of you who still have a few more weeks of summer vacation, enjoy it!

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Where I'd Like to Go - An Icebreaker With Google Drawings
2. Great Book Creator Resources to Start the New School Year
3. Nimbus Screenshot - Scrolling Annotated Screen Captures
4. 15 New Primary Source Activities from DocsTeach
5. Ideas for Blogging With K-12 Students This Year
6. A New Google Forms Feature Teachers Have Requested for Years!
7. Add Google's Ngram Viewer to Your List of Research Tools

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