Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Forms, Music, and Games - The Month in Review

The sun has set on the month of August and now it really feels like summer vacation is over. From racing my bike across Flint Hills of Kansas to explorting the woods and waters of Maine with my daughters to fun trips to Story Land I feel like I soaked up as much summer fun as I could. I hope that you did as well. (Note for my southern hemisphere friends, I hope you had a great winter). 

As I do at the end of every month I've compiled a list of the most visited posts of the last month. Take a look and see if there's something interesting that you missed earlier this month. 

These were my most popular posts in August:
1. A New Google Forms Feature Teachers Have Requested for Years!
2. Where I'd Like to Go - An Icebreaker With Google Drawings
3. Five Google Docs Activities Besides Just Writing Essays
4. Free Music for Classroom Projects
5. 12 Good Places to Find Historical Images to Spark Inquiry
6. Five Good Tools for Making Your Own Educational Games and Practice Activities
7. How to Create a Random Question Generator
8. Great Book Creator Resources to Start the New School Year
9. Superhero Science Lessons
10. Resources to Help Students Recognize Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Biases

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Other Places to Follow Me:
  • The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter comes out every Sunday evening/ Monday morning. It features my favorite tip of the week and the week's most popular posts from Free Technology for Teachers.
  • My YouTube channel has more than 37,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of educational technology tools. 
  • I've been Tweeting as @rmbyrne for fourteen years. 
  • The Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page features new and old posts from this blog throughout the week. 
  • If you're curious about my life outside of education, you can follow me on Instagram or Strava.
This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin and WayBetterSite. Featured image captured by Richard Byrne.

11 Search Tips and Tools for Teachers and Students

As some of you have noticed, I wrote quite a bit about search tools and search strategies in July and early August. What you saw in those posts were excerpts from two projects that I've been working on. The first was The Practical Ed Tech Handbook (available to subscribers to my newsletter). The second is a still untitled book project. If you're interested in reading all of my recent blog posts about search tools and search strategies, here's a list of them all.