Saturday, July 2, 2022

Tomatoes, Templates, and Fireworks - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where sun is rising and it's going to be a nice summer day to start a long weekend. I'll be mowing before setting up a water bounce house for my kids to play in. The bounce house is one of the best "pandemic purchases" we made in the spring of 2020. My kids love it and I do too. I hope that you have something fun to do this weekend!

This week I wrapped up my Teaching History With Technology course. I'm not hosting any more courses until the fall, but will be hosting a series of individual webinars over the next six weeks. You can learn more about those webinars here

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Flipgrid is Dead!
2. Tools for Asynchronously Collecting Stories
3. Ten Good Templates for Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts Activities
4. Transforming the Traditional Learning Environment with BookWidgets
5. 25 Ideas for Whiteboard Videos
6. Enroll in Tract’s Free Virtual Summer Creator Camp
7. Short Lessons About American Independence Day

July and August Webinars!
Starting this week I'm hosting a series of seven Practical Ed Tech webinars. You can register for one or all seven of them. Read about them here or follow the links below to register.
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 41,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of educational technology tools. 
  • I've been Tweeting as @rmbyrne for fifteen 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.
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A Good Place to Find Free Images and Music for Classroom Projects

In my guide to finding media for classroom projects I provide a list and description of my favorite resources. The next time I update that guide I'll include Openverse

Openverse is the replacement for the old search tool. The Creative Commons organization has handed-off oversight of Creative Commons search to WordPress. WordPress now operates Creative Commos search as Openverse.

Openverse can be used to find Creative Commons-licensed and public domain pictures and audio files. The best aspect of Openverse is that it provides a clear explanation of how you can and can't use a particular image or audio file. It also provides preformatted text to use when citing the source of an image or audio file. 

Watch this video to learn how to use Openverse to find free images and music for classroom projects