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Monday, November 1, 2021

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow - Only Two Weeks Left to Enter

Disclosure: Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow contest is a STEM project contest that awards large educational technology prizes to public schools in the United States. As I outlined a few weeks ago, the contest places a premium on student-teacher collaboration as well as project effectiveness.  

It takes just a few minutes to make your initial entry into the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The initial entries are used in selecting state finalists who receive prizes and go on to compete in the national competition which awards a prize of $100,000 in classroom technology.

The deadline for initial contest entries has been extended to November 15th! Enter here! 

This short video walks you through how to enter Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow contest.

How to Use Google Books

Google Books is one of my favorite search tools. Unfortunately, students often overlook it as a research tool unless they've been shown how it works. In this short video I provide a demonstrate of the key features of the current version of Google Books. 

In the video you'll see how to:

  • Search for a book. 
  • Refine search according to publication date.
  • Use Google Books to find books in your local library. 
  • Use Google Books to search within a book. 
  • Create an online bookshelf to share with others. 


If you just want to see how to use Google Books to find libraries near you that have house rare books, watch this short video that I posted on Instagram last Friday morning. 


Embed Google Forms & Microsoft Forms into Canva Designs

It seem like every week I find something new and interesting that can be done with Canva. Last Friday I discovered that you can embed working Google Forms and Microsoft Forms into your Canva designs. This works with Canva's website templates as well as presentation and infographic templates. 

In this short video I demonstrate how you can create a simple website with Canva and include a Google Form or Microsoft Form in that website. 


Applications for Education
Canva's website templates are great for making simple websites that accomplish a singular goal like attracting interest in an upcoming school event. By putting a Google Form or Microsoft Form into website you can collect RSVPs to your upcoming event. You could also include a form so that people can contact you with questions through the website. 

By the way, this video was also featured in my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter on Sunday evening. If you're not subscribed to that weekly newsletter, you can subscribe right here