Saturday, April 9, 2022

Librarians, Logic, and Learning - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we're excited for the first day of Tinkergarten even though the weather forecast has some rain in it. Tinkergarten is a fun program for little kids like mine to have some fun outdoor learning experiences. Classes happen regardless of the weather which is fine because part of being a Mainer is being able to have fun outside in all kinds of conditions. I hope that wherever you are this weekend that you have something fun to look forward to like we do. 

This week I joined my pal Rushton Hurley to host another episode of Two EdTech Guys Take Questions. The recording can be seen here. This week I also put together an update to one of my all-time favorite social studies lessons plans. And I answered a bunch of questions from readers like you. If you have a question for me, don't hesitate to send me an email. I do my best to answer all questions. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Thank Your School Librarians! And Ask Them for Help!
2. A Calendar of Social Emotional Learning Activities
3. Using Branching Logic in Microsoft Forms to Provide Directions
4. My Five Favorite Flipgrid Video Features
5. Annotate PDFs With Lumin PDF - Free for Teachers
6. A Few Good Resources for Learning How Blockchain Works
7. Five Helpful WriteReader Features for Teachers and Students

Summer Workshops for Your School!
I'm going back on the road this summer to host professional development workshops in-person! If you'd like to have me come to your school, please get in touch with me soon.

Spring and Summer Webinars
I conduct professional development webinars throughout the year. I'll host a free one-hour webinar for any school or group that purchases ten or more copies of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips.

On-demand Professional Development
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Three Ways to Create Simple Portfolio Websites

We're nearing the point in the school year that many of us start to think about activities for students to do to summarize their highlights of the school year. One way to do that is to create simple portfolio websites. These are sites that have just one page that features only the best work that students are proud to share. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to use three different platforms to create simple portfolio websites. In the video you'll see me use Carrd.co, Adobe Creative Cloud Express, and Canva to create simple websites. 


Applications for Education
Some examples of the things you might have students include in a simple portfolio website are pictures (either of their work or as examples of their work), videos they've made in your class, slide presentations, and documents they've written.